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School Closure Information for Building Administrators (FAQs)

By Brian Schwartz posted 03-15-2020 17:13


**Updated June 5, 2020

Effective June 4, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-40, which moves Illinois into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

Phase 3 allows schools to provide in person instruction, but: (1) prohibits more than 10 individuals from gathering in one space; (2) requires social distancing policies; and (3) requires use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

For ISBE guidance, click HERE.

More information will follow.  Please stay engaged with this blog for additional information as it becomes available.




04-18-2020 12:10

It's our pleasure, Stephanie!

04-17-2020 23:53

As usual, IPA has timely and relevant information summarized and posted to help it’s members. Thank you for your extraordinary diligence during this chaotic time in education.

03-20-2020 17:26

Hi, Mary Ann, ISBE will provide further guidance regarding the stay at home order next week.

03-20-2020 17:16

The Governor didn’t say if these extended days are Act of God days or e-learning days. Anywhere we can look to find out the expectations?

03-20-2020 14:36

Hi, Michael... stay tuned on this.  It appears the U.S. Department of Education has finally come around to waive standardized testing this year.  We will update the blog as details emerge.

03-20-2020 08:55

Thank you for sharing this information. Is there guidance from ISBE regarding the IAR testing that began the week before the closure?

03-16-2020 09:43

Thank you, Lea Anne.  This document provides good additional advice.  The link is below.  Brian

03-16-2020 08:50

I would ask that you review this Q and A
Should IEP services be provided during "Act of God” days?
Since “Act of God” days are not school days, schools are not required to deliver IEP services during this time period. More information will follow on other IDEA requirements.

Please see the guidance document from March 2020 from the DOE titled "Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak"
Thank you!