The Illinois Association of School Boards has compiled guidance to assist boards of education as they prepare to confront the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year.
The IASB’s guidance document is intended to provide a framework to guide local school boards in discussions about the reopening of school in the fall.
In a brief video, IASB Executive Director Tom Bertrand talks about the board’s role in planning and conversations about the opening of school.
The intent of the guidance document is to provide a framework to guide local school boards in discussions about the reopening of school in the fall.
“It reflects the fact that Illinois is a diverse state and that a one-size-fits-all approach is inadequate,” the document says. “Local boards of education can use this document to guide discussions of critical issues involving governance, policies, programming, personnel, health and safety of the school community, and the fiduciary responsibility of the board of education.”
IASB is strongly recommending that school districts work with their respective local health departments and local stakeholders to ensure that reopening plans align with the most current scientific knowledge, government orders, and community expectations.
It is also important that locally developed plans remain flexible enough to allow for adaptation in changing conditions.
Key Considerations for School Reopening Plans
The IASB recommends local school boards consider a plan that includes any or all of the following areas:
- Governance and Policy
- Internal and External Communications
- School Facilities
- Academic and Program
- Social and Emotional Cosiderations
- Human Resources
SOURCE: IASB news release, guidance document