Priority Briefings

GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING STAFF AND STUDENTS WHO PRESENT WITH SYMPTOMS OF, OR TEST POSITIVE FOR, COVID-19

As school districts open for full time in-person instruction and/or blended-remote learning, they will undoubtedly have staff and students test positive for COVID-19 or arrive at school with related symptoms. It is therefore imperative that school districts understand current public health guidelines for how to handle these situations, including who should be sent home, when […]

  • Posted on: Aug 3 2020
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MAJOR CHANGES IN SCHOOL SPORTS FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

On July 29, two major changes were announced for the sporting community due to COVID-19. Governor Pritzker announced a new set of guidance for all youth and adult recreational sports. That guidance placed different sports into specific categories based on the level of risk attributed to them (high, medium, or low). It also set type […]

  • Posted on: Jul 31 2020
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FACE COVERINGS AND RETURNING TO SCHOOL

On June 23, 2020, the Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”), in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) issued guidance on the return to in-person learning for the 2020-21 school year. As part of that guidance, ISBE and IDPH require that all individuals over the age of two wear a face covering […]

  • Posted on: Jul 9 2020
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IDES RELEASES GUIDANCE ON UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR NON-PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Last month, Governor Pritzker signed Public Act 101-633 into law. As we previously reported, this new law permits a school district employee who does not provide “instructional, research, or principal administrative services” (e.g. a 9 or 10 month custodian, paraprofessional, cafeteria worker, bus driver, or clerical worker) to receive unemployment benefits for any week of […]

  • Posted on: Jul 6 2020
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IHSA DEVELOPS STAGE 2 RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES

The Illinois High School Association (“IHSA”) has developed Stage 2 guidelines for student-athletes to begin participating in athletics. These guidelines, developed by the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, are awaiting approval by the Illinois Department of Public Health and include the specific requirements schools need to implement moving forward. As of June 6, 2020, the […]

  • Posted on: Jun 23 2020
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U.S. DOE ISSUES GUIDANCE REGARDING SPECIAL EDUCATION DISPUTE RESOLUTION DURING COVID-19

On June 22, 2020, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued Frequently Asked Questions Guidance regarding timelines and procedures for State complaints, resolution meetings, mediations, and special education due process hearings. According to OSEP, the sixty day timeline for state complaint resolution may not be categorically extended due to COVID-19, but the State Board […]

  • Posted on: Jun 23 2020
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NEW LAW AMENDS SCHOOL CODE TO ADDRESS COVID-19 ISSUES

On June 18, 2020, Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1569 into law as Public Act 101-643. This law makes numerous changes to the Illinois School Code and codifies many school-related provisions from Governor Pritzker’s executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Priority Briefing highlights some of the law’s most impactful sections. Remote Learning Days […]

  • Posted on: Jun 23 2020
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SPECIAL EDUCATION DISCLOSURES REVISED BY SCHOOL CODE AMENDMENTS

On June 18, 2020, the Governor signed into law SB 1569, which includes revisions to the special education disclosure and notification provisions enacted in August 2019.  The Public Act is effective immediately. The Requirement to provide parents certain documents at least three school days before an eligibility or IEP meeting is effective again beginning July […]

  • Posted on: Jun 23 2020
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NEW ILLINOIS LAW ALTERS UNEMPLOYMENT AND WORKER’S COMPENSATION CLAIMS FOR REMAINDER OF 2020

On June 5, 2020, Governor Pritzker signed Public Act 101-633 into law. This new legislation will have a significant and immediate effect on unemployment and workers’ compensation claims filed by certain school district and joint agreement employees through December 31, 2020.  Amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act In past years, a non-professional school employee who […]

  • Posted on: Jun 16 2020
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PROPERTY TAX LATE FEES AND ASSESSMENT CHANGES

The Illinois legislature has passed Senate Bill 685, which is waiting signature by the Governor. This law would allow county boards (other than Cook County) to waive interest penalties for property tax installments. Cook County previously exercised its own authority to waive interest penalties. However, while SB 685 attempts to create some structure for how […]

  • Posted on: Jun 5 2020
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