COVID-19 SCHOOLS: ECC 2020 Grads' Fun Video Celebrates Wait For Fall Commencement

COVID-19 SCHOOLS: ECC 2020 Grads’ Fun Video Celebrates Wait For Fall Commencement

  • Editor’s Note: This article will be updated with information about local schools during the COVID-19 emergency. Please consider bookmarking this page, and scroll down for links to all nine Kane County school district websites.

10:30AM MONDAY, MAY 18

ECC Students Have Fun With Graduation-Themed Video

Elgin Community College’s president and graduates from the class of 2020 took their minds off the reality of the COVID-19 crisis to have a little fun with ECC’s take on the popular #DontRush challenge, which features students who appear on camera for a few seconds dressed in their everyday attire and then magically transitions into their cap and gowns to make a statement.

“We wanted to create an opportunity to feature some of our graduates, their creativity, and illustrate how they have literally transformed from student to graduate right before our eyes,” said Toya Webb, EdD, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.

“However, as seamless as it may appear on video, we also recognize that their success did not come without grit, sweat, and tears. While we are all disappointed by how this pandemic has upended our plans to celebrate our graduates this spring, we still honor them for their fortitude and perseverance.”

ECC’s spring commencement ceremonies, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020, have been postponed to a date to be determined in the fall. Data from a survey sent to graduates revealed that students preferred an in-person ceremony as opposed to a virtual ceremony.

“We believe that our graduates should have a say in the matter, said ECC President David Sam, PhD., JD, LLM, who also appears in the video “The ceremony recognizes their hard work and determination.

“As we plan a future celebration, it will still depend on a number of factors, including information outlined in the Restore Illinois Plan, social distancing recommendations by the CDC and guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Our students deserve to be celebrated and we will certainly do so at the appropriate time and manner.”

Watch ECC’s #DontRush video on Facebook at facebook.com/ElginCommunityCollege and give a shout out to the spring class of 2020.

10AM THURSDAY, APRIL 23

ROE: Don’t Say Schools Are ‘Closed’ — Remote Learning Is Going on Every Day!

10:30AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

IHSA Cancels Spring Sports Tournaments

Sadly, the Illinois High School Association announced Tuesday (April 21, 2020) that spring sports tournaments will be cancelled.

The association’s Board of Directors voted to cancel spring-sport state tournaments and suspend summer contact days but left the door open for “potentially resuming summer contact days and spring sport games after it is deemed safe.”

According to an IHSA news release, the decision to cancel the spring state tournaments came in conjunction with Friday’s (April 17) announcement by Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education that all Illinois high schools will complete the 2019-20 school term from home via e-learning.

“Given the logistics, we simply felt we could not conduct state tournaments that meet the expectations of our member schools this spring, ” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “As disappointing as it may be for students, it is the right decision for their health and safety, as well as for the health and safety of the general public, as we cope with this unprecedented pandemic.”

The IHSA offers state tournaments in the following sports and activities in the spring: girls badminton, boys gymnastics, bass fishing, boys and girls track, boys and girls water polo, girls soccer, boys tennis, boys and girls lacrosse, boys volleyball, baseball and softball.

The board also determined that summer contact days are suspended for this year, unless state government and medical leaders indicate such gatherings are safe. At that time, the board indicated a willingness to reconsider how summer contact might be conducted and whether opportunities for schools to conduct some kind of spring athletic events might occur.

“Once it is determined safe to return, we will provide a detailed outline to our schools on the plan for summer contact days and possibly some kind of spring athletic events,” Anderson said. “Including if the number of days and dates that coaches can meet with athletes has been altered. At this point, though, all that is dependent upon state government and medical leaders giving the go ahead for such.

“The possibility of playing a spring sport game this summer is about closure,” he added. “If we are able to offer this opportunity, no student-athlete would be restricted by having already practiced or competed with a non-school team.”

4:40PM FRIDAY, APRIL 17

It’s Official: Gov Orders Remote Learning For Balance of School Year

It’s official — Gov. JB Pritzker announced at around 2:40 p.m. that Illinois students will continue to study from home for the balance of the school year.

Remote learning days will continue for all pre-k through 12th grade students in public and private schools throughout Illinois

“Over the last month, Illinois’ schools have stepped up and faced the many challenges of COVID-19 with generosity, creativity, and a resolute focus on caring for students, parents and communities,” Pritzker said. “I am confident that our schools will manage and expand the learning opportunities for all our children who will be working from home over the coming weeks.”

