Idaho Department of Health and Welfare COVID-19 Hotline
IDAHO COVID-19 HOTLINE
For the full text of the post click here
When you’re isolated at home, feelings
of anxiety, loneliness, or worry may become
overwhelming. Experiencing these feeling is
common during times of heightened stress.
Don’t be afraid to reach out. We’re here to help!
The Department of Health and Welfare has
opened an Idaho COVID-19 Hotline with an option
for behavioral health.
IDAHO COVID-19 HOTLINE
We offer anonymous and confidential assistance for all, no matter your situation.
If you are experiencing any type of distress from feeling overwhelmed or isolated,
a mental health challenge, substance use disorder, or if you are seeking resources
during this difficult time, please reach out!
We have trained professionals ready and available to talk with you and assist you
in accessing the mental health and substance use disorder services you need.
Resources for Idaho Residents
Idaho Care Line: call 2-1-1 or visit www.211.idaho.gov
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline: call 2-1-1 or 208-398-4357
Optum Idaho Member Crisis Line: call 855-202-0973
Stay Healthy Order - in place May 1, 2020
Click here to show the full text of the order
Stay Healthy Order
STATE OF IDAHO
IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE
STAY HEALTHY ORDER
May 1, 2020
BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES MAY RESUME OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS IN THE STATE OF IDAHO EXCEPT FOR THOSE BUSINESSES IDENTIFIED IN THIS ORDER.
ALL BUSINESSES MUST ADHERE TO THE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SANITATION REQUIREMENTS DESCRIBED IN SECTON 7 OF THIS ORDER.
CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS ENTERING IDAHO MUST SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS.
VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE STATE OF IDAHO ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO STAY HOME AND LIMIT THEIR MOVEMENT OUTSIDE OF THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE.
GATHERINGS, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE, SHOULD BE AVOIDED.
NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL SHOULD BE AVOIDED OR MINIMIZED.
Pursuant to Article IV, § 5 of the Idaho Constitution and Idaho Code §§ 46-601 and 46-1008, the Governor issues this Order with the Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (“the Director”).
The Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is authorized by Idaho Code § 56-1003(7) “to impose and enforce orders of isolation and quarantine to protect the public from the spread of infectious or communicable diseases.”
This Order is effective as of 12:00 a.m. May 1, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Governor and Director.
UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF ARTICLE IV, § 5 OF THE IDAHO CONSTITUTION AND IDAHO CODE §§ 46-501, 46-1008, AND 56-1003(7) THE GOVERNOR OF IDAHO AND IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE DIRECTOR FIND AND ORDER:
1 ; as well as, scientific evidence and best practices regarding the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable diseases generally and COVID-19 specifically, and evidence that the age, condition, and health of a significant portion of the population of the state places its citizens at risk for serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) considers a serious public health threat, there is a public health emergency throughout the State of Idaho. Making the problem worse, some individuals who contract the COVID-19 virus have no symptoms or have mild symptoms, which means they may not be aware they carry the virus. Because even people without symptoms can transmit the disease, and because evidence shows the disease is easily spread, gatherings can result in transmission of the virus. At present, travel is a commonly known source of COVID-19 infections in Idaho. All fifty states and the District of Columbia have reported cases and declared states of emergency. Now, COVID-19 clusters with substantial community spread have developed across the United States, including in Idaho and neighboring states. Blaine County has the highest per-capita number of cases in the state and COVID-19 is believed to have been introduced into the county by a traveler or travelers visiting Idaho from out of state.
The scientific evidence shows that at this stage of the emergency, it is essential to slow virus transmission as much as possible to protect the most vulnerable and to prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed. This Order helps preserve critical and limited healthcare capacity in the State of Idaho. Opening certain business activities in stages reduces the risk of spread of COVID-19 to Idaho citizens, including Idaho’s most vulnerable population. In consultation with state and federal epidemiologists and healthcare experts, this staged approach is intended to preserve capacity in our healthcare system by opening businesses that are most able to maintain social distancing and minimize the number of contacts among individuals.
All vulnerable individuals in Idaho should continue to self-isolate. Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect all citizens of the State of Idaho, this Order requests all vulnerable individuals anywhere in Idaho to stay at home. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not always possible, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to protect and isolate from vulnerable residents.
