The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released guidance for bringing students back to school buildings this fall while keeping health and safety the number one priority. Illinois is on track to enter Phase 4 as the result of the effective social distancing measures implemented across the state. Schools will look a bit differently this fall than we are accustomed to, but our focus remains the same: ensuring each and every child receives the high-quality education they deserve.
Schools will use the requirements and recommendations to develop local reopening plans as there are 852 diverse school districts in the state.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements for Phase 4 that schools must meet are to:
- 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.
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