Governor Pritzker has signed Executive Order 2020-40 (enacted on June 4, 2020) allowing schools to open for limited in-person educational purposes, such as summer school, following the completion of the regular 2019-20 school year. In response to this, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have released a transition joint guidance.
This document, which supersedes previous ISBE guidance on the topic of summer school, provides a summary of the requirements and recommended practices for schools in Phase 3. Different regions around the state may reach a new phase or return to an earlier phase at different times. ISBE and IDPH also recommend strong partnerships with local public health officials.
In addition, ISBE want to make it clear that: “while Phase 3 allows for the resumption of face-to-face instruction, this is not the same as a return to pre-pandemic operations. Extensive social distancing measures, enhanced sanitation measures, and other accommodations will be necessary to ensure the safety of students, staff, and their families.”
Updated allowable activities will allow districts to:
- conduct Child Find activities
- conduct early childhood, special education, and English learner screenings
- offer extended school year
- host summer camps
- conduct IEP meetings
- conduct special education evaluations
- convene staff for professional development, planning, and other training activity
- conduct in-person summer school
- and more