SPRINGFIELD – 51 Illinois school districts have been placed on probation for not following Governor J.B. Pritzker’s mask mandate.
On August 4, Pritzker announced a mask mandate for schools across the state. Schools that have not complied have been put on probation. The probation penalties can include loss of recognition by the state board of education as well as the opportunity to compete in sports, according to IHSA associate director Kurt Gibson.
Even with the number of schools currently non-compliant, Gibson said because of the harsh penalties, schools will “come around.”
Schools placed on probation will have 60 days to meet the requirements by the state before facing additional sanctions.