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The News and Events Section
With the front page redesign, this is the new home for the articles that we used to have on the front page itself. If you want to know what we are sharing, doing, or planning, you can just bookmark this page.
The one bit of news that won't show up on this page is our next training - that will always get its own tab on this page.
Here's a quick guide to things:
IPUL news items will have the IPUL icon.
These icons will be placed in the title of the story to help differentiate them. If its an event that IPUL is hosting, sponsoring, or participating in and will have a presence at, we will use this icon.
Community, non-IPUL items will have a community icon.
Events that we are helping to publicise but are not sponsoring or having a presence at will be given the community icon, which we hope will make it easier to tell what is our news and what's news in general.
Occasionally we'll have other icons as well - like for Coronavirus news.
Wait, didn't we just do this?
Yes, we just made another update to the website - and this one is a bit more visual and sweeping than the last one.
We hope that this will help to make our website easier to navigate and less confusing. Our content is still here, but we decided that having a wall of text for you to fight through to get to it was too much. We also wanted to make it a lot easier for you to reach us.
Here's a guide to the changes:
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1. New Header navigation:
The top of our website now has a new look and a change to the way it's organized. Across the top right, you will find links to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds.
Below that is a menu that has easy-access links to our donation page if you are feeling generous. Next is a drop-down menu to let you find our "about" information, with information about who IPUL is. There's also a link about what IPUL does (and does not do) The next link is to our event calendar. Right now we are just showing events that are IPUL only, but we will be adding a community function to it soon. Finally, our get help menu gives you rapid access to our contact form, the ability to see what our next monthly training is and to sign up for that training, and our growing list of community support groups.
The last menu bar consists of links that take you back to our new homepage, our new news and events page, our Covid-19 resources, (right now anyway) a link to our primary programs (IPUL Health, IPUL Education, IPUL Arts, and IPUL Youth) and then a link to our resources and partners page.
This menu will be at the top of all our website pages and should make it simpler to find things.
2. New Front Page Format.
On our main page, below the image you'll find an area where we have made a rather significant change - we replaced the giant wall of links and tabs with nine icons. This page will remain more or less static going forward.
There's an area above our icons where we will occasionally post major announcements we want you to be sure not to miss.
In the top row, running from left to right, you'll find another link to our news and events page - this page will be taking the place of the articles we used to post on our front page. Next to that is another link to "ask for help." This has our main ask for help form, as well as information about our other methods you can use to contact us. Last on the top row is a link to our workshops section - here we will have our current workshop information, as well as the form for you to register for that workshop. We also will have our curriculum and our save the date calendar here. Also, if you have a group that you would like IPUL to come give a workshop for, you can do that on this page.
The middle row contains links to our IPUL Education, IPUL Health, and IPUL Arts programming.
The last row has a link to our IPUL Youth section (Formerly called Transition to Adulthood), another easy-to-find link to our resources page, and a link to "other services" which is where we are placing things that don't quite fit in the other sections. For example, you may find our event scholarship information, information on our Parent Leadership Development, Project Amplify, (we've not announced that but you'll see more about it soon) and other things.
3. The Quick Event Calendar
The last component on our main page is a short look at our event calendar, showing the next few items taking place - you can see what trainings we have scheduled, and if we would be closed for business due to any holidays.
4. New Footer Navigation
On every page in our new website you will find our new super-footer. First off is the contact section - on every page on the site we have a form where you can send us a question, as well as trying to make it as obvious as possible how to reach us by phone. Anything sent to the "Email us!" link will be responded to as if you used our main contact us link above - within 24 business hours (except if we are travelling, at a conference, or closed for a holiday)
Finally, we have some information about who we work with - both under contract and via grants.
5. New Floating Accessibility Menu - Everywhere!
We've also incorporated some new technology to help make the site more accessible. Floating on the right-hand side of every page is a blue icon, that once clicked opens into a menu - it can also be activated by hitting Control-U on your keyboard. This menu from Userway lets you adjust the site in various ways to make it easier to access.
Why did we do this again?
We did this because we wanted to make our website as easy to use as possible and to make it easier for you to reach out and ask for help .
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask them by using the form at the bottom of the page.
Coronavirus Stage 4 order - Starting June 13, 2020
Click here to read the full text of the order
STATE OF IDAHO
IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE
STAY HEALTHY GUIDELINES
June 13, 2020
BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES MAY CONTINUE TO RESUME OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS IN THE STATE OF IDAHO.
ALL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES SHOULD ADHERE TO THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND SANITATION REQUIREMENTS DESCRIBED IN SECTON 4.
VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE STATE OF IDAHO MAY RESUME PUBLIC INTERACTIONS BUT SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES.
GATHERINGS OF ANY SIZE ARE ALLOWED BUT SHOULD ADHERE TO THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND SANITATION REQUIREMENTS DESCRIBED IN SECTON 4.
NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL CAN RESUME.
THE GOVERNOR AND IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE DIRECTOR FIND THAT:
1 – The virus that causes Coronavirus 2019 Disease (“COVID-19”) has resulted in a global pandemic, is present in Idaho, and has infected over 3,200 Idahoans, resulting in 85 deaths to date. The virus is easily transmitted, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect public health and safety and safeguard the ability of public and private healthcare providers to handle an influx of new patients.
The Governor’s Guidelines for Opening Up Idaho are based on evidence of a reduction of severe cases of COVID-19 within the State of Idaho; as well as, the advice and input of state epidemiologists, public health experts, and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the White House. These guidelines are also based on the 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 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. One Idaho county had the highest per-capita number of cases in the country at one time 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. Following State and CDC guidelines 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 in stages and maintaining physical distancing.
2 – Vulnerable individuals in Idaho may resume public interactions but should practice physical distancing and wear face coverings or masks while in public. Vulnerable individuals should minimize exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical. Vulnerable individuals that do not feel comfortable resuming public interactions are strongly encouraged 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.
Vulnerable individuals are people who are at higher risk for severe illness as defined by the CDC located at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
3 – People participating in gatherings of any size should adhere to the Physical Distancing and Sanitation recommendations in Section
4 – “Physical Distancing and Sanitation Recommendations”Individuals should
- 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 shake hands;
- Stay home if sick;
- Wear face coverings while in public, especially when six-foot distancing is not always possible (e.g., inside businesses); and
- Implement additional protocols established in the Governor’s Guidelines for Opening up Idaho published at https://rebound.idaho.gov/.
- Develop and implement measures to ensure employees and customers maintain 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.; and
- 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 Stay Healthy Order effective May 30, 2020 is hereby rescinded.
___________________________________ Dated: June 11, 2020
BRAD LITTLE, GOVERNOR
STATE OF IDAHO
___________________________________ Dated: June 11, 2020
DAVE JEPPESEN, DIRECTOR
IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE
IPUL's Next Training
IPUL, DRI, and SDE - Back to School Special Education Conversation - IPUL's July 2020 Statewide Training
IPUL will be hosting a collaborative conversation with Disability Rights Idaho and the Idaho State Department of Education to discuss Special Education in the upcoming school year.
Our statewide training is webcast monthly live via Zoom. Registration is required.
Once you have registered, you will be sent an email with your registration confirmation as well as a link so you can join the webcast.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, IPUL will only be offering this training online.
We will be offering this training on July 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM Mountain Time
Phone: (208) 342-5884