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FSD79 Coronavirus Updates

April 17, 2020

FSD79 Physical Schools Closed Through Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year

Today, the Governor announced that all physical schools in the State of Illinois will be closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. As a result, Fremont School District 79’s physical schools and buildings will continue to be closed through the remainder of the school year. We will continue with our eLearning process during this time. We will continue to keep families updated on a timely basis of any pertinent developments, including plans for summer school. Thank you.

 


March 31, 2020

FSD79 Mandated School Closure Extended

Today, the Governor announced the issuance of an extension of the “Stay-At-Home” order for the State of Illinois, as well as an extension of the mandatory school closure order. These will continue through April 30. As a result, Fremont School District 79’s physical schools and buildings will continue to be closed through April 30. We will have an anticipated reopen date of May 1. We will continue with our eLearning process during this time.

We will continue to keep families updated on a timely basis of any pertinent developments. Thank you.

 


March 20, 2020

FSD79 Mandated School Closure Extended

In our continuing commitment to provide the latest updates as it relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Fremont School District 79’s physical schools and buildings will continue to be closed through April 7 due to the extension of the mandated school closure order issued by the Governor today. We will have an anticipated reopen date of April 8. 

FSD79 still will be observing Spring Break from March 23 through March 27 before resuming eLearning activities on Monday, March 30.

Today’s announcement from the Governor also included a “Stay-At-Home” order for the State of Illinois, which will begin Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. and will continue through Tuesday, April 7. During this time, Illinois residents are still permitted to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, go on walks, etc.

We will continue to keep families updated on a timely basis of any pertinent developments. Thank you.

 


March 17, 2020

Student Grades During Mandated Closures - Update

Fremont School District 79 would like to share a development that was communicated by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today. As we know, the previous direction from ISBE was that school districts were not permitted to assign grades to any student work during any of the mandated closure dates (Act of God days) issued by the Governor. Today, that direction from ISBE was revised as follows: “Student work completed during the mandated statewide school closure must not negatively impact a student’s grades or otherwise impact a student’s academic standing. As we do not yet know the full extent of the closure and want to minimize any negative effects on students, schools may allow student work to count during the closure only to increase a student’s academic standing.”

We appreciate your continued flexibility as we work promptly to adhere to ongoing developments and changing requirements. Please feel free to contact classroom teachers with any specific questions.

 


 

March 16, 2020

Act of God and eLearning Days

As previously shared by Fremont School District 79, our physical schools and buildings are now closed and will remain closed until our anticipated reopen date of Monday, April 6. During this time, we are implementing eLearning activities from March 16-20 and March 30-April 3.  

As we know, the Governor issued mandatory school closure dates beginning March 17 with a reopen date of March 31. Per the State of Illinois, these are considered Act of God days, which do not count as actual school days since they are forgiven on the school calendar. School districts are encouraged to ensure continuous learning during these days. 

Currently, Act of God days are days that are forgiven on the school calendar and are not required to be made up at any time. eLearning days are remote learning days that are declared by a school district and count as an actual school day; therefore, student assignments can also be graded. While eLearning can take place as a method for learning on an Act of God day, the two types of days are technically defined independent of one another. 

FSD79 will be promoting student learning through the duration of our closure by utilizing our eLearning procedures. However, no official grades for student work can be issued during the Act of God days. While no grades will be issued on Act of God days, our focus on promoting meaningful, engaging, and authentic student learning will not be sacrificed. We encourage all of our families to do their best to reinforce the learning experiences we are providing, whether it is an official “eLearning” day (March 16 and March 31 to April 3) or an official “Act of God” day (March 17-March 30).

 


 

March 13, 2020

FSD79 Physical Schools and Buildings Closed Beginning March 16

In our continuing efforts to safeguard the health and wellness of our students, staff, and the community, after collaboration with other area school districts and considering the recommendations of public health officials regarding limiting the gathering of large groups, Fremont School District 79 will be closing all of its physical schools and buildings beginning Monday, March 16. We have an anticipated reopen date of Monday, April 6. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and as a precautionary measure to limit the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) illness in our community.

In lieu of onsite classes, we will be implementing eLearning activities beginning Monday, March 16, which will adhere to our published eLearning procedures. These eLearning activities will take place from March 16-20, as well as from March 30-April 3. There will not be any eLearning days during our scheduled Spring Break (March 23-27). We will make sure students bring home all their devices, chargers, and any materials they will need to complete assignments. These eLearning days will not require additional school days to be added to the school calendar in June. 

As previously noted, all scheduled before-school and after-school activities, as well as field trips, concerts, and facility rentals are cancelled until further notice.

If your family is planning on taking a trip to a Level 2 or Level 3 country, we ask that you please contact your school’s principal to communicate your plans. For the safety of everyone, we request that you please adhere to the CDC’s guidance related to travel. To view an interactive map that shows current global travel advisory levels, please visit the following Department of State website.

In the meantime, we would like to provide a reminder of these basic steps that everyone should be taking to minimize the spread of illnesses:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We are committed to following the recommendations of our public health officials and doing our part in taking preventative measures to mitigate the impact of this pandemic. The decision to close our physical schools and buildings is not one we are making lightly. We understand this may cause challenges for some families; however, we believe this decision is in the best interest of our school community at this time. We will continue to keep parents informed throughout this process. As always, the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and the community remains our top priority.

