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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools  

ISBE is working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure we are providing the most current resources and guidance to support Illinois education communities regarding COVID-19. Please know that this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to share up-to-date information as it becomes available. Please find the current Public Health Guidance for Schools and current FAQ below:

LATEST UPDATES - January 11, 2022

 SUPPORTING COVID-19 VACCINATIONS - Last Update: November 15, 2021

​Achieving high levels of COVID-19 vaccination among eligible students as well as teachers, staff, and household members is one of the most critical strategies to help schools safely resume full operations. Please continue to promote and provide opportunities for your school community to get vaccinated.

 MESSAGES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT​ - Last Update: October 22, 2021

 PROGRAM RESOURCES - Last Update: January 26, 2021




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 FEDERAL FUNDING - ESSER - Last Update: January 14, 2021

  • FY 2022 Maintenance of Equity Requirements - November 2, 2021 
    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) includes new requirements for states and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) receiving Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. These requirements, known as Maintenance of Equity (MOEquity), protect certain high-poverty schools from disproportionate reductions in state and local funding and staffing in fiscal years 2022 and 2023. The Illinois State Board of Education will use this page to provide guidance and resources to help LEAs understand and implement MOEquity requirements. Please check back regularly for updates. For questions not addressed in the resources below, please email ARPMOEQUITY@ISBE.net
  • *New* FY22 LEA MOEquity Exemption Survey
    All LEAs must complete ISBE’s FY22 MOEquity Exemption Surveyby or before Dec. 3, 2021. This survey will support LEAs in determining the extent to which they must implement MOEquity provisions in FY 2022, including whether they are eligible for exemption or waiver. ISBE has prepared the following additional resources to support LEA implementation:
  • ARP ESSER State Plan assurances require an SEA/LEA to publicly post on their website the LEA’s plans for a) the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services required under Section 2001(i) of the ARP Act, and b) use of ARP ESSER funds. 
  • ​The Illin​ois State Board of Education has released a webinar for district- and school-level administrators. Leveraging Resources: Blending and Braiding Funds will assist districts in maximizing the use of the additional funds that districts have received. The webinar is specifically designed to help district administrative teams plan holistically, develop cohesive programs and services, and ensure sustainability through blending and braiding of federal, state, and local funds.
    • ESSER II preliminary allocations spreadsheet​Excel Document - Jan. 6, 202​1
    • Public LEAs and Nonpublic Schools: Register for Webinars to Assist with ESSER II or COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Applications
      ISBE  is hosting webinars and office hours to assist Illinois public local education agencies (LEAs) with the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) II grant application process and to assist nonpublic schools with the GEER II Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS) application process.
      • EANS for Nonpublic Schools
        Congress authorized the EANS program as part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, and it provides services or assistance to eligible nonpublic schools to address educational disruptions caused by COVID-19.
      • ​ESSER II  for Public LEAs
        The U.S. Department of Education awards grants from ESSER II to State Education Agencies for the purpose of providing LEAs, including charter schools that are LEAs, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had -- and continues to have -- on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.
      • ESSER II Step by Step Application Process W​ebinarGo To Meeting Link March 1
    • ​​2021 Applications for the Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Equity Formula grant are now available through IWAS​
    • ​Applications for the Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Equity Formula grant awarded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) are now available through IWAS for school year 2020-2021 (FY 2021).  All eligible applicants must create and submit an application through the IWAS system. Once in the system, create the application by selecting the Yes box that appears.  The fiscal year should display 2021, along with a Project Code and a Project Title.  Choose "Create New Project" to create the application.  NOTE:  Entities who started or submitted a proposal for the competitive Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Equity RFP will have previous answers to some narrative pages transferred into this formula grant application automatically.

      Allocations: Illinois Local Education Agencies (including state-authorized charter schools, university lab schools, and Regional Offices of Education on behalf of qualifying safe schools and alternative programs) with an FY 2020 or FY 2021 Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) Final Percent of Adequacy level of 70% or lower are eligible to apply. Allocations were computed at a base funding amount plus a per pupil allocation for both devices and connectivity. The formula uses the Average Student Enrollment from FY 2021 Evidence-Based Funding calculations. The base grant amount is $28,975 with a per pupil allocation of $56.80 for devices, connectivity or both. Allocations can be accessed at https://www.isbe.net/Documents/FY21-Digital-Equity-Allocations-WEB.pdf​PDF Document.

