COVID-19 Resources


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COVID-19 Conversations 2.0! 

The COVID-19 Conversations webinar series are back! Keep up with these conversations by accessing the recordings and resources below and watch for more in the future!

Past Conversations: 

The Transportation Challenge
Watch the Recording | Download a Summary Checklist

Temp Checks & Masks – When, Where & How?
Watch the Recording

Operational Impact of ISBE Guidelines
Watch the Recording

When We Go Back: Science, Space and Operations

Watch the Recording  |  Download the Presentation

Transportation Contracts & Beyond
Watch the Recording  |  Download a Summary Checklist

Food Service Contracts & Beyond
Watch the Recording  |  Download a Summary Checklist

Operational Flyover — How Do We Close Out FY20 and Plan for Next Year? 
Watch the Recording  |  Download a Summary Checklist

COVID-19 Financial Implications — Keeping your Board Apprised
Watch the Recording  |  Download a Summary Checklist


COVID-19 HR Webinar Series in Partnership with IASPA

Join Illinois ASBO and the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators (IASPA) for discussions on hot topics in HR amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. Your peers will share what they are currently doing to address HR challenges, alongside content experts who can help answer your pressing questions. Bring your stories and questions to share in this fluid conversation and earn PD credit for your attendance!

Past Webinar Recordings:

HR Webinar: Last Call: Pandemic Issues as We Wrap Up the 2020/2021 School Year

HR Webinar: Have You Had Your Shot? Vaccines in a Pandemic

HR Webinar: Pandemic Challenges as 2021 Begins

HR Webinar: Emerging Issues As Winter Approaches

HR Webinar: Leaves of Absence During a Pandemic Part II

HR Webinar: Leaves of Absence During a Pandemic

HR Webinar: Returning to Work - The Countdown Begins

HR Webinar: Staff Returning to Work - Preparing for Fall

HR Webinar: Return to Work - How's it going?

HR Webinar: Compensation & Staffing

HR Webinar: Compensation, Payroll and Unemployment


Illinois ASBO Update - 4/6/20

Adjusting Your Processes for Bids, Purchases & Vendor Payments


COVID-19 Conversations

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Podcast: Financial Issues for Districts as a Result the Coronavirus

Listen in on an interview between IASA's Dr. Richard J. Voltz and Illinois ASBO Executive Director/CEO Dr. Michael A. Jacoby on current financial issues schools should be considering both now and in the future.



School Finance + Funding

The Potential Impact of COVID-19 on School Funding
Read this analysis by Robert Grossi, Ed.D. on what factors in school finance could be impacted by the pandemic.

The Projected Impact of COVID-19 on Illinois’ State Budget This Year And Beyond
Read the CTBA's blog in response to Governor Pritzker's first estimates of how hard the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will hit Illinois.

COVID-19 Financial Implications — Keeping your Board Apprised Summary Checklist
Download the checklist from the COVID-19 Conversations Webinar Series. 

Dept. of Education Grant Funding Fact Sheet - 4/8/20
This fact sheet responds to frequently asked questions related to the use of grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education during the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with respect to compensation, travel, and conference costs that are otherwise allowable costs under applicable program statutes and regulations.

Optimizing Liquidity in an Uncertain Rate Environment

COVID-19 and the Future of Treasury Departments

Plante Moran COVID-19 Resource Center

Coronavirus Update: What Should SBOs Know? - ASBO International Resource Page 

​Human Resources

TRS Bulletin on Option to Extend FFCRA Leave
Employer Bulletin on the option to extend FFCRA leave until March 31, 2021.

Employment Leave Decision Tree
This Kriha Boucek resource provides you with a decision making tool when employees request leave or accommodation.

Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferrals
the IRS issued much-anticipated guidance on the payroll tax deferral that was ordered by President Donald Trump in a presidential memorandum on Aug. 8 (Notice 2020-65). The notice allows employers to defer withholding on affected employees’ compensation during the last four months of 2020 and then withhold those deferred amounts during the first four months of 2021.

IDES Guidance for Educational Institutions
See the latest guidances from the Illinois Department of Employment Security - including a recent change in Illinois law allows non-professional academic employees.

IDES Frequently Asked Questions

A COVID-19 FAQs from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

HR & Risk Management Information Hub
A resource portal created by Gallagher including articles, webinars and other information to help guide HR and risk management practices.