Vulnerable individuals are people who are at higher risk for severe illness as defined by the CDC, incorporated into this Order by reference and located at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
The following businesses within the State of Idaho are required to remain closed except to perform Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in Section 6:
a. Bars and nightclubs;
Restaurant dining rooms (takeout and delivery continue to be allowed);
Indoor gyms and recreation facilities;
Close contact services (e.g. hair salons, nail salons, massage parlors, cosmetic, etc.);
Large venues (e.g. movie theatres, concert venues, sporting venues, etc.).
Statewide directive for individuals arriving in Idaho from another state or country to self-quarantine.
a. Persons entering the state of Idaho are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. If an individual will be present in Idaho for fewer than 14 days, that individual must self-quarantine for the duration of their visit. For purposes of clarity, this directive does not apply to persons performing an Essential Purpose or persons who as part of their normal life live in one state and travel to another state for an Essential Purpose.
“Essential Purpose” is interpreted broadly and includes travel required for personal safety; to obtain food, beverage or medicine; for medical care; pursuant to a lawful permit, license, court order, or rule; to care for others; and to perform work, services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Travel into the state of Idaho for recreation is not an Essential Purpose.
Any individual required by this directive to self-quarantine shall be responsible for any and all costs associated with the requirement to self-quarantine, including transportation, lodging, food, and medical care.
Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, are presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19, or are exhibiting symptoms identified in the CDC’s screening guidance shall not enter the state of Idaho unless doing so under medical orders for the purposes of medical care, are being transported by emergency personnel, are being driven directly to a medical provider for purposes of medical care, or are a resident of the state of Idaho.
For the purposes of this Order, “Minimum Basic Operations” include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing and Sanitation Requirements as defined in this Section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations:
The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
The minimum necessary activities to prepare the business to reopen at such time as deemed appropriate, including but not limited to, sanitization, obtaining personal protective equipment, and setting up procedures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing and Sanitation Requirements.
“Social Distancing and Sanitation Requirements”
Individuals shall maintain at least six-foot physical distancing from other individuals whenever possible.
Wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer;
Cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands);
Regularly clean high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands;
Stay home if sick; and
Are strongly encouraged to use face coverings while in public.
Develop and implement measures to ensure employees and customers are maintaining at least six-foot physical distancing from other individuals whenever possible;
Provide adequate sanitation and personal hygiene for employees, vendors, and patrons;
Frequently disinfect commonly touched and high-traffic areas and regularly clean those areas.
Identify how personal use items such as masks, face coverings, and gloves may be required by employees, vendors, and/or patrons;
Provide services while limiting close interactions with patrons;
Identify strategies for addressing ill employees, which should include requiring COVID-19 positive employees to stay at home while infectious, and may include keeping employees who were directly exposed to the COVID-19 positive employee away from the workplace, and the closure of the business until the location can be properly disinfected;
On a case-by-case basis, include other practices appropriate for specific types of businesses such as screening of employees for illness and exposures upon work entry, requiring non-cash transactions, etc.;
Implement additional protocols established in the Governor’s Guidelines for Opening up Idaho and the business-specific protocols published at https://rebound.idaho.gov/.
The violation of any mandatory provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat to public health. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order may constitute a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both pursuant to Idaho Code § 56-1003(7)(c). The Governor and Director requests that the Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police in the State of Idaho, and Idaho State Police ensure compliance with and enforce this Order.
This Order shall become effective as of May 1, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Governor and Director.
The Stay-Home Order dated March 25, 2020 and subsequently extended is hereby rescinded.
To decrease the spread of COVID-19, the cities, counties, and public health districts of the State of Idaho may enact more stringent public health orders than those set out in this Order.
Each county and each city must promptly provide copies of the Order as follows: (1) by posting the Order on its website, (2) by posting the Order at each county courthouse and each city hall, and (3) by providing a copy to any member of the public requesting it. The Order will also be posted on the website of the Department of Health and Welfare.
If any provision of this Order or its application to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, then the remainder of the Order, including the application of such part or provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected and shall continue in full force and effect. To this end, the provisions of this Order are severable.
