As spring break ends and the time for students to continue receiving education begins, our children are facing a new normal. The information below contains answers to some of the most common parent questions from the Illinois State Board of Education.

How will days count on and after March 31?

ISBE filed emergency rules to create Remote Learning Days and Remote Learning Planning Days, which began March 31 and are considered “pupil attendance days.” They count as days toward the length of the school year.

ISBE continues to count the days that schools utilized during the period of March 17 through March 30th as Act of God days. These days do not need to be made up at the end of the school year.

What are the timelines for return to school?

At this time, there is no timeline. Future decisions regarding return to in-person instruction will be determined with public health officials.

Given the stay at home order included in Executive Order 2020-10, can school personnel still distribute meals to students?

Yes. School districts should continue to distribute meals to students.

Should extracurricular activities still be taking place?

Extracurricular activities must not take place in person during the mandatory suspension of in-person instruction. Further, Executive Orders 2020-10 and 2020-18 require all Illinoisans to stay home except for essential functions.

 Will coursework and graduation requirements be amended or waived?

ISBE highly recommends districts strategize and prepare for how they can meet the needs of graduating seniors, including ensuring transcripts are accessible and students have the continued ability to request recommendations from teachers and the district. ISBE is also investigating opportunities to provide flexibility for graduation requirements for seniors, such as coursework requirements.

 How should student work be graded during Remote Learning Days?

Student work completed during the suspension of in-person instruction must not negatively impact a student’s grades or otherwise impact a student’s academic standing. As ISBE does not yet know the full extent of the closure and wants to minimize any negative effects on students, schools may allow student work to count during the closure only to increase a student’s academic standing.

ISBE's full remote learning recommendations in response to COVID-19 can be found here.

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