ISBE Update, May 2021

  • Date Posted
    May 27, 2021
  • Category
ISBE Update May 2021
In-Person Learning Resolution for 2021-2022
The Illinois State Board of Education approved a resolution stating that schools will need to resume full in-person classroom instruction beginning with the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

The resolution reads:

“Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, all schools must resume fully in-person learning for all student attendance days, provided that, pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/10-30 and 105 ILCS 5/34-18.66, remote instruction be made available for students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are under a quarantine order by a local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health.”

The resolution is intended to provide clarity as districts must have budgetary and staffing plans in place for the start of next school year. Learn more about the details of the resolution in ISBE’s FAQ.

IASB has compiled a list of discussion items, questions, and board activities to guide the strategic thinking and processes for boards to prioritize, monitor, and evaluate plans for returning to the classroom for the 2021-2022 school year. The document is intended to provide a framework for board discussions around key considerations — academic, social and emotional/mental health, fiscal and operational, and governance and policy.

Webinar on Illinois Report Card Data Collection
ISBE will host a webinar on data collection and data finalization processes for the Illinois School Report Card at 10 a.m. on June 17. “Kicking Off Report Card 2021: Processes and Timeline Overview” will cover key dates and upcoming deadlines for Illinois schools, as well as the tools necessary for districts to submit the data. Those interested in attending the webinar can register through the ISBE website.

Student Advisory Council Applications due May 31
Applications for ISBE’s Student Advisory Council are due by 5 p.m. May 31. The Student Advisory Council is composed of 21 students from around the state who provide the State Board of Education with student perspectives and concerns on Illinois education policies. Interested applicants must be a sophomore, junior, or senior at a public high school during the 2021-2022 school year. Students selected to sit on the council will begin their work in September and offer a presentation on their final project to ISBE in March of next year.