Posted 8.30.2021
Updated Mask Information

Per Executive Order from the Governor, beginning Monday, August 30, 2021, all individuals in Illinois who are age two or over and able to medically tolerate a face covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in an indoor public place.

Face coverings continue to be required for all indoor programming as announced on 8/4/21. Now, as of 8/30/21, face coverings must also be worn while at the WDSRA offices.

You can view the Executive order in its entirety at https://www.illinois.gov/government/executive-orders/executive-order.executive-order-number-20.2021.html.

 

Posted 8.19.2021
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Posted 8.12.2021
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Posted 8.5.2021
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Posted 8.4.2021
Updated Mask Information

Dear Family Member,

As of 8/4/2021, WDSRA is requiring all staff and participants to wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, when participating in indoor programs.

In response to rising COVID-19 metrics, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) recommends that everyone, including fully vaccinated people, wear masks in public indoor settings in areas with “substantial” and “high” transmission of COVID-19.

As of today, DuPage County COVID-19 transmission rates are “substantial” per the CDC. Today, the governor announced that Illinois was “fully adopting” the CDC’s updated masking guidance.

It’s important to note that the CDC and IDPH have not reinstated capacity limits for facilities or events and the six-foot social distancing rule continues to apply only to those who have not been vaccinated. As of right now, in-person programs will continue to run as scheduled.

We will continue to monitor all state and county guidelines and provide additional updates as they become available.

For information regarding current COVID-19 transmission rate by county, please go to https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/?fbclid=IwAR2tWTRQiX0069I-PU95qoYgMpIbfI0qFGCsxy5c6NCNp-7HLeM6RSq7nRo#county-view.

Sincerely,
Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 7.29.2021
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Posted 7.8.2021
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Posted 7.1.2021
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Posted 6.24.2021
Get to Know Dan Leahy, WDSRA Executive Director

Though new to his role as WDSRA Executive Director, Dan Leahy is a familiar face in and around the community both professionally and personally.

Dan LeahyDan has served in local government for the past 15 years, has experience in the private sector as a Marketing/Communications professional and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Most recently, as part of the Fox Valley Park District’s Executive team, he led the Marketing/Communications/Business Development efforts. As such, he also served as a board member at the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association.

Dan is also a WDSRA parent. His son Tyler, who lives with Down Syndrome, is a familiar face at WDSRA too. Tyler has been making programs a part of his life for the past nine years through bowling, Tone ‘N Tighten, karaoke, Tae Kwon Do, camps, and most recently, the Rec & Roll day program.

“I believe passionately in the development of individuals through recreation, and have seen it first-hand…and that’s the WDSRA mission!”

“While Tyler has been the direct recipient of WDSRA’s services,” shares Dan, “our entire family has felt the positive impact. It’s given us all more independence and normalcy to have Ty out and active on his own. My oldest son, Camden, worked as a day camp counselor and a marketing intern with a nearby SRA. My wife has been one of WDSRA’s biggest advocates for years. We just can’t imagine our world without WDSRA and want to share it with any family that may benefit. “

Dan believes that serving people for their entire lifespan presents awesome opportunities. He plans to bring his energy and vision to leading new efforts that get people excited about the future of WDSRA. His initial focus will center on three core thoughts; access, how we can improve it; awareness, both in the community at large but particularly with our partners in education; and activities, in terms of the right programs and what’s trending.

Personally, Dan is motivated by elevating others. He believes one of leadership’s greatest gifts is seeing staff thrive with new challenges, new roles and big ideas. “I want our organization to be GRRrrr oriented – show Grit, Growth, Gratitude…each of those mindsets can help lead us to be GRRReat,” says Dan. “How do I plan on doing that? An early mantra for me is “Give the truth…let people know where we’re at and what the expectations are; give the trust, empower individuals to do their jobs and cut through bureaucracy; give the credit, which means recognize a job well-done.”

Away from work Dan is an avid reader, runner, golfer, foodie, and a music maniac. He also nurtures a competitive spirit, both in and out of the office. “I want to continue the tradition of service excellence at WDSRA and know the staff feels the same way”.

If you see Dan in programs, he invites you introduce yourself as he looks forward to meeting WDSRA families, partners and donors.

