March 20, 2020
Dear D76 Families,
On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm, through the end of April 7. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that school will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week.
During this stay at home order, essential school personnel may still report to work as long as they are practicing social distancing. We want you to know the Governor’s office has assured school districts that school personnel involved in providing meals will not be in violation of the Governor’s executive order and that we can, and should, continue with our program, which has had a tremendous impact in making sure our students are not going hungry while school is closed.
Food will continue to be available for curbside pickup (drive-up or walk-up) at West Oak Campus, 26156 N. Acorn Lane, in front of door #9. Pick up time is between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm
Food pickup will be available ONLY on the following days:
- Tuesday, March 24th
- Thursday, March 26th
- Monday, March 30th (pick up 2 meals. 1 for Monday AND Tuesday)
- Wednesday, April 1st (pick up 3 meals. 1 for Wednesday, Thursday, AND Friday)
- Monday, April 6th (pick up 2 meals. 1 for Monday AND Tuesday)
In addition, the Governor has made it clear that, while he’s serious about using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, he wants residents to still be able to work, shop at grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and get medication from the pharmacy. Rest assured, we are committed to doing our best to provide meals and deliver continuity of education.
Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus. As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, I will continue to communicate in a timely and transparent manner.
Bhavna Sharma-Lewis Ph.D
Superintendent of Schools