This afternoon, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a statement in which he suspended in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. At the April 28th Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education meeting, the administration will present the board of education with options to consider for how District 205 moves forward with upcoming events such as graduation and summer school.
D205 has been in regular communication with government and health officials. This afternoon, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a decision to extend statewide school closures and the “Stay at Home” order until April 30, 2020.
The extension follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an announcement from the White House extending physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020.
D205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer is examining the decision and will share how this impacts district-wide plans beyond our current closure as soon as possible.
In response to the the COVID-19 outbreak, the D205 Foundation has launched a Community Impact Fund. With your philanthropic support, this fund will allow the Foundation to rapidly deploy flexible resources to Elmhurst schools and community based organizations who are at the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
To assist students and families while schools are closed, the D205 Food Services Department is offering meal pick-up services during the closure period. Open this story for pickup days and times.
The COVID-19 health landscape continues to evolve rapidly as evidenced by Governor Pritzker’s mandate that all schools close across the state. The governor’s decision was in sync with my decision on Friday in advance of that announcement to close all Elmhurst Community School Unit District 205 schools and offices beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. The closure schedule is as follows:
We always thank our Emerson Elementary School residents for the pride and interest they take in our schools. District 205 is adding a detention pond on the west side of the Emerson campus in order to mitigate flooding. The project not only benefits the school but will improve conditions for neighboring residents.
Emerson has flooded for many years. The stormwater would flow from the adjacent church onto the school parking lot and straight into the first floor doors. In every heavy rain, District 205 staff would place sandbags in front of the doors to prevent the stormwater from flowing into the school. This project will help steer the water into a stormwater retention area in the southwest section of the Emerson property.
In order to establish the detention pond, several trees were removed. However, the District will plant about 22 new trees on the property after the construction is completed. The trunks from several trees will be repurposed as furniture in an outdoor classroom. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make our school better for our students and neighbors.