CHICAGO – Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Friday all K-12 schools will close throughout Illinois beginning Tuesday, March 17, with classes set to resume March 30 due to coronavirus-related concerns.
The Governor’s Office released additional information regarding economic measures, testing availability and more through it’s website.
“All of these choices have cascading effects for citizens and vulnerable populations when it comes to food access, safety, childcare, and social services,” Pritzker said in the announcement. “We’ve seen what happens in places that didn’t move with urgency. I ask all of you not to hesitate to do the right thing for your family, your friends, and your community. One small step at a time, we will get through this together.”
The governor said day care centers will remain open and follow strict health/safety guidelines.
Thursday Pritzker ordered the cancellation of public events in Illinois with more than 1,000 people in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Archdiocese of Chicago canceled public masses and closed all Chicago-area Catholic schools.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Teachers Union issued a demand Friday morning for all Chicago public schools to be closed.