March 15, 2020:  Thank you for your extraordinary support over the past several days, as we have worked together to protect our community during the growing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. To further safeguard Illinois from the spread of the virus, Governor JB Pritzker has declared mandatory school closures for all buildings, both public and private, serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students.

This mandatory closure takes effect Tuesday, March 17. Currently, we anticipate reopening all Iroquois West CUSD #10 schools on March 31.

Free lunch and breakfast will still be available to all students at no cost. More specific information will follow as soon as possible through Skylert.

We will also continue to have at least one administrator on site during our regular school day hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We are committed to keeping students engaged in their learning during this statewide school closure. All students will have the opportunity to continue their education through the district’s Illinois State Board of Education approved E Learning Plan. Your student(s) principal will have more details to follow in the coming days.

Concern over this new virus can make children anxious. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If adults seem overly worried, children's anxiety may rise. Adults should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.

Children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk, so the focus of conversation should be concrete instructions about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infections can help reduce anxiety. Please talk with your children about precautions they can take to stay healthy, including:

●Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best, especially if they are visibly dirty. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a suitable alternative.

●Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

●Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

●Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

●Stay home if you are able to stay home. Avoid travel if you can.

Iroquois West CUSD #10 administrators will continue to inform you as quickly as we can about any further changes to school services. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school principal.

We appreciate your partnership, and we will get through this together.