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Bertino-Tarrant reacts to governor’s closure of schools

JBT 041720PLAINFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said Friday she supports Gov. JB Pritzker’s decision to close in-person classes for the rest of the school year as a way to keep children and families safe from COVID-19.

“The decision made by our governor Friday afternoon to close schools for the rest of the academic year is best for the safety and health of our community and all of Illinois,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Thanks to the hard work and support from our teachers, students will continue education through e-learning and other at-home programs.”

Pritzker announced Friday afternoon that schools across Illinois will remain closed for in-person classes for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The work completed during the suspension of in-person instruction will not negatively impact a student’s grades or otherwise impact a student’s academic standing, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. 

“Students and parents are experiencing varying challenges during this time, and it is my goal that no child’s education is impacted negatively by the closure,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I am committed to helping people navigate this unprecedented time, while ensuring our kids get the best education possible.” 

Parents who might have questions about the governor’s order are encouraged to contact Bertino-Tarrant’s office at 815-254-4211 or here.

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Education (Chairperson); Insurance; Labor; Licensed Activities (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (TR); Subcommittee on Special Issues (ED) (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Lifelong educator; former Will County superintendent and secretary of Will County Regional Board of School Trustees; B.A., Illinois State University; MS, University of St. Francis; EdD., Loyola.

Associated Representatives:
Mark Batinick
Natalie A. Manley