CHICAGO – Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced on Tuesday that he is extending the stay-at-home order until Thursday, April 30.
“I will be signing an executive order to extend Illinois’ disaster proclamation, our stay at home order & our suspension of on site learning at schools through the end of the month of April,” Governor Pritzker said at his daily press briefing. All Illinois school buildings will remain closed during that time, but e-learning or remote learning will continue.
“Under this extended order, schools will transition from act of god days to remote learning days,” said Governor Pritzker. “These days will not need to be made up.” He also stated that “all grades during this time should be used as feedback instead of instruments for compliance.”
“Please know we are changing the day we are resuming e-learning next week to Tuesday, April 7,” said IPSD 204 Superintendent Karen Sullivan, in a statement released to the community. “There will be no e-learning classes on Monday [April 6]. We are making this change to provide time on Monday for our teachers to collaboratively plan for the now extended e-learning activities.”
“Thank you for your patience as we chart the next steps for our students,” said Sullivan. “Please know we are working to provide the best opportunities for our students, under unprecedented circumstances.”
“Remote learning will look different for every district. Students are going through a situation for which they have no control,” said Governor Pritzker. “Our first response must be empathy.”