Illinois will receive about $569 million in federal funding for prek-12 schools, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funding can help equip students with technology and internet access to enhance remote learning, support teachers in developing their remote instruction skills, and assist schools in continuing to provide meals to children and communities.

Each public school district will receive CARES Act funding proportional to the number of low-income students they serve. ISBE also will receive CARES Act dollars as the state education agency.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala said she has committed to directing CARES Act resources toward tackling the digital divide in Illinois’ least-resourced districts, as part of a strategic effort that will continue beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois has taken advantage of other federal waivers and opportunities to help schools meet the need of Illinois’ families. ISBE secured the waiver early on to allow schools to serve meals in creative ways outside of school. ISBE has worked with the Illinois Department of Human Services to prepare for the implementation of the Pandemic-EBT, which will supply families with additional funds for purchasing food during the crisis.

ISBE also secured waivers to allow schools to carryover federal funds for low-income students to support their transition back to classroom this fall.

“Our school buildings may be closed, but the hearts and minds of our teachers and students are wide open,” Ayala said.

Each public school district in Illinois has developed and implemented a plan to ensure all students have access to instruction and to their teachers during Remote Learning Days. ISBE convened an advisory group of teachers, superintendents, and students to develop comprehensive Remote Learning Recommendations for all grade levels, including suggestions on grading, content selection and delivery, social-emotional development, and communication with families.

The recommendations are available in English, Spanish, Polish, and Arabic at www.isbe.net/covid19.

ISBE has encouraged each school to determine a local method of taking attendance or checking student engagement. Daily virtual contact with students helps teachers understand when students may need additional support with assignments, meals, mental health, or other needs. ISBE also will release recommendations to schools to address learning loss and students’ social-emotional needs when students transition back to in-person instruction.

The governor also waived the edTPA and student teaching requirement for educator candidates who have completed all other requirements for licensure. These and other emergency changes to educator licensure will ensure that the COVID-19 does not impact local school district’s ability to hire qualified educators they need to support students.

The state also amended graduation requirements for high school seniors, in recognition of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their final semester. For example, current high school seniors may graduate without the normally required participation in consumer education and physical fitness assessment.

1:40PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

Officials Say In-Person Classes Likely Canceled For Rest of School Year

According to multiple media sources, Illinois officials are strongly hinting that there won’t be any in-person classes for the balance of the school year.

Illinois students likely won’t be returning to classrooms for the remainder of the school year.

The Daily Herald says Illinois Deputy Gov. Jesse Ruiz suggested today that in-person instruction would be suspended for all schools. The closure of in-school classes began March 17.

Ruiz said he expects an announcement is expected by the week’s end.

WGN reports that colleges and universities across the country already have started cancelling in-person summer school. (Scroll down to read about ECC’s decision.)

10:30AM MONDAY, APRIL 13

Register Now For ECC Summer, Fall Classes — Summer Is All Online

Registration for summer and fall credit classes is under way at Elgin Community College and will continue until classes start, space permitting.

Students can register for classes at elgin.edu/accessecc. Students needing help can email registration@elgin.edu.

All summer classes will be offered online due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some lab classes normally offered during the summer may not be available this year.

Please note that other courses may be added to the summer 2020 schedule as arrangements continue to evolve. However, Adult Education (High school equivalency and ESL) courses will not be offered this summer. Students should periodically check the summer schedule for updates. A final decision on the method of fall instruction has not been made at this time.

“ECC remains committed to the success of our students during these unprecedented times,” said Gregory D. Robinson, PhD, Assistant Vice-President of Student Services and Development / Dean of Students. “We have provided students with alternative teaching and learning resources, as well as a wide range of support services to help them successfully transition to a remote environment.  In keeping with our mission ‘to improve people’s lives through learning,’ we will continue to provide support and guidance to our students as we navigate these uncertain times together.”

There are three summer sessions with classes beginning the weeks of June 1, June 15, and July 13. Fall daytime and evening 16-week classes begin the week of Aug. 24. Early registration is advised to get the best selection of courses and times.

Each year, the ECC Foundation offers more than 200 student scholarships, worth thousands of dollars, based on financial need, career areas of study, and academic and leadership excellence. Current and prospective students are encouraged to reach out via email to ECC’s Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to determine their eligibility for federal financial aid and grants. Staff can be reached at financialaid@elgin.edu.

