MARCH 31, 2020 – Update
Today, Governor JB Pritzker announced that Illinois will continue its suspension of in-person instruction for another 30 days, through April 30.
As the Governor announced today, schools are now transitioning from Act of God Days to Remote Learning Days. All these days count toward the school year, and absolutely no days need to be made up. Each district is required to create and implement a Remote Learning Day Plan to ensure all students, including students with disabilities and English Learners, receive instruction and can communicate with their teachers. Remote learning will look different for every district and every school.
MARCH 21, 2020 – Update
From the Illinois State Board of Education: Governor JB Pritzker announced today mandatory stay at home procedures for all Illinoisans, a necessary measure to slow the spread of a deadly and highly contagious pandemic. Executive Order 2020-10 means in-person instruction will continue to be suspended through at least April 7, in order to help keep our communities safe. We have seen what happens in places that do not take these steps, and we have one opportunity to influence the future for Illinois.Public school personnel who are preparing and distributing meals to students are performing essential functions and are exempt from the stay at home mandate.
As planned, every day through March 30 will count as an Act of God Day. ISBE has updated its guidance with new information about Advanced Placement exams and courses, serving homeless children and youth, supporting graduating high school seniors, and educator preparation and licensure.
Next week, ISBE will issue guidance regarding March 31 and beyond. While some parameters may shift from what has applied during the Act of God Days, two pillars absolutely will remain the same: all state funding will continue uninterrupted and no schools will experience negative consequences to the extent possible.
ISBE contemplates that districts eventually will transition to Remote Instructional Days. ISBE has assembled an advisory group composed of teachers, administrators, and stakeholders to make recommendations about what Remote Instructional Days could look like. This advisory group will explore what is possible and what is reasonable under these unprecedented circumstances, always recognizing the incredible diversity and varying capacity of our 852 school districts.
MARCH 14, 2020 – Update
Per Governor JB Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-05, all schools public and nonpublic will be closed until March 30th. At this time, the State intends that schools will reopen March 31st.
MARCH 13, 2020 – Update
In conjunction with our local public school District #200, we will be closing school as of Monday, March 16th. We will be putting out a statement with additional details later today.
MARCH 12, 2020 – Update
We are in contact with the McHenry Co. Health Department. Regarding any school closure, we anticipate following the lead of our Woodstock Public School District #200. At this time, Crystal Lake Montessori school is still in session. If a decision is made to close the school, you will be notified by ClassDojo and by email. If you are concerned and prefer to keep your child at home, we support your decision.
Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As health officials monitor the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will continue to keep you informed and updated on our efforts to prevent the spread to our school and community.
At Crystal Lake Montessori, we understand your concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As information develops, we continue to take direction from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Here’s what we know:
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
While information suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, older individuals and those with severe underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems may be at higher risk.
How It Spreads
The virus appears to be spread from person-to-person in close contact, generally within about six feet.
Transmission from surfaces contaminated with the virus to a person has yet to be documented. Although we are still learning about COVID-19, we do know transmission is much more common through respiratory droplets than through surface contamination.
That said, evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.
Schools play an important role in our community’s effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In collaboration with local health departments, we will share information about the disease within our school community, review plans with local health officials, and protect our community — particularly those with special needs.
It is imperative to not only prevent the spread of COVID-19, but also minimize disruption in children’s learning and protect students and staff from any associated stigma or discrimination.
We are continuously implementing strategies to reduce any potential outbreak. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Daily deep cleaning and sanitizing, as outlined by the CDC
- Proper hand-washing practices
- Families are encouraged to keep students with cold and flu symptoms home
- Students with related symptoms will be sent home and families are encouraged to seek medical advice for lingering symptoms
The Montessori environment is ideal for hygiene and cleanliness lessons that can be applied in school and at home. From proper handwashing techniques to cleaning your workspace to being mindful of those around you.
What You Can Do
We ask for your continued support in our effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some steps you can take to keep us all safe:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when sick, except to get medical care
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throwing it in the trash and washing your hands promptly after
- If you don’t have a tissue, use the crook of your elbow to cough or sneeze
- Clean and disinfect surfaces in the home
- Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy
Helping Children Cope with Emotional Stress of COVID-19
Let’s remember, outbreaks such as these can be stressful for children. We ask that you talk with your children about the outbreak, try to stay calm, and reassure them that they are safe — as we will here at Crystal Lake Montessori.
We Will Keep you Updated as News on COVID-19 Develops
In the meantime, thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff healthy and safe.