Due to the ever-increasing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Illinois ASBO will be closing our physical office from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. You can still reach Illinois ASBO staff via email if you need assistance.
The Illinois ASBO Board is in the process of having important conversations about the Annual Conference and other events and will make announcements to all members and event registrants as soon as a plan is put into place.
March 15, 2020
You are all aware that Governor Pritzker made a decision late on Friday to close all K-12 schools. Since most of you heard about this through other media or from your superintendent second hand, we wanted to share the message Gov. Pritzker read to superintendents on a conference call on Friday about his decision to close schools. Below is a transcript of the message.
Your superintendent should have already received an email from the Illinois State Board of Education verifying that the restart date for schools will be Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Also, IASA will have a team of superintendents working directly with ISBE and the Governor’s office regarding various issues that will arise from this closure. We will continue engaging as Alliance Executive Directors (IASA, IASBO, IASB, IPA) to make sure key issues are addressed and clarity is provided regarding any further actions by ISBE or the Governor’s office.
Here's the official announcement from the governor's office. ISBE also released school closure guidance.
March 13, 2020
It is clear that we are in an unprecedented world scenario today. The World Health Organization has classified COVID-19 as a pandemic and at the same time we are experiencing a “panicdemic” of fear and confusion among leaders, employees, families, the elderly, children and others. But, this is also a time for leaders to step up and provide a strong, yet calming influence in our organizations and our communities. Unlike some other states (Ohio for instance) Governor Pritzker has given Illinois school districts the opportunity to make decisions at the local level regarding school closures. He has also recommended that gatherings of 250 or more people be cancelled or postponed but has mandated that gatherings of over 1,000 people be cancelled. News of cancellations are mounting each minute across the state and I’m sure you have had serious discussions about these issues in your district.
As you discuss your local options, be sure to collaborate and coordinate with community/county leaders – especially the county health departments which will receive guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). To give you some resources we have provided some excellent links and documents below. Please use these as you need in order to help you engage with knowledge in the decision making process.
For Illinois ASBO, we are looking to convert some of our face-to-face meetings to online meetings to allow members to continue to engage without being in contact with others. We are also monitoring issues day to day and sometimes hour by hour. We will keep you updated on changes to our events as we make decisions. With the Annual Conference on the horizon we may need to make some changes, but for now we will watch and listen to how COVID-19 evolves in our state.
Stay tuned and watch this page for more updates along the way!