Want to send Dan a welcome message or your thoughts on WDSRA? He can always be reached at danl@wdsra.com or 630.681.0962.

 

Posted 6.24.2021
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Posted 6.17.2021
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Posted 6.10.2021
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Posted 6.3.2021
Participation Guidelines Changes & Waitlist Registration

We want to let you know we have updated our Participation Guidelines and are holding a second registration to be placed on a waitlist for summer programs and camps. Complete details and registration information can be found at Participation Guidelines Changes & Waitlist Registration.

Participation Guidelines (updated June 3, 2021) have been revised with the goal of opening and adapting programs for as many participants as possible. With the new Participation Guidelines in place more participants become eligible to join programs and camps. Please read them carefully.

Right now there are two factors impacting when we can open waitlists. The first is facility space availability and the second is available program staff. We continue to work with our contacts for greater access to facility space. We are always in need of program staff. If you know of anyone who has daytime availability please have them apply at Employment Opportunities. To learn more about how both of those items factor into our ability to offer programs please read The Facility Space + Staff Combination.

As a reminder, enrollment to virtual programs is available at any time. Register at Summer Program Registration.

We appreciate your understanding and support.

Sincerely,
Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

OUR GOAL: Serving as many families as possible
OUR PRIORITY: Delivering quality programming while keeping participants, families and program staff safe
OUR GUIDE: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

 

Posted 6.3.2021
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Posted 5.20.2021
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Posted 5.18.2021
COVID-19 Guidelines Update

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that it will be easing COVID-19 guidelines and mask requirements.

The CDC also stated that entities will continue to be governed by state and local policy. Governor Pritzker stated that Illinois will likely be revising guidelines to follow those of the CDC. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is currently working to update guidance documents in response to these new updates. Current WDSRA guidelines are in place until guidance has been released and adapted to our programs.

WDSRA is optimistic and excited about the expanded opportunities fewer restrictions would provide our participants and their families. At the same time, we may not be able to facilitate changes as quickly as we would like to. Once IDPH guidance is released, we will need time to determine how we can apply these to our programs. Securing additional staff, and equipment is required and facility space which is not under our control. These obstacles and the timing of these guidelines makes it very difficult to plan in advance.

We understand there may be anxiety about changes to guidelines. WDSRA is committed to maintaining the exceptional level of safety we have had in programs throughout the pandemic, while adapting strategies to serve as many of our participants as we possibly can.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we continue to adapt to our ever-changing world.

 

Posted 5.18.2021
New Executive Director Named: Dan Leahy

Dan Leahy

We are thrilled to announce Dan Leahy as our next Executive Director. Dan succeeds Sandy Gbur, who is retiring after 43+ years of dedicated leadership in the special recreation community.

Leahy most recently served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Fox Valley Park District, and has 15 years of local government experience in various roles at Schaumburg Park District, Bolingbrook Park District and the City of Elmhurst.

He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and recently earned his master’s in Public Administration from Aurora University. Dan is a resident of Naperville where he lives with his wife Marianne and sons Camden (23), and Tyler (22).

Dan will officially step into his new role on June 1st. Sandy’s last day is June 11th.

 

Posted 5.13.2021
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Posted 4.14.2021
Vaccine Clinic Update

The clinic is still ON.
Will be administering the 2 dose Pfizer vaccine.
The minimum age has changed to 16 years old.
Spots still open. You MUST preregister.

Dose 1–Tuesday, April 20th
Dose 2–Tuesday, May 11th
Clinic runs 9am-3pm. Each registrant will be assigned a timeslot for BOTH doses.

Itasca Park District
350 E Irving Park Rd., Itasca

This clinic is for individuals with disabilities and an accompanying family member/caregiver. NEW AGE–All registrants must be 16yrs or older. If you are interested in receiving a vaccine appointment, please fill out the INTEREST FORM. WDSRA staff will be reaching out by phone to assign timeslots.

 

Posted 4.13.2021
Vaccine Clinic Update

As of April 12th, the FDA and the CDC have paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.

As of today, we are not making any changes to the participant vaccine clinic scheduled for Tuesday, April 20th.