IT IS SO ORDERED:
___________________________________ Dated: April 30, 2020
BRAD LITTLE, GOVERNOR
STATE OF IDAHO
___________________________________ Dated: April 30, 2020
DAVE JEPPESEN, DIRECTOR
IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Idaho - Temporary PROVISIONS EFFECTIVE April 15, 2020:
Spouses and Parents of Minor Children as Direct Care Providers
Personal Assistance Agencies may temporarily employ spouses of adult participants receiving
Aged and Disabled Waiver and Personal Care Services and parents of minor children receiving Personal Care Services. This option may be most beneficial for participants that are electing to self-isolate who have a spouse, or parent, who is able to render the care. Agencies may take advantage of the criminal history background check and training flexibilities described above to expedite the hiring process.
Idaho State Board of Education updates 'soft closure' until the end of the school year, has approved criteria for schools to resume normal operations.
See the full information by clicking hereclick here to collapse the article
April 16, 2020: BOARD APPROVES CRITERIA FOR SCHOOLS TO RESUME NORMAL OPERATIONS
Idaho State Board of Education Minimum Re-entry Criteria:
1. No statewide or local social distancing restrictions, including stay-home orders or extensive closures of businesses are in place.
a. Exceptions to the soft closure should continue to be considered for staff and student needs, on a case by case basis as determined at the local level (e.g. small groups of students that can be distanced in a way that meets the social distancing criteria for the purpose of proctoring exams or working one-on-one with special education students, as long as the school district or charter school has sufficient capacity to maintain hygiene and sanitation).
2. The peak of the state infection curve has passed, as determined by the State Department of Health and Welfare, and a minimum 14 days have passed from the identified peak. In those instances where local community spread has occurred, the local infection curve will be evaluated for determining the 14 consecutive days. School districts and charter schools located in counties that have experienced no community spread at the time state restrictions are lifted may have the 14 consecutive days criteria waived with approval by the local public health district.
3. Approval by the local public health district, after review of school district and charter school cleaning and disinfection protocols.
Read the full press release: https://
4. Re-entry plan approved by the local board of trustees identifying minimum school protocols (see list below).
Required Minimum School Protocols:
a. Cleaning and disinfection protocols.
b. Identify a plan for vulnerable staff and students with special emphasis on people over age 60 and those who are medically vulnerable.
c. Identify and plan for staff duties which require close contact.
d. Absenteeism plan for staff and students whose parents do not feel comfortable returning their student to school and for students who show symptoms of the coronavirus.
e. Communications plan for informing parents and staff of the school district and charter school response plans, protocols, and policies to manage the impact of the coronavirus.
f. Verify point of contact of each school district and charter school for effective communication and collaboration with the local public health officials.
g. Reopening plans are reviewed in consultation with local public health officials.
These re-entry criteria are subject to change in order to adapt to changing circumstances. Additional criteria will be developed for a fall start of the school year, based on conditions at the time.
The State Board voted unanimously to approve the criteria.
This is a link to the pdf of the order - the criteria starts on page 14.
Classroom IDAHO: Learn At Home
Click here for full information
Thousands of Idaho students don’t have a computer at home or a way to connect to the internet so they can learn remotely during this coronavirus pandemic. But nearly every family in Idaho has a television set and can watch Idaho Public Television. That is where IdahoPTV’s “Classroom Idaho: Learn @ Home” programming can connect these students with certified Idaho teachers so that they can finish learning for the balance of this school year.
Beginning April 20, Idaho teachers will provide instruction to students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 via Idaho Public Television’s CREATE channel (one of our five free over-the-air broadcast channels).
Third grade instruction begins at 8am MT/7am PT, and will repeat at Noon MT/11am PT; 4th grade instruction begins at 9am MT/8am PT; 5th grade instruction begins at 10am MT/9am PT and 6th grade instruction begins at 11am MT/10am PT. The instruction will be aligned with what the students would be learning if they were still attending their brick-and-mortar schools.
The same lessons will also be available in playlists for students with connectivity at IdahoPTV’s YouTube channel.
Over the air channels include 26.3 in the Panhandle, 10.3 in Eastern Idaho, 4.3 in the Treasure Valley, 12.3 in the Paluse Camas Prairie, and 13.3 in the Magic Valley/Wood River.
On Cable it is found on Sparklight Channel 45, Cox Cable 114, TDS Telecom 47, Xfinity/Comcast 318, and Time Warner/Spectrum 1276.
