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COVID-19 Update: March 12

Reported by webmaster@ipsd.org on 3/12/20

Dear District 204 Community:

Currently, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in District 204.

Even so, with the number of cases across the state and region increasing and as a result of our communications and coordination with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), District 204 is taking proactive measures to help to reduce the spread of illness throughout our community.

Although we are not closing school at this time, under the guidance of the DCHD, District 204 is implementing the following measures until further notice:

• Large gatherings that include visitors from outside the school who are not our students are canceled.
• All domestic and international trips are canceled.
• All school trips are canceled.
• All field trips are canceled, including community-based instruction.
• All outside speakers are canceled.
• STEPS program job sites are canceled.
• All staff travel for work-related conferences is canceled.
• Grades 9 through 12 athletic practices or competitions without spectators may continue as planned.
• Grades 6 through 8 athletic competitions without spectators may continue as planned.
• All building rentals, with the exception of the YMCA's Safe n' Sound program, are canceled effective Friday.

Your school will communicate with you directly a list of events that are canceled so there is no misinformation. We will evaluate whether or not events can be rescheduled at a later time.

As you know, we don't have school on Tuesday, March 17, and we have 20 schools that serve as polling places on that day. The polling places are located in 19 gyms and one multi-purpose room. By law, we do not have the option to cancel this activity. We are taking the following steps to ensure the buildings will be ready for use on Wednesday:

• Limited entry through one door with no access to classrooms.
• Custodial staff will disinfect the polling areas once the building is empty Tuesday evening. Additional custodial staff will be on-site to assist.

If we do have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in District 204, we will close school for 24 hours. At that point, the DCHD would help us assess the situation, evaluate our cleaning and disinfection practices, and reduce the risk and vulnerability to students. We would then work on a plan to move forward. Until then, school will remain open and we will continue our cleaning and disinfection practices as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are revisiting these protocols frequently.

We are asking that your family have conversations about contingency plans should it be necessary to temporarily close our schools or implement e-learning. If we close schools or implement e-learning, we will immediately notify you the same way we alert you to a snow day (Twitter, phone call, email and posted on www.ipsd.org).

As we receive new information, we will send it to you as soon as we can. Check our website www.ipsd.org/covid19, where you can find the measures the district has implemented to ensure the wellbeing of our students and staff. We also have information from the CDC and other trusted health agencies.

Lastly, we realize this is a stressful time for families. If you are looking for resources for talking with your children, the National Association of School Psychologists has parent resources online. I want to assure you that our emergency operations team is meeting frequently to monitor this evolving situation and update procedures as needed. We will keep you updated as health officials issue new guidance that impacts our schools.

These are unprecedented times. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.

Sincerely,
Karen Sullivan
Superintendent

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