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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

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 the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Please know that this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to share up-to-date information as it becomes available.​​​

LATEST UPDATES - June 4,  2020


 GENERAL GUIDANCE - Last Update: June 2, 2020


 CARES ACT - Last Update: May 28, 2020

 FAMILY RESOURCES - Last Update: May 22, 2020

 ADMINISTRATOR WEBINARS - Last Update: April 2, 2020


Join ISBE for a webinar to introduce district staff to the purpose of ESSER, allowable expenses, non-public consultation requirements, and LEA application requirements. A recording of the webinar and the webinar presentation will be posted on the ISBE website at as soon as available. ISBE will host two sessions of the webinar:

Remote Learning Days Q & A

Statewide School Closure Q & A

Presentation PDF Document

  • Session 1: Statewide School Closure Q&A for Administrators​
    March 17, 2-4 p.m. 
    WebinarVimeo Video Link
  • Session 2: Statewide School Closure Q&A for Administrators
    March 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    WebinarVimeo Video Link
​Please check back for future webinars.​​​


 EXECUTIVE ORDERS - Last Update: June 4, 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: May 15, 2020

  • Emergency Amendment to Part 151​PDF Document ensures that an applicant that submitted an application for a school maintenance project grant after the application deadline announced by the State Superintendent, but prior to April 21, 2020, is eligible to have the submitted application reviewed by the State Board and, if approved, may be issued a grant award for disbursement. – May 15, 2020
  • Emergency Amendment to Part 1PDF Document waives the application submission deadlines for entities that offer professional development activities that wish to apply to the State Board of Education for approval to conduct leadership training activities for members of Illinois boards of education or Independent Authorities. - May 1, 2020
  • ​Emergency Amendment to Part 1PDF Document waives certain graduation requirements for students who are in twelfth grade during the mandated in-person instruction pursuant to Executive Order 2020-05 and for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations. – April 27, 2020
  • Emergency Amendment to Part 25PDF Document takes various measures for those seeking an educator license for the duration of the mandated in-person instruction and the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, including extending the validity of a Professional Educator License that expires on June 30, 2020, short-term approval for school support personnel and paraprofessionals, and the waiver of student teaching for applicants who have completed all other preparation program requirement for a Professional Educator License. – April 27, 2020
  • Emergency Amendment to Part 120​PDF Document requires all transportation costs incurred between March 17, 2020, and through the end of the 2019-2020, that are beyond transporting students to be allowable and reimbursed by the formula under Section 29-5 of the School Code. - March 30, 2020 Emergency Amendment PDF Document ensures that contracts related to the provision of transportation or a transportation provider under a written agreement, regardless of any service that may be provided, are allowable and reimbursed. – April 9, 2020
  • Emergency Amendment to Part 5 PDF Documentallows the State Superintendent to declare a requirement to use Remote Learning Days for a district, multiple districts, a region, or the entire State. During the Remote Learning Days, schools must conduct instruction remotely. - March 27, 2020
  • Emergency Amendment to Part 235 ​PDF Documentallows currently funded early childhood block grant programs that voluntarily choose to provide care for children of essential workers to use funds in excess of what is necessary for the program to provide at-home materials for children in the program and to purchase supplies and equipment while caring for children of essential workers. - March 27, 2020​
  • Emergency Amendment to Part 226PDF Document allows all approved special education private facilities to continue to invoice school districts and requires school districts to continue to pay the per diem approved by the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code. - ​March 25, 2020 Emergency Amendment​PDF Document  provides that school districts will be reimbursed for special education private facility tuition expenditures per the statutory formula under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code, and also notes that school districts will be reimbursed for special education room and board expenditures under Part B of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. – April 9, 2020

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.​​


 IDPH/CDC UPDATES & GUIDANCE - Last Update: March 23, 2020


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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