      Application Due Date, Start Date and Pre-award Costs:  Applications are due to ISBE on or before November 1 to ensure a July 1 start date.  The CARES funds for the Digital Equity program allow for eligible expenditures to be charged back to March 13, 2020.  In the event your LEA has eligible expenditures for the Digital Equity grant prior to July 1, please notify Erich Grauke in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at egrauke@isbe.net.  Formal documentation will be provided from ISBE staff documenting the pre-award costs for audit purposes.

      Reimbursement:  Once approval is received, LEAs may submit expenditure reports via the Electronic Expenditure Reporting System in IWAS for reimbursement. Expenditure reports must be submitted on a cumulative (i.e., year-to-date) basis from July 1, 2020, through the date of the period reported. At minimum, quarterly expenditure reports will be required beginning with expenditures through September 30.  Funding and Disbursements staff voucher each Wednesday so all expenditure reports submitted by Tuesday evening will be paid.  Revenue should be receipted under revenue code 4998 Other Restricted Grants Received from Federal Government through the State.

      Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Requirements:

      Applicants must ensure Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) requirements are met before the FY 2021 state or federal grant application is fully executed.  Applicants must complete prequalification registration in the GATA portal and complete a Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment via an Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ).  The GATA portal can be accessed at https://grants.illinois.gov/portal/.

      The steps below are necessary to fully execute the FY 2021 grants.

      1. Grantee must register https://grants.illinois.gov/portal/ and complete the Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ)
      2. Complete and submit the Organizational Risk Assessment via IWAS. Results will apply to all FY 2021 grants.
        • ISBE Grant-Specific Assessments will be included in each FY 2021 grant.
        • A combination of the results of the two risk assessments will generate the Programmatic Risk Conditions in each grant.
      3. Submit FY 2021 grant applications to ISBE.
      4. The respective ISBE program area will review and approve the application.

      To create and submit the application, an IWAS user must obtain and receive access and approval level by the local education agency's superintendent.  For technical assistance, please contact the Erich Grauke at egrauke@isbe.net.

    • Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released an application for an ESEA fiscal waiver.  The approval process for this waiver was expedited due to the pandemic. ISBE applied and received approval for the ESEA fiscal Waiver.
      While the waiver application and approval process was expedited, ED requests that States collect public comment. The application ISBE submitted is linked below. Please submit any comments on the ESEA Fiscal waiver application by June 27, 2020 to illinoiscares@isbe.net.
    • Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a State Education Agency Application to receive funds for the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) grant.  The approval process for this waiver was expedited due to the pandemic. ISBE applied and received approval for the ESSER grant.​
      While the waiver application and approval process was expedited, ED requests that States still collect public comment.  The application ISBE submitted is linked below. Please submit any comments on the ESSER application by June 27, 2020 to illinoiscares@isbe.net.
    • CARES Act ESSER Grant ReleasePDF Document- May 15, 2020
    • CARES Act Fiscal Waivers for Titles I, II, III, and IV and McKinney-Vento​​PDF Document - April 24, 2020
    • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) District Information​PDF DocumentMarch 31, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES - Updated January 15, 2021

 PPE & CLEANING SUPPLIES MASTER CONTRACTS - Last Update: September 23, 2021

​There are currently master contracts available through the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) that allow districts to enter into contracts with vendors to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies without having to engage in the competitive bidding process. View the contracts, vendor contact information, and item inventory lists below. Districts should contact the vendors directly for purchasing and determine the vendor that best suits their needs. See the below agency contact information for questions regarding procurement. There are also vendor contracts available through the Education Purchasing Program. Select the link below to view all vendor information and next steps for ordering PPE and cleaning supplies.

