COVID-19

COVID-19

UPDATED: Back to School Supply Kit

We have been closely monitoring the guidance from ISBE, IDPH and the CDC. In light of the new guidance received over the last week from ISBE, IDPH and the CDC, we have updated several of our forms to ensure you have the most current and up-to-date information for your school community.

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UPDATED: COVID-19 Decision Making Resources

UPDATED 8/3/2020: We are pleased to continue to provide COVID-19 resources to our Robbins Schwartz community.

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#BeSafeChicago

We are excited to announce that Robbins Schwartz achieved the “Be Safe. Chicago” badge of approval for our reopening business plan in line with the City of Chicago guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Federal Government Rescinds Policy Restricting International Students’ Ability to Remain in the U.S. if Taking only Online Courses

Written by Frank B. Garrett and John “Jack” Klinker On July 14th, the federal government decided to rescind a policy whereunder international students would be required to leave the United States if they participated in online-only courses. The policy was originally announced by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (“SEVP”) of the Department of Homeland…

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FAQ: Interpreting the ISBE/IDPH Joint Guidance on the Return to School

We recognize the benefit of having access not only to our recorded webinar, but also the written FAQ with answers from the webinar.

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Legislative Action Extends Sunset of Longer Day/Hour Work Maximums for Annuitants

Written by Catie Locallo Given anticipated staffing challenges due to absences related to COVID-19, school districts may be relieved to learn that the planned sunset of the 120 paid days/600 paid hours limitation for employing a TRS annuitant has been extended through June 30, 2021. In accordance with Public Act 101-0645, for the 2020-2021 school…

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Recently Published COVID-19 Guidance for Illinois Colleges and Universities

Written by Frank B. Garrett III and John “Jack” Klinker As the state enters Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, guidance for returning to in-person instruction has been released by both ICCB and IBHE. The June 23, 2020 publications – largely mirror each other while also relying on guidance and directives from the…

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IDES Issues Guidance to Educational Institutions regarding Recent Changes to Illinois Unemployment Law

Written by John “Jack” Klinker and Todd K. Hayden As noted in our previous publication, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, new legislation was recently passed amending the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act. A significant—albeit temporary—change under this legislation opened the door for non-professional employees in academic settings to obtain unemployment insurance benefits during the 2020…

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ISBE PUBLISHES GUIDANCE FOR STARTING THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

On June 23rd, ISBE and IDPH published their latest installment of COVID-19-related joint guidance—this time addressing the transition back to in-person instruction during the fall 2020 semester. ISBE is “strongly encourag[ing]” that districts throughout the state return to in-person instruction during Phase 4 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan.

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Short Legislative Session Packs a Punch: Changes to Worker’s Compensation, November Election, Property Taxes, and Much More

After missing much of its spring legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly returned for four days to address some of the most critical legislative needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although legislators only passed 22 bills, they packed plenty of changes into those bills that are important for local governments, school districts, and…

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