Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced on April 17 that all schools in Illinois will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to the spread of COVID-19. The announcement was made during his daily coronavirus press conference.
“My decisions are hard ones but they will follow the science and the science says our students can’t go back to their normal routine,” Pritzker said.
Students will continue to engage in distance learning through the end of the school year; the last day scheduled for May 20. In-person learning has been halted since March 13, and SD308 had turned to e-learning as of April 1 to limit contact between students and staff.
The new development shows how seriously the state is taking the outbreak of COVID-19. There are over 27,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, and 123 in Kendall County alone, according to the Illinois Department of Health.
This will not currently have any effect on the newly rescheduled prom and graduation dates for both Oswego East and OHS. Prom is scheduled on June 18 for OEHS and June 20 for OHS, with graduation on June 27.
“We’re making connections to ensure our children are not stuck at home, but safe at home,” Southeastern CUSD #337 Superintendent Todd Fox said.
As of now, it is unknown how finals will be dealt with, along with various other events, including the spring musical and senior awards. It is expected that SD308 will make an announcement regarding the events.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
Additional reporting by David Brant and Jamani Reed.