Pritzker extends stay-at-home order through April

Posted by on March 31, 2020 with 0 Comments
Learning will move online and classrooms will remain empty for the month of April as Governor Jay Pritzker ordered the closing of on-site learning in school buildings and extended his stay-at-home order for the residents of Illinois through April 30, 2020.

Learning will move online and classrooms will remain empty for the month of April as Governor Jay Pritzker ordered the closing of school buildings and extended his stay-at-home order for the residents of Illinois through April 30, 2020.

In his statement, Governor Pritzker said, ““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. And 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 that you may have 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.”

Governor Priztker went on to tell students and families to utilize the resources of the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health if they needed assistance in this time of anxiety and uncertainty.

There is no guarantee that this date will not change, as Illinois has not yet reached its peak in Covid-19 cases.  Governor Pritzker said, “But I’ll be frank with you, we still don’t know exactly when the immediate crisis will pass. I know this continues to be an extraordinarily difficult time for families across our state, especially for our workers.”

The school year will not extend into the summer, however, as the state is re-classifying how it views these days.  According to Governor Pritzker, “Under this extended order, schools will transition from Act of God Days to Remote Learning Days. All of these days count toward the school year, and absolutely no days need to be made up. Each district is working with ISBE to create and implement a Remote Learning Plan to ensure all students, including students with disabilities and English language learners, receive instructional materials and can communicate with their teachers.”

The Governor wants students and their families to put this unprecedented situation into context.  Governor Pritzker added, “…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.”

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