Pritzker Consoles High School Seniors: 'I Am Very, Very Proud Of You'

WBBM Newsradio Staff
April 17, 2020 - 6:52 pm
JB Pritzker Cancels School


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — When Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker suspended the rest of the 2019-2020 school year — at least, for traditional classroom learning — he effectively took away some magical moments for high school seniors.

“I know you’re feeling sad about missing the rituals of senior prom and senior pranks, senior nights and, of course, graduation,” Pritzker said Friday. 

“Hear it from me as your governor: There’s room for you to feel all those things, big and small. You will get through this, too.

“You will talk about this for the rest of your lives, and you will go on to do amazing things. I am very, very proud of you.”

Pritzker took a few moments during his daily COVID-19 briefing — which focused on his decision to keep physical K-12 school buildings closed this spring — to thank teachers and administrators and make consoling remarks aimed at students.

All young people, like adults, he noted, are experiencing a disorienting period right now. 

“We will get to the other side of this,” Pritzker said. “That other side will be a place that appreciates the best of the ‘before’ but with a greater sense of compassion and connection.”

Schools had been closed since last month, with students getting lessons through distance learning. On Friday, the Illinois governor said the state is not far enough in bending and flattening the curve of COVID-19 infections to allow 2 million students back into physical classrooms.