For additional information about summer and fall credit classes, contact the ECC Admissions Office at 847-214-7385 or admissions@elgin.edu. If you are not yet enrolled at ECC, you can apply today at elgin.edu/apply. Remote enrollment assistance is available.

Visit elgin.edu to learn more about ECC.

Waubonsee Community College Summer 2020 Registration Now Open!

Summer courses start May 18, June 8 or July 6.

2PM THURSDAY, APRIL 9

Check About Registration For 2020-21 School Year

Most school districts’ enrollment period for the 2020-21 school year was over prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home order.

But at least one school district is reminding parents that it is honoring the home school enrollment guarantee if you log in and register on or before May 1.

It’s hard, perhaps, to think about the next school year in the midst of a pandemic, but it’s a good idea to keep up with what’s being offered online.

West Aurora School District 129 is delivering that message on the home page of its website and in its e-newsletter.

District 129 Message From Newsletter

District 129 Parents/Guardians:

Although our schools and offices are closed during this challenging time, we ask that you please enroll your student for the 2020-2021 school year by following the button below. We are still honoring your home school enrollment guarantee if you log in and register on or before May 1st.

For assistance with logging into your Home Access account, password reset, or questions about the enrollment form itself, please contact PowerSchool Support at 886-434-6276.

For support and questions about District 129 required documentation or address changes, please contact the admissions office at 630-301-5050 or registration@sd129.org. Although phones will go directly to voicemail, please leave a detailed message and someone will return your call as quickly as possible.

REGISTER TODAY

Kane County School District Websites

7PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

Sadly, it’s no April Fool’s joke — prom will be cancelled for many Kane County high schools.

In his remarks Tuesday, Gov. JB Pritzker make these remarks directly to the students of Illinois.

I want to end with a message for our students, who I know never envisioned a pandemic derailing their spring semester – believe me, as a parent of two teenagers, you’re not the only one.  

I won’t try and tell you that texting and calling each other is the same as hanging out in the hallways or in the lunchroom. I won’t try and tell you that a Zoom prom is the same as a real prom. I won’t try and tell you not to be sad about the lost goals and plans you had for March and April – it’s okay to be sad. And if you do feel sad, or frustrated, or angry – whatever you feel – please: let yourself feel that way. Don’t beat yourself up over being human. And if you are experiencing overwhelming anxiety or you have a friend who is and need someone to talk to, there are resources available to you by phone and online through both ISBE and our Department of Human Services.

But I also want to say: once you’re ready, take a look around. Take in the incredibly unique moment that you’re living in. Yes, it’s scary and uncertain and difficult. But if you’re looking for a lesson in the fundamental goodness of your community – it’s there.

4PM TUESDAY, MARCH 31

State Continues to Suspend On-Site Learning; Grades Just ‘Feedback’

The state ordered temporary statewide school closures on March 13 to minimize spread of COVID-19 across communities, and that continues at least through April 7 as the state extended its disaster declaration to April 30.

Schools will transition from Act of God Days to Remote Learning Days, with days counting toward the school year. Each school district will create and implement a Remote Learning Day Plan to ensure all students, including students with disabilities and English Learners, receive instructional materials and can communicate with their teachers.

According to a state news release, the Illinois School Board of Education advisory group recommended that grades be used only to increase students’ academic standing with a recommendation that any grades that schools give during this time be used as an opportunity for feedback and not an instrument for compliance.

ISBE said officials will continue to work in partnership with school districts to address any questions and to provide guidance to educators and administrators to protect and support Illinois students.

10AM MONDAY, MARCH 30

Batavia District 101 Keeps Students Engaged With ‘The Masked Singer — Teacher Edition’

School districts throughout Kane County are doing all kinds of stuff to engage students during the “Stay At Home” order.

One of the most creative is from Batavia School District 101, which is doing a “Masked Singer — Teacher Edition.” Check out the Tweet embedded below.

While schools are closed, the district is offering e-learning lessons to ensure student learning is minimally impacted.

Comcast is offering free Internet access for all low-income families through their Internet Essentials program.

10:45AM FRIDAY, MARCH 27

How Kane Residents Are Handling Home School in the COVID-19 ‘stay at home’

The Courier-News did a nice story with Kane County Coroner Rob Russell’s family on home schooling during the days of COVID-19.

