By: Brittany Flaherty Theis

School districts in Illinois are winding down the 2020-2021 school year. For many districts, the format for learning evolved over the course of the school year. The Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) reports that, as of today, 423 school districts are educating students in a blended remote learning format, while 398 school districts are using an in-person format and 28 districts are using a remote format. This data is self-reported by the school districts and can be found on ISBE’s dashboard here.

In recent weeks, many school boards throughout Illinois have started considering plans (albeit tentative plans) to return students to full day in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. ISBE is also considering the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and educational interests of students in Illinois. With those factors in mind, ISBE plans to consider a Resolution Supporting In-Person Learning at its Board meeting tomorrow morning.

If adopted, the Resolution will emphasize ISBE’s support of the State Superintendent’s declaration that “Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, all schools must resume fully in-person learning for all student attendance days, provided that, pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/10-30 and 105 ILCS 5/34-18.66, remote instruction be made available for students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are under a quarantine order by a local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health.”

ISBE Resolution Supporting In-Person Learning

The Resolution can be found here.

The attorneys at Whitt Law will continue to monitor the guidance and directives shared by ISBE, as well as the Executive Orders and pending legislation impacting school districts. To follow Whitt Law’s News & Knowledge blog, sign up here. If you have questions regarding this post, please contact Whitt Law Senior Attorney Brittany Flaherty Theis.

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