ISBE Releases Back-to-School Recommendations

ISBE Releases Back-to-School Recommendations

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released their recommendations Thursday for Illinois school districts returning to school this fall.

In a 103-page document designed to help schools and districts make educated and safe decisions on how teaching children in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ISBE said their aim is “not only to help students recover unfinished learning from spring 2020, but also to support the development of innovative instruction practices that will reduce or eliminate future learning loss.”

The documents also covers their recommendations on in-person, blended and remote learning practices for all grade levels during the 2020-2021 school year.

ISBE officials said while they and the Illinois Department of Public Health agree that “full in-person learning is the goal, that might not be a safe or feasible option for every district,” the document said “all districts need to plan for the possibility that some or all students may need to transition quickly from in-person to remote learning due to individual coronavirus exposure or local community outbreaks.”

The recommendations cover recommended classroom guidelines for social distancing; number of hours for remote learning; ways to keep in communication with families; how to create engaging learning material to help students;and more. To access the ISBE recommendations in their entirety, click here.