Shool Closure Update

Dear A-C Central Families,
 
Today, Governor Pritzker issued a Shelter in Place order and he also ordered that all schools remained closed through April 7 (potential return on Wednesday, April 8). Meals will continue to be provided throughout this school closure as they have been since it started. Our kitchen staff has been STELLAR in how they have responded to this crisis. It remains to be seen how those canceled school days will be treated as far as potential E-Learning, Act of God days, or how they might be handled. I will update you with that information as soon as I know more.
 
Our staff is committed to doing what is best for our children and understand the challenge this school closure creates. Our staff has committed to being available to support the experiences that were planned as best they can. We are grateful for their commitment to our students during the closure. It’s another example of A-C Central is such a special place for students.
 
I am proud to be part of a team that has the best interests of students in mind and is willing and ready to continue to support them during this unprecedented time. Our staff has stepped up in a MAJOR way to do whatever they can for our kids and each other. Please continue to stay tuned as we monitor the anticipated return date for any changes related to the status of school closures. In the interim, be safe and continue to be cognizant of the recommendations from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Health with respect to safety precautions (see below) and social distancing. Our custodial staff has been taking care of deep cleaning of the buildings during our time away to be ready for students when we return.
 
Concern over this new virus can make children anxious. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If adults seem overly worried, children's anxiety may rise. Adults should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.
 
Children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk, so the focus of the conversation should be concrete instructions about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infections can help reduce anxiety. Please talk with your children about precautions they can take to stay healthy, including:
● Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best, especially if they are visibly dirty. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a suitable alternative. Consider showing your children one of these videos about proper handwashing technique: www.cdc.gov/handwashing.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
● Stay home if you are able to stay home. Avoid travel if you can.
 
Other resources that may be beneficial are below.
 
Stay safe and be well.
 
Thank you,
 
Tim Page
 
Online resources shared by SASED for students with IEPs:
 
https://www.sased.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=994022&type=d&pREC_ID=1851446
 
The National Association of School Psychologists has additional guidelines about talking to children about COVID-19 at https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource.