Latest update from the superintendent

Dear Families and Students,

We want to thank you again for all you are doing to support the school and our students during these difficult times, when so many of you are also trying to manage your own work and obligations. You have been so patient as we work through an exceptionally fluid situation with state guidelines that change almost daily, and we truly appreciate it. 

Local Covid-19 results
Below we have new information about grading student work during this time. But first, I do want to share an update from Oak Park Public Health Director Mike Charley, who announced today that a village resident has tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus, the first positive case in Oak Park. The individual, an adult male in his 30s, currently is recovering at home and is in isolation. You can read more by clicking here

Please note that the village has announced that the Illinois Department of Public Health has notified local health departments that the number of residents tested and the number of negative results will no longer be reported; only positive test results will be shared. That bulletin is available by clicking here

River Forest does not have its own local health department and therefore falls under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Health Department. To date, we have not received notice of any positive cases in River Forest.

Update on grading student work
Yesterday the Illinois State Board of Education shared new guidelines on school closures. You can see that document by clicking here.

Here is our guidance for you based on that document: 

  1. For work assigned Tuesday or later, grades may be issued only if they improve a student’s academic standing. The State Board of Education has stated that student work completed during the statewide school closure March 17-30 must not affect student grades unless it is to improve those grades. 
  2. Work assigned this week is important and needs to be completed. Teachers may grade some work, but whether they do or not, students are responsible for engaging in learning and for working to understand the concepts and material.

If you have specific questions about this information, please email Associate Superintendent Greg Johnson ( or Director of Student Learning Laurie Fiorenza (, who oversee all curriculum and instruction.

Thank you, and be well.


Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams