Dear District 86 Community,

This has been a devastating week for all of us. The cancellation of in-person classes, sports, events and activities are just a few of the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our students, staff and families. When you add that to the economic repercussions being felt across the country and around the world, this crisis has left people everywhere feeling uneasy and overwhelmed.
 
Here in Illinois, we have entered a new phase in our collective fight to combat the spread of the virus. Last night, the stay at home order issued by Governor Pritzker went into effect. I understand this measure may seem drastic to some. I also know how tempting it is to want to continue with our daily routines, particularly if we don’t feel sick. However, we have arrived at a point where the best way to keep each other healthy and safe is to follow the order and stay home.
 
During the past few days, we have received several reports that students and adults have been using the fields at our schools. In response to the governor’s order, we have locked our facilities and asked the police to monitor them. Outside of authorized personnel, anyone who is found on school grounds while the order is in effect will be asked to leave.
 
Any academic, health and safety decisions we make in the weeks ahead will continue to follow the guidance and direction of the DuPage County Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Board of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. Our administrative team communicates with many of these organizations on a regular basis, and will continue to keep the community updated on any new developments. In addition, our entire board will remain fully engaged and ready to make decisions and take actions that will best support our students, staff, families and community during these unprecedented times.
 
While the state is tentatively scheduled to reopen schools on April 7, it is possible that this might change. What will not change under any conditions is how dedicated our staff is to the success and well-being of our students.
 
On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank our teachers, support staff and administrators for all of their hard work. We are off to a good start, and are well poised and positioned to deal with whatever challenges come our way.
 
Be well.
 
Nancy Pollak
Board President