March

March Calendar

An indispensable member resource, to help you keep up on upcoming state deadlines

SPECIFIC TASKS TO ADDRESS DURING MARCH 2020

  • March 1 – Deadline to announce intent to change from half-day to full-day Kindergarten (EBF)
  • March 4 – Third transmission of Special Education Personnel Employed Approval is electronically filed with the Illinois State Board of Education (105 ILCS 5/14-13.01).
  • March 4 – Third transmission of Special Education Funding and Child Tracking (FACTS) is electronically filed with the Illinois State Board Education (105 ILCS 5/14-7.02, 5/14-7.02b, and        5/14-7.03).
  • March 4 – Special Education Orphanage Student Eligibility Verification is filed with the Illinois State Board of Education using ISBE Form 34-75 (105 ILCS 5/14-7.03)


OTHER TASKS THAT COULD BE ADDRESSED DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH 2020:

  • Bid preparation and solicitation.
  • Continue to prepare budget and financial projections.
  • Schedule independent audit.
  • Check with Summer School Programs to make sure facilities and tuition collection procedures are aligned.

     

    EDUCATOR EFFECTIVENESS

    NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION CANDIDATE FEE SUBSIDY NOW AVAILABLE

    ISBE is pleased to announce the $1,900 National Board Candidate Fee Subsidy application is now available for Illinois teachers and counselors wishing to pursue National Board Certification beginning the 2020-21 school year. Applications are due by May 10.

    The National Board Resource Center (NBRC) provides free support for teachers and counselors throughout their journey to National Board Certification. Email Director Kristin Mason at kamason5@ilstu.edu or call the NBRC at (309) 438-1833 for more information.

    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was founded as a nonprofit dedicated to improving teaching and student learning:

    • Just as teachers differentiate instruction for their students, the National Board process differentiates professional development for teachers. There are 25 certificates available across various disciplines, age ranges, and developmental levels.
    • Ninety-seven percent of teachers change their teaching after going through the National Board process.
    • More than a decade of research from across the country confirms that students taught by National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) outperform their peers taught by non-NBCTs.

    Many teachers have commented that after completing the process that it was the best professional development experience of their career. View more information about the process.

    IL-EMPOWER

    DATA DIVE INTO SUMMATIVE DESIGNATIONS – NEW SESSION ADDED

    School teams are encouraged to attend the Data Dive into Summative Designations to Identify Next Steps for School Improvement facilitated by Rae Clementz, director of Accountability. The three-hour professional learning session is being hosted by the Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents at the following Regional Office of Education (ROE).

    The purpose of the data dive is for school teams to jointly look at designation data to better understand factors driving a school's designation. Attendees should bring any available local data as well their 2019 summative designation scores report found in the Student Information System. Registrations are being received through the host ROE.

    ISBE ACCOUNTABILITY

    UPCOMING TAC MEETING – FEB. 27-28

    ISBE’s Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be convening on Feb. 27-28 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The ISBE Accountability TAC brings together experts and leaders with broad experience developing, implementing, and/or validating statewide school accountability systems. The ISBE Accountability TAC includes professionals from Illinois and throughout the nation in order to provide both a local and national perspective. The agenda for the meeting will be posted on the TAC webpage once available.

    SAFE & HEALTHY CLIMATE

    CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL ADVISORY & GUIDANCE/FAQS FOR K-12 SCHOOLS

    The coronavirus outbreak in China has affected more than 75,000 people worldwide, prompting the US. Department of State, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization to issue travel advisories recommending against traveling to China.

    As a result, numerous schools and universities have canceled yearly field trips to China and study abroad programs.

    ISBE’s top priority is the safety and well-being of all of Illinois students and school staff. In the wake of the recently issued travel advisories, ISBE highly recommends that any anticipated or planned travel to China should be postponed to a future date or canceled and replaced with another trip.

    The Illinois Department of Public Health has released updated guidance for K-12 schools regarding the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The document includes background information and frequently asked questions.

    If your school has additional questions or concerns about the coronavirus, please contact your local health department.

    SCHOOL NUTRITION

    BRING HEALTHY MEALS TO CHILD CARE CENTERS IN ILLINOIS

    ISBE’s Nutrition Department will present a Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) New Sponsor Workshop for child care centers on March 4 in Springfield. Please help us spread the word to child care centers in your community! Consider sharing the following on your Facebook or Twitter:

    CACFP is a federal program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care. In Illinois, ISBE administers CACFP for child care institutions and family day care homes.

    The purpose of this workshop is to provide new CACFP childcare center sponsors with a better understanding of the program and to provide them with the tools required to successfully implement and operate the program. We encourage potential new sponsors to contact ISBE’s CACFP team at (800) 545-7892 or cnp@isbe.net to express interest and to ask any questions they may have.
    The CACFP New Sponsor Workshop is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 4 in Springfield at the IEA Professional Development Center (3440 Liberty Drive). Registration is now available.

    Please note this training targets child care centers. The At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of CACFP offers federal funding to after-school programs that serve a meal or snack to children in low-income areas. Schools interested in bringing snacks or suppers with CACFP can call the ISBE Nutrition Department at (800) 545-7892 or email cnp@isbe.net.

    HELP FEED CHILDREN WITH SUMMER MEALS; TRAININGS SCHEDULED

    The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) needs additional sponsors and sites to help fill gaps in access to healthy meals. School districts, local government entities, and nonprofits are encouraged to become a Summer Meals sponsor and/or site to provide free, healthy meals and snacks in areas where poor economic conditions exist. This program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by ISBE.

    SFSP sponsors manage and develop their own sites and receive federal reimbursement via ISBE to cover the administrative and operating costs of preparing and serving meals. School districts, local governments, and nonprofits can become sponsors and set up serving sites at schools, parks, recreation centers, resource centers, churches, summer camps, libraries, and other community locations. Those interested in becoming an SFSP sponsor and/or site should contact ISBE’s Nutrition Department at (800) 545-7892.

    Participation in one training session is required to become a new SFSP sponsor. Registration is available. The new sponsor training workshops are scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. for the following dates and locations:

    • March 4 in Marion
    • March 18 in Fairview Heights
    • March 25 in Alsip
    • April 8 in Peoria
    • April 15 in Schaumburg
    • May 6 in Springfield

    There are two in-person trainings scheduled for current sponsors who have participated in the program for more than two years. These meet the annual training requirement.

    • March 19 in Fairview Heights
    • March 26 in Alsip

    There is also a webinar training option for current sponsors who have participated in the program for more than two years scheduled for 1-4 p.m. April 22Registration is online.

    WORKSHOPS ON CEP AND ALTERNATIVE BREAKFAST SERVICE MODELS

    The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows high-poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

    This workshop will provide an overview of CEP requirements, share best practices, and outline the CEP application process, as well as highlight alternative breakfast model strategies.

    This workshop is being presented in partnership with No Kid Hungry Illinois/Rise and Shine Illinois and the ISBE Nutrition Department. Registration begins each day at 8 a.m. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes no later than 12:30 p.m. Register online now. Workshop dates and locations include:

This information is posted for your benefit only and may be subject to change without notice. Illinois ASBO does not guarantee this calendar’s accuracy and will not be responsible for damages caused by reliance on it. It is not intended to be all inclusive and is not a substitute for legal advice. Although job responsibilities and procedures vary among districts, this timetable highlights the major tasks performed by school district officials relative to business office operations. Dates listed indicate the last day to submit the report or complete the task unless otherwise noted.

For accurate information visit the websites listed below to verify dates and items listed.

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