IdahoPTV’s over-the-air broadcast channels are free to receive. All you need is an antenna. Our signal is available to over 99 percent of the households in Idaho. For information on where to find our CREATE channel and other free channels in your area, or how to re-scan to find our channels, visit our website.
Our full channel lineup is also available on many major cable outlets around the state. Check with your local cable provider.
Idaho Public Television General Manager Ron Pisaneschi shared the station’s enthusiasm for the project noting that “We are pleased to partner with the State Department of Education and Idaho Business for Education to use the power of public television to deliver these lessons to students in homes throughout Idaho. PBS has always been America’s largest classroom, but now we are bringing Idaho’s teachers and their lessons directly into students’ homes.”
“Idaho Business for Education is working during this epidemic to get computers and internet connectivity to as many students as possible who don’t have these resources at home,” IBE President and CEO Rod Gramer said. “But we also know that getting these resources to every student in a timely way may not be possible. That’s why IBE so appreciates Idaho Public TV stepping up and providing “Classroom Idaho: Learn @ Home” so that all 3rd-6th grade students in Idaho have access to instruction from one of Idaho’s great teachers.”
“For the State Department of Education and educators throughout Idaho, a crucial objective during this soft closure has been to find ways to reach all of our students with distance learning, although online access and equipment is a major challenge in many communities and households,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said. “I am thrilled that Idaho Public Television has stepped forward to level the playing field, providing instruction via equipment that virtually all households already have – their TVs.” “Through this partnership with Idaho Public Television and Idaho Business For Education, some of Idaho’s great teachers will provide instruction in math, history and more to students in grades 3 through 6, the key demographic that is not currently reached by educational TV in Idaho. We are thrilled to line up teachers for the project and help bring this brilliant idea to Idaho children and families.”
CLASSROOM IDAHO: Learn @ Home is a partnership of Idaho Public Television, Idaho Business for Education and the State Department of Education.
Idaho Business for Education collects computers for kids
From Idahoednews.org click here to see article on that site
With less than two months left on most school calendars, and tens of thousands of students missing access to computers or Internet at home, Rod Gramer sees the challenge ahead of him as a “race against time.”
Gramer, the CEO of the Boise-based nonprofit Idaho Business for Education, is spearheading an effort to get Internet hotspots and used laptops to Idaho students who do not have that technology at home, so they can access online learning.
Seven IBE teams across Idaho are collecting used computers from businesses and households with technology to spare. After scrubbing them (of data and germs), IBE hopes to deliver those devices to tens of thousands of students in districts that have asked for help.
IBE is a nonprofit education advocacy organization comprising 215 business leaders from across the state.
“This is like a 100-yard dash to try to get as many students served as possible,” Gramer said. “I’m trying to be realistic about this in terms of how many kids we can actually reach. But the concept here is to reach as many as we possibly can.”
Coronavirus-related school closures have intensified a “digital divide” between households that have access to Internet and technology at home, and those without. Nationally, some 17 percent of teenagers say they can’t always complete their homework because they lack access to internet or computers at home. That issue is more severe for students of color and students from low income households.
Idaho’s districts are grappling with these home-connectivity issues as many move lessons online to meet distance-education requirements.
IBE surveyed districts to track this need in Idaho, Gramer said, and got responses from about a third of all districts and charters across the state. Gramer estimates 10,000-15,000 students need computers and another 20,000 need access to Internet.
“It’s just not fair that some kids can access computers and access the Internet to do their studies and to do their papers that way, and other kids can’t,” Gramer said. “To me it’s a fairness and an equity issue.”
Gramer’s goal is for IBE to collect and distribute as many laptops and hotspots as possible before May 15. The seven regional teams will be coordinating laptop drop-off and pick-up services. IBE is also collecting financial donations through an “Internet for Students Emergency Fund” that will help pay to get students online. So far, IBE member businesses have pledged $135,000, Gramer said.
With limited time, and also challenges connecting rural homes to Internet, Gramer realizes that IBE won’t be able to get every home online. The is also partnering with the Idaho State Department of Education and Idaho Public Television to produce educational programming for kids in grades 3-6 that can reach the vast majority of Idaho homes, even if they don’t have Internet access.
Those lessons, called “Classroom Idaho: Learn @ Home” will start at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 20. (Click here for more information on that programming).
