Dear Families,

We all need to be commended for our dedication to staying well and protecting our families, students and each other. Thank you!

Resources from the State of Illinois

The Illinois State Board of Education’s Coronavirus page

Notices, Guidelines, and FAQs from the Illinois State Board of Education: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/FAQ-4-1-20.pdf

Illinois Department of Public Heath: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

Illinois State Board of Education Keep Learning: https://www.isbe.net/KeepLearning

Early Childhood resources (scroll down for family resources): https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD/Pages/COVID-19.aspx

 

Resources for Families

General information: Where to Find Help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The  state’s SNAP Outreach team is available and continues to assist those in need with completing SNAP (food stamp) applications, help find a pantry or other questions. Call the hotline at 844-600-SNAP (7627) to talk with a member of the team.

Resources for families who have children with hearing loss from the A.G. Bell Association: https://www.agbell.org/COVID-19-Resources

Zoom Schools and Districts Privacy Policy: https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/childrens-privacy.html

Illinois State Board of Education Mental health resources: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/MentalHealthResources.aspx

ComEd has many programs available for customers who need help paying their electricity bills. Visit their website to learn about financial assistance.

 

Find Child’s Voice’s guidance for protecting health and safety here:

COVID Pandemic Guidance for Families

 

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WELCOME! Weekly Digest for Feb. 5, 2021

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to provide information on their COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. For the latest information from IDPH, visit the IDPH COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Page. Illinois is scheduled to enter Phase 1B of the vaccination plan on Monday 1/25/2021. Phase 1B includes expanded eligibility, which you can read about here.
  • DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 resource page for schools and school employees, complete with vaccination information.
  • The DuPage County Health Department sign-up is located on their COVID-19 Dashboard page, which can be accessed here.  A similar sign-up for Cook County residents can be found here. Please check with your local health department for more information.
  • DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) produced a brief video about their local vaccination response to the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19 Vaccine in DuPage County: Our Best Shot against COVID-19.
  • Please remember we continue to follow the ISBE Decision Tree until we are notified to do otherwise.

DID YOU KNOW?

Since March of 2020, national shortages have made it difficult to source and purchase PPE and disinfecting supplies for COVID-19 mitigation. Several months ago, the Rotary Club of Schaumburg & Hoffman Estates donated supplies to assist Child’s Voice in staying safe. In recent days, the Club once again provided financial support to Child’s Voice, making it possible for us to purchase additional safety supplies. We now have a stock of PPE and disinfecting supplies sufficient to see us through the rest of the 2021-2021 academic year – a huge achievement! The Rotary Club’s mission is to “provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.” We are grateful to benefit from this amazing mission, and give special thanks to the Child’s Voice Advancement Team for fostering this relationship.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has a great COVID-19 Know the Difference graphic that has info on the differences between COVID-19, seasonal flu and the common cold. Understanding these differences is an important part of our response to COVID-19.
  • The State of Illinois and IDPH maintain two up-to-date online look-up tools for anyone looking for a local COVID-19 testing location. These can be found here and here.

REMINDERS

  • As a workplace, clinic, Early Intervention provider and school located in DuPage County, our COVID-19 responses are governed and guided by four agencies: Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), DuPage County Health Department (DCDH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).
  • In any COVID-19 situation affecting or possibly affecting the Child’s Voice community, we discuss with and take guidance from our point of contact at the DuPage County Health Department. State government has designated the local health department (LHD) as the agency responsible for providing direct guidance to organizations like Child’s Voice when dealing with COVID-19 situations.
  • Our decisions about when someone can return to our buildings following a COVID-19 situation are determined by IDPH and ISBE requirements and individualized guidance from our local health department (LHD).
  • While the CDC and WHO may publish updates or make statements in the media, Child’s Voice is ultimately governed by our four state and local agencies.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRATICE YOUR 3 W’s

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Watch your physical distance.

Thank you. And stay healthy!