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COVID-19 Update: March 16

Reported by webmaster@ipsd.org on 3/16/20

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Dear District 204 Community,

First, let me thank you for your support following Friday's announcement to move to e-learning. As we have seen, this is a rapidly evolving situation with new information and guidelines being released, sometimes multiple times a day. Please expect to be receiving a lot of digital communication in the coming days. We are also posting all of our updates on our website.

Here are today's updates:

MEAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: We will still be providing breakfast and lunch for families who participate in our meal assistance program. Families that require a meal can pick up a grab and go bag with breakfast and lunch each morning at the elementary school in their neighborhood starting Wednesday, March 18. We are using First Student buses to assist with delivery to our elementary schools. You can pick up your meals near door 1 between 11 am and 1 pm each day. For planning purposes, please let us know how many days you will be picking up a meal by completing this form.

E-LEARNING: Our teachers used Monday's scheduled School Improvement Day to work remotely in planning for Wednesday's start of e-learning for our students. The state is no longer requiring schools to take attendance from now until March 30, so student daily attendance will not be taken at this time.

INTERNET ACCESS FOR E-LEARNING: Many companies have provided information about free or greatly reduced internet connectivity resources for families. You can find information here.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: We are seeing new directives from state leadership and the CDC regarding social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. We ask that you partner with us in "flattening the curve", and helping to stop the outbreak.

For it to be effective, we ask that you follow the recent CDC recommendations:
• Avoid gathering in public places, especially in close proximity to others.
• Avoid close contact with those that are sick.
• Try to keep 6-10 feet between yourself and others, give yourself space.
• Be at home as much as possible.
• Try to limit who you and your children interact with to the same people you typically are around.

Kids and families should not:
• Be gathering in large groups. This is a time to be close with those that are closest to you.
• Be visiting each other's homes or having sleepovers.
• Sharing food or drink.
• Competing in team sporting activities. Use this time to train individually or with someone in the home.

Kids and families should:
• Avoid excessive media coverage of COVID-19
• Take care of their body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
• Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
• Spend time outside. Fresh air and exercise is one of the best things you can do over the next few weeks.
• Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with friends or family members. Maintain healthy relationships.
• Use your technology and social media for good purposes. Support one another and show that you care for one another.
• Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.
• Keep following the practice of washing your hands regularly and covering your cough or sneeze.

Lastly, please know we are confident we will get through this challenging time, and we will do it by supporting our students and our community. I will update you again tomorrow. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Karen Sullivan
Superintendent

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