Guidance on Health Risk Regarding Coronavirus


Dear Benton CCSD #47 Students, Staff and Families:

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, so we want to share with you information that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published for schools throughout the state.

The good news at this time is that the health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low. Currently, the IDPH recommends schools hold classes and events as usual, and follow routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures. At this time we plan to do exactly that.

On Monday, March 9, the Governor declared a State of Emergency due to COVID-19. In addition, we are beginning to receive guidance from ISBE on planning for the potential of extended school closures and student learning plans during such time. Obviously, this is something we want to avoid. However, we want to share with you we planning accordingly and hope to navigate this potential issue the very best we can .

The IDPH also recommends the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general. These include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

  • Staying home when you are sick.

  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To review the complete recommendations from IDPH (Illinois Dept. of Public Health), please go to We will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding coronavirus and will update you as soon as there are any significant changes in recommendations for schools. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community healthy.


Stephen C. Smith, Ed.D.
Benton CCSD #47


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