11:30AM THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Central School District 301: Thank You To Students, Staff

SOURCE: Central School District 301 website

Central School District 301 officials took a minute to express their gratitude for students’ and parents’ patience and support as they quickly transitioned from daily school attendance to remote learning opportunities.

“The partnership families and Central staff members have accomplished while navigating these new learning opportunities is nothing short of amazing,” officials said.

During the course of this week, about 88% of District 301 students have had access to learning through a multitude of online applications. Next week, teachers will continue to provide remote learning opportunities in hopes of getting that percentage closer to 100.

“The district is hearing many positive reports from both staff and parents that great learning opportunities are happening and that the overall process is going well,” officials said. “While these remote learning opportunities do not fully replace classroom instruction, we are united in doing our best to support our students.”

D301 Chromebook Information

Students experiencing problems with Chromebook are asked to email your building principal to set-up an appointment to either get a “loaner device” or contact devices@central301.net, and someone from the Technology Department will reach out via phone or email to assist you.

In the event you are looking for opportunities to continue further learning beyond what our teachers are providing, additional resources can be found at: www.isbe.net/keeplearning.

Report Cards

Third quarter grades will be posted for family access on March 30.

March 30 begins D301’s spring break. Staff will not be sending out remote learning materials during this week.

11:30AM TUESDAY, MARCH 24

It’s fascinating to see how each school district is handling e-learning during the “Stay At Home” order.

Above, you see Wredling Middle School’s (St. Charles School District 303) website homepage, complete with the “Let’s Talk” option in the lower left, and a list of upcoming events, all of which are, not surprisingly, “eLearning Day — All Day.”

The message at the top, which is probably too small for you to read in the screenshot above, reminds folks that the Illinois school closures will continue at least through April 7. Wredling buiildings were closed Monday, March 23, but staff members are available to answer phones from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Earlier today, we posted a first-person testimony to District 303’s e-learning success from working single mom Gabriella Figliozzi. Be sure to check out that post on our COVID-19 CONNECTIONS landing page.

2:30PM SUNDAY, MARCH 21, UPDATE

School District U-46 — the second-largest in Illinois after the Chicago Public School District — will begin online learning on March 31.

U-46 is keeping families informed about that and other issues through new website section devoted to keeping families, staff, and community members updated on all the developments related to COVID-19 is located at u-46.org/covid.

“I know you have many questions. We will answer them,” Superintendent Tony Sanders said. “We will post all information on our website here: https://www.u-46.org/covid. This includes our information about Phase II of our Distance Learning Plan, what this means for all students, especially our Class of 2020, our food distribution, helpful community resources and more.

“We will begin online learning in earnest beginning March 31,” he said. “Next week, we will distribute Chromebooks to families who do not currently have a U-46-issued Chromebook.”

The district will be sending more information about that distribution plan and our Phase II Distance Learning Plan this weekend but some of those details are already posted on our COVID website: https://www.u-46.org/learning

The district also has a “Let’s Talk” feature, using the COVID button.

So far, the district has distributed more than 76,000 meals and 25,000 snacks to families at 26 sites.

Below are some helpful resources to our online information: 

UPDATED 4PM FRIDAY, MARCH 20

The reopening date for schools statewide has been tentatively postponed until April 8, Gov. JB Pritzker said in a news conference this afternoon. It had been the end of March.

Please click on the COVID-19 STATE story for updates.

Nationally, the Department of Education is temporarily waiving all interest on federally held student loans. Secretary Betsy DeVos has also directed federal lenders to allow borrowers to suspend their student loan payments without penalty for at least the next 60 days.

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UPDATED 2:30PM THURSDAY, MARCH 19

As the U.S. faces unprecedented health and economic challenges, Elgin Community College is striving to meet the needs of its students by offering alternative learning formats to maintain educational continuity for the college’s nearly 9,000 students.

In making the transition to a remote learning model, ECC is distributing Chromebooks for loan to students in need through the College’s Renner Library loan system. The college’s office of Student Life will be collecting names of students who have indicated a need for technology and financial assistance.

At this time, ECC is only able to provide technology support for a limited number of students who need assistance to continue learning in an online environment. Furthermore, many ECC students face the loss of income with reduction or elimination in employment or temporary layoffs, presenting an even more dire situation for those who are attending college to improve their circumstances.

For this reason, the Elgin Community College Foundation has established the ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund to help students most impacted by this crisis.

The ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund has already been seeded with a generous donation of $10,000. The foundation seeking community support to ensure every impacted student can continue their education in these uncertain economic times.

“We are committed to ensuring that every student who is committed to their education can continue, regardless of their current financial situation, and we know the community will step up to help them,” said David Davin, ECC Foundation Executive Director.

Working in conjunction with the college’s Financial Aid office, the Foundation will identify those students who are financially unable to continue with their education as a result of the additional hardships presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.

To contribute to this critical need for ECC students, please visit elgin.edu/studentrelief or contact Executive Director David Davin, Institutional Advancement and ECC Foundation at (224) 361-1759 or ddavin@elgin.edu.  Both individual and institutional donations will be gratefully accepted and duly acknowledged.

UPDATED 2PM TUESDAY, MARCH 17

Kane County School Districts will continue to provide lunches while schools are closed through at least March 30.

For the latest updates, click on these links:

Geneva School District 304

Lunches will be made available to qualifying students for pickup from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, March 17, and continue each weekday at the front entrance of each of the following schools through March 30th:

  • Harrison Street Elementary School, 201 Harrison St.
  • Williamsburg Elementary School, 1812 Williamsburg Ave.

Families have been contacted about this directly, but if there are further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our business office. Visit the district webpage and Facebook page for frequent updates.

Batavia School District 101

Beginning Tuesday, the district is providing breakfast and lunch meal boxes to families who regularly receive free or reduced-cost meals in school.

Eligible families have been sent details on this program, but if your family needs assistance with food at any time during the school closure, contact District 101.

St. Charles School District 303

District 303 is providing meals for families who may need them while school is closed. Every day between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., staff members will be at Thompson Middle School with grab and go meals that will last two days.

For additional updates on the District 303 temporary meal program, visit the district’s Facebook page.

East Aurora School District 131

While schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals will be available, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, for students 18 years and under at the following schools:

  • Allen Elementary 700 S. Farnsworth Ave., Aurora DOOR 8
  • Dieterich Elementary 1141 Jack St., Aurora DOOR 6
  • Oak Park Elementary 1200 Front St., Aurora DOOR 2
  • East Aurora High School 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora DOOR 8

Parents can pick up student meals with proof of ID. Siblings may also pick up meals for their siblings who are students in the district with proof of ID. Click here for updates and additional info.

West Aurora School District 129

School District 129 will host 12 food distribution centers throughout the district during school closures due to COVID-19. The children of all SD129 families will be offered breakfast and lunch.

Food distribution centers will be located at the buildings of:

  • Freeman Elementary School
  • Goodwin Elementary School
  • Greenman Elementary School
  • Hall Elementary School
  • Hill Elementary School
  • McCleery Elementary School
  • Nicholson Elementary School
  • Schneider Elementary School
  • Smith Elementary School
  • Jewel Middle School
  • Washington Middle School
  • West Aurora High School

Any SD129 child can receive their food from any of the 12 food distribution centers, meaning they are not limited to their home building only.

Food distribution centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday during the school closures due to COVID-19.

West Aurora will be using the “honor system,” meaning that children need not be present for families to receive meals and no school identification is needed. Additionally, two days’ worth of meals will be provided per child in an effort to minimize the number of trips a family will need to make.

In order to promote social distancing and reduce the risk of spreading the virus, drive-thru service will be available and is strongly recommended. If a family needs to walk to one of our food distribution locations, we recommend that they obey social distancing guidelines and minimize the number of people walking with them.

Families are asked to form a car line nearest to the main door except at Jewel Middle School where the drive-thru will be held in the back of the building and at West Aurora High School where it will be held at door 22.

Visit the district webpage for additional info.

Elgin School District U46

While schools are closed, School District U-46 will be providing FREE MEALS TO ALL CHILDREN 18 AND UNDER packaged to take home. A breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack will be ready to take and go. No paperwork is required for meals — just visit the pick-up location most convenient for your family!

