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Update: DeKalb School District won't close schools, will postpone large events until further notice

Superintendent Jamie Craven: 'we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak'

In a message sent to D-428 families and staff late Wednesday, Superintendent Jamie Craven said district leaders continue to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak and its possible implications on local schools.
In a message sent to D-428 families and staff late Wednesday, Superintendent Jamie Craven said district leaders continue to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak and its possible implications on local schools.

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DeKALB – After consideration Thursday, the DeKalb School District 428 announced it will not close schools amidst coronavirus concerns, but will postpone all large public events until further notice.

The announcement came from Superintendent Jamie Craven around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, after Gov. J.B. Pritzker urged the state the cease large gatherings, and announced seven other cases of COVID-19, including another in Kane County and another in McHenry County.

"Cancellations will be communicated by each program an school through our Skylert message system, emails and building Facebook pages," Craven said in his statement posted to the district's social media pages.

The district will continue school as recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which will include normal school hours and after-school activities such as practice rehearsals and clubs.

"Please note, however that this is a fluid situation and our plans could quickly change," he continued.

During Thursday's meeting, administrators reviewed the district's E-Learning platform in the event they'll have to teach students remotely, a model many schools across the country are moving toward as the virus continues to spread.

Craven said district leaders remain in contact with local public health officials and the Illinois State Board of Education.

All public schools in DeKalb County will be meeting Friday afternoon at the DeKalb County Public Health Department for a more in-depth conversation about procedures and protocol, he said.

"The health and well-being of our students and staff are always our number one concern," Craven said. "We will continue to monitor the situation, continue to communicate with the DeKalb County Health Department, and update our families if further action needs to be taken."

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