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Peoria Public Schools updates on COVID-19 safety and precautions before return to school


Peoria Public Schools
Peoria Public Schools(Jason L Howell | 25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 5:05 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Kherat is updating parents before students return to the classroom on Monday.

District custodial staff have cleaned and sanitized all hallways and classrooms.

Next week, staff will be addressing high-traffic and high-touch areas throughout the day.

Principals and building leaders have also worked this week on making additional health and safety modifications specific to their building.

“These added measures are meant to maximize the safety of our schools while maintaining a stable learning environment for students and staff,” Kherat said.

She also has the following tips for Monday:

  • Parents and guardians – If your student is exhibiting symptoms, please do not send him/her to school and instead get a COVID-19 test. Free COVID-19 testing is readily available in our community, including at the Peoria Civic Center, which is open Monday through Saturday.
  • Please talk with your students about the importance of proper mask-wearing in order to keep our students and staff healthy.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best tools to prevent community spread so the virus does not get into the classrooms. Please consider getting vaccinated and or a booster shot. The Peoria County Health Department will be open for walk-in appointments from 9-5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.

“ISBE has signaled to district superintendents that it plans to adopt the CDC’s updated isolation and quarantine recommendation of five days,” she said.

“This new protocol has not been officially approved yet, but we anticipate ISBE and IDPH adopting it soon. We will communicate to you when that becomes official.”

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