SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker is debunking social media rumors of a pending school shutdown across Illinois due to growing COVID numbers.
The governor’s office released a statement Tuesday saying the rumor is false and the governor is not closing down schools.
The statement said the governor and the Illinois State Board of Education have worked closely with school districts to ensure the wellbeing of students, teachers and communities by requiring masks, establishing a vaccine mandate for teachers and staff, and ensuring students have access to remote learning if they are required to quarantine.
The statement then addresses a letter Highland Superintendent Michael Sutton recently sent to parents saying it’s clear that the most difficult challenges are still ahead, and went on to mention that he has heard a rumor that the Governor is talking about a shutdown and mandating vaccines for kids 12 and older.
In response to Sutton’s letter, Pritzker said “school district leaders have a responsibility to lead with honesty and integrity while putting policies in place to ensure that students can learn and grow in a safe environment.”