On April 23, Governor Pritzker announced the implementation of a modified Stay at Home order for Illinois from May 1 through May 30,2020.
This order continues the mandate that all K12 schools remain in remote learning throughout the remainder of the academic school year and adds that the remainder of our programs at Easterseals will continue to have their physical offices closed, including Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center.
Importantly, Governor Pritzker noted a requirement, starting May 1, that all individuals over age 2 who are medically able to do so are expected to wear a face covering or mask any time in public where social distancing cannot be enacted. We encourage you to observe these practices for your health and safety.
We know this is very difficult news given the length of time we have already been away from one another. We will continue to stay connected and strong, together!
Governor Pritzker announced that K12 schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. All three campuses of Easterseals Academy and Gilchrist Marchman will remain closed and we do not yet know what this means for the operation in the summer session. The White House, Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot have all discussed a phased-in approach to reopening businesses. However, the specifics of those plans, as well as a clear picture of how different parts of our agency fit into those phases, is still unknown.
Please read this letter to parents, dated May 13, 2020, from our Director of Educational and Clinical Services, Mary 'Betsey' Tallon, and our Academies' Principals.
Staff continue to assemble resources for at-home learning for all of our students.
Easterseals Academy principals are sharing the continuous learning plan with all school districts we serve.
If you have any questions regarding one of our Eastseals Academy locations please contact:
Our Easterseals Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center will reopen on Monday, June 22, 2020. We are reopening according to the City of Chicago's reopening plan for child care centers with limited capacity and enhanced procedures to ensure the health and safety of children, families and staff.
Early Learning Services Offices will be CLOSED, starting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Some partner centers in Chicago and the suburbs will remain open at this time.
Staff will provide support to partner sites using calls, videoconferencing, and emails and will remain in contact with families to assess needs, provide resources, share newsletters, and offer at-home activities for children.
Our program is complying with a VISITOR RESTRICTIONS procedure as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Our site located at the University of Illinois Health Science Campus is CLOSED. We are supporting families with phone consultations, email, and Go To Meetings video.
Do not drop off any paperwork. Please fax it to 815.395.5573 or mail it to 1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford, IL 61107.
March 25 ASD Support Group - Cancelled
March 28 Gardening Day - will be rescheduled
March 28 Decorating for Autism Awareness on Hyundai on Perryville – will be rescheduled
April Leo Club - Cancelled
April 23rd Behavior and Sensory Training in Belvidere – will be rescheduled
March Diagnostic and Individual Therapy Appointments – will be rescheduled
All parent support groups will be postponed.
Our Family Community Resource Room is closed for face-to-face visitors. However, we are available via telephone and email in our resource room. We do have the ability to mail and email resources during this time.
Pre-screening of clients for diagnostics and individual therapy will continue; however clients will be screened for any symptoms of COVID-19 if they have traveled out of the country or have any symptoms.
Our diagnostics appointments are being rescheduled.
We are carefully monitoring the situation and are focused on continuously updating information and recommendations from ISBE, the state of Illinois, WHO and CDC, as well as our school district partners and local and state health officials