SPRINGFIELD (IOCI RADIO) – The Illinois State Board of Education this week voted to require most kids to return to the classroom in the fall.
The resolution approved by the board aims to give schools time to plan for the next school year and says that while remote learning was a good option during the pandemic, it can’t replace in-person instruction, according to state superintendent Carmen Ayala.
Springfield school parent Katharine Eastvold testified before the board about her concerns, saying remote studies should still be an option, especially for younger students who aren’t eligible for the vaccine yet.
The only exception will be students who are unable to receive the vaccine and are also under public health quarantine orders. The resolution does not include a vaccine mandate.