Illinois State Board of Education Announces Schools Can Resume ‘Fully In-Person Learning’ in 2021-2022

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala said on Friday that “all schools must resume fully in-person learning for all student attendance days” in 2021-2022.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced in a press release on Friday that it was fully adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Kindergarten (K)-12 Schools, which was also released on Friday.

Some basics of the CDC guidance include:

  • Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated.
  • CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk.
  • Many schools serve children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for vaccination at this time.  Therefore, this guidance emphasizes implementing layered prevention strategies (masking, distancing, testing) to protect people who are not fully vaccinated.

“All our students deserve to return safely in-person to schools this fall,” Dr. Ayala said in an IDPH press release. “With vaccination rates continually rising and unprecedented federal funding to support safe in-person learning, and mitigations such as contact tracing and increased ventilation in place in schools, we are fully confident in the safety of in-person learning this fall. We look forward to a great school year and to the energy of Illinois’ young minds once again filling our school buildings.”

The Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education will meet on July 19 and August 9 to discuss safety protocols for schools within the district.

To read the full release from the IDPH, visit dph.illinois.gov.