This messages was sent on March 12, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians, Students and Staff,
We are writing to provide another update regarding preparation and decisions to address the possible spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within District 207, including information on the cancellation of school-related events in District 207.
First and foremost, there are NO reported cases of Coronavirus connected to any of our school or district at this time. However, out of an abundance of caution, District 207 is cancelling all events connected to the schools that are outside of the regular school day.
This includes co-curricular and extracurricular activities (events and activities that begin before school starts at 8:20 a.m. and events and activities that begin after school ends at 3:20 p.m. are included in these cancellations). Co-curricular and extracurricular activities include athletics, concerts and other performances. These cancellations are effective immediately and will continue through Sunday, March 29. All school rentals are cancelled through March 29.
The preschool classes within our schools (Maine East, Maine South and Maine West) will be cancelled after the preschool sessions scheduled for Friday, March 13 until further notice.
To the extent possible:
- Activities such as student internships and career training that is part of a student’s regular instructional program will continue.
- If a work/internship site is not operating, then that part of a student’s instructional program will be cancelled until the site is operating again.
Administration will reassess the cancellations and share information on or before March 29.
The plan right now is for all of our schools to stay open and continue to hold classes. However, if additional information comes to light and it is determined schools will be closed, we will inform parents/guardians, students and staff. If we do need to close school, a letter was recently sent about our plans and our approach to e-Learning so students can continue with our educational program. The letter explains the process that will be used in the event of a school closing. e-Learning will help avoid gaps in instructional days and will help move the curriculum forward. https://maine207.org/e-learning/
Parents/guardians, students and staff should know that our facilities teams are actively cleaning and sanitizing high touch places in the buildings such as handrails, doorknobs, faucet handles, etc. each day.
Parents/guardians should be reminded that they always have the final decision making when it comes to whether or not to send their child to school. If a parent determines not to send their child to school for any reason, please call the school attendance office to report the absence.
Maine East – 847-692-8321
Maine South (Black Team) – 847-692-8213
Maine South (Red Team) – 847-692-8216
Maine South (White Team) – 847-692-8204
Maine West – 847-827-7746
Frost Academy – 847-292-6521
Information That Has Been Shared with Parents, Students and Staff Earlier
If parents/guardians, students or staff are traveling out of the U.S., please self-report that information.
Parents/Guardians and Staff Self-Report Here: http://bit.ly/207selfreport
An email to staff with the self-reporting form was sent earlier.
More information about self-reporting can be found here: https://maine207.org/news/travel-outside-the-u-s-self-reporting-letter/.
Note that per federal and state guidelines, students, family members or staff returning from mainland China and/or students, family members or staff who have travelled to or had stopovers in countries that are considered Level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or higher should self-quarantine for 14 days. If you are in this situation, please contact the Cook County Department of Public Health (708) 633-4000 or 1-800-889-3931 to work through the details of self-quarantine and contact your child’s school health office to report the self-quarantine.
Maine East – 847-692-8317
Maine South – 847-692-8199
Maine West – 847-803-5751
Frost Academy – 847-292-6521
Information about the current Level 3 countries can be found on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
What You Can Do:
Please help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses by taking these preventative actions:
* Stay home and limit contact with others if you are sick
* Call or see your doctor if you have a fever, cough, body aches, and fatigue
* Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
* Cover your cough or sneeze
* Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
We take this issue seriously and administrators are regularly meeting to discuss the situation that is changing on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. Thank you for your continued support and working with us. Please know that administrators will continue to monitor the situation and are committed to making sure students, parents and staff are informed.