 EXECUTIVE ORDERS - Last Update: January 11, 2022

  • Executive Order 2022-03PDF Document - Updates exclusion protocols in schools for individuals who are a confirmed or probable case, close contact, or symptomatic to reflect the shortened quarantine and isolation periods recommended by the CDC​ - January 11, 2022
  • Executive Order 2021-25​PDF Document - Amends provisions in Executive Order 2021-24, which clarifies schools’ authority to exclude students and school personnel from school premises when they are a confirmed or probable case, close contact, or symptomatic.​ - September 21, 2021
  • ISBE and IDPH Fact SheetPDF Document -  Summarizes Executive Order 2021-24 and IDPH’s administrative rules to implement the order.
  • Executive Order 2021-22​PDF Document - extends the deadline for school personnel to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to at least weekly testing - September 3, 2021​
  • Executive Order 2021-20​PDF Document - requires all school personnel to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to at least weekly testing - August 26, 2021
  • Executive Order 2020-73PDF Document - issues Tier 3 Mitigation order effective Nov. 20, 2020. - November 18, 2020
  • Executive Order 2020-47​PDF Document all public and nonpublic schools in Illinois serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students may open for in-person educational purposes following the completion of the regular 2019-20 school term. All public and nonpublic schools must follow IDPH and ISBE guidance during Phase 4 and take proactive measures to ensure the safety of students, staff, and visitors, including, but not limited to the public health guidelines. - July 24, 2020
  • Executive Order 2020-44​PDF Documentre-issues previous Executive Orders in response to the epidemic emergency and public health emergency - June 26, 2020
  • Executive Order 2020-40​PDF Document allows for limited in-person instruction, in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health guidance.​ - June 4, 2020
  • Executive Order 2020-33​PDF Document​​ extends suspension of in-person instruction through end of 2019-20 academic year - April 30, 2020
  • Executive Order 2020-31​​PDF Document waives specific licensure requirements and graduation and coursework requirements. - April 24, 2020​
  • Executive Order 2020-30PDF Document extends the stay at home order through May 30, 2020; allows for educational institutions to establish procedures for pick-up of supplies and student belongings. - April 23, 2020​
  • Executive Order 2020-15PDF Document suspends all state assessments, creates Remote Learning Days and Remote Learning Plan Days, addresses Early Childhood Block Grant funds, and permits virtual submission of school construction bids. - March 27, 2020​
  • Executive Order 2020-10​​PDF Document - with exceptions, requires all individuals currently living within the State of Illinois to stay at home or at their place of residence. Among other changes, extends mandated statewide school closure through April 7, 2020.​ - March 20, 2020
  • Executive Order 2020-07 ​PDF Documentincludes Open Meetings Act flexibility. ​- March 16, 2020
  • Executive Order 2020-06​​PDF Document exempts schools operated by the Department of Juvenile Justice, State Board of Education or Department of Human Services from EO 2020-05. ​- March 15, 2020
  • Executive Order 2020-05​​PDF Document requires all public and non-public schools to close beginning on Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30. At this time, schools may reopen on Tuesday, March 31. ​- ​March 15, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 EMERGENCY RULEMAKING - Last Update: September 21, 2021

  • September 2021
    • ISBE and IDPH Fact SheetPDF Document -  Summarizes Executive Order 2021-24 and IDPH’s administrative rules to implement the order.​
    • Emergency rule for Part 6PDF Document supports schools and school districts in implementing Executive Order 2021-22, which requires that all school personnel either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo at least weekly testing. The Executive Order establishes the effective date for school personnel to be fully vaccinated or to begin at least weekly testing as September 19, 2021. Emergency rules are needed to provide schools and school districts with sufficient clarity and detail regarding implementation of the Executive Order and required record keeping by the effective date of the new requirement. The emergency rules will provide necessary support for schools and school districts to protect the health and safety of students, school personnel, and their broader communities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. – Sept. 17, 2021

 Emergency Actions

​The Illinois State Board of Education provides the following links to guidance by federal and state entities as a convenient resource for schools and stakeholders; the links do not constitute an endorsement of the resource. Prior to relying on any information in a resource, the Illinois State Board of Education recommends that schools and stakeholders confirm the accuracy of all resources directly with the underlying source.​​​​



 CDC UPDATES & GUIDANCE - Last Update: January 4, 2021


Please help protect Illinois children's safety and wellbeing by staying in daily contact with students. If you suspect abuse or neglect, you have a social responsibility to report it to the hotline. In addition, state law requires that teachers, school personnel, child care workers, educational advocates assigned to a child pursuant to the School Code, and truancy officers, among others, report suspected neglect or abuse. These individuals are called Mandated Reporters. Please view and share the following fact sheets about protecting students from abuse during the COVID-19 crisis:

Find more information about reporting from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.​​


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