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. You may also contact the Kane County Health Department to report a communicable disease at 630-208-3801.
This webpage is designed to serve as a resource for schools and school districts, as they respond to COVID-19. Feel free to share this information as you see fit and/or personalize it to meet the unique needs of your school/district.
It is broken down into sections to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for. At this time, the Illinois State Board of Education is recommending 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 districts to be sure to keep their Boards of Education and parent communities up to date with their efforts to protect their students, staff and communities from this disease.
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.
CDC Homepage for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
This is 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)
This is 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 interim 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.
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 like the FAQ page, it’s good for a novice.
On School Closings In the event of a coronavirus/COVID-19 related school closure, please have a school designee email the following to COVID19closure@isbe.net:
- The name of the school(s) that has closed; and for each school;
- Whether or not the school is utilizing e-learning;
- If the school is not utilizing e-learning, whether the school is providing other continuity of education;
- Whether the school is providing students with meals; and
- Whether the school has a set date to re-open, and if so, what date.
ISBE strongly recommends that schools consult with their local health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health prior to closing any schools due to COVID-19. Your cooperation in providing this information is greatly appreciated, as it will support Illinois’ cross-agency efforts to understand and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the Illinois State Board of Education released its updated Education-Related Guidance for Illinois Schools and School Districts Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 linked here. Among other things, it explains that decisions to close schools are local decisions to be made with guidance from IDPH. It also talks about emergency days, e-learning days, act of God days and offers guidance as it relates to travel, both students returning from other countries and school trips. 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.
The documents shared below include templates and actual letters from local districts to their communities. The letters from districts are being shared here with the permission of the school districts. Feel free to use the language presented here as you develop your own communications. Thank you to those who have graciously shared their words and ideas!
- Districts 27, 28, 30, 31, 34 and 225 Community Collaboration: Health Update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 03/03/2020
- D203 Superintendent Paul Sally’s Letter to Families Regarding COVID-19 03/03/2020
- D211 COVID-19 Planning and e-learning email 03/02/2020
- D25 Update and Steps Taken To Address COVID-19 03/02/2020
- D25 Notice of Staff Exposure Community Letter 03/01/2020
- Media talking points from ISBE 2/28/2020
- Sample letter to families from ISBE 2/28/2020
- U-46 Food Pantry Locations
Click on links to download and print:
- CDC posters promoting hand washing, etcetera, appropriate for primary to high school
- CDC Printable Handwashing Fact Sheets
- Stay at Home If You Are Sick – for employers
- Don’t Spread Germs at Work – for employers
- CDC What You Need to Know About COVID-19
This is a fairly basic one page flier of information appropriate for copying and distribution.
- CDC Stop the Spread of Germs
This is a small poster appropriate for adults and middle to high school age kids.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been releasing information regarding COVID-19 to the public via press releases.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has guidance and information on its website with relation to the education environment.
The Kane County Health Department has been an integral partner in reopening schools and ensuring safety.