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Letter to Staff and Families - Governor's Stay at Home Order and Extended School Closure
Letter to Staff and Families - Governor's Stay at Home Order and Extended School Closure
Dr. Allaman
Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Staff and Families of Washington District 50 Schools,

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm, through the end of April 7. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that school will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week.

The Governor’s new executive order allows for certain work to be performed at educational institutions. Employees responsible for essential functions such as facilitating distance learning, operations, maintenance, and food preparation and distribution are allowed to work, provided that social distancing of six feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible. Our schools are officially closed next week for Spring Break and we plan to resume meal deliveries on Monday, March 30. We want you to know the governor’s office has assured school districts that school personnel involved in providing meals will not be in violation of the governor’s executive order and that we can, and should, continue with our program, which has had a tremendous impact in making sure our students are not going hungry while school is closed. 

In addition, the governor has made it clear that, while he’s serious about using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, he wants residents to still be able to work, shop at grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and get medication from the pharmacy. Rest assured, we are committed to doing our best to provide meals and deliver continuity of education.

Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus. As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, we will continue to communicate in a timely and transparent manner. 

Sincerely,
Chad Allaman
Superintendent