Illinois and Wisconsin Schools Closing Temporarily
All Illinois and Wisconsin schools will be shut beginning next week, each state's respective governor announced this afternoon.
In Illinois, all schools will be closed from March 17 to 30, according to an order from Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Day care centers will remain open, but must follow "strict health and safety guidance," according to the proclamation.
The Wisconsin closure begins Wednesday, March 18, and will continue until at least April 6, Gov. Tony Ever said in a press release.
Pritzker urged all districts that have scheduled spring breaks that fall outside of the two-week window to reschedule those breaks to coincide with the statewide closure.
The Illinois State Board of Education this week was granted a waiver to continue providing meals to students in non-group settings. Students receiving free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches will be able to collect "grab-and-go" meals each day.