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Program addresses increased nutrition needs of children and families during COVID-19 pandemic

400,000 Illinois residents set to return to work as state moves into Phase 4 on June 26; New guidelines will allow key leisure, recreation and business sectors to safely reopen

Legislation Expands Emergency Use of Remote Learning, Makes Changes to School Code in Response to COVID-19

The Illinois State Board of Education has updated the teacher licensure requirements to allow teacher licenses to be issued, transferred or renewed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents state high school associations with a myriad of challenges. The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) offers a document as guidance on how state associations can consider approaching the many components of “opening up” high school athletics and activities across the United States.

Families can find sites by texting “FoodIL” to 877-877 or visiting

Dear ROE26 Community, Now that we are entering Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, ROE26 will be resuming most face-to-face services on Monday, June 1, 2020, including: ...

The PAS Community Arts Grant will "support community and audience development" and "increase the public awareness of the need and value of the performing arts" through its support of the arts in the community.

Western Illinois University's Great River Teacher Corps (GRTC) program is meeting the need for more rural teachers by offering education student scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year.

Restore Illinois is a Five-Phase, Regional Plan for Saving Lives, Livelihoods, and Safely Reopening Illinois

The outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent school building closures for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year have created questions related to graduation ceremonies.

Executive Order 2020-31 and ISBE’s corresponding Emergency Rules suspended certain statutory graduation requirement minimums to allow local districts to modify or reduce their local graduation requirements such that students scheduled to graduate in 2020, who through no fault of their own, were unable to complete certain graduation requirements due to the suspension of in-person instruction.

Releases Illinois Modeling Showing Significant Second Wave If Stay at Home Order Were Lifted Modified Order Includes Increased Flexibility for Residents and Non-Essential Businesses, Requires Face Coverings in Public

First episode takes a look inside the 2020 Census and encourages schools to support a complete count

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is implementing a temporary closure of all Illinois High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Centers including public-facing, private and walk-in testing facilities through April 7, 2020.

When life is uncertain, it’s important to focus on personal wellness to help you and your family thrive during difficult times. Join University of Illinois Extension starting March 26 for a free weekly webinar series focused on building resiliency, clearing clutter, being mindful and more.

To be consistent with our mission to Champion our Community, we make the safety of the students and the staff of our community a priority. The ROE26 staff will continue to be available by phone to assist or address issues as they arise.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has announced a statewide stay-at-home order aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus.

Governor JB Pritzker has announced all K-12 schools in Illinois will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17 due to concerns about COVID-19. The closures will be in effect through March 30.

The McDonough County Health Department and several local organizations are working together to keep our community as informed as possible of the latest Coronavirus developments and their impact on the region.

ISBE announces new Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, and Special Education Teacher of the Year awards

Current risk to Illinoisans remains low, but state taking all steps to prepare

The Bushnell-Prairie City CUSD 170 Board of Education and West Prairie CUSD 103 Board of Education met at the Regional Office of Education 26 in Macomb to hear a presentation by Superintendent John Meixner on the preliminary findings from the Illinois Educator Shortage Survey during Thursday’s joint school board meeting.

Macomb-area high school students interested in learning more about the college opportunities available right in their backyard (or close by) have the opportunity to check out Western Illinois University as part of the new Explore WIU program for local students Thursday, March 5 on the WIU-Macomb campus.