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Illinois Stay at Home Order
On Mar. 20, 2020 Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order for all Illinoisans to stay at home or place of residence, effective Mar. 21, at 5 p.m. thru April 7, 2020. It states:
With exceptions, all individuals currently living within the State of Illinois are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence except as allowed in this Executive Order. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence, they must at all times and as much as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, consistent with the Social Distancing Requirements set forth in this Executive Order. All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses and Operations, all as defined [in the Executive Order].
Our Commitment to Ongoing Collaboration
Be assured that we are constantly monitoring the rapidly developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic closely. District 123 receives information daily from the Governor’s Office, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and from various public health agencies throughout the State of Illinois including the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The health and safety of all District 123 students is our highest priority. We are paying close attention to the recent news and information in the media about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). With a heightened level of awareness and concern around COVID-19, we always want to provide you with relevant and accurate information regarding our district’s ongoing efforts during this worldwide pandemic.
Our Commitment to Cleaning and Sanitizing Procedures
District 123 is continuing the following measures to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all students. District 123 wants to ensure our buildings are safe upon return to school. To date Building and Grounds teams have already completed multiple rounds of “Deep Cleaning” at each District 123 building.
- District 123 uses a robust set of cleaning procedures throughout each of the district buildings. Classrooms are routinely cleaned and sanitized with special attention being paid to high-touch areas like student desks, doorknobs, drinking fountains and lunchroom tables. These ongoing deep cleaning efforts help prevent the spread of any illness including COVID-19.
- In addition to our enhanced classroom and school cleaning procedures, District 123 has prioritized deep cleaning after polling closed on March 17 at school buildings.
- District 123 uses advanced electrostatic cleaning technology regularly for surface disinfection.
- District 123 carefully uses disinfectant that contains virucide in classrooms and public spaces.
- District 123 custodial and maintenance staff receive ongoing training regarding the most effective use of disinfectants in the school environment.
Our Commitment to Student and Family Education
Thank you for promoting universal common sense strategies among students, including frequent hand washing. District 123 has shared video resources and printed materials with all schools to support these efforts. We ask that you continue to speak with your students about healthy habits. As with any respiratory virus, students and school personnel can protect themselves and others by taking every day common-sense actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice ‘Social Distancing’ to minimize your risk.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Consult with your healthcare provider about getting an influenza vaccination if you haven’t already done so.
If you have medical questions or concerns, please contact your family doctor or the Illinois Department of Public Health’s hotline at 1-800-889-3931.
For additional information about Coronavirus, the following websites contain frequently updated information regarding COVID-19 and more generally healthy habits to build into your daily routines.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
- Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH)
District 123 feels it important to share information regarding travel to and from the United States.The CDC has information on travel recommendations by country located on their website.
Our Commitment to Timely Communication
District 123 will send updates to our community and staff for as long as there is community concern regarding this public health issue. District 123 is in communication with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the South Cook Intermediate Service Center (SCISC).
We know that District 123 is an inclusive and welcoming environment. However, public health emergencies like COVID-19 are stressful for the communities we support. Fear and anxiety about any public health issue can sometimes lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things. Unfortunately, stigma and discrimination is possible when people mistakenly associate a disease like COVID-19, with a particular population or nationality. Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger and feelings become misdirected towards people, instead of toward the disease itself. Let us continue to support and educate our community and not allow myth and rumor to gain any traction.
Ie will continue to be transparent regarding the health of our learning community. Our door is always open for questions, concerns, or situations that may arise. We will always strive to find the best answers in service to you, our students, and the entire Oak Lawn and Hometown school community.