Stop by for your pre-packaged meals and a snack on these dates:

  • Tuesday, March 17
  • Wednesday, March 18
  • Thursday, March 19* (Two days of meals served on these dates.)
  • Monday, March 23* (Two days of meals served on these dates.)
  • Wednesday, March 25* (Two days of meals served on these dates.)
  • Friday, March 27

Pick-up between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at one of the following school sites:

  • Century Oaks
  • Coleman
  • Creekside
  • Garfield
  • Glenbrook
  • Hanover Countryside
  • Harriet Gifford
  • Heritage
  • Highland
  • Hillcrest
  • Hilltop
  • Horizon
  • Huff
  • Laurel Hill
  • Lincoln
  • Lords Park
  • Lowrie
  • McKinley
  • Oakhill
  • Ontarioville
  • Ronald D. O’Neal
  • Sunnydale
  • Sycamore Trails
  • Washington
  • Willard
  • District Office at 355 E. Chicago St., Elgin

For more info, call 847-888-5000 ext. 5400 or visit the U-46 Food Distribution Program site for addresses of each of the school sites. Frequent updates will be posted to the District’s Facebook page.

Central School District 300

District 300 will be providing meals for children age 18 and under or enrolled in school. Each child will receive two meals per day, one breakfast and one lunch.

These meals can be picked up at the same time at ANY of the District 300 serving sites. The pickup times and locations will be updated periodically on the sistrict’s Facebook page or the district’s News page.

Burlington School District 301

Information was emailed to families that qualify for free or reduced lunch so that we can provide sack lunches to families as needed beginning on Tuesday, March 17.

At this time, administrative teams will work with the director of Food Services to determine the process in preparing these lunches. Visit the district’s website or Facebook page for additional updates.

Kaneland School District 302

From Monday through Friday, beginning March 17, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020, school lunches and a snack will be available daily at any of the following locations from 10 a.m. to noon.

Note: Students may pick up the lunch, but do not need to be present. Any family member may pick up the lunch on behalf of the students.

Come to the main entrance or Door #1.

  • Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School, 817 Prairie Valley Street, Elburn
  • Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove
  • Kaneland McDole Elementary School, 2901 Foxmoor Drive, Montgomery

CLICK THIS LINK FOR A DAILY UPDATE ON COVID-19.

UPDATE FROM 9PM FRIDAY, MARCH 13:

Pritzker Orders All Illinois Schools Close Until March 30

Gov. JB Pritzker has ordered that all Illinois schools close Tuesday, March 17.

Many or most of Kane County schools will close Monday.

The Chicago Tribune reports that roughly 2 million children will be affected by the order — which includes private and charter schools — will be in effect until at least March 30.

The governor said each district will handle the closures differently. Some will stop instruction altogether, others will conduct classes online.

Pritzker said Illinois is the eighth state to close all schools.

Geneva School District 304 Statement

Due to a directive by Gov. Pritzker for all Illinois schools, Geneva 304 schools will be closed from Monday, March 16, through Monday, March 30. We will hold an Institute Day on Monday to allow teachers the time to work on plans for learning activities that can be delivered remotely. We will still observe our scheduled spring break from March 30-April 3. Additional communication about the exact details of these remote learning plans will be forthcoming.  

Read the full D304 post

Batavia School District 101 Statement

In accordance with Governor Pritzker’s directive to close all schools in Illinois in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Batavia Public School District 101 will be closed Monday, March 16th through spring break, tentatively returning on April 6th. All trips, contests, practices, activities, and events are also canceled during that period.

Read the full D101 post

St. Charles School District 303 Statement

For the last several weeks we have been working on how we would respond if schools closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This afternoon, we have made the decision to cancel classes for students on Monday, March 16, and hold an Institute Day for staff. This will allow staff members the time to work on plans for classes that can be delivered remotely.

Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, the district buildings will be closed to students through the end of Spring Break. All school activities are also cancelled.

Read the full D303 post

Aurora School District 131

All schools will be closed for students beginning Monday, March 16, and will remain closed through April 5. No school activities, sports practices or competition, will take place during this time. All building rentals are cancelled as well.

E-learning will start March 16.

Read the full D131 Post

Aurora School District 129

As a result of the Governor’s directive, District 129 will be closing all schools starting Monday, March 16, 2020, through the end of Spring Break, which ends on Friday, April 3, 2020. We anticipate that students will report back to their home buildings on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Read the full D129 post

Elgin School District U46

We are closing all U-46 schools, effective today, through next week. This means all school-related activities are canceled, including those scheduled for tonight, Friday, March 13. We will keep you posted on any new developments.  Our decision means all schools will be closed next week, followed by our spring break recess. As of this moment, schools will open on Monday, March 30.

