This page is designed to serve as a resource for schools and school districts, as they work to prepare for, respond to, and minimize the impact of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Illinois State Board of Education recommends that school districts follow the guidance of CDC and IDPH. Please remember that we are not doctors or lawyers, so school districts may still want to contact their own medical experts, legal counsel, and community resources as they make their preparations. We encourage our districts to be sure to keep their Boards of Education and parent communities up to date with their efforts to protect their students, staffs and communities from this disease. If you need to report a potential exposure or illness related to the coronavirus, call the Illinois Department of Public Health Hotline at 1-800-889-3931.
List of Community Resources
When accessing these links, be sure to pay attention to the dates associated with these publications to assure you are accessing the most current information. These links were provided by a variety of organizations, so as noted above for any questions contact the Illinois Department of Public Health Hotline at 1-800-889-3931.
CDC Homepage for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The Center for Disease Control’s main page for information regarding COVID-19. Just about everything you need to know can be accessed from this page.
IDPH - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The Illinois Department of Public Health’s main page for information regarding COVID-19. It includes frequently asked questions and data regarding persons under investigation, as well as symptoms, transmission, prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
This guidance is intended to help administrators at both the school and district levels and childcare programs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff. Be sure to continue to the bottom of the page for the section titled Guidance for schools with identified cases of COVID-19 in their community. That is us in the North Cook County region.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 (February 2020)
While we know how important it is to protect and take care of our kids, school districts need to remember that we are also the employers of a vast and diverse workforce. Supporting staff is also critical.
IDPH – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions
This page is just what it says: FAQs. If you have looked at the previous pages on this site, this one will probably be redundant. But there is an English and Spanish tab, and it is a good resource for the COVID-19 novice.
CDC Guidance for Healthcare Professionals
Remember that our school nurses are our most “local” healthcare professionals. This page may help them to better serve our students and staff.
Another resource from CDC, perhaps redundant if you have been reading all of these thoroughly, but it’s good for a novice.
Learning Technology Center of Illinois
LTC developed a webpage to specifically address e-learning. It lists ISBE regulations, LTC events, and resources developed by us and others. It also includes an E-Learning Plan Database, and we're encouraging all districts who have plans to share them of the site. The most frequent questions we're receiving right now are "what are other districts doing?" and "how do we prepare for e-learning?". This page will address those questions, and we also have staff who can work with districts as needed. If you have an e-learning plan or section on your district website addressing e-learning, please add it to the database: https://ltcillinois.org/services/elearning/
ISBE’s School Health Issues – This is ISBE’s pages for all things related to school health issues. The top portion is currently dedicated to Coronavirus (COVID-19)Updates and Resources https://www.isbe.net/Pages/School-Health-Issues.aspx
New AASA Publication on How to Respond to Coronavirus
Another resource compiled by AASA on the coronavirus that includes further links to health organizations, news articles and other resources for schools on how to respond to the coronavirus.
Guidance from AASA
Resources provided from the AASA on COVID-19.
U.S. Department of Education:
Information to Support Students and Parents
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource - National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses
Germ Prevention Strategies - American Academy of Pediatrics
When to Keep Your Child Home - American Academy of Pediatrics
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers COVID-19 and Children - Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Training & Education - Classroom lessons and activities, as well as learning tools and materials from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
This interactive map is actually pretty neat for science and social studies teachers, and even kids who are interested in learning more about the global spread of this disease. Why not make this a learning moment?