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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 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 - May 3, 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: April 5, 2022

 PROGRAM RESOURCES - Last Update: January 26, 2021

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 FEDERAL FUNDING - ESSER - Last Update: May 3, 2022

 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.​​​​

 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION UPDATES & GUIDANCE - Last Update: May 13, 2021

 OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL GUIDANCE - Last Update: July 2, 2020

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

 DCFS & CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTERS OF ILLINOIS RESOURCES - Latest Update: April 24, 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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