District 91 has extended the date schools will remain closed until at least Tuesday, April 14. A March 27 email to parents from Supt. Lou Cavallo said the district is awaiting instruction from the governor and state superintendent about further mandatory closure, but in the meantime the district has decided to extend the closure past April 8.

eLearning will resume after spring break on March 30, with teachers providing instruction and accessible to students from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Students can access lessons via Google Classroom, Zoom and other formats. According to the message, “Your child’s teacher will provide more information about how to access these lessons,” and an attendance document will be shared with parents.

Parents of kids in first or second grade that don’t have a computer or tablet can email their child’s principal and a Chromebook pick up will be arranged.

Lunches for all students in district will be provided to those in need from 11 a.m. until noon at Garfield School, 543 Hannah Ave., and at the rear gym entrance (door 15) of Forest Park Middle School on the 900 block of Ferdinand.

Those picking up lunches are instructed to practice social distancing and not go around the tables that are placed in front of the doors; staff will put lunches on the table for pick-up.

Cavallo also strongly encouraged parents to let their children get some outdoor time and exercise.

“Keep in mind, however, that congregating on the playground equipment at the schools is not a good idea,” said Cavallo in the email. “We still need to practice social distancing and remain isolated from others at this time. Also, we are not cleaning and disinfecting the playground equipment daily at the schools.”

Playground equipment at the park district and at village owned parks is off limits as well.

More D91 information is available here.