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Jason Stabler, 3 days ago

March 31, 2020 Dear Storm Families and Staff, On Tuesday, March 31st, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an extension of his “Stay-at-Home” order for the entire state, which started Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The order has now been extended through the end of April. This order essentially commands residents to stay in their homes as the officials take measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Residents can still shop for groceries, put gas in their cars, take walks outside, and collect prescriptions from pharmacies. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well. Under the governor’s directive, schools will continue to be closed and use Remote Learning through Thursday, April 30th. Schools will tentatively reopen Friday, May 1st unless otherwise mandated by the governor, Illinois State Board of Education, or local health agencies. This mandated closure also extends the canceling of all school activities and events, including sports, meetings, etc. Food services will continue to be available during the school closure. For more information on Food Distribution, please read our Meal Distribution Information. Our District has worked extremely hard to prepare Remote Learning opportunities for the students in order to maintain a continuity of education. Each building is unique; therefore, you will receive or have already received directions on how to access your child’s materials either online or by paper, depending on your preferred method of delivery. Teachers have and will continue to develop learning activities that are engaging and meaningful, not work that may add additional stress for students and families. And, to ensure that these tasks can be accomplished successfully by all students, teachers will be available via email to answer questions related to all coursework. Since we understand that this time may be difficult for some families and will require all to be flexible, we will also have school counselors available to help navigate students and families through these stressful changes; if needed, please contact your school or visit the counseling resources provided on the district’s webpage. It is with the guidance and mandates of state officials that we work to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the Bureau Valley family. We strongly encourage our population to follow the advice of officials in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. This is a new experience for all of us. We thank you in advance for your patience and support while we move through these unchartered waters together. Sincerely, The Bureau Valley CUSD #340 Administrative Team

Jason Stabler

Jason Stabler, 5 days ago

In an effort to obey the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order and practice social distancing, we will now ONLY be distributing meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This plan will go into effect on Monday, March 30th. These FREE meals will be provided for children ages 18 and younger, or others who are currently enrolled at Bureau Valley CUSD #340. Families will be provided with 2 lunch meals and 2 breakfast meals via curbside service to span the entire week. If distribution days and times were to change due to the fluidity of the situation, district administration will provide notification to all community members. WHERE AND WHEN CAN I PICK UP THESE MEALS? Buda - Bus Stop (Younggren Center) Manlius - High School Front Door Sheffield - Bus Stop (United Church of Christ) Walnut - Elementary School a.m. parent drop off circle Wyanet - Elementary School a.m. parent drop off circle WHEN CAN I PICK UP THESE MEALS? Meals can be picked up at each site from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. We ask that people pick up one bag per child in their care and immediately leave the site. WHAT IF I CAN’T GET TO THE SITE? Call your students' building between the hours of 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. and we will try our best to accommodate you. CAN I COME ONCE AND GET ENOUGH FOOD FOR THE WEEK? Due to our resources, it is best to get food every other day. If you have limited transportation, please call your building and make your needs known and we will do our best to accommodate you. CAN I COME HELP PREPARE/DISTRIBUTE MEALS? We appreciate the community's willingness to help! At this time we are trying our best to follow the social distancing guidelines and will be using our staff only.

Jason Stabler

Jason Stabler, 7 days ago

Dear Bureau Valley Communities, Earlier today, we were notified that a staff member at Bureau Valley High School has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon receiving that information, I immediately contacted the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Bureau County Health Department, and the Illinois State Board of Education for their guidance. After an investigation, health department officials have indicated that the employee likely contracted the virus after last being on school grounds. As a result, we have been advised that employees and students are considered “low risk” for potentially being exposed to the virus from this employee. Due to health privacy laws, the identity of the employee will not be released. COVID-19 shares many symptoms with more common respiratory diseases. According to the Bureau County Health Department, you should monitor yourself for any signs of illness (fever, cough, or shortness of breath). If you are experiencing any symptoms, you should contact your local health care provider. Click here to view further guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health on COVID-19, or click here for more local information from the Bureau County Health Department. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the number of cases can be reduced by adhering to the Governor’s stay at home order, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and maintaining space from others when in public. We remind all to follow these measures to protect yourselves, your families, and your fellow community members. As demonstrated through previous communication and actions this school year, the safety of our students, families, and communities is the highest priority. The district administrative team will continue to monitor the situation and be in contact with the employee, health agencies, and the Illinois State Board of Education. We appreciate your vigilance and will provide further updates as needed.

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