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Follow along with our Superintendent of Schools, Theresa R. Rouse, Ed.D.

Update on Closure

Mar 21, 2020

Dear District 86 Families:

Yesterday, Illinois Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5 p.m., through the end of April 7, 2020. All schools in Illinois will remain closed during this time. Our schools are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The Governor is requesting people to stay home except for essential trips. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open.

Next week is Spring Break. Although our schools will be closed, we will have staff available to monitor Let’s Talk messages on our website (www.joliet86.org) and answer questions sent to elearning@joliet86.org. Continue to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for additional updates and additional activities to do with your children at home. We are here to support you during this troubling time. We will continue to be in communication with local, state and national officials and announce any additional school closure times as soon as possible to help you plan.

New E-Learning packets for students will be available on Monday, March 30, 2020. These activities will continue to provide learning opportunities for your children at home. We will email the packets out to parents and post them on the District website. Paper copies may also be available at schools; specific details will be sent prior to this time. Not all activities require the internet or the usage of a technology device. We are not issuing individual devices for students. Several internet providers are offering free and/or discounted services at this time. We have details posted on our website at https://www.joliet86.org/students-parents/get-connected/.

These uncertain times are stressful for everyone. Please continue to take care of yourself and your loved ones. It was nice to see so many families take advantage of our Grab and Go meals. We provided over 11,700 student meals this week. Thank you so much to our dedicated Nutrition Services Department employees for providing these meals and the maintenance staff and administrators for helping with the distribution. We will post information on our website of food pantries available during Spring Break.

Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will keep you updated on any changes as they become available.