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A Message to IASB Members from the Executive Director, May 20, 2020

  • Date Posted
    May 20, 2020
  • Category
    COVID-19

I hope this communication finds you well as you close an unprecedented school year filled with historic challenges.

Given the uncertainties associated with the opening of the next school year, know that you can continue to use services provided by the Association as a benefit of your membership. IASB has added free virtual events to help you stay connected. Recordings from webinar discussions about many of the challenges facing school boards can be viewed from the COVID-19 Crisis Outreach webpage. Additional Online Learning opportunities exist, and a listing of upcoming virtual events can be found on the IASB Events Calendar.

With the General Assembly meeting this week to take action on the budget and any state response to the pandemic, IASB will continue to provide legislative updates to keep you informed.

To keep your communities and our employees safe, IASB suspended in-person meetings through June to reduce the risk of exposure. The Association will schedule virtual meetings as appropriate. Most staff will continue to work remotely while some staff will work at the IASB offices to carry out essential services.

IASB will monitor the transition of our state under the Restore Illinois Plan and how it may impact the Association's events, including the Joint Annual Conference. Know that our first consideration remains the health and welfare of members and staff.

I know that you face the reality of an uncertain summer and opening of school with more questions than answers. The weeks and months ahead will present a number of challenging governance, leadership, and management issues. I am confident that you will face these challenges with determination and empathy for the children and families who are impacted by your decisions and with a sincere desire to act in the best interest of the nearly two million students in our public schools.

IASB will continue to serve its members throughout this time. Feel free to reach out to IASB staff by email or call (217) 528-9688 or (630) 629-3776 to let us know how we can assist you.

Best wishes,

Thomas E. Bertrand, Ph.D.