A few weeks into the Community Activation Project, IBE has collected just over 550 computers. Sixty of those laptops went to the Kuna School District in early April. On Wednesday afternoon, IBE dropped off another 135 in Caldwell.
“I know that sounds like a meager amount,” Gramer said. “But I’m confident that the more we get the word out, the more we will get and the more we can distribute.”
IBE is collecting any laptop or desktop computers that can connect to Internet browsers. Volunteers will scrub sensitive data from the devices and sanitize them before delivering them to school districts.
Businesses and individuals interested in donating should contact their regional IBE team.
Treasure Valley residents can drop computers off at Kendall Ford locations.
We are going live periodically on Facebook to bring information to you. You can find the archives over on our Facebook page, but we are also linking them here, as well.
IPUL Live from March 19: https://www.facebook.com/IdahoParentsUnlimited/videos/2960876690600894/
IPUL Live from April 8: https://www.facebook.com/IdahoParentsUnlimited/videos/156298805701196/
COVID-19 Letter for Parents from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Children's DD Program
All Family Centered Planning meetings will be conducted over the phone until further notice to reduce the threat of continuing spread of the virus
Read the entire letter by clicking hereclick here to collapse the article.
March 16, 2020
As you have heard, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been diagnosed in individuals in Idaho. As we learn more about this virus, we want to assure you that The Department is taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus while considering your child’s well-being.
To encourage social distancing during this time, the Children’s Developmental Disabilities Program is making the following accommodations:
- All Family Centered Planning meetings will be conducted over the phone through March 31, 2020 or until further notice to help reduce the threat of continuing spread of the virus. If you feel you need to meet face to face with your Case Manager please call them to discuss the need.
- Your child’s Case Manager will be available by phone to answer any questions regarding access and services. Local offices will remain open during this time.
- All Family Directed Guide meetings will be suspended until further notice.
- If you have questions about the virus, it is important to obtain information from a trusted source such as https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/ or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please consider obtaining information on how to prepare your household for possible exposure to the virus.
Here are a few steps you can immediately begin taking to help prevent the spread of this virus. For prevention measures, the CDC recommends that everyone follow the normal precautions for avoiding the flu and other respiratory diseases:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in public; going to the bathroom, before eating after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least
- 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Children’s DD Program
Family and Community Services
Federal and State of Idaho COVID-19 Pages
A Guide to Face Masks
Our friends at the Idaho State Independent Living Council have passed along this PDF that explains the difference between an N95 Respirator, a Surgical Mask, and a paper / home-made mask. What they do, who they are for, and why you would need one.
You can download the PDF by clicking here.
Map of locations where kids can go to be fed during the Covid-19 closures, from the Idaho Department of Education.
Here's the page they have the map and other resources: https://www.sde.idaho.gov/cnp/index.html
And here's a direct link to the map of feeding sites: https://batchgeo.com/map/3195baf394a7f7db04ce06c69b17842f
Idaho Covid 19 Mutual Aid Group (Facebook Group)
Containing the toolkit that Medicaid.gov published for state Medicaid agencies.
US Department of Education Supplemental Fact Sheet
Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities
While it's hard to tell from the title, this is actually a Department guidance document that covers providing services to children with disabilites, touching on distance learning and how it ties into FAPE and IDEA.
FreedomScientific.com Now offering JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion free of charge for personal computers at home, until June 30, 2020.
US Providers Offering FREE Wi-Fi or Special Accommodations for 60 Days:
Click here for the full article
- Comcast- offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already. https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic
- Charter Communications/Spectrum- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GOYGiB4FfMKTedrAQ7hr-cqe3eVcPu8nh2V9sqDRRXAadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
- Altice USA- For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, we are offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. https://www.alticeusa.com/news/articles/feature/corporate/altice-usa-brings-free-broadband-k-12-and-college-students-during-coronavirus-pandemic
- AT&T- waiving data overage fees to all customers so that families and students can stay connected during the pandemic. The company is promising not to terminate the service of any customer over the next 60 days. AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program. https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
- Verizon- will waive any late fees and not terminate any service for the next 60 days.
- T-Mobile- ALL current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming). Providing T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service for the next 60 days – coming soon. Working with our Lifeline partners to provide customers extra free data up to 5GB of data per month over the next two months. Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month for the next 60 days.
