Social Distancing & Fun Activities

For Spring Break

Dear District 41 Community, espanol


As we move into Spring Break next week, I want to remind everyone to continue to practice strict social distancing and follow the stay-at-home order by Governor Pritzker. Although we do not know of any confirmed cases within the District 41 community, I know many of us are starting to hear of people in our lives who are being impacted by it. Social Distancing is something that we can do that will help protect all people and lessen the chances of it spreading in our community.


We have put together a number of fun activities that you can do at home with your children next week. The temptation to expand your circle will be there, but I urge you to stay home and be safe. Click Here for a list of fun and safe activities to do while social distancing.


I would personally love to see what activities and virtual field trips our students are experiencing over spring break. Please email me directly with photos, videos and/or journal type writing created by students at mkaczkowski@d41.org. I may share some of the stories with the community on social media or in our email newsletter District Digest!


Again, while you are home, we ask that you continue to take the following actions with your families based on recommendations by the CDC and the DuPage County Health Department:

  • Avoid gathering in public places - especially in close proximity to others.

  • Avoid close contact with those that are sick.

  • Keep 6-10 feet between yourself and others - give yourself space.

  • Be at home as much as possible.

  • Limit who you and your children interact with to the same people you typically are around.

  • Kids and families should not:

    • Be gathering in large groups - this is a time to be close with those that are closest to you.

    • Be visiting each other’s homes or having sleepovers.

    • Sharing food or drink.

    • Competing in team sporting activities - use this time to train individually or with someone in the home.

  • Kids and families should:

    • Avoid excessive media coverage of COVID-19

    • Take care of their body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.

    • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.

    • Spend time outside - fresh air and exercise is one of the best things you can do over the next few weeks.

    • Share your concerns and how you are feeling with friends or family members. Maintain healthy relationships.

    • Use your technology and social media for good purposes - support one another and show that you care for one another.

    • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.


I know it should go without saying, but it is critical to keep following the practice of handwashing and helping your children remember when to to wash and how to wash. Click here for hand washing videos from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that you can share with your children.


Thank you for your attention to this important information. It takes all of us to keep our children and everyone in the community healthy and safe. I wish you a healthy spring break at home with your families. #D41Strong


Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski

Superintendent

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