Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th Ward) Attends UI HEALTH GROUNDBREAKING AND PRESS CONFERENCE
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Q & A with Dr. Allison Arwady
Commissioner of CDPH
August 12, 2020

Restricted Access to Downtown will continue tonight and through the Weekend from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
ending at 6 a.m.
Monday, August 17, 2020

The City of Chicago will temporarily restrict access to the downtown area overnight and continue through the weekend.  Restricted access will be in place from 9 p.m. – 6 a.m. (Note: some streets will begin to reopen as early as 5 a.m. with access restored by 6 a.m.). The Office of Emergency Management and Communications is coordinating efforts with various city departments and sister agencies on the response. 
Following the looting and civil unrest experienced in the early hours of Monday morning, the City will continue to implement its Neighborhood Protection Plan across all of Chicago’s communities. As part of an all-hands-on-deck safety plan, OEMC will deploy more than 100 infrastructure assets from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Streets and Sanitation and the Water Department, who are working in concert with the Chicago Police Department to keep residents safe citywide. These resources have been deployed throughout the city — particularly along our neighborhood commercial corridors — to further protect our communities’ residents and critical businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. 
The Chicago Police Department citywide teams will be used to supplement staffing for the districts, including the downtown area. Additionally, district-assigned officers whose shifts have been extended and days off canceled will be dedicated to neighborhoods across the city. 
This evening through Monday, August 17 at 6 a.m., access to the downtown area will be temporarily restricted from 9 p.m.–6 a.m. The restricted access to the downtown area is NOT a curfew. All residents, workers and employers whose businesses are located downtown will have access at all times. As part of the restricted access, the following measures will be in place until further notice:  
Lake Shore Drive will be closed between: 
  • Fullerton Avenue (in-bound/out-bound ramps) on the North and I-55 on the South 
Also - Belmont (in-bound ramp only) 
Downtown Bridges: 
All Bridges will be up by 9 p.m. with the exception of the following: 
  • LaSalle Street 
  • Harrison Street 
  • Ida B. Wells / Congress Bridge (West Bound Open Only) 
  • Lake Shore Drive 
  • Columbus Avenue 
  • Kinzie Street 
  • Grand Avenue 

Access Points for residents and employees of area businesses: 
  • Harrison Street 
  • Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street 
  • Roosevelt Road and Canal Street 
  • Kinzie Street and Halsted Street 
  • LaSalle Street 

Expressway Closures: 
  • All entrance and exit expressway ramps leading to I-90/94 between Roosevelt Road and Division Street will be closed in both directions, including the I-55 Chinatown Feeder northbound at Cermak and I-290 eastbound at Halsted. 
  • Rail Service will be impacted at the following locations, with trains not entering the area surrounding downtown: Fullerton Avenue to 47th and east of Halsted Street 
  • Bus Service will remain open at this time. Some buses will see reroutes due to bridge and street closures. 
  • Divvy Service will not be available from North Avenue to Ashland Avenue and Cermak Road between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. 
Access points are designated for residents, all workers and employers whose businesses are located within the designated boundaries, individuals who reside in the surrounding area and residents engaged in essential activities. 
Entrance into the perimeter will be manned by officers with the Chicago Police Department. When arriving at the access points, residents and employees should show identification or proof that they live in the area and/or work in the area.  
To receive emergency alerts for updates on street closures and public transportation, subscribe to Chicago’s text or email alert system at or follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) on Facebook and Twitter @ChicagoOEMC. 
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Children benefit from spending time in groups with others where they can express their worries and learn strategies to cope with them, especially in this current time where interactions with others are limited.  
We are taking advantage of the large classrooms in our school to keep all of our clients and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are adhering to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and hand hygiene. Groups have less than 8 clients in them and group members are spaced out in their seating. All clients and staff are wearing face coverings in compliance with the Governor’s directive. In addition, all clients and staff complete a daily screening and temperature check. 
Anger Management Groups
This group assists children and teens to deal with feelings of anger in safe ways reducing tantrums and aggressive behaviors.
Controlling Anxiety Groups
Experiencing anxiety is a frequent issues that children and teens deal with, but with the global COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety is extremely high. This group focuses on teaching skills on how to cope with anxiety especially related to COVID-19.
 Grief and Loss Groups 
This group helps children to deal with losses they have experienced including death, moves, or divorce.
 Girls Group
Our Girls Group gives teenage girls ages 12-17 a place to receive support and understanding about the challenging topics unique to them, such as healthy relationships, friendships, making safe choices, dealing with conflicts, and learning to be a strong healthy woman. 
Emotional Regulation Group 
This group is designed to teach pre-teens skills needed to manage difficult emotions (anger, anxiety, depression, etc), how to get along with others, bullying, making safe choices, and social media safety.
DBT Group 
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced based therapy that teaches teens to regulate their emotions and stop behaviors that hurt themselves.
Social Skills Group  
Getting along with others is an essential skill and is the focus of this group where children and teens learn strategies to be successful in relationships with others.
Global Skills Group 
This is a specialized group for children and teens on the Autism Spectrum or with a neurodevelopmental disorder where they learn social skills, impulse control and positive relationship building. 
ADHD Group
During this group, children and teens learn what it means to have ADHD, strategies for improving social skills, time management, and impulse control that can promote success at school and home. These strategies are especially essential as students are managing e-learning academic environments.
To Join A Group:

