Dear OPRF High School Families,
After careful consideration of information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding social distancing and the support of preventative measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in our community, we are canceling classes for students tomorrow, March 13. Administrators and staff, however, will be in attendance to prepare for the e-learning days that we will implement beginning on Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20. Students will not physically come to school, but these will be attendance days where they will have coursework and assignments. So our schedule is as follows:
- Friday, March 13: No classes for students; staff in attendance. Students and families may stop by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to pick up all essential items, books, and valuables. After this time students and families will not have any access to the school until further notice.
- Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20: A week of e-learning for all students.
- Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27: Spring Break.
The decision to institute at-home e-learning was difficult as we realize the significant impact on our students, families, and staff. However, the health and safety of our students and staff are our number one priority. We currently have no indication of the coronavirus in our schools but are initiating our e-learning plan out of an abundance of caution.
All OPRF teachers are adapting their lesson plans to continue instruction through next week. Frequently asked questions and information about expectations for students during OPRF e- learning days can be found by clicking here. Teachers will use different methods to deliver instruction, but all assignments will be meaningful and will keep courses moving forward.
Where to get factual information
- From the Village of Oak Park, which expects to have additional news by tomorrow morning.
- The Illinois Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.
- The Illinois Covid-19 hotline at 800.889-3931 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we make decisions going forward, we will be reviewing the ever-evolving information regarding coronavirus, consulting with health officials, and communicating future plans. We will continue to follow CDC and other epidemiological recommendations. It bears repeating that we have not been notified of any school or community member that has been diagnosed with this virus.
We will continue to share updated information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams