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Illinois school districts encouraged to 'maximize' in-person learning this fall

Schools will return this fall, but it “will not be business as usual,” Illinois State Superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala said Tuesday.

Schools in Illinois are being encouraged to “maximize” in-person learning this fall when the 2020-21 school year begins, while also requiring that everyone in the building who is able wear a face covering, either a mask or a shield. Gov. JB Pritzker said the Illinois Emergency Management Agency will be providing 2.5 million free masks to school districts across the state.

The Illinois State Board of Education released a 60-page report on Tuesday detailing what a return to school might look like.

Illinois’ more than 800 school districts must be prepared to transition to remote learning at any time, should the coronavirus pandemic surge this fall.

There will be no one-size-fits-all solution for school districts. Each district will have the ability to blend remote learning and in-person learning to meet its community needs.

“There are real challenges, there’s no doubt,” Pritzker said. “Schools are configured differently. The ability of kids to get to school in the morning is another challenge. That’s why remote learning is so important.”

School buses will be allowed to carry up to 50 individuals.

This is a developing story.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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