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LAST UPDATED: March 15 at 5:31 p.m.

In a precautionary measure against COVID-19, an email sent to both students and parents Friday afternoon stated that Oswego School District 308 students will not be in attendance March 16-20. Spring break will still be observed March 23-27. 

The Institute Day which was supposed to be observed on Tuesday, March 17 has been moved to Monday. All faculty will report to their home schools. 

This announcement follows Illinois governor J.B Pritzker’s announcement last night that any gathering of over 1,000 would no longer be allowed. Pritzker also recommended that all nonessential gatherings be limited to less than 250 people. 

Gov. Pritzker has since closed all schools in Illinois through March 30. Pritzker also announced that these missed days would not have to be made up.

The email also referenced a plan to continue student education despite the building closures.

“Details regarding the e-learning plan for students while school is closed will be sent out to all district families no later than Monday afternoon,” the email stated.

For those who do not have access to the internet or any electronic devices, resources will be shared “soon,” the email stated.

Sunday, March 15, the school district announced that devices for junior high and high school students would be available on a “very limited basis.” Additional information will regarding devices will be coming “soon,” according to the district website.

The email also stated that “building nurses and administrators will be present in the building next week, so medications can be signed out by parents if needed while students are not in school.”

For students and families who depend on free-and-reduced lunch, a food pick-up will be available. Food pickups will be available at Thompson Junior High and Oswego East High School daily from 8:30-9:30 a.m. the district also announced on March 15.

The full March 15 parent letter can be found here.

Schools will still be used as polling places on Tuesday. Various other school districts in the area have canceled school as well. Both Indian Prairie School District 204 and Naperville Community School District 203 have called off school for the next two weeks. 

WHO recommends that people with a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical attention. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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This is my third year as a part of 42Fifty. I have served as Sports Editor and Managing Editor prior to this year. I am the play by play announcer for underclassmen sports here at OHS, and the color commentator for the varsity football and both varsity basketball teams. I also announce for the NFHS Network throughout the football and basketball playoffs.


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