Virus Watch: Pritzker declares “Act of God days”


Ella Haas, News/Opinion Editor

On Mar. 16, governor J. B. Pritzker declared Mar. 17-30 “Act of God days” across all Illinois schools.

According to Washington Post, “the ‘Act of God days’ reference refers to a policy that means schools were closed for a condition beyond the control of the district that poses a hazard to the school communities, and that school personnel will be paid through the closure.”

As a result, e-learning is no longer required of students. School is currently out of session until after spring break – possibly longer (Washington Post says this could last until the end of the school year in some cases). Missed days will not need to be made up at the end of the school year.

Sullivan clarifies “Today, March 16, is not an ‘Act of God day.’ As a result, the activities your student completed today may be graded and entered into Skyward.”

Students are encouraged, not required, to continue keeping up with academic curriculum through e-learning. Material completed during these days will not be graded, nor can teachers take attendance.
In additional precaution, President Donald Trump advises to keep all gatherings under 10 people.
Many public locations (including all bars, restaurants, most athletic facilities, and the Oak Park Public Library) have been closed. Health officials are warning people to stay inside and practice social distancing as the virus ripples through the country, noting in particular its impact on the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.