Please know our SAFE programs will remain open tonight until 6 p.m.

Read the full U46 post

Central School District 300

All District 300 schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27.

Read the full D300 post

Burlington School District 301

Gov. Pritzker has issued a directive to all Illinois school districts to close schools beginning Tuesday, March 17, and continuing through Monday, March 30.

We have already scheduled a student emergency day for Monday, March 16. Teachers will use this day to prepare for remote learning, which we will implement beginning Tuesday. Students will participate in remote learning Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, March 27. Our spring break is scheduled for March 30 through April 3. Students will not be participating in remote learning during this week.

Read the full D301 post

Kaneland School District 302

Kaneland School District will be closed beginning March 16, 2020, until
April 3, 2020. Please see our plan below for the use of these days:

  • March 16, 2020 through March 20, 2020 (five days) — These days will be considered
    emergency days, similar to a snow day. Emergency days are built into our school
    calendar and will be made up at the end of the year as indicated on the attached
    calendar. Using the emergency days, the last day of school is scheduled to be May
    28, 2020.
  • March 23, 2020 through March 27, 2020 (five days) — These days will be considered
    Act of God days; therefore students would not make up these days.
  • March 30, 2020 through April 3, 2020 — Spring Break, as scheduled.

Read the full D302 post

Rockford Diocese Closes Schools, Masses Continue

The Chicago Arch Diocese has is closing all local Catholic schools, WGN reports.

The Chicago Diocese also has suspended all public celebrations of mass, starting Saturday evening, March 14.

Catholic schools in Cook and Lake counties will be closed beginning Monday, March 16.

The Diocese of Rockford, which serves large part of northern Kane County, is actively working on releasing a new statement based on the recommendations made by the county and state late yesterday afternoon. Please check the website and/or Facebook for the release of that information shortly.

The Diocese of Joliet has not posted any news that we can find on its website as of 11 a.m. Friday.

As of 9:30 a.m. Friday, 10 schools in the Chicago area have been closed due to coronavirus concerns. They include but are not limited to District 73 in Skokie and District 36 in Winnetka.

Click this link for information from the Emergency Closing Center.

Dundee Crown Tests Negative

Dundee-Crown High School closed on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, due to a possible case of COVID-19 exposure.

Officials said Friday that the Health Department has confirmed test results of the family members suspected to have contracted the virus were all negative.

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Hinsdale Student Test Comes Back Negative

Click this link to read a statement from Hinsdale High School District 86.

We learned a short time ago that the test conducted on the student from Hinsdale South who may have been exposed to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) came back negative. As a result, classes will be back in session on Friday, March 13.

While there are no confirmed cases in DuPage County, we want to make you aware of the proactive measures we are taking to help reduce the spread of the virus. Several of these measures are being implemented based on the advice and guidance of the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and the DuPage Regional Office of Education.

Sincerely,

Tammy Prentiss, Superintendent

Colleges And Universities

Classes at U. of I., Northwestern, Illinois State will be moved online after spring break in latest attempts to combat coronavirus, the Tribune reports.

Northern Illinois University is extending spring break and also going online.

Message From NIU

Important Notice: Extended Spring Break, Modified Course Delivery

The continued spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country requires that we take measures to support our NIU students. Out of an abundance of caution, and to help reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus at our university locations, NIU is taking the following immediate actions:

  • Spring Break has been extended. NIU is extending Spring Break for students through Sunday, March 22. During this additional week, NIU faculty will work to develop alternate modes of course delivery, as appropriate, to replace face-to-face instruction. We understand that this could be especially challenging for different programs, including those at the graduate level, that require doing clinicals, student-teaching, lab work, artistry, etc. We are prepared to accommodate our students and to find effective and appropriate alternatives.
  • During the extended Spring Break period, NIU will identify ways that we can offer access to academic support services and continue to provide childcare and health services.
  • Modified courses (replacing face-to-face instruction) will begin March 23, and run for a period of two weeks through Saturday, April 4. Our goal is to return to face-to-face instruction Monday, April 6. However, if warranted by evolving conditions, we will extend beyond that date and communicate that decision in a timely manner.

It’s critical that everyone regularly checks their NIU email.

Quick Links

To find out whether your school district is closing, please click the following links to public school district websites in Kane County or scroll down for additional links to social media.

Another good resource is the Emergency Closing Center, which includes information on business, private school and other closings, openings or late starts.

