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4-20-20 Superintendent Update

COVID-19 Updates


District 157 Community:
On March 23, 2020, I was notified by a staff member that one of our parents has a confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The parent is currently in self-quarantine to avoid spreading the illness to others. Due to health privacy laws, the identity of the parent or the child’s school will not be released.  The parent’s child is not exhibiting any symptoms at this time.   Please respect the parent’s privacy during this incredibly difficult time.
As you probably are aware, the coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your family about the following prevention measures:
• Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
• Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm. As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people with coronavirus have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia.
Individuals who need medical care should call their medical providers to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: devans@hsdist157.org
Dr. Dwayne E. Evans
Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District 157


 Dear Staff and Community Members:

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm, through the end of April 7. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that schools will remain closed, with a new projected reopening date of April 8. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week.
During this stay at home order, essential school personnel may still report to work if they are practicing social distancing. We want you to know the governor’s office has assured school districts that school personnel involved in providing meals or cleaning schools will not be in violation of the governor’s executive order and that we can, and should, continue with our meal program and cleaning our schools, which has had a tremendous impact in making sure our students are not going hungry while school is closed. 
In addition, the governor has made it clear that, while he’s serious about using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, he wants residents to still be able to work, shop at grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and get medication from the pharmacy. Rest assured, we are committed to doing our best to provide meals and deliver continuity of education. 
Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus.  As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, we will continue to communicate in a timely manner.
Dr. Dwayne E. Evans
Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District 157

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