IBSE: ‘Very Real Possibility’ of State Extending Closures Past March

IBSE: ‘Very Real Possibility’ of State Extending Closures Past March

ILLINOIS – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) advised school administrators Thursday to prepare for the “very real possibility” the state will extend the mandated school closure order past March 30th.

According to state officials, future closure-related decisions will be made after consulting health officials with no timeline currently set. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said current closure dates are considered “Act of God” days, and will not need redeemed at the end of school years.

Discussion regarding the mandate extension came via a webinar held by ISBE for administrators. They added districts are encouraged to create e-learning plans should closures be extended, and they’ll have the ability to provide opportunities “through whatever means possible, including through technology and free online resources.”

Prtizker noted during his daily briefing yesterday parents should be prepared for their children to be out of school for an extended amount of time.

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