Professional Resources

National Association of Secondary School Principals

The site presents videos and other links regarding how to continue to provide remote learning and support to students and their families.

  • Link to a peer to peer resources document created by other school administrators
  • Information regarding coronavirus in Spanish and English 

National Association of Elementary School Principals

The site provides webinars regarding how to stay connected with staff, how to increase parent engagement, preparing for next school year, etc.

  • Updates on Coronavirus including and FrequentlyAsked Question page specific to school administrators
  • Considerations for school closures
  • Guidance from the Department of Education regarding how to provide service to children with disabilities during the pandemic, addressing risk of the virus while protecting rights of students, etc.
  • Links for other resources regarding helping children cope with emergencies including illness, a link to apply for the NoKid Hungry Emergency Grant Funding ($5 million emergency grant funding to schools and other community based organizations to help feed children during coronavirus).
  • Brochures with coronavirus information including how to explain it to children 

  • Tips for parents and teachers to teach virtually
  • Opportunity to connect with educators nationwide
  • Tips for managing a virtual class

US Department of Education

Here, you will find numerous links regarding CDC guidelines for schools, guidance for administrators of k-12 schools and childcare programs, information regarding students ability to access meal services during corona, a letter to administrators on how to prevent discrimination related to coronavirus, tips for providing education to students during the outbreak, link for an invitation to waive of fiscal requirements due to COVID-19 for the 2019-2020 school year, resources for higher education institutes, etc. –      Recommendations for areas with a corona virus outbreak, tips for parents schooling children at home, information regarding open childcare programs, information about how to talk to children about the coronavirus

The School Superintendent Association

Links about Coronavirus, communication during pandemic, guidance for schools and administrators, information about special education, school meals, student privacy, guidance for parents, and additional resources

119 free k-12 resources during pandemic

links to free Chicago based and nationwideeducation resources for children

Chicago based information regarding access to health care and mental health services, access to food, information for Chicago public schools, homelessness food and shelter directory, information on online learning through Chicago Public Library, link for Enrichment Learning Resources(online learning for all levels), link for Chicago Healthy Adolescents and Teens (program for sexual-health education and resources), resources for immigrant communities, employment and financial support, and information regarding utilities/ bills

Illinois State Board of Education 

Links from the Illinois State Board of Education regarding:

  • General guidance
  • Funding and relief due to coronavirus
  • Special education
  • Staffing
  • Meals for children during coronavirus
  • Information regarding emergency actions
  • U.S. Department of Education guidance
  • Office of Attorney General guidance

Food Programs

Greater Chicago Food

Information on Chicago good pantries, school meals for children, and other public benefits


New America – Everything You Need to Know: Education In the Coronavirus Emergency Bill

Article describing different types of funding during coronavirus for various education levels

Chicago Tribune

Information about the federal coronavirus relief package in relation to Chicago Public Schools

Financial Resources For Businesses

Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund

Applications for the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund

  • Provides small businesses and non-profits (500 employees or less) with emergency cash flow during this health crisis. Funds will be provided to eligible businesses as low-interest loans.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans

  • Federal coronavirus emergency loan information for small businesses
  • Explains who qualifies, how and where to apply

Illinois Department of Commerce – Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

Information regarding the downstate small business stabilization program:

  • Specific to the state of Illinois, this program provides up to$25,000 for small businesses (50 employees or less)