We are anticipating an update will be available within the next day or two. Two possible courses may include either changing to a different vaccine or an authorized restart of the J&J vaccine.

Families registered for the April 20th clinic are currently being contacted.

We will be updating information as it becomes available.

 

Posted 3.29.2021
Sandy Gbur Announces Retirement

Sandy Gbur headshotSandy Gbur, WDSRA executive director, announced she will retire June 2021 after 43+ years of dedicated leadership in the special recreation community.

Sandy’s passion and commitment to participants and families has been at the forefront of a long and illustrious career. As a staunch advocate for the special recreation field, she has been steadfast in promoting the benefits individuals with disabilities can reap when special recreation is a fundamental part of their everyday life.

Her career in therapeutic recreation includes 28 years of service to the West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA), 6 years at the South Suburban Special Recreation Association (SSSRA) and the last 10 years at WDSRA. Sandy has been an integral part of the growth of all three organizations.

Through Sandy’s leadership and vision, she has made a long-lasting impact in the communities she has served and in the parks and recreation profession. Her passion is evident in everything she does.

Involved in legislative advocacy since 2001, Sandy played a critical role in the passing of Senate Bill 1881 which removed the Tax for Handicapped out of the tax cap and allowed park districts and municipalities throughout the state full access to the levy to support joint programming and accessibility.

Sandy is a well-respected and active member of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) and Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Joint Legislative Council. She continues to actively work to build relationships with legislators and support legislative action on behalf of special recreation associations statewide. Her most recent legislative efforts resulted in funding for WDSRA’s upcoming capital projects that will increase safety as well as improve services and programming.

She served as a board member of the IPRA and both Secretary and Director of the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section (ITRS). Over the years she has been recognized by colleagues for her passion, insight and ongoing effort to advocate for the needs of individuals with special needs. She has been the recipient of the IPRA President’s Award in 1992 and 2002, the ITRS Director’s Award in 2002 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

In 2019, the IPRA honored Sandy for her commitment and excellent service to parks and recreation in Illinois by being named the IPRA Professional of the Year. This honor was presented for her major contributions to the parks and recreation profession and for consistently going above and beyond to serve her colleagues, the profession and the hundreds of families touched by her dedication to quality services.

Sandy serves as a board member on the Sensory Garden and Playground Foundation, is an active member and Past President of the Carol Stream Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

While Sandy has given much to her career, she would tell you one of the best ‘pay backs’ she received was meeting her husband, Ron, also a parks and recreation professional and later the Executive Director of the Palatine Park District. In the early 1980’s they both volunteered to serve on the IPRA Swim for Heart Committee.

 

Posted 1.26.2021
In-Person Programming Resumes Monday, February 1st

As our region moved into Tier 2 and now is into Tier 1 mitigations, WDSRA is resuming in-person programming! In-person programs, including Rec & Roll, will begin Monday, February 1st. Families are being contacted with program specific information.
Safety remains the number one priority.
  • Participants and staff are required to wear masks.
  • Participants and staff are required to maintain distancing at all times.
  • For more details, please see the WDSRA Return to Program Guide.
If your family is uncomfortable with the return of in-person programming at this time, please know that virtual programs are continuing as scheduled. We encourage families to enroll in virtual programs to keep participants engaged and active. Contact virtualrecreation@wdsra.com if you are interested in registering for a virtual program.

 

Posted 12.20.2021
Delay for the Start of Winter Season In-Person Programs

Dear WDSRA Families,

As of January 18, 2021, DuPage County (Region 8) has moved to under Tier 2 resurgence mitigations.  In-person programming under safety guidelines is permissible at this stage.

Specific programming information will be released by teams as soon as it becomes available. Please continue to check our website for updates.

Sincerely,
Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 12.21.2020
Delay for the Start of Winter Season In-Person Programs

Dear WDSRA Families,

Governor Pritzker’s Tier 3 resurgence mitigations have been extended through January 9, 2021. As such, the start of winter season in-person programs has been moved to the week of February 1. If restrictions are lifted on January 9, we will use the additional time to take the necessary administrative steps to ensure our programs are staffed and ready to go on February 1. If restrictions remain in place after January 9, we will communicate a further delay to you.