Current clients can call our Outpatient Clinic at 630-540-3924 and ask to join a group.
If you are new to our clinic, please call 630-540-3924 and select option 4 to speak with our Intake Coordinator.

Noble Network of Charter Schools Opting for Remote Instruction for First Semester
Three-step model will maintain excellent remote instruction including targeted student support
CHICAGO — Guided by principles that place the health and safety of our community as paramount—while still prioritizing high-quality academic instruction—the Noble Network of Charter Schools has announced a model for the fall semester of 2020 that will lean heavily on remote instruction while offering a substantial level of wraparound supports for all students. Noble initially announced this plan on July 31 in an email to parents, students and staff.

“This plan will allow us to prioritize a commitment to health and safety of our Noble family while continuing our focus on academic results and social-emotional support,” said Constance Jones, CEO of Noble. “There is no doubt this school year will be a historic one. We prepare for the launch of school while a pandemic has changed every aspect of our lives, while our city grapples with the legacy and reality of systemic racism and while we reaffirm, loudly, Black lives matter. Amidst all of this, I have never been more confident for our community to meet the moment.”
The perspectives of our Noble community informed this plan and have made it better. More than 1,400 parents, students, teachers, and staff shared their ideas and feedback over the past few weeks. We believe that our staff and families must have the choice within any plan to do what is right for themselves and their families.
Here is an outline of our three-step model:
1. Instruction will be remote for the first semester.
· Students will be required to log attendance on a daily basis.
· Campuses will design a school day that includes an increased amount of synchronous (live) learning opportunities and students will be able to engage with asynchronous (available at any time) material at their own pace.
· Traditional grading practices will resume, paired with student supports with an intentional lens of equity and empathy. 

2. We will resume in-person programming when it is safe to do so and as informed by comfort levels of staff, students, and families.

· In-person participation will remain optional for students and staff.
· In-person student support will roll out in steps, including events to orient students back to school and targeted in-person support.

· Staff who are comfortable will have access to Noble buildings beginning on August 17.
3. We are committed to the safety of all students, staff, and families.
· Face masks must be worn at all times by staff, students, and visitors when at a Noble school.

· Social distancing will be maintained to the maximum extent possible and practical.
· Schools will be cleaned and disinfected daily, and steps are being taken to optimize airflow and ventilation at all campuses.

· All who wish to enter Noble buildings will undergo a health screen before entry.
Jones added, “We acknowledge there are no perfect choices for this school year, and our goal has been to find the best option given the constraints we face. Our commitment to our vision remains unwavering; we will ensure that all students at Noble will have a positive and equitable school experience that equips them to succeed on the paths of their choice, leading to 75% of our alumni completing college.”
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