Dear Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 Staff and Community,

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21st at 5:00 pm, through the end of April 7th. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that school will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. Meal service providers are essential staff and we will continue to provide Curbside Grab and Go Meals at all of our schools. Meals will be provided from 9:00 to 11:00 daily. We will also continue at-home learning activities throughout the school closure. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week. 

Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus.  As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, we will continue to communicate in a timely and transparent manner. 

Dr. Caletha White, Superintendent of Schools