In accordance with this change, we are taking the following steps:
• All confirmations for in-person programs scheduled to be sent out today will be postponed until adjustments are made in January.
• Fee adjustments will be made pending the January 9 decision.
• Virtual programs are unaffected and will start as scheduled and run the six-week season.
• Inclusion services are dependent on the specific park district and program.

As always, WDSRA is committed to keeping safety the top priority in our programs and services.

We ARE continuing will ALL virtual programs as scheduled. We encourage families to enroll in virtual programs to keep participants engaged and active.

Contact virtualrecreation@wdsra.com if you are interested in registering for a virtual program.

We will revise program plans as additional information comes from the Office of the Governor. Please continue to check here for updates.

We wish you the happiest of holidays and a healthy start to what will be a better New Year.

Sincerely,
Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 11.19.2020
Move to Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations Update

Dear WDSRA Families,

On Tuesday, November 17, Governor Pritzker announced a move to Tier 3 resurgence mitigations in response to worsening COVID-19 metrics.

As always, WDSRA is committed to keeping safety the top priority in our programs and services.

In accordance with those mitigations, we have evaluated all the Fall 2 programs and are taking the following steps:
• All in-person programs are cancelled – effective Friday 11/20/2020.
• Rec & Roll is cancelled – effective Friday 11/20/2020. We are currently investigating virtual options for Rec & Roll participants. More information will be available as it develops.
• Inclusion services are dependent on the specific park district and program.
Families who are enrolled in the above programs are being contacted directly and refund information will be sent.

Importantly, we ARE continuing with ALL virtual programs as scheduled.
We encourage families to enroll in virtual programs to keep participants engaged and active. Contact virtualrecreation@wdsra.com if you are interested in registering for a virtual program.

We will revise program plans as future information comes from the Office of the Governor. Please continue to check our website for updates.

Until then, please wear your mask, continue social distancing. Stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,
Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 11.18.2020
Move to Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations Update

On Tuesday, November 17, Governor Pritzker announced a move to Tier 3 resurgence mitigations in response to worsening COVID-19 metrics.

As always, WDSRA is committed to keeping safety the top priority in our programs and services. As such, we are currently evaluating how our programs align with those restrictions. Families affected are currently being contacted directly. More information will be available Thursday, November 19, 2020.

We appreciate your continued support and patience.

 

Posted 11.13.2020
Move to Tier 2 Update

Dear WDSRA Families,

On Wednesday, November 11, Governor Pritzker announced Region 8, which includes DuPage County, will move to Tier 2 resurgence mitigations in response to worsening COVID-19 metrics. WDSRA is committed to keeping safety the top priority in our programs and services.

Tier 2 imposes stricter guidelines to most social activities. One of the Tier 2 mitigations reduces the maximum group size within programs.

We want you to know that we have been prepared for this possibility.

How will this affect my programs?
Many of you will not see any change in your WDSRA program participation. Unless you have been notified, the programs your family member is enrolled in will proceed as expected.

The majority of our in-person programs were proactively structured to operate under Tier 2 guidelines. The following areas have been adjusted in order to comply:

Food in programs
As an additional safety precaution, we are eliminating food, as in meals or snacks, in programs. This is primarily a change affecting special events. Because of this, the Friendsgiving program has been cancelled. Participants in our Rec & Roll program will still be allowed to bring lunch, as it is a day-long program.

What about bowling?
Bowling, which exceeds the 10-person limit, is currently being reconfigured based on further stipulations to the group size mitigation. We are working with our bowling facilities to determine if the space needed to separate our groups can be secured. Participants enrolled in our bowling programs will be contacted directly regarding any changes.

Moving Forward!
If COVID-19 rates in our region do not improve, stricter mitigations will be imposed. Please continue to follow all CDC, IDPH, and Restore Illinois guidelines.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and we may revise programming plans as more information becomes available from the Illinois Department of Health. Please continue to check our website for updates.

We continue to work toward safely serving all who wish to return to programs and are looking forward to an exciting Fall 2 program season. Remember, we will continue to offer virtual options for those not ready to make the jump back. We greatly appreciate your continued support and feedback.

