Governor Shuts Down K-12 In-Person Learning for Remainder of School Year

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker on Friday afternoon announced the closing of K-12 buildings and in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Governor J.B. Pritzker addresses the media at a press briefing on Friday. (photo credit /

“My decisions are hard ones, but they will follow the science,” said Governor Pritzker. “And the science says ‘Our students can’t go back to their normal routine.’ Therefore I am suspending in-person learning in schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.”

Governor Pritzker added that “my office and the ISBE is recommending that any grades given during this pandemic reflect the unprecedented circumstances in which students are attempting to continue their studies. Grades should deliver feedback and not be used as a tool for compliance.”

Governor Pritzker went on to give words of inspiration to administration, teachers, students and parents.

“To the teachers, who feel like they didn’t get to say a proper goodbye to their students, my heart is with you. Know that your efforts reach your classrooms through new and creative ways, and that that means the world to your students, and to me.”

“To our high school seniors, I know you’re feeling sad about missing the rituals of senior prom…and graduation. There’s room for you to feel all those things…You will talk about this for the rest of your lives, and you will go on to do amazing things.”