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COVID-19 Coronavirus

Information for school districts responding to COVID-19

During this unprecedented national health emergency, school districts face a myriad of issues and uncharted waters in terms of dealing with school governance and operations. School board members continue to face heart-breaking decisions that impact the lives of students and their families.

As boards across the state work through challenging governance, leadership, and management issues IASB has been moved by the genuine concern of members about the children who are impacted by these decisions and the creativity and dedication of districts in meeting these challenges.

View IASB Executive Director Tom Bertrand's message to members.


Resources for School Districts

AT&T is providing free wireless data for school districts to provide to students as they adjust to learning from home. Through May 22, qualified schools (K-12, colleges, and universities) nationwide activating new lines for school-issued tablets, 4G LTE-enabled laptops, and hotspot devices will get unlimited wireless data service for free for 60 days to offer their students.

More information on AT&T education support services.

Private bus companies have reached out and asked that we let school officials know that they are willing and able to help deliver meals. Interested districts should contact their bus company to make arrangements.

Illinois hospitals and health systems are facing a critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as they care for increasing numbers of patients with COVID-19. Schools are encouraged to check science labs for items needed by health care providers, hospitals, clinics, etc. Find out how to donate personal protective equipment at www2.illinois.gov/sites/serve/Disaster/Pages/COVID-19-PPE-Donations.aspx or by emailing ppe.donations@illinois.gov.
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.
 


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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  • OMA Guidance to IASB Members

    During this unprecedented national health emergency, school districts face myriad issues and uncharted waters in terms of dealing with school governance and operations.
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  • IASB Services during Pandemic

    With the CDC and local health authorities recommending social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, IASB is committed to doing ts part to protect our employees and their families, and our members.
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  • Schools to Remain Closed until at least April 7

    As part of the stay-at-home order from Governor Pritzker, Illinois schools will remain closed through at least April 7.
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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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  • Federal Legislative Report 116-11

    Federal Legislative Report 116-11 includes the federal stimulus passed and signed March 27 to further address the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • School Buildings to Remain Closed Through April

    Governor JB Pritzker announced on March 31 that the emergency stay-in-place order for Illinois will extend through the end of April. School districts in the state are developing and operating under remote learning plans.
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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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  • Conversation and Connection Events Resume April 16 and 17

    Connect and converse virtually with fellow Illinois school board members by joining IASB Field Services Directors for the next Conversation and Connection 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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