Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
As we continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving developments in response to COVID-19, and following the guidance from local and state health officials, Allendale is prepared to navigate these challenging circumstances with everyone’s safety in mind. As always, the priority at the Allendale Association remains the safety and well-being of our clients and staff.
On October 20th, the Lake County Health Department announced that based upon the Northern Illinois Return to School Metrics plan used, that there is “substantial” community transmission of COVID-19 in Lake County. As a result, they recommended that all schools throughout Lake County move to virtual learning until the rate of community transmission returns to a level that is suitable for hybrid and/or in-person learning as outlined within the plan. In light of the current transmission data, the recommendation from the LCHD and our recent experiences, Allendale made the determination to transition all of our Stepping Stone, LINC, Walter Cherry and Becker classes to a virtual learning model as of Monday, October 26th. We recognize that this may present a hardship for many of our students and families and as such was not a decision we came to lightly, however the data is clear and the agency feels that in order to keep clients and staff safe, this is a necessary step that we must take until we see the numbers going back down. View our Guide to School Reopening Plan below. If you have any further questions about school closure or remote learning, please contact your teacher. Messages can also be left at the school office by calling 847-245-6400.
The Bradley Counseling Center in Lake Villa is now open for limited in-person appointments, where we have implemented several safety precautions which adhere closely to local, state and federal public health guidelines regarding social distancing, frequent sanitizing, and the use of face coverings or protective partitions while indoors to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our therapists will continue to offer therapy services via phone or video sessions as well. Please call 847-356-6300 with any questions or would like more information about the measures we have put in place to better safeguard your health. Please note, that we are limiting all outside visits, including donations, across all of our locations until further notice. We will continue to monitor this situation closely.
While these times are filled with uncertainty, what is NOT uncertain is the strength of Allendale—of which you are an important part. Together, we represent the belief in community that has sustained us for more than 120 years. In the coming weeks we will all be challenged and will be called upon to help and support one another and the youth and families entrusted to our care.
Given the fluidity of this situation, please continue to check back here for regular updates and information!
Read our latest articles in The Daily Herald:
“Help Kids Cope with COVID-19 Changes” Article
“Helping Kids Handle Anger, Frustration with the COVID-19 Shutdown” Article
“How To Know When Kids Could Use a Therapist’s Help” Article
Allendale’s Recent Correspondence re: COVID-19:
COVID-19 Visitation Safety Guidelines
Allendale’s COVID-19 Protective Measures Update
Community Resource Guide for COVID-19
Recommendations to Governor on COVID-19
Allendale’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan
School: Campus Health & Safety Guidelines; LINC Health & Safety Guidelines; Letter to Parents
Foster Care: Foster Care Visitation Guidelines; Letter to Foster Parents
Bradley Counseling Center: Outpatient Re-Opening Plan; Letter to Outpatient Clients
Here are some additional links to more resources:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Illinois Department of Public Health
Lake County Health Department