Watch this space for important updates, information, resources, and event cancellations as we respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

To address the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois and the country, Lawrence Hall has put action plans in place and gathered resources to help keep the youth and families we serve, our staff, and stakeholders informed and as safe as possible.

Lawrence Hall is defined as an essential services provider and will continue to provide services to the children, youth, and families that we’re entrusted to serve. The Lawrence Hall leadership team meets weekly and shares resources as to how to best respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. As the situation changes, so will our response.

There are currently limited volunteering, mentoring, and visitation options available. Please contact your designated case manager for visitation options or our Volunteer Coordinator, Monique Davis, for more information about volunteer and mentoring opportunities.

Our team are in communication with the youth and families we serve, and our team will be updating this page with information, resources, and event and training cancellations for all of our stakeholders.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lawrence Hall at covid19@lawrencehall.org

VACCINE INFORMATION AND MANDATES

We require that all new job applicants have at least one (1) dose of any COVID-19 vaccine to qualify for hire, with the second dose required 45 days after hire. All school employees were required by Chicago Public Schools to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 15, 2021.

As an agency that frequently interacts with our communities, Lawrence Hall strongly encourages existing employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and is in the process of deciding to mandate the vaccine for all employees. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 and averts serious illness even if the virus is contracted: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/How-Do-I-Get-a-COVID-19-Vaccine.html

MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING MANDATES

Lawrence Hall has a mask mandate for all employees, children, and youth based on the information from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Our mask mandate is in effect regardless of vaccination status. Lawrence Hall requires all approved visitors to wear a mask when on site. If a visitor chooses not to wear a mask, the visitor will not be allowed to enter regardless of vaccination status.

Lawrence Hall has a social/physical distancing mandate for all employees, children, youth, family members of children and youth, and others the aforementioned may encounter. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people in both indoor and outdoor spaces.