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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 - August 5, 2020

 Back To School 2020-21

Additional Resources​​​​​​​​​​

 MESSAGES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT​ - Last Update: July 23, 2020 ‭[1]‬

 GENERAL GUIDANCE - Last Update: June 2, 2020


 CARES ACT - Last Update: June 8, 2020 ‭[1]‬

 PPE & CLEANING SUPPLIES MASTER CONTRACTS - Last Update: July 15, 2020 ‭[1]‬

​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. The Chief Procurement Office for General Services (CPO-GS) is also in the process of finalizing additional joint purchasing contracts for districts to obtain PPE and cleaning supplies that best fits their needs. Those options will be added to the list in the coming weeks. 

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. 

CMS Master Contracts


For questions regarding inventory, pricing, etc., please contact the vendor directly. Contact Martha Blackwell at Martha.Blackwell2@Illinois.gov​ for questions regarding CMS Master Contracts as a whole. 

CPO-GS Contracts 
Vendor Information, product listings and contact information:
Additional vendors forthcoming.

For questions regarding inventory, pricing, etc., please contact the vendor directly. Contact CPO.UPP@illinois.gov for questions regarding CPO-GS Contracts as a whole. 

For general questions, please contact ISBE’s Jason Perry at jperry@isbe.net or Jessica Crum at jcrum@isbe.net

 FAMILY RESOURCES - Last Update: June 8, 2020

 HOMELESS EDUCATION - Last Update: July 24, 2020

 EXECUTIVE ORDERS - Last Update: July 24, 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: May 15, 2020

  • May 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 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.​​​​



 IDPH/CDC UPDATES & GUIDANCE - Last Update: July 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.​​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ MESSAGES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT​ - Last Update: July 23, 2020 ‭[2]‬

 ‭(Hidden)‬ CARES ACT - Last Update: June 8, 2020 ‭[2]‬

 ‭(Hidden)‬ PPE & CLEANING SUPPLIES MASTER CONTRACTS - Last Update: July 15, 2020 ‭[2]‬

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