ISBE Transition Back Guidance

  • ISBE has added new vendors to their Education Purchasing Program for PPE and cleaning supplies.

    Part 3 Transition Guidance FAQ (Updated 08/17/2020)
    Only one update from previous version of this document, but it's a pretty important one.  Under Face Coverings item 3 it states: Can staff remove their face coverings while alone in their classroom or office? Teachers and staff who are alone in their classroom or offices should be allowed to remove their face covering if they are in the room alone and the doors are closed.

    From ISBE and the IDPH, this guidance is an attempt to provide instructional recommendations for a unique fall instructional learning environment. Both entities agree that in-person learning is the goal, but it may not be safe or feasible to fully resume in-person learning in every school community. These recommendations honor local control with the goal to support educators in minimizing the negative impact of these circumstances for students, staff and communities, while maximizing recovery and learning for all.

    This ISBE produced document is designed to serve as a supplemental  resource to districts and other serving entities on special education topics during the preparation for, and transition to, return to in-person instruction.

    Starting the 2020-2021 School Year: Part 3- Transition Joint Guidance (06/23/2020)
    From ISBE and IDPH this document focuses on returning to in-person instruction, remote learning and blended remote learning for the fall. While ISBE strongly encourages in-person instruction in Phase 4, it will certainly not look the same. To ensure the safety of students, parents and staff, this Phase 4 guidance will: 
    • Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings;
    • Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space;
    • Require social distancing be observed, as much as possible;
    • Require that schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings; and
    • Require an increase in schoolwide cleaning and disinfection.

    This document is well worth a very thorough read and discussion with administrators, certified and non-certified staff and all other education related stakeholders.

    Transitioning to 2020-21 School Year: Plan Overview- webinar ppt
    This link takes you to the powerpoint presentation that ISBE used for its webinar addressing the Starting the 2020-21 School Year: Part 3- Transition Joint Guidance. Here is a link to the recording of that webinar. It will ask you to register, but that won't take more than a minute. The Q&A aspect of the two webinars were by far the most valuable part. You can jump right to that section at the end of the 14th minute.

    Updated Summer School and Other Allowable Activities: Part 2- Transition Joint Guidance (06/04/2020)
    From ISBE and IDPH this document focuses on Restore IL Phase 3 allowable activities and the return to in-person instruction within specific Phase 3 limitations.