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Oswego School District 308 officials confirmed Friday, March 13, that students will not be in attendance during the week of March 16 to March 20, due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 or coronavirus.
The announcement affects the district's 21 schools and approximately 18,000 students.
No COVID-19 cases have been reported at any district schools or in Kendall or Will counties, according to the district. The district serves Oswego and portions of Montgomery, Aurora, Plainfield, Joliet and Yorkville.
In an email sent to parents and staff, Director of Communications and Public Relations Theresa Komitas confirmed the change in schedule.
According to the email, students will not have access to school buildings once they leave today, Friday so they have been instructed to take all important belongings and textbooks home with them today.
Building nurses and administrators will be present in school buildings next week, so that student medications can be signed out by parents if needed while students are not in school.
Students may be kept out of school longer than the coming week, the email stated, depending on the health risk in the community. The district's Spring Break will still last from Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27.
Staff members have been instructed to attend the district's institute day on Monday, March 16. Additional details for staff members will be sent out this afternoon, according to the e-mail.
Details regarding e-learning or alternative learning plans for students while schools are closed will be sent to all district families no later than Monday afternoon. The district will also make available resources for students who do not have access to electronic devices or the Internet.
Food pick-up will be available to families in need, the e-mail confirmed, with more information coming soon.
Komitas also confirmed that schools will still serve as polling places for the March 17 primary as planned.
A separate letter issued by the district Friday confirmed that all facility rentals will be canceled for at least 30 days, with the exception of the Oswegoland Park District's Kids Connection before and after school programming. All district sponsored, or district organized field trips, travel and community-based instruction outings have been canceled through May 1.
All district employee travel, conference, and professional development attendance out-of-district is suspended until further notice, the letter confirmed. A deep clean for infection control will take place at all district facilities and all buses over this weekend.
Board of Education President Lauri Doyle also confirmed that the board will still meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 16 in the Community Room of Oswego East High School.