For the latest information on the Coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websiteIllinois Department of Public Health website, and the Lake County Health Department website.

 


 

March 12, 2020 

FSD79 Cancellations

After thorough review and consideration, while schools will remain open and all classes will continue as scheduled at this time, Fremont School District 79 will be implementing the following cancellations as a proactive precaution to mitigate the risk of any potential exposure to the Coronavirus until further notice, but until at least March 30, 2020, effective immediately: 

  • Visitors from outside groups/organizations;
  • Volunteers in schools;
  • Field trips;
  • All concerts;
  • All before-school and after-school activities; and
  • All facility rentals.

 These cancellations involving FSD79 students will apply to both “home” and “away” events. No cancellation determinations have been made regarding field trips to Camp Duncan, Springfield, and Washington, D.C. at this time. In the event that any of those specific field trips will be cancelled, additional communication will be made. 

Right at School is the only before-school and after-school program that will not be cancelled at this time. 

As we continue to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus, please know that we are in regular consultation with experts in infectious disease and in contact with other school districts. We make decisions based upon what is best for our students, employees, and the larger community. In the event that we need to close schools, we will proceed with our eLearning procedures and parents will be notified. For now, no decision has been made to close schools. As this Coronavirus is spreading quickly, that decision could change quickly, as well.

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we implement these proactive precautions. Thank you.

 


 

March 10, 2020

FSD79 Coronavirus Update

Fremont School District 79 remains committed to providing regular updates as it relates to the spread of the Coronavirus disease and how it impacts our schools. 

Surface Protectant Application

As mentioned in an email last Wednesday that also was posted on the District’s website, FSD79 proceeded with the application of a microbiostatic surface protectant last weekend throughout all of its schools and buildings, as well as on all of its school buses. This safe, colorless, and odorless application will complement all of FSD79’s current disinfection practices.

Spring Break

As we all know, spring break is right around the corner and many families may have scheduled upcoming trips during this time. If your family is planning on taking a trip to a Level 2 or Level 3 country, we ask that you please contact your school’s principal to communicate your plans. For the safety of everyone, we request that you please adhere to the CDC’s guidance related to travel. To view an interactive map that shows current global travel advisory levels, please visit the following Department of State website.

We will continue to follow the guidance and direct recommendations of the Lake County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control when considering any cancellations.

In the meantime, we would like to remind you of these basic steps that everyone should be taking to minimize the spread of this and any respiratory illness:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

As always, the safety and well-being of our students, teachers, and staff, remains our top priority. Thank you for your continued help in assisting with this process.

 


 

March 4, 2020

FSD79 Surface Protectant Application

As a follow-up to Fremont School District 79’s statement on the Coronavirus disease that was included in the February 28, 2020 e-newsletter, as well as posted on the District’s website, FSD79 is implementing an additional proactive approach to best prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

This week, FSD79 will be applying a microbiostatic surface protectant throughout all of its schools and buildings, as well as on all of its school buses. This EPA-registered and USDA-accepted surface protection will greatly enhance all of FSD79’s current disinfection practices.

Pathogens are drawn to the protectant on the treated surface and impaled on microscopic spikes, which rupture the cell membrane and ultimately eliminate the possibility of any adaptive organisms. Each application of the product leaves the treated surface protected from viruses and bacteria for up to 90 days and can be reapplied as needed thereafter.

The safety and well-being of our students, teachers, and staff is of utmost importance. We are pleased to take this proactive measure in order to best protect everyone’s health. For the latest updates on the Coronavirus or the flu, please visit the CDC websiteIDPH website, and the LCHD website.

 


 

Feb. 28, 2020

Statement on Coronavirus Disease

Fremont School District 79 is continuing to closely monitor the status of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As of February 28, 2020, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has indicated that there has been only two positive (confirmed) cases in Illinois and has not recommended cancelling classes or mass gatherings. As we know, the situation continues to evolve and recommendations are subject to change. 

It is important to note that, according to the IDPH, there are other respiratory viruses like influenza currently circulating in Illinois. Fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing are symptoms associated with all of them. Therefore, anyone exhibiting these symptoms should not be assumed to have the Coronavirus. If your student, or anyone in your family, develops such symptoms, please contact your medical provider immediately.

You and your family can take the following best-practice safety precautions to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Our nurses will remain vigilant in monitoring our students, especially in cases where students exhibit symptoms that may be associated with the Coronavirus. Our District is in contact with the Lake County Health Department (LCHD) to receive the latest information. According to the LCHD, they continue to work with related federal, state, and local agencies to monitor the Coronavirus and share critical information among those agencies. 

Should the Coronavirus develop in our area, we will follow the direction of the Lake County Health Department (LCHD), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In the extreme event of a necessary school closing, FSD79 will utilize our eLearning Plan.

We will continue to share important information with parents as it becomes available. In the meantime, here are links for more information on the Coronavirus outbreak:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information

Illinois Department of Public Health Information

Lake County Health Department Information