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Illinois Schools Will Be Shut Down For The Remainder Of The Year

By Colby Smith

Illinois Schools Will Be Shut Down For The Remainder Of The Year

The governor emphasized the importance of staying at home.

The governor of Illinois has suspended schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year in a measure to prevent further infection of the COVID-19 virus.

After expounding upon the importance of schools and their benefits on children’s education and well-being, Governor JB Pritzker announced that they would remain closed for the end of the semester.

“It opens up a nearly limitless opportunity for COVID-19 infection in a time when our healthcare workers, our researchers, our scientists, and our first responders need us to bend the curve downward,” he said in a press conference last Friday.

Pritzker pressed on the importance and necessity to adhere to science in this unprecedented situation.

“I am suspending in-person learning in schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year,” he declared.

The announcement may not come as a surprise to many. Pritzker has not only indicated an extension to the stay-at-home order, but has also warned of the cancellation of all summer events.

The City of Chicago released a report earlier last week that revealed the curbing of COVID-19 cases in the Chicago area, indicating the success of the stay-at-home measures.

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Pritzker said in a press conference last Thursday that he would make a declarative decision on the possible stay-at-home extension soon.

[Featured image via PBSNewsHour livestream]