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An Important Message from Superintendent Andy DuRoss

The health and well-being of our community is of the utmost priority. As you may have heard, the Centers for Disease Controls released a statement this week regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. We want to make you aware of some important information about prevention and symptoms of the Coronavirus.

Prevention

The Cook County Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control advise specific measures to help prevent the spread of coronaviruses. Please review these as a family.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or 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. If no tissue is available, use your arm or elbow.

In order to limit prevention of all communicable diseases, we need your cooperation. It is imperative that students and staff showing any symptoms of illness stay home.

Symptoms

Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include the following:

  • runny nose,
  • headache,
  • cough,
  • sore throat,
  • fever or
  • a general feeling of being unwell.

Planning and Preparation

As a school district, we are in communication with the Illinois Department of Public Health and other local and regional agencies. At this time, the Illinois Department of Public Health does NOT recommend the use of masks or gloves, cancelling classes or cancelling mass gatherings. Nonetheless, it is advisable that parents and guardians think about childcare plans or alternate work plans should their children need to stay home from school due to illness or school closures.

Please be assured that we will continue to seek guidance from the appropriate agencies and will communicate their recommendations as we work together in the days ahead.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions visit dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/faq.