- Sprint - Not terminating service if they are unable to pay their Sprint bill because of the coronavirus, and waiving late fees incurred because of economic circumstances related to the pandemic. Customers with international long distance calling plans will receive complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3. Customers with metered data plans will receive unlimited data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost. We will provide customers with an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
Serving SPED Students During COVID-19 Pandemic - Webinar for Special Education directors
Special Education Director’s webinar, “Guidelines for Providing Special Education Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic-March 17, 2020”
The link to the recording is: https://idahotc.com/Resources/
US Department of Labor clarifies Paid Leave for parents of adult children who have lost their usual source of care due to COVID-19
What to Expect from a Telehealth visit from home
Telehealth Best Practices
NORD opens COVID-19 Financial Aid Program for Rare Disease Community
Called the NORD COVID-19 Critical Relief Program, the effort will provide up to $1,000 annually to those eligible to support critical, non-medical needs. The program is designed to help rare disease patients and their families who may be facing monetary hardships due to the outbreak.
Youth and Education Resources
Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this resource was developed to help make virtual IEP meetings easier to use, and will have some broader application once the pandemic has subsided. This is a link to a 6 page PDF file.
Please note that these resources are not affiliated with IPUL, and IPUL does not recommend or endorse these programs or services. This list is not exhaustive and is provided for informational purposes only.
This list has been adapted from a list from Washington PAVE.
Ooey Gooey, Inc. is dedicated to the creation of child-centered, hands-on, play-based environments for young children and provides workshops, training, technical support and curriculum resources to those who wish the same.
Lemon Lime Adventures Offers workshops for parents to better connect with their children.
Conscious Dicipline Offers Trauma-Informed, Evidence-Based Social Emotional Learning from Dr. Becky Bailey
The Idaho Hands and Voices page has resources for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Idaho SESTA has resources for professionals, as well as trainings on the Idaho Training Clearinghouse.
Speaking of that - the Idaho Training Clearinghouse is a resource library that is full of useful information. Scholastic offers free daily courses for children.
PBS Kids provides a free newsletter and resources for at-home learning. We Are Teachers provides a list of authors who are reading books aloud online for elementary students.
Curriculum Associates provides English and Spanish versions of printable learning packets for Grades K-8.
TEDEd provides informational videos for at-home learning; options are organized for students, educators or parents.
The Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom is a slide show to teach parents how to set up and navigate Google Classroom
PsychCentral.com suggests 7 Telehealth Activities ABA Providers Can Use with Children with ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder]
GreatSchools.org offers grade-based toolkits.
An agency called common sense education offers virtual field trips.
Audible Stories are available for free during the school shutdown.
The Williams Syndrome Association provides curriculum for preschool through high school. Included are social stories to help children understand their current circumstances related to the pandemic and school closures.
Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) provides toolkits for caregivers supporting individuals with autism during this pandemic.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is offering temporarily free access to special education resources, including journal articles and advice from experts.
An agency called Special Education Degrees offers a page that lists curricula from the Top 12 Websites for Students with Learning Disabilities.
Can Do Kids provides an Ability Survey and online activity options.
AdaptiveWorksheets.com provides printable worksheets. Some samples are free, and there is a charge for membership.
The Special Student Services blog provides guidance for supporting students with significant cognitive disabilities. Curricula for various academic topics are reviewed, and links to online materials are provided. Some are free/some aren’t.
FamilyConnect.org provides resources for parents of children with visual impairments.
Code.org offers online computer science curricula for K-12 students.
For high school students, the National Constitution Center offers online conversations related to US Constitutional law.
For older students and graduates, free code camp provides a list of online Ivy League Courses available for free.
An agency called Nepris is providing online chats to help prepare students for the future of work.
EVERFI provides game-based digital lessons free to schools: parents may need to contact district staff to arrange access.
For something fun for your kids to do while home, you can join children's book author Mo Williams every day for his Free Online "Lunch Doodles" videos
Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy:
Fun Things To Do:
Virtual Easter Egg Hunt - If you and your kids want to go on a virtual easter egg hunt check out the Idaho Resilience Project's Virtual Easter Egg Hunt!
Children's story book: My Hero is You - how kids can fight COVID-19! A free story book for 6-11 year-olds
Click here to find this book in multiple languages
Idaho School District COVID-19 Pages
This is a list of school district webpages that have a specific COVID-19 resource page.