Sincerely,
Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

 

Posted 11.3.2020

Return to Program Guide Update: Return to Programs After Exposure Update

We have updated the guide to reflect the most current protocol when someone is exposed to or tests positive for COVID-19.

WDSRA Return to Program Family Guide- Updated 10.30.2020

 

Posted 9.8.2020

Return to Program Guide Update: Symptoms and Health Screening Form

We have updated the guide to reflect the new symptoms that came out over the summer and have included the new health screening form.

  • What We are Doing to Keep You Safe
  • Program Protocols
  • What You Can Expect at Programs
  • Participant Eligibility

WDSRA Return to Program Family Guide- Updated 9.8.2020

 

Posted 9.1.2020
How WDSRA Has Adapted to Deliver Programs

WDSRA interview with Comcast's Community ConnectionsHere how WDSRA was able to pivot through a spring and summer of changes. While thinking differently and adapting, we always kept our participants & families at the forefront. Thank you to everyone connected with Comcast’s Community Connections and host Cindy Bravos for this interview!

 

Posted 6.26.2020 (11am)
Graduated Return to In-Person Programming

Dear WDSRA Families,

We are excited to announce a graduated return to in-person programming. This becomes possible as Illinois progresses into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

First, let me thank all who took the time to fill out the Phase 4 Return to Programs Survey. It has helped tremendously in guiding what will be offered in the near future. Here is what we heard:
1. Most families are ready to return to in-person programs
2. Social and fitness programs were the categories families expressed the most interest in
3. Virtual programs have been and will continue to be appreciated

Second, we will begin offering a limited number of weekly programs. In addition, we will be opening our 1:6 ratio Rec & Roll programs (further communication from the Rec & Roll team is forthcoming). As of right now, we anticipate having these programs open as soon as mid-to-late July. We will still continue to offer a full range of virtual programs.

Because the safety of participants and staff is our number one responsibility:
• All in-person programs will have enhanced essential eligibility requirements in order to comply with state and federal COVID-19 regulations.
• Along with being mandated requirements, these measures are necessary to keep all participants and staff members safe.
• We understand these measures may be difficult for some of our participants.
• We understand that our initial in-person offerings will only serve a percentage of all who want to return to programs.
• We currently have limited facility space available to us in which to hold programs. We fully intend to expand offerings as facility space becomes more readily available.
• We intend to ease restrictions as governmental regulations change based on state progress through the Governor’s plan.

The WDSRA Return to Program Family Guide includes:

• What We are Doing to Keep You Safe
• Program Protocols
• What You Can Expect at Programs
• Participant Eligibility

WDSRA Return to Program Family Guide

Please read through it carefully. This will be your guide to knowing whether or not your son/daughter is able to participate. Should you have any questions, please call Ted Adatto at 630-681-0962. We anticipate having a complete list of programs posted on our website as of 7/3/2020. Programs will run Monday 7/20 thru Saturday 8/15. We anticipate registration dates to be 7/8 through 7/10/2020. We will confirm these dates soon.

More information can be found at https://www.wdsra.com/wdsra-programs/guide-to-returning-to-in-person-programs/.

We are thrilled to be able to start the process of returning to in-person programs. We will continue to work toward safely serving all who wish to return to programs. Remember, we will continue to offer virtual options for those not ready to make the jump back.

Sincerely,
Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 5.29.2020 (3pm)

Moving to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan

Dear Families,

As of May 29th, most of the State of Illinois will be entering Phase 3 of reopening under the Restore Illinois Plan.

Additional businesses will be allowed to resume some, but possibly not all, services and people can begin gathering in small groups while social distancing. But many businesses will look different and we will all be operating under some restrictions as mandated by the State of Illinois.

You may be asking how does that affect WDSRA and your access to programs.

First and foremost, we want you to know that our goal is to be able to deliver in-person programs as soon as physically possible.

However, based on the Phase 3 Guidelines we are unable to provide in-person programs. At this time, we are offering virtual programs through the month of June. We have expanded to include more programs, activity boxes for those who are not comfortable with virtual programs and inclusive programs in which siblings are welcome.

We will have more details on future programming as the State adjusts its guidelines. We are currently evaluating programs on a month-by-month basis.

