The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issued new guidance today on reopening K-12 public schools for in-person instruction as soon as practicable in every district across the state; including a reduction in social distance for in-person learning to 3 feet for students and fully vaccinated staff (down from prior standard of 6 feet).
State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) shared his perspective upon reading the announcement from ISBE:
“I strongly support ISBE’s new guidelines and urge all our local school districts and school boards to implement them as swiftly as possible to get students back in the classroom for full-time instruction in a safe and responsible way. I hear from concerned parents every day about how remote learning is taking a toll on their children’s social, emotional, and even physical well-being. Our local teachers have done the best they can during challenging circumstances over the past year and I thank them. It’s time to get our kids back in school for in-person learning for the remainder of this school year. Thanks to the incredible dedication of our frontline health care workers getting folks vaccinated, I am confident our local school administrators can get make it happen. I am ready to support them in any way I can.”
Consistent with the updated guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ISBE stipulates that families of students who are at increased risk of severe illness (including those with special health care needs) or who live with people at increased risk must be given the option of remote instruction.
Rep. Wheeler serves the 50th District, which includes portions of Aurora, North Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Elburn, Montgomery, Oswego, Plano, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.