Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

Welcome to the Illinois Education Association’s COVID-19 information page. Here you will find links to some of the major information clearinghouse sites where you will find the most helpful and frequently updated information regarding the pandemic.

IEA leaders are involved in daily conversations with education stakeholders as plans continuously evolve regarding the rest of the academic year in Illinois. Please know that in these conversations, IEA will be looking to make sure several things happen:

  • Everyone – students, members and your families – can stay safe and healthy;
  • Members remain whole as a contributing member to our economy, which will take a huge blow as a result of the pandemic;
  • Students see as much success as possible under these unconventional circumstances;
  • And, that there is flexibility granted to schedules, work locations, assignments and conditions. This is all new, but work must still be done and we are all going to have to join together to find ways to accomplish it.

We’re hearing wonderful stories from all over the state about educators doing wonderful things – from unique remote learning techniques to providing food or internet to underserved communities. We’re not surprised. And, we’re so very proud. Thank you! Thank you for always coming through for Illinois’ students.

But, we know that it can be an anxious and frightening time, too. For information on what is happening in your local area, please reach out to your local association leaders. If you don’t know who those people are, feel free to contact IEA Connect through the chat button at the bottom of this page, by email or by phone at 844-IEA-1800.

Latest Update

Feb. 25, 2022

This evening the Illinois Supreme Court issued an order regarding the state appeal of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) decided in the Sangamon County Covid school litigation.  The order denied the state’s appeal to be heard by the Court but vacated the TRO as moot.  The Court also remanded the matter back to Sangamon County for further litigation.

Gov. JB Pritzker announced this evening that the state’s mask guidance for schools will change as of Monday. It will be up to each individual district to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control. That advice said masks can be optional unless you live in an area of high transmission. This is a new announcement as of today. To find out if your area is in an area of high transmission, you can check the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website.

Dr. Carmen Ayala, the state’s school superintendent, released a statement tonight, as well, touting the fact that school districts should follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control’s advice that came out today.

Crucial Information and Links

Illinois Work Jobs Program Act
The state legislature met for an abbreviated session at the end of May and passed, among other things, this measure meant to help Illinois residents whose employment was affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Below are several resources meant to help IEA members navigate the Act.

Federal CARES Act
To help members understand the federal CARES Act, National Education Association staff have worked to create one pagers to explain different elements of the law.  Hopefully, these will help unpack some of the new provisions until there is further guidance from the administration.

Illinois Information

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