There are many variables involved with resuming to in-person programs including, but not limited to, available facility space and the safety of participants & staff.  We are working diligently behind the scenes on: what future programs look like, which facilities will be open to host programs, when we can begin to hire and train staff, and how can we provide safe programs for all involved.

Our goal is to resume in-person programming as soon as possible in the safest environment as possible.

We will keep you informed and updated through our website, enews and our social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). And as always, you can reach us at 630.681.0962 or contact any of our full time staff at https://www.wdsra.com/about-wdsra/staff-directory/.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sandy Gbur
Executive Director

Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 5.4.2020 (3pm)

Summer Camps, Programs and Special Events Update

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding over these past few weeks. Please know that you are always at the forefront of every decision we make.

Our goal continues to be able to bring opportunities for your son/daughter to keep active and to visit with friends especially as we approach the summer season.

Summer Camps and Programs Registration Canceled for Monday 5/11
However, based on the parameters set by the State of Illinois, we are unable to offer programs in the traditional manner at this time. Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel all WDSRA summer camps, programs and special events AS THEY CURRENTLY EXIST in the program books. Summer registration for Monday 5/11 is canceled.

Virtual Summer Programs Registration Opens Tuesday 5/26 @ 9amvirtual summer dates
We are excited to let you know that we are putting the final touches on alternative programming and are pleased to announce… an amazing new Virtual Summer! There will be an expansion in the types of programs, number of programs and time slots. There are to be an abundance of options from which you can choose. This includes expanding Rec & Roll programming too. In addition, we are looking into ways to reach out to those whose abilities don’t allow them to engage virtually.

Virtual Summer Programs to Be Posted Wednesday 5/20
The full line-up of Virtual Summer programs will be posted on our website Wednesday 5/20. Programs will run from Monday 6/1-Friday 6/26 for now. Registration will run from Tuesday 5/26 at 9am. It will close Friday 5/29 at 5pm.

Please know that our goal is to be able to deliver in person programs as soon as physically possible. However, we are unsure when that will happen. For now, we are focused on giving you as many options as possible and have concentrated on the month of June. We will be evaluating July programming as soon as we know more.

When will we be back to traditional in-person programs? We continue to monitor the decisions made by the State of Illinois as it affects our ability to reopen. At this time, we don’t have all the answers. We are trying to answer questions like: what will future programs look like, when will schools and park district facilities be open to host programs, can we hire and train staff quickly enough, and how can we provide safe programs for all involved.

If you utilize inclusion services in park district programs, please access your park district’s website for program information.

In the meantime, we will keep you informed and updated through our website, enews and our social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). And as always, you can reach us at 630.681.0962 or contact any of our full time staff at https://www.wdsra.com/about-wdsra/staff-directory/.

Our thoughts continue to be with you and your family as we miss being at programs and connecting with you. We hope that you are healthy and safe!

Sandy Gbur
Executive Director

Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 4.27.2020 (3pm)

Foundation Event Update

The Charlie Long/WDSRA Golf Classic has been rescheduled for Monday, September 28, 2020. The previous date was Monday, June 8, 2020. Details can be found at https://www.wdsra.com/event/charlie-longwdsra-golf-classic/ . Forms and invitation will be updated soon.

 

Posted 4.16.2020 (12pm)

Program Registration Updates: 

Virtual Spring Program Session 2 registration opens Monday, April 27th at 9am.

Summer Programs registration has been changed to Monday, May 11th at 7am.

Programs can be viewed at https://register.wdsra.com/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/SPLASH.html.

 

Posted 4.14.2020 (12pm)

We Are Still Here for You! Full time staff continue to be available to you via phone and email as usual. Please continue to contact staff as needed. A full list of staff contact information can be found at https://www.wdsra.com/about-wdsra/staff-directory/.

 

Posted 4.1.2020 (8am)

WDSRA Office Closed to the Public Through 4/30/2020

Based on the extended stay-at-home order put in place by State of Illinois on 3/30/2020, the WDSRA office will continue to be closed to the public through Sunday 4/30/2020.

This is being done in a continuing effort to minimize health risks during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency. WDSRA continues to follow the guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the DuPage County Health Department. This includes the social distancing strategies outlined by health officials.

