These are unprecedented times, COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic, and Federal, state and local governments are taking steps to slow the spread of the disease by limiting crowds in public settings, such as schools, workplaces, public transportation, and cultural and sporting events. These necessary measures not only disrupt everyday life, but cause economic uncertainty for millions of working people.
The IFT wants you to be informed and prepared for the implications coronavirus may have to your health, your family, and the students and communities you serve.
IfT Statewide COVID-19 Tracker
During the pandemic, the IFT has prioritized keeping teachers, students, and their families safe by releasing guidance on reopening schools and calling on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to establish and enforce clear metrics for schools to guide them for any future closures. The new IFT COVID Tracker is designed to help track coronavirus-related health and safety concerns in real time for schools and campuses across the state. This information will be utilized by unions and communities in their continued efforts to ensure safe learning and working conditions.
As COVID positivity rates surge or remain high, we must have a clear picture of critical health data in our buildings and communities before schools and institutions reopen. The IFT COVID Tracker helps to gather that data by crowdsourcing reports of health and safety violations and concerns identified by staff members, parents, and community members. The site includes a mapping tool that shows district-by-district information reported to the IFT to help easily identify issues in each area. The IFT COVID Tracker will also show all school-related outbreaks as reported on the IDPH COVID-19 School Outbreaks dashboard. The data will help our unions draw comparisons between various areas and identify any potential “hot spots.”
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