Where To Find School Closing Information

Below is a list of Kane County public school districts as well as colleges and universities. Click on the link in each school district header to find school-closing info.

East Aurora School District 131

Information will be released through:

  • A phone message to parents in both English and Spanish.
  • The East Aurora School District 131 website: www.d131.org
  • The East Aurora School District 131 Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EASD131
  • The East Aurora School District 131 Twitter account: @EASD131 (www.twitter.com/EASD131)
  • East Aurora School District 131 will only send out a notice when schools are closed. If there is no announcement, schools are open.

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West Aurora School District 129

Here is how the district will communicate with parents and staff if schools are closed due to inclement weather.

By Telephone: If schools are closed due to inclement weather, the superintendent will notify parents and staff via phone blast.

If you have a current phone number on file at the school, our system will automatically call you as soon as the decision is made by the superintendent early in the morning. If a parent does not receive a school-closing call, it is because the phone number is not listed properly in the district’s computer. The parent would need to contact the school office on the next valid school day to update the files.

Email: District 129 also will notify parents and staff of school closings via email. Text Those following “SD129” on Twitter will receive a text message.

Batavia School District 101

To help keep you informed of school closings, District 101 has six resources:

  • BPS101 Messenger: Set personal delivery preferences for email, text messages and/or phone calls.
  • BPS101 Emergency Advisory Line: Call (630) 937-8899 anytime for updates.
  • BPS101 Website: Our site will have notices posted by 6 a.m.
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Emergency Closing Center: Information is broadcast on all Chicago-area TV stations and on the radio stations WGN AM 720 and WBBM AM 780. You can also access the center directly at EmergencyClosing.com.

Central School District 301

In the event of school closing, all district families will be contacted via phone and email with the district’s parent notification system. Closing information will also be posted on the District #301 website home page at www.burlington.k12.il.us.

Only school closings or delayed starts will be announced. A two-hour delayed start could be used in the event of inclement weather. In the event of a delayed start all bus pick up times would be adjusted two hours later in the day.

Geneva School District 304

If school is cancelled or a late start implemented, the legal guardians of all students will be notified through use of Geneva School District’s emergency notification system.  The system will call the guardian’s primary and mobile phone numbers and send a message to the guardian’s email address, provided that current phone and email information is on file in the District’s student information database.

In addition, school cancellation and late start notifications will be tweeted to the District’s @Geneva304 Twitter account followers, posted on Geneva School District’s website and emailed to all 304 Connects subscribers. Families may also call the District’s Administrative Offices – (630) 463-3001 – to hear a recorded telephone message concerning school closings and late starts.

Kaneland School District 302

If weather conditions or other emergency situations make it necessary to close school, the district will notify various area radio stations and ask them to broadcast the information. Please do not call the school. School will be closed in the event of excess snow or if the wind-chill is greater than 40 degrees below zero. Determination of school closing will be made by 6 a.m.

School District 300

School District U-46

School District U-46 school-closing procedures.

The district will attempt to contact all local and Chicago media by 6 a.m. The closings will also be posted on the district website: www.u-46.org. You may also sign up for email notification. If school is closed, you will be automatically notified. You may also call the district’s central office at (847) 888-5000.

Please note: When school is canceled, all after-school events are canceled.

St. Charles CUSD 303

Closings will be prominently posted on the District 303 website by approximately 5:45 a.m. All emergency contact phone numbers provided to the district will be called by our automated calling system notifying parents of the closure.

Closings will be submitted to the Emergency Closing Center for posting.

Colleges and Universities

Most community colleges, colleges and universities are either closed or have a late start Thursday.

  • Aurora University (Due to weather, all AU locations will remain closed through Thursday, Jan. 31. No classes or events will be held and administrative offices will be closed. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the university expects to return to normal operations at all locations on Friday.)
  • Elgin Community College (Elgin Community College will be closed Thursday (Jan. 31). Normal business hours resume Friday morning (Feb. 1). 
  • Judson University (Judson’s Elgin and Rockford campuses will have a late start at noon Thursday, Jan. 31)
  • Rasmussen College (No mention on website regarding school closure.)
  • Waubonsee Community College (​On Thursday, the college will open at 11:30 a.m. and employees are expected to report at that time. Waubonsee will have a late start Thursday. All classes and activities scheduled to start prior to noon are canceled. Classes starting at noon or later will proceed as scheduled.)

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