COVID-19: Rockford Public Schools to close until March 30

By Jim Hagerty
Reporter

ROCKFORD – Rockford Public School District 205 will be closed until Monday, March 30, because the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced Friday.

“Administrators, principals and staff have been working on plans for several weeks in case of the spread of COVID-19 to our area,” Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett said in a release. “While closing schools isn’t ideal for teaching and learning, we will make the best of it together.”

The decision comes after Gov. J.B. Pritzker called for Illinois public schools to closed until March 30 with a possible extension beyond that date.

Jarrett said the district is working closely with the Winnebago County Health Department and the Illinois State Board of Education and will continue to prioritize the safety of students and staff.

“We will continue to work with our community partners to provide meals and other support services to students, despite the interruption,” he said. “Next week is Spring Break, so students and staff were already prepared for a much-deserved break. In the coming days, we will provide more information to our families and staff about our next steps.”

The district is currently not set up for e-learning, so online classes are not currently being planned.

As of this report, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, in Winnebago County.