3-13-2020 11:15 AM

Posted by Mr. Zimmerman - DAOES Director on 3/13/2020 11:15:00 AM

The Technology Center of DuPage is closely monitoring local, state and federal developments regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The safety, health and well-being of our staff and students remains our top priority.


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently released Education-Related Guidance for Illinois Schools and School Districts regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19. Please read ISBE’s information presented in a helpful FAQ format, which addresses such topics as who would make the decision to close school and other important information.


Following ISBE’s guidance, the District’s most recent decisions and actions include the following March 14, 2020 through April 3, 2020:


  • All in-house events that include outside visitors are cancelled.
  • Visitors and guest speakers are not allowed on campus
  • All outside clinical experiences are suspended.
  • All students on internship experiences will return to TCD full-time.
  • All field trips are cancelled
  • All in-state and out-of-state overnight trips and events are cancelled
  • All in-state and out-of-state staff professional development is cancelled
  • Requesting Building Administration refrain from making plans at this time to attend out-of-state professional development workshops and conferences. Plans to attend local or in-state professional development should be discussed with district administration.
  • Communicating with vendors (e.g. transportation and food services) about standard operating procedures to ensure safety for our students and staff.
  • Developing contingency plans for a potential school closing. The Governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health does not currently recommend closing schools. 
  • Reviewing the 2019-2020 School Calendar The District has five emergency days allocated in the school calendar. Typical uses of Emergency Days include severe weather conditions but would also include circumstances related to COVID-19. Additionally, the State provides for the possibility of An Act of God Day, which is used for a condition beyond the control of the district that poses a hazardous threat to the health and safety of the students. Act of God Days may only be requested after the district has exhausted all of its Proposed Emergency Days built into the proposed calendar.


As an important reminder to staff, the best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure. The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends the following everyday actions to help prevent the spread of illnesses:  


  • Stay home when you are sick. (must be free of fever and vomiting for 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school) 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


As a reminder, hand sanitizer dispensers are spaced every 30-40 feet throughout the main hallway.  Dispensers are also located in the North, East and West Diamonds.  Our Maintenance Staff has or will distributed to all programs by the end of today hospital grade disinfectant spray bottles and towels.  Please use this material to assist in keeping the surfaces in our programs clean.


The Technology Center of DuPage will continue working closely with our partner districts, and local and state public health officials to monitor this situation and develop contingency plans. We understand that the rapidly changing environment of this health issue in our district, county, state, nation and across the world creates apprehension. Please continue sharing your questions and concerns with the administration to help us make informed decisions in the best interest of the TCD school community.


Thank you for your continued partnership to keep our students and school healthy! 


Mike Zimmerman


DuPage Area Occupational Education System