Governor: Illinois Schools to Close March 17 for COVID-19 Measures

  • Date Posted
    March 13, 2020
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On Friday, March 13, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced all Illinois K-12 schools will close starting March 17 in effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Schools will remain closed “through March 30.”

According to a release from the governor’s office, “Following extensive state-level analysis of coronavirus spread in various countries and the social distancing measures that were put in place, the State is taking the precautionary measure of closing all K-12 schools in the state of Illinois from March 17 through March 30. Schools with a spring break that falls outside of this window should move their spring break to within this timeframe.”

Information provided by the Illinois State Board of Education includes a "Dear Colleague" letter from State Superintendent of Education Carmen I. Ayala, which includes school closure guidance on assessments, accountability, and chronic absenteeism; continuity of education; IEP meetings, due process hearings, and mediation; medication and nutrition; and student safety.

"This is an unprecedented event in our lifetime, and we will get through this together," said Ayala. "Our administrators and educators have shown extraordinary leadership during a time of very difficult decisions. Schools closing will affect each community differently, and I want our teachers, our students, and our families to know that the Illinois State Board of Education is open and is here to help."