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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 - October 29​, 2020​​

 BACK TO SCHOOL 2020-21 - Last Update: October 28, 2020

Back to School 2020-21  

Fall 2020 Learning RecommendationsPDF Document

Fall 2020 Learning Recommendations - Spanish​PDF Document

Part 3: Starting the 2020-21 School Year​PDF Document

Fall 2020 Learning Plans for Districts Responding to the ISBE Survey (PreK - 12)​

Fall 2020 Learning Plans MapDistrict superintendents: If your district has changed its learning model from what’s currently listed in the dashboard above, please notify ISBE immediately at covid19@isbe.net.

Additional Resources​​​​​​​​​​

 MESSAGES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT​ - Last Update: October 29, 2020

 PROGRAM RESOURCES - Last Update: October 28, 2020



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 CARES ACT - Last Update: September 23, 2020

  • 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​​​​​​​​​​​


​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: 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: October 7, 2020

  • September 2020
    • Emergency Amendment to Part 1PDF Document extends the KIDS Assessment deadline to allow kindergarten teachers more time to administer the assessment in school districts that, due to Coronavirus Disease 19, do not have in-person instruction and may need to wait until in-person instruction is resumed to be able to make the necessary observations and gather appropriate evidence. Additionally, the amendment allows schools experiencing a substitute teacher or teacher shortage or schools in which more teachers requested to work remotely to utilize volunteers to staff classrooms under the supervision of a remote teacher if a licensed individual is present in the school building. – Sept. 30, 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.​​​​



 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.​​

 GENERAL GUIDANCE - Last Update: June 2, 2020

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