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
Are you in search of some social emotional learning/mental health resources or SEL professional development for teachers? Click Here for a list of resources.
Should you notify families if someone tests positive?
Read guidance from the IASA COVID-19 Swat Team about things to consider when debating whether not to notify families if a student or parent tests positive for COVID-19. Link also includes template letters for notification.
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.
Need help finding resources to try to offer continuity of learning to students? Click Here for a list of online tools you can share with families.
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.
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; What does social distancing mean?
Here are two one pdf flyers created by the Illinois Department of Public Health that are easy to share on your school district's website and on social media.
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