School Closed Due to COVID-19 Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Staunton Families and Community,

As a school district, we have been closely monitoring the news and best practices regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). After guidance and recommendations from the Governor’s office, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control, Staunton Schools will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17th through Monday, March 30th in order to maintain the overall safety for our students, staff and community. 

The closure affects all school programming, including before and after school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events. 

District teachers and staff have been preparing continued learning kits (CLK’s) for our students. The CLKs for elementary and junior high were sent home today. SHS student CLKs will be available Monday.  CLKs will be provided either electronically or via paper packets. These CLKs are not intended to replace the daily face-to-face instruction from our teachers. Instead, these kits are meant to supplement learning and are to help prevent any academic “slide” as a result of being out of school for an extended period of time. You will receive more information from your child’s teacher(s) and principal in the coming days.

Secondly, we are making plans to provide to-go breakfast and lunch meals for students that will be distributed via pick-up locations throughout our community. More information will be provided to you soon.

This is uncharted territory for our school district. Please know that our decisions are going to be made with the safety and best interest of everyone in mind. This will require decisive action and the ability for all of us to be adaptable. Moving forward we will communicate with you regularly via all of our communication platforms. It is imperative that you regularly check your messages and social media threads for information.

Please reach out to us at 618-635-2962 if we may be of assistance to you. In the meantime we will continue to send information to you to keep you apprised of the latest information.

Be the Difference,


Dan W. Cox, Superintendent of Schools