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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.

ISBE Updates & Guidance​

Messages from the Superintendent​

General Guidance


Special Education




Emergency Actions

Executive Orders

  • 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 2020-07PDF 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

  • 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 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

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

Office of the Attorney General Guidance

IDPH/CDC Updates & Guidance

Administrator Webinars

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.​​​

 Hand Washing Lessons - PreK-12

Schools, working together with local health departments, play a key role in reducing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Hand washing and use of hand sanitizers is critical to minimizing transmission, but only if done properly. Therefore, we are asking all schools to implement lessons in hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.

The CDC offers numerous hand washing resources for all grade levels, including:

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