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. 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

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.

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Governor Announces Closures Will Last through School Year

    Illinois Governor JB Pritzker ordered the continued closure of school facilities for the remainder of the school year at his coronavirus briefing on April 17.
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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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  • Federal Legislative Report 116-12

    Read about the application available for K-12 emergency relief funds in the Federal Legislative Report 116-12.
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  • Federal Legislative Report 116-13

    The latest Federal Legislative Report from IASB delivers the outcome of a U.S. Department of Education report associated with the CARES Act.
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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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  • May 20 Webinar: Urgent COVID-19 PRESS Update on Grants

    A PRESS webinar, led by the IASB Office of General Counsel and representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education, will offer information about the requirements for districts to get temporary flexibility for spending employee salaries under grants.
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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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  • Federal Legislative Report 116-14

    Federal Legislative Report 116-14 includes CARES Act guidance regarding disbursements to non-public schools.
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  • IASB Legislative Report 101-17

    The Illinois General Assembly reconvened in legislative session, with social distancing practices in place, on May 20.
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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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  • IASB Legislative Report 101-18

    The Illinois legislature is back in session. Here’s the May 21 update.
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  • IASB Legislative Report 101-19

    The Illinois legeislature will be working into the weekend for its Special Session; bills were approved May 22 to codify Executive Orders involving remote learning, teacher licensure, teacher evaluations, and student curricular requirements;
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  • IASB Legislative Report 101-20

    The Illinois General Assembly went into the early morning Sunday, May 24 before finishing the Special Session with an approved FY21 budget and BIMP that include flat funding provisions for K-12 education.
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  • Conversation and Connection Events Resume

    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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  • State Superintendent Joins IASB Webinar to Discuss Next Steps

    May 29 webinar will include the status of remote learning, guidance for school board members, and how districts can prepare for school in the fall.
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