Governor Announces Rollback of School Employee Vaccinate-or-Test Requirement

Yesterday, Governor Pritzker issued a press release announcing that he is rescinding the portion of Executive Order 2021-22 that required school personnel to either vaccinate or participate in weekly COVID-19 screening testing. The press release also indicated that the Governor will extend his Disaster Proclamation, which is currently set to expire on September 17, 2022. As a result of the extension of the Disaster Proclamation, school districts and charter schools in Illinois will, for the time being, continue to be required to provide paid administrative leave to eligible employees who are excluded from school for certain COVID-related reasons, as specified in House Bill 1167.

Also on September 15, 2022, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health released updated guidance. The ISBE/IDPH guidance adopts the CDC’s August 11, 2022 guidance, which further loosened COVID-19 restrictions.