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Shelter In Place, School Closures Extended

Tuesday afternoon Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzer announced the state-wide shelter in place order due to COVID-19 will remain in place until April 30. As of now, schools will also remain closed until at least that date.

Schools will transition from ‘Act of God’ days to Remote Learning days; these days will count and not need to be made up.

Okawville schools’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the primary focus of the West Washington County Unit District 10 School Board meeting Thursday.

Superintendent Scott Fuhrhop said that the time missed thus far is designated as an Act of God, and thus educational opportunities have been limited.

“With Act of God, teachers aren’t allowed to give out grades, and they can’t introduce new materials,” Fuhrhop said. “Our teachers and tech aid, Jane Ford, did a great job of putting together materials on short notice so our kids did have some things to do during the shutdown.”

Read more from the school board meeting in this week’s issue.

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