IASB Letter Calls for Local Control in COVID Mitigation Decision-Making

  • Date Posted
    July 8, 2021
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On July 8, 2021, Thomas E. Bertrand, Executive Director of the Illinois Association of School Boards, and Tom Neeley, President of the IASB Board of Directors, sent a letter to Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, to emphasize “that decision-making regarding COVID-19 mitigation measures for public schools be returned to locally elected boards of education.”

The letter includes requests for guidance that “permits local school boards, in consultation with local public health departments and in consideration of local COVID-19 vaccination and transmission data, to make decisions relative to mitigation measures, including the use of face coverings and social distancing practices” and “allows school boards, in consultation with local public health departments, to approve and implement appropriate mitigation measures in response to a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the local community and/or region.”

The full letter was copied via email to member boards of education and can also be read online at