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New guidance for districts preparing for the start of the 2020-2021 school year

During this unprecedented national health emergency, school districts face a myriad of issues in terms of dealing with school governance and operations. IASB has compiled guidance to assist boards of education as they prepare to confront the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year. The guidance document is intended to provide a framework to guide local school boards in discussions about the reopening of school in the fall. Local boards of education are encouraged to use this guide to spur conversation on the critical issues involving governance, policies, programming, personnel, health and safety of the school community, and the fiduciary responsibility of the board of education.

In a video overview, IASB Executive Director Thomas Bertrand, Ph.D, talks about the board's role in planning and conversations about the opening of school.

 
 


Resources for School Districts

The 2020 Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Grant (ESSER) was awarded as part of the CARES Act. The grant is intended to provide funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Districts should submit their applications in the electronic Grants Management System in IWAS. 
 
Funding is also available to districts to assist with acquisition of deep-cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, and any other equipment needed to prepare school buildings for students to return. Funds are available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance program for these expenses.
 
The Government Finance Officers Association has provided guidance to state and local governments that have municipal bond authority. This guidance is useful to school districts that have authority to issue bonds, as well as county governments and other entities with authority to issue bonds for school district capital improvement projects and other operations.
 
New state guidance calls for signage. IASB in-house printing services are available to districts at cost as a benefit of membership. Email production@iasb.com for more information or to place an order.
 
Cost per printed 8.5 x 11 sign is $0.26 or $0.41 laminated.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) News

  • Coronavirus Guidance for Districts and School Officials

    As districts across Illinois continue to work to prevent and respond to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), resources are available to assist school leaders with preparedness.
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  • A Message to IASB Members from the Executive Director, March 23, 2020

    With the extension of statewide school closures, school leadership teams continue to face a changing landscape and myriad of challenges.
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  • Statement on Remote Learning

    A statement from IASB regarding the March 27 Executive Order 2020-15 and the subsequent release by ISBE of emergency rules, a joint statement, and Remote Learning recommendations.
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  • IASB Statement Regarding In-Person Events during Emergency Measures

    The Illinois Association of School Boards is monitoring the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and is giving due consideration to member health and safety and the impact on future events.
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  • Education Organizations offer Recommendations for Next Round of Federal Stimulus

    IASB joined with the National School Boards Association and other education organizations in support of additional measures for federal stimulus legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • IASB’s COVID-19 Response Page Adds Resources

    The public webpage created by IASB for COVID-19 response guidance and resources has been updated to include specific resources available to Illinois school districts.
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  • Field Services Directors Interview Board Members

    Join IASB Field Services Directors for interviews with board members to see how they are continuing their board work during the stay-at-home orders.
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  • Emergency Amendment Delays May 1 Filing Deadline for Statement of Economic Interests

    Under normal circumstances, May 1 would be the day to file required Statement of Economic Interests; the filing requirement deadline has been suspended.
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  • Journal Available Online Now; Covers Coronavirus, CTE

    The May/June Illinois School Board Journal digital edition is available in advance of the print edition, which will arrive in member mailboxes as usual in early May. The edition takes a first look at the impact of the coronavirus emergency on school districts across the state, including remote learning guidance and governance concerns.
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  • ISBE Releases Part One of Transition Plan

    The Illinois State Board of Education has released Part One of its recommendations for transitioning to in-person instruction, which focuses on guidance for closing out the 2019-2020 school year and moving into the summer.
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  • A Message to IASB Members from the Executive Director, May 20, 2020

    School leadership teams continue to face a changing landscape as an unprecedented school year comes to a close.
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  • New Guidance for Districts Regarding Reopening Schools

    IASB has compiled guidance to assist boards of education as they prepare to confront the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year and reopening in the fall.
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  • ISBE Transition Plan Part Two Indicates Allowable Summer Activities, Precautions

    ISBE and IDPH have released Part Two of transition recommendations, focusing on the Restore Illinois Phase 3 allowable activities, including summer school.
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  • End of Session Recap Videos

    A video playlist by the IASB Governmental Relations highlights education-impacting action taken by the General Assembly during its recent four-day return to Springfield.
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  • OMA Changes Signed into Law

    Legislation codifies previous executive orders that allow public bodies to meet remotely without the physical presence of a quorum in the event of a disaster declaration related to public health concerns, under a number of conditions.
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  • IASB Legislative Report 101-22

    Disctricts can now access school reopening guidance for the 2020-2021 acedmic year developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.
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  • Plans for Reopening Schools Announced

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released joint guidance to address the start of the 2020-21 school year and return to in-person instruction.
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  • IASB Board of Directors Discusses Challenges Ahead for Schools, Approves Budget

    The IASB Board of Directors met for its quarterly meeting to discuss the next fiscal year budget and challenges facing schools regarding the safety and well-being of students.
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  • Governor’s New Executive Order Addresses the Open Meetings Act and In-Person Instruction

    Governor Pritzker has renewed the statewide disaster declaration and issued an Executive Order to address in-person attendance at public meetings and in-person instruction in K-12 schools.
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  • Federal Legislative Report 116-16

    The latest federal report from IASB includes a CARES Act update, IDEA guidance, and grant opportunities.
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  • Webinar, Guidelines Address PRESS Policy Updates

    A July 9 webinar will offer insights into IASB Policy Services’ Policy Reference Manual updates from the June PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 104. A recorded version will be available within 48 hours of the live event.
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  • IASB In-District Services Now Available In-Person upon Meeting Health, Safety Requirements

    With all regions of the state in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, IASB staff will begin to provide in-person services to member districts, upon request.

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  • Webinar Archive Now Available: IDES Offers Clarity to New COVID-Related Unemployment Law

    IASB is working with IDES to clarify unemployment insurance charges to school districts, as employers, given reimbursements for COVID-19 adopted at both the state and federal levels.
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