March 13, 2020
Dear District 227 Families,
In District 227, the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. We are closely monitoring the situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Cook County Department of Public Health. There is currently no recommendation to close District 227 schools.
However, there are some cancellations of which you should be aware:
Effective March 13, all field trips and out-of-state trips will be canceled until further notice.
The IHSA basketball tournament has been cancelled. Our band will not perform.
The robotics tournament on March 14 has been canceled.
As of today, our Food Service Department is taking the following preventative measures:
Self-service areas of our cafeterias, such as staff salad bars and student topping bars, will be eliminated and replaced with pre-packaged items that do not require touching serving utensils or serving themselves out of open containers.
All items, such as apples and oranges, and toppings will be put in individual containers or served to students and staff by a food service worker on the other side of the service counter.
Our school bus contractor, Cook-Illinois Corporation, will take additional sanitary measures, including using proven safe and effective products to wipe down and disinfect buses on a daily basis. In the event that we become aware that they have transported a student with COVID-19, they will take the bus out of service until it is certain the virus can no longer survive.
This weekend, our Buildings and Grounds team will conduct a deep cleaning of all schools and technology throughout all District 227 campuses.
We are taking these actions out of an abundance of caution to protect the health of our students, staff, and families.
We also encourage everyone to be mindful of key preventative measures. The CDC offers some tips on its website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of coronavirus, including:
Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
In addition, please remember that if children are sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention.
Dr. Johnnie Thomas