school mask 062420WESTERN SPRINGS – With schools set to reopen this fall, State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) shared the health and safety guidelines that will guide educators as they resume in-person learning.

“Schools are reopening only because we have followed health guidelines so far,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Students and teachers should follow these new guidelines so we can continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and have a safe reopening.”

The Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health have issued guidelines for K-12 schools and higher education institutions to safely resume in-person learning this fall, while ensuring the health and safety of students and staff is prioritized. The groups worked with educators, superintendents, social workers, nurses and other stakeholders to create the 60-page guidance.

The guidelines for Phase 4 will, among other things:

  • Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment, including face coverings;
  • Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space;
  • Require social distancing be observed, as much as possible;
  • Require schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings; and
  • Require an increase in school-wide cleaning and disinfection.

All schools in Illinois serving K-12 students must follow these guidelines.