ISBE Educator Licensure FAQ
ISBE has updated its document that provides additional clarity to emergency orders filed by the governor and ISBE relating to candidates in educator licensure programs, individuals who wish to obtain a paraprofessional license, educators from other states who are seeking licensure in Illinois and practicing educators whose credentials are expiring June 30, 2020.

Returning to the Workplace

Returning to the Workplace Guide
The decision to return to the workplace is complex and encompasses a variety of key aspects, including considerations of who, when and how because of the need to ensure a safe, clean and secure workplace for all.

Technology and Software: How COVID Will Change Remote Work Forever

Reopening Schools

ISBE and IDPH Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools
Part 4 — Transition Joint Guidance (March 2021)

CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation
This operational strategy presents recommendations based on the best-available evidence at the time of release. As science and data on COVID-19 continue to evolve, guidance and recommendations will be updated to reflect new evidence. (Updated Guidance as of 2/14/21)

ED COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools
February 2021 handbook from the U.S. Department of Education following President Biden's Executive Order, Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers.

IDPH Frequently Asked Questions for Schools

Additional Guidance as of August 13, 2020

Learning Over Logistics: Initial Framework for Reopening Schools
We are excited to bring you a new document created collaboratively by members of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Association of School Business Officials and Illinois Principals Association to help school districts develop a strategic plan for communication and execution that will allow you to confidently return to school in the fall. It includes immediate considerations as well as critical questions that must be addressed by every district.

Starting the 20-21 School Year
Joint guidance from ISBE and IDPH released on June 23. 

40 Answers to Your Phase 4 Questions: Practical FAQs on ISBE’s Phase 4 School Reopening Guidance
A resource from Franczek P.C., to help you navigate the latest ISBE guidance.

Re‐Opening Our Schools: Activities and Recommendations
A resource from ASHRAE to help guide decisions regarding school facilities.

ASHRAE COVID-19 Resource Page
ASHRAE guidance on managing the spread of COVID-19 with respect to the operation and maintenance of HVAC systems in buildings.

Guidance for Summer School and Other Allowable Activities

Joint guidance from ISBE and IDPH released on June 3 for Summer School and other Phase 3 school activities.

Adapting Your Schools: Impact of the CDC's COVID-19 Guidance on School Capacity

The guide created by STR Partners LLC includes sample room layouts for cafeterias, classrooms, libraries and more. 

Guidelines for Reopening School Transportation

A Guide Created by Gallagher for Reopening Transportation Following Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closures 

School Isolation Room Guidelines
A Guide Created by Gallagher for Reopening Transportation Following Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closures 

Guidelines for School Reopenings
A Guide Created by Gallagher for Reopening Transportation Following Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closures

CDC School Decision Tool
The purpose of this tool is to assist administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDC Interim Guidance for Schools and Day Camps

Forecast5 COVID-19 Decision Support Resources

Remote Learning 

Remote Learning Recommendations During COVID-19 Emergency
This document provides information and clarification to districts, schools, leaders, teachers, students and parents as they design and implement remote learning in response to the COVID-19 emergency, which is different from statutory e-learning plans.


Contact Your Legislators for IDEA Flexibility
Please join us in helping make the voices of Illinois SBOs heard to Congress about the need to provide practical, narrow flexibility in how to meet some of the requirements under IDEA.
Find Your Congressional Staffers Contact Information
Letter Template 

ISBE COVID-19 Resources

ISBE COVID-19 Resource Page
ISBE continues to post new guidance on the latest issues related to COVID-19. 

Starting the 20-21 School Year
Joint guidance from ISBE and IDPH released on June 23. 

Guidance for Summer School and Other Allowable Activities
Joint guidance from ISBE and IDPH released on June 3 for Summer School and other Phase 3 school activities.

Leadership Resources

Moving from "Sprint" to "Marathon" Thinking
While school leaders have been focusing primarily on 1) Food and care for the community, 2) Communication, and 3) Distance learning, most of these require quick, tactical thinking, or a sprint mentality. As we move toward the longer marathon, district leaders should consider these other implications. Part of IASA's Illinois Schools Step Up Series

Proactive Leadership
Questions Superintendents Need to Think Through Right Now to Maintain Services to Students and Families. Part of IASA's Illinois Schools Step Up Series

Templates to Communicate with Stakeholders
Access a series of templates developed by a communications strategy firm recommended by AASA.