The Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Education Association this week issued a joint statement on the start of the school year and enforcement of back to school plans. The statement indicates that both organizations believe that some types of in-person face to face instruction can be achieved with health and safety mitigation efforts in any individual community, but at this time with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise and other uncertainties, they are calling for the 2020-21 school year to begin with remote learning implemented statewide. The statement also says that both organizations will do all they can to protect the health of students and their teachers with no avenues of action off the table including lawsuits in court and potential work stoppages.