Updated Message from Lincoln-Way 210 on Coronavirus (COVID-19)Wednesday, March 11, 2020
March 11, 2020
The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff continues to be the highest priority at Lincoln-Way District 210, and we are continuing to closely monitor the potential spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The CDC has described COVID-19 as a “rapidly evolving situation.” Moving forward, health authorities may issue new guidance, and we will keep you updated on any impact it may have on our schools. Lincoln-Way schools will continue to implement additional procedures that are in line with best practices and recommendations.
In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Lincoln-Way District 210 is taking the following steps:
Review, update, and implement emergency operations plans (EOPs):
While there have been no reported cases in Will County as of March 11, Lincoln-Way administration continues to collaborate with the Will County Health Department, as well as follow the guidance established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Monitor and plan for absenteeism:
Lincoln-Way 210 will continue to monitor absenteeism patterns for students and staff, as well as disease surveillance in all buildings. This information is shared daily with the Will County Health Department in order to detect and respond to any outbreak in our buildings. We will continue to provide information to employees about the extent of potential infection at school sites and potential changes that might occur at school.
Continue to foster best practices in the health offices for students who are ill:
Students who arrive at school ill, or become ill at school, will be sent home as soon as possible. Sick students will be kept separated from well students as much as possible.
Continue to perform routine environmental cleaning:
ABM, which provides our custodial services, continues to follow the recommended processes for cleaning and disinfecting with products registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Every classroom at all three Lincoln-Way High Schools has been provided disinfecting wipes, and additional hand sanitizers have been placed throughout all three buildings. Clorox 360 Electrostatic Fogging machines are also being used.
Possible school closure:
Lincoln-Way will follow ISBE guidelines that are updated frequently. In the event of an extended school closure, Lincoln-Way District 210 will adhere to the following schedule:
• The first five days of school closure will be made up at the end of the school year as pre-established emergency days.
• Any subsequent days may be considered “Enrichment e-Learning” days.
“Enrichment e-Learning” Days:
Notification: Parents and students will be notified of Enrichment e-Learning days the same as they have been informed of other school closings. The announcement will be posted on the website, www.lw210.org, communicated via other social media outlets, as well as a phone call via School Messenger.
Assignments: Assignments will be communicated with students via email or the teacher Microsoft Office Teams site. Consideration will be given to students needing additional time to complete assignments due to unforeseen circumstances.
Attendance: Parents will receive an email each morning with a custom link to complete their student’s attendance. This link must be used to report your student as participating in the Enrichment e-Learning day.
Although we hope that a school closure will not be necessary, we want to be prepared in order to provide our students with continued learning experiences. In the event of a school closing, more detailed information will be provided.