State school officials say local schools must not count any work done during the mandated school closure today through March 30 toward student grades.

The guidance, issued Monday, says the period will be considered Act of God Days under the school code and therefore must not impact a student’s academic standing.

That also means that the days will not need to be made up at the end of the school year.

The Illinois State Board of Education says local schools are “strongly encouraged” to provide instruction to students during this period “through whatever means possible.”

It also says teachers are paid during Act of God Days and they count toward retirement benefits.

Evanston Township High School Superintendent Eric Witherspoon has says ETHS is “committed to keeping students engaged in their learning and connected to their school” during the statewide school closure, and, in a memo to parents, he confirmed that teachers will not report attendance or grade work.

The College Board has also announced that it has cancelled the May 2 scheduled administration of the SAT test.

And ETHS Band Director Matthew Bufis has posted a YouTube video imagining what his first day of e-learning was going to be like …

YouTube video

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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