The State guidelines that were announced Tuesday for schools to resume in-person classes this fall need more work. That’s according to one of Illinois’ biggest teachers unions.

The pandemic put schools across the country in a tough position. They know many don’t consider the quality of e-learning equal to that of in-person instruction. But, even with new in-person safety protocols, some parents say they aren’t going to feel comfortable sending their kids to school.

Western Illinois University Interim President Martin Abraham is not mincing words when it comes to systemic racism in Macomb.

Although some details are not yet final, Black Hawk College has announced its plans for the fall. Classes will start at the normal time, in mid-August, but the final weeks of the semester after Thanksgiving will be completed online.

Western Illinois University - like schools across the state - shut down its campuses in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Interim President Martin Abraham is leaving no doubt about whether in-person classes will resume for the fall semester.

How SAU Plans to Re-open

Jun 15, 2020
Saint Ambrose University

Like many others, Saint Ambrose University will open its fall semester earlier than normal because of the pandemic and take a long holiday break. On Friday it announced classes will begin on August 17th, one week earlier than usual, and continue until Thanksgiving, then not resume until mid-January.

Augustana College

Facing a very difficult year ahead, trustees of Augustana College have asked the president to postpone his retirement. Earlier this month, Steve Bahls agreed to stay on an extra year, through the summer of 2022.

Illinois schools are now able to welcome students back for some types of in-person learning during the summer. The State Board of Education has issued guidance to districts to offer several programs.

Bettendorf School District

With help from a local television station, high schools in the Iowa Quad Cities will hold virtual graduation ceremonies this weekend. On Saturday, KWQC-tv will show one-hour programs produced for each of the six high schools. 

Augustana College

The president of Augustana College will lead the college for two more years. The board of trustees has decided to extend the contract of Steve Bahls through May of 2022.

New Building for New Academic Programs at Augustana

May 28, 2020
Augustana College

A new $18-million center for health and human performance at Augustana College will help prepare students for some growing career fields.