Parent COVID-19 Resources
State of Illinois COVID-19 updates and family resources can be found at coronavirus.illinois.gov


Additionally, please click the link below for information about SASED's continuum of learning resources for your student:
SASED Remote Learning Site

Thank you so much and please let us know if we can be of assistance in any way.

The Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a support line called Call4Calm that is reachable via text. Individuals who want to speak with a mental health professional can text the word “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish speakers) to 552020. Within 24 hours, that individual will receive a call from a mental health professional employed by a local community health center.

People can also text other terms, like “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” to the same number to receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services. Call4Calm is free, and individuals who use it can remain anonymous.

Additionally, the Illinois State Board of Education has listed several School Wellness Mental Health Resources at:  https://www.isbe.net/Pages/MentalHealthResources.aspx

This link was provided by the Governor’s office on Friday for locating Drive Up Wi-Fi HotSpots for Illinois Students:
http://illinois.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=23e8046edd2940bc8ad3ad1725e47cd0

Meal Distribution Plans

Please see below for a chart of SASED member districts' meal distribution plans along with available individual district flyers.
Talking to your child about COVID-19 resources:

Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/

National Associations of School Pyschologists: Helping Children Cope with Changes regarding COVID-19:  https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19?ck_subscriber_id=428772917

NASP: Talking to Children About Covid 19- A Parent Resource (first link English, second Spanish):  https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout.pdf

Spanish:  https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout_Spanish.pdf

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/ Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19): https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf

Stanford Children’s Health Healthier Happier Lives Blog: How to talk with Kids About COVID-19:  https://healthier.stanfordchildrens.org/en/how-to-talk-with-kids-about-covid-19/

CDC: Caring for Children Tips to Keep Children Healthy While School is Out:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fchildren.html

COVID 19 Video Teaching Story from University of Miami-NSU:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkZ23tDzN4c&feature=youtu.be

Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times-UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Autism Team:  https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/sites/afirm.fpg.unc.edu/files/covid-resources/Supporting%20Individuals%20with%20Autism%20through%20Uncertian%20Times%20Full%20Packet.pdf

Internet Access Opportunities
We wanted to make sure you are aware of the free internet access opportunities from AT&T, Spectrum, and Comcast. ISBE has listed these opportunities at www.isbe.net/keeplearning.

  • For AT&T information please follow this link https://www.isbe.net/Documents/COVID-19-Keep-Americans-Connected-Handout-031920.pdf
  • Spectrum Free Broadband: Spectrum is offering free internet to students in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Starting March 16, 2020 the company will offer free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.  Installation fees will be waived for new student households.  To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  •  Comcast (additional information at www.isbe.net/keeplearning):
  • Comcast has opened their Home Hotspot network for all non-Comcast customers. If you rent router/WiFi equipment from Comcast, you can enable it to help out those around you in this unprecedented time of need. Comcast promotes it as secure and will not impact your own network experience. Plus, they have removed any network caps for the next two months. Considering all Illinois schools will be closing for the next few weeks, sharing your resources with your neighbors could help students out (regardless if they are our specific students). Please consider turning this option on at the following: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/disable-xfinity-wifi-home-hotspot
  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
  • Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
  • No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.

For additional resources to assist with at-home learning, please refer to this link https://www.isbe.net/Pages/ContinueEDResources.aspx

Financial Assistance: DuPage County maintains a website of multiple types of resources for families. These can be found at https://dupagecris.org/index.php. Additionally, know that ComEd  and NICOR are suspending disconnects for customers unable to pay their bills and waiving new late payments charges through at least May 1st. More information can be found at  
https://www.comed.com/News/Pages/coronavirus.aspx?utm_source=CoronavirusBanner&utm_medium=ComEdWebsite&utm_campaign=CoronavirusBanner

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