Impact Of COVID-19 On Education

When Governor Pritzker announced on March 13 that all Illinois schools had to close by March 17, – two of the largest districts in the state – Indian Prairie School District 204 and Naperville Community Unit School District 203 – had to act quickly.

Impact of COVID-19 on education

Dr. Karen Sullivan, Superintendent of District 204 and Dan Bridges, Superintendent of District 203 join host, Jane Wernette, on a special episode of School Scene. Together, they explain how the current situation has impacted education across both school districts.  They discuss the following topics:

  • The immediate and long-term process of transitioning to remote e-learning
  • What the curriculum now looks like at each level: elementary, middle/junior high and high school
  • What other services the district is providing to students, particularly those who rely on the district for breakfast and lunch
  • How the staff has adjusted – both teachers as well as all the other staff members that make-up a district.
  • How the students are adjusting and what they’re finding most stressful
  • How the parents are adjusting to their new role within the learning environment

Positive Lessons

While the transition to remote e-learning has it challenges, both superintendents are proud of how their staff, students and parents have stepped up to meet the challenge and pull together – even while learning apart.

They also note many positive lessons that have come from this unexpected situation that they will carry forward post-COVID. Both expect to see some changes in the future in how learning will be delivered.

Class of 2020

A lot has been said about the Class of 2020 and all the missed celebrations such as prom and graduation. When they left the buildings back in mid-March, everyone assumed they would come together again to say ‘goodbye’ in person. Now that is no longer a reality, the superintendents had some heartfelt messages for their seniors.



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