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DeKalb Superintendent responds to Gov. Pritzker's 'Act of God' statement on e-learning

Despite Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's comments that March school shutdowns due to the coronavirus don't require e-learning, DeKalb Superintendent Jamie Craven said DeKalb schools will continue e-learning as planned.
Despite Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's comments that March school shutdowns due to the coronavirus don't require e-learning, DeKalb Superintendent Jamie Craven said DeKalb schools will continue e-learning as planned.

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DeKALB - Despite Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's comments that March school shutdowns due to the coronavirus don't require e-learning, DeKalb Superintendent Jamie Craven said DeKalb schools will continue e-learning as planned.

"It is our position that we have a moral and ethical obligation to our students and families to provide continued educational opportunities for our students," Craven said in a statement to district families Monday morning.

DeKalb County school began e-learning Monday, after Pritzker's order to close all schools through the end of the month to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. DeKalb, Sycamore School District 427 and Genoa-Kingston District 424 will all continue teaching students via e-learning, an online curriculum platform for continued and remote education through Google Classroom and other means.

Craven's response was due to comments made by Pritzker who declared the two-week shutdown "Act of God" days, meaning they wouldn't need to be made up at the end of the school year and e-learning was not a required component of the closures.

"While that is the message that was shared with school districts, the Illinois State Board of Education also strongly encourage districts to maintain a continuity of educational opportunities during these mandated closures," Craven said. "We will continue to offer our e-learning platform and strongly encourage parents to have children actively engaged."

Schools will be closed to students and the public beginning Tuesday, after students have had a chance to pick up any forgotten school supplies or other items Monday as they begin e-learning. Two free meals will also be provided in all three districts daily for those in need at select pick-up sites.

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