The state is allowing school buildings from kindergarten through higher ed to reopen in the fall with face masks for students required and capacity restrictions within certain space.
While schools are being allowed to reopen, it will be up to each K-12 school district to determine how to implement new state guidance based on unique student enrollment, school facilities, staffing, transportation, and technological capacity.
Guidance was also released for community colleges and higher education institutions.
There will still be rules in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The state says personal protective equipment, including face coverings, is required. No more than 50 people will be allowed in one space, social distancing is required when possible, visitors’ temperatures will be taken and buildings need to be cleaned more frequently.
State Supt. of Education Dr. Carmen Ayala says districts there will need to be contingency plans.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker also announced that 2.5 million face masks will be distributed to K-12 public schools.
All of Illinois' health regions remain on track to move into the next phase of the state reopening plan by the end of this week.