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COVID-19 Update: March 17

Reported by on 3/17/20

Dear District 204 Community,

As you know, our schools were scheduled to be closed today for the election. Tomorrow is our planned start for e-learning. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has directed that school districts do not need to take attendance and that any work assigned to students during this period will not be graded. ISBE stressed the importance of teachers providing a continuity for learning during this time.

Our teachers have been prepared for e-learning for more than a year since we were planning on using it in place of a snow day this winter. Not all school districts have had plans in place for online classes. While the delivery of instruction will be different, our teachers are ready to engage with their students.

Here are a few additional updates for today:

WHO TO CONTACT: We have set up a central phone line to facilitate handling your calls as main office phones in schools are not currently staffed. If you have a question, please call 630-375-3890 or email Please be patient and know your question will be sent to the correct person who will respond to you as soon as they are able. If you or your child has a question related to technology for e-learning, please email

DONATIONS: To support families who are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation is accepting donations to its Kid Essentials Fund. All donations will provide immediate support to students and families through meal assistance, transportation, housing and essential items. To donate, go to IPEF and enter "Kid Essentials Fund" in the comments box.

MEAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: As a reminder, grab and go breakfast and lunch for families who participate in our meal assistance program will be available starting Wednesday, March 18. Families that require a meal can pick up a grab and go bag each morning at the elementary school in their neighborhood. We are using First Student buses to assist with delivery to our elementary schools. You can pick up your meals near door 1 between 11 am and 1 pm each day. For planning purposes, please let us know how many days you will be picking up a meal this week by completing this form today.

As our teachers and students begin a new adventure tomorrow, know that we are trying to do the very best to continue engaging our students. The days ahead will certainly not replace seeing everyone in our classrooms, but our teachers are excited to connect with their students.

Thank you for your continued support.

Karen Sullivan

March 17 Update (Spanish) ( pdf)

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