Dear IASA member,

To help support superintendents during this unprecedented time, IASA has updated the Illinois Schools Step Up Toolkit with new resources and guidance. Just like the previous version, consider this toolkit a living document that we will continue to update as more resources and information become available and as the situation evolves.

If your district has created a resource that would be valuable to share with your peers, do not hesitate to email Jason Nevel at IASA .
IASA COVID-19 Swat Team Reports
Emergency Planning
As COVID-19 continues to spread and infect more residents across Illinois, schools will be asked to take on additional responsibilities to support their communities. The time has come for superintendents to think more about emergency planning. Read questions school leaders need to be asking now.
Proactive leadership
As the mandated closure of schools progresses, there will likely be new challenges school leaders will have to confront. To help you navigate through this difficult time, the IASA COVID-19 Swat Team has assembled a checklist of questions to begin to think through, as well as resources to help guide leaders through this process.
Essential staff letter
Here is a template letter to fill out and give to employees in your district confirming they work for the district and are essential staff and therefore are exempted from the stay-at-home order.
Template letter if student tests positive for COVID-19
If a student in your district tests positive for COVID-19, superintendents will want to send out a letter notifying parents. Here is a template to use for that situation.
State of Illinois Coronavirus Response
The State of Illinois has created an official COVID-19 Coronavirus website with the most up-to-date information. The website also includes a FAQ for education.
COVID-19: Who to call about testing
The Illinois Department of Public Health has created a one-page flyer that has information that can be shared with your community about steps to take if someone has questions about COVID-19, what to do if they believe they have respiratory symptoms and who to call if they need medical attention.
Just looking for a template to send a message to families, students or community members? Smore has made templates available for free to educators to help communicate.  Click Here
If you are in need of overall guidance on how to handle communications related to COVID-19, the National School Public Relations Association has released a guide.  Click Here
Promote social distancing
A key factor in lowering the pace and extent of spread of COVID-19 is practicing social distancing. To help in your efforts of promoting social distancing in your respective communities, the graphic below is a flyer you can post on your website, print out or share on social media.