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ISBE Releases Part One of Transition Plan

  • Date Posted
    May 15, 2020
  • Category
    COVID-19
The Illinois State Board of Education has released Part One of its Transition Plan Advisory Workgroup’s recommendations for transitioning to in-person instruction. As announced on May 15 by State Superintendent of Education Carmen I. Ayala, Part One focuses on guidance for closing out the 2019-2020 school year and moving into the summer.
 
Part One offers guidance in the areas of student attendance for 2019-2020, grading and minimizing learning loss, retrieving belongings, and wellness including addressing grief and loss. Into the summer, ISBE’s guidance includes social and emotional supports, summer school, meals, device distribution, and professional development.
 
In an introductory message, Ayala notes, “The Governor’s Restore Illinois plan places the return to physical school buildings in Phase 4 of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire state is currently experiencing Phase 2, but different regions around the state may reach Phase 4 at different times. You may have heard me say already that schools and districts should have a plan A, plan B, and plan C. When students return to physical school buildings, in-person instruction will not look normal.”
 
The Phase One document is the product of a 26-member working group that teachers, social workers, students, and administrators, and ISBE staff. It says, “ISBE, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health, will provide further considerations to help you navigate this transition.”