Faced with mounting delta variant coronavirus cases and a hodgepodge of local COVID-19 mitigation policies that varied by school districts across the state, Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday imposed a school mask requirement when students return to classrooms this year.
Masks will be required for students and teachers, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday. The state also updated its quarantine rules for students and teachers: an option to test to stay in school instead of quarantine if exposed to a positive COVID-19 case
Teachers, students must wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to announce on Wednesday a new statewide school mask mandate along with other COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming school year, according to multiple media reports. Pritzker is expected to hold a COVID-19 update at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
“We don’t want to get to a point where we’re shutting down again," one DeKalb business manager said
Update: "We know that not everybody is in agreement with what we’re doing, but we’re asking for folks to allow for empathy and grace around us being able to take care of those that are put into our care," said DeKalb Superintendent Minerva Garcia-Sanchez on the school board's decision to require masks for all when school begins this month. “It’s better to be preventative than wishing we did something more," she said.
“As long as supported by local health data,” masks will be recommended for unvaccinated individuals, but there will not be a universal mask mandate for students and staff, the resolution states.
County health department officials said in the statement that the agency supports the CDC’s recently released guidance advising that individuals wear a mask in public, indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission regardless of vaccination status.
An area community college is joining the list of schools going back to requiring masks for all students, staff and visitors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
The Illinois State Board of Education updated its mask guidance on Monday morning to reflect updated CDC mask guidance