OUR RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
During these unsettling and rapidly evolving times, the safety and well-being of our participants, residents, students and staff is on the top of our minds. We will continue to update this page with the adjustment made at Little City in the coming weeks.
Here are some other resources to keep you, your family and our community safe:
- How to Protect Yourself
- Preventing the Spread in our Communities
- Guidance from the Administration for Community Living
- Guidelines for Direct Support Professionals
Notice on Shelter in Place Mandate
Gov. Pritzker has issued a mandatory Shelter in Place order for the entire state of Illinois beginning today March 21st at 5:00 pm through the end of April 7th.
Businesses and agencies that provide essential services will remain open. That means that Little City, a Human Service Organization that provides essential services to the public, will continue to remain open.
However, as previously noted, certain services that Little City provides are to be temporarily suspended including Community Day Services (all Lakeside and Countryside services, and Palatine Campus services including the Center for the Arts, Horticulture, Fitness & Recreation, Employee Development Services, etc.), and visitors to our Residential program. This will remain in effect until April 15th unless extended closure is instructed.
Additionally, the temporary closure of the ChildBridge Center for Education which was initially scheduled to reopen March 31st is now extended until April 8th (with the possibility of closure beyond that date.) The school will continue to provide families with appropriate e-learning materials through that date.
Beginning Thursday, March 19th, 2020, families who take their loved one home must keep them at home until April 15th, when the situation will be reassessed. Little City will work with you to either have March and April medication ready at the time you pick up your loved one, or we will deliver medication in another manner. If your family member is currently at home, they must return to their Little City residence by March 19th or they will not be permitted to return until community spread has been contained. As individuals return to Little City from your home, their temperature will be taken and if they are symptomatic, we will not permit their return to Little City.
Effective immediately, in-person visits to our homes will not be permitted until further notice. You should communicate with your loved one’s case manager to schedule phone or video conferencing visits.
Should a confirmed case be identified within a Little City residence, that individual will be quarantined. At that time, all families will be notified about the arrangements made by Little City to contain the impact of the quarantine. More information on Little City’s containment strategy is forthcoming.
Health & Wellness Dental Office:
The CDC has mandated that all dental offices close until the end of March, including Aunt Martha’s. All appointments will need to be rescheduled.
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 has been escalating, important and immediate changes are taking place at Little City in order to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19:
- The ChildBridge Center for Education—Will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th and reopening March 31st (the possibility exists for an extended closure beyond March 31st)
- Community Day Services (ALL Lakeside and Countryside services, and Palatine Campus services including the Center for the Arts, Horticulture, Fitness & Recreation classes, Employee Development Services, etc.)— With instruction from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), community day services sites will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th through April 15th (unless an extended closure is instructed.)
- Community Outings (off-campus)—Suspended until further notice. Off-site doctor visits, family visits and essential outings permitted.
- Employment Program—For participants who have jobs in the community, there are no changes unless employer has implemented changes or closures.
- Residential— Limited to approved visitors only, and permission allowed for off-campus visits with parents and family. Given these uncertain times, we encourage families to not visit and we will facilitate video/phone calls. Should families choose to take their loved one home, we will continue to support those home visits. Adults who live a more independent life have the ability to come and go, with additional precautions and training implemented. Little City staff is providing guidance and support for independent adults to make safe decisions regarding their movements.
- Foster Care Program and Home-Based Supports—At the moment, in home visits from Little City personnel continue to be allowed.
As COVID-19 continues to grow, we want you to know that we’re doing everything we can to help contain the virus and keep those in our care safe. Please be assured that further information will continue to be shared. We are in this together and greatly appreciate your support.