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On March 9, Gov. JB Pritzker declared all counties in Illinois disaster areas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Order 2020-10 called for the suspension of licensed day care centers, day care homes, and group day care homes in order to protect the health and safety of children and staff. On March 20, 2020, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) began issuing Emergency Day Care (EDC) Licenses to ensure licensed child care was available to children and to families of essential workers, with an emphasis on those in health care, public health, human services, law enforcement, public safety, and first responder fields. On May 29, 2020, the Governor announced Restore Illinois, a comprehensive phased plan to safely reopen the state’s economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions. Child care is a critical component of getting Illinois back to work.
On May 5, Gov. JB Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan to reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. Beginning Friday, June 26, each region in the state entered Phase 4 of the plan. For more information about Restore Illinois and Phase 4, see below.
About the Plan
Who put the plan together?
Governor Pritzker worked closely with medical and public health experts at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and received feedback from public health and hospital partners as well as local elected officials, mayors, and businesses who have been in regular communication with the administration.
Practice Social Distancing
Pursuant to Executive Order, your employer must comply to the greatest extent feasible with social distancing requirements. This means that your employer should:
How can school officials prepare for coronavirus cases and outbreaks?
CDC recommends childcare and K-12 school officials:
- Collaborate with local health departments and partners to review, update, and implement emergency operations plans.
- Develop information-sharing systems with partners that can be used for day-to-day reporting and disease surveillance to identify unusual rates of absenteeism. Review attendance and sick leave policies; encourage students and staff to stay home when sick and establish procedures to ensure student and staff who become sick at school or arrive at school sick are sent home as soon as possible.
- Perform routine environmental cleaning.
- Create communications plans for use with the school community.
- Plan to provide critical support services, such as continuity of education and continuity of school meal programs, if schools are dismissed.