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Board of Education gives new in-person schooling guidance

Teachers and school staff are in the state’s 1B vaccination group, and their vaccinations will be prioritized until all teachers and staff have received a vaccine.
This school year, students have faced many challenges. A pandemic, learning from home and...
This school year, students have faced many challenges. A pandemic, learning from home and returning to class almost an entire year later. Now as classes resume some in-person normalcy, teachers have to prepare their students for standardized testing.(WKYT)
Published: Mar. 10, 2021 at 1:32 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New COVID-19 safety guidelines released Tuesday by the Illinois State Board of Education suggest in-person learning should be prioritized over extracurricular activities.

The guidelines released in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health say capacity limits for in-person learning, and activities like lunch, will be determined by the space’s ability to accommodate social distancing. The board now defines social distancing for in-person learning as three-to-six feet for students and fully vaccinated staff, although the board says six feet distance remains safest.

The health department is no longer recommending school districts perform coronavirus screening on school grounds. However, the Board of Education advises districts may continue to do so if that’s their preference. The board also said students who are at increased risk for severe illness must be provided with the option of remote learning.

Education officials say regardless of the level of community transmission, schools are required to use personal protection equipment, including face masks and to conduct contact tracing and isolate those with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Illinois teachers and school staff are in the state’s 1B vaccination group, and their vaccinations will be prioritized until all teachers and staff have received a vaccine.

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