Still Here for You: Full time staff continue to be available to you via phone and email as usual. Please continue to contact staff as needed. A full list of staff contact information can be found at https://www.wdsra.com/about-wdsra/staff-directory/.

Registration Still Scheduled for 4/6/2020: Registration for summer day camps and virtual spring programs is still going to be handled online only. No walk-in registrations will be accepted. If that is not possible, you can still mail in your registration or place it in our secure lock box outside the building before 6:45am the morning of registration 4/6/2020.

Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe and healthy!

Sandy Gbur
Executive Director

Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 3.27.2020 (5pm)

Spring Programs and Special Events Canceled—Effective Immediately

We thank you for your patience and understanding during these crazy and uncertain times. Our thoughts continue to be with you and your family. We miss being at programs and interacting with you. Please know that you are at the forefront of every decision we are making.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, we have made the decision to cancel all WDSRA spring programs and special events through Saturday 5/16/2020 effective immediately.

We made this decision based on

  • The ongoing and tentative health and safety guidelines being set on local, state and national levels
  • The unavailability of physical program space due to school district, park district and assorted community venues ordered to close
  • The need to provide families, staff and volunteers a clear decision

We understand how important programming is for you and your family. So while we cannot deliver it in person, our staff are working diligently to create virtual programming that can be delivered in your home. At this point, we don’t know what that looks like but hope to update you in the next week. We are confident that there is a way we can still offer programming and support you in the upcoming weeks.

REFUNDS: Program refunds will be issued for spring programs and special events for which you have already registered through program dates of May 16th. Rec & Roll will receive credits for the canceled weeks and no auto pay will be conducted until further notice.

More information and updates will be available on our website on this page.

We do not take the decision of canceling programs lightly. This is an unprecedented time for everyone.

Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe and healthy!

Sandy Gbur
Executive Director

Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 3.27.2020

EXTENDED— WDSRA’s VIRTUAL RECREATION – BINGO!

The Bingo contest deadline has been extended. You have until Sunday, April 5, 2020 to turn in completed Bingo cards. Drawing will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Completed Bingo cards should be emailed to virtualrecreation@wdsra.com to be entered into the drawing.

 

Posted 3.20.2020

Stay Connected with WDSRA’s VIRTUAL RECREATION – BINGO!

Video invitation to play Virtual Bingo

We are excited! Why you ask? Well, we have been working hard the last few days to come up with ways to help you keep engaged and moving while at home. Staff have been working hard to pull together a whole lot of fun, creative ways to keep recreation a part of your day…. every day!

What better way than WDSRA Virtual Recreation – Bingo!

This interactive bingo provides you with well-rounded activities you can do on your own or with a family member AND lets you pick which fun activities you want to do! Play along and you could win a prize too! Check out this invitation from Becky!

While you play along, staff will be posting videos of some of the activities and how they are doing them right alongside you at home. You can check those out on our Facebook page. We encourage you to post your videos too. Be sure to use the #WDSRAgoesvirtual.

HOW TO PLAY

To participate in WDSRA’s Virtual Recreation Bingo please complete the following steps:

1. Log into your WDSRA account at https://register.wdsra.com (if you do not have an account please email virtualrecreation@wdsra.com and we will help you create an account)

2. Enter the Program Number 0269100

3. Register for Virtual Recreation – Bingo

4. Once registered, WDSRA will email your bingo card along with game directions. Be sure to send yourself a confirmation receipt because that is where you will find the link to the Bingo card.  If are having  any difficulties, simply reach out to virtualrecreation@wdsra.com. Feel free to use your own activity for the Bingo game; the Pinterest page is there for ideas.

Once you have completed all the tasks on the bingo card you can email the card to virtualrecreation@wdsra.com. The bingo contest will end on March 31, 2020. A drawing being held on April 1, 2020 for a chance to win a gift certificate for WDSRA programs

If you cannot join in our Virtual Recreation Bingo and would like some activity ideas, check out the WDSRA Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/westerndupagesra/.

To help you keep on track, keep an eye on the WDSRA Facebook page for some daily challenges from the WDSRA staff.  We will post the challenge and encourage you to post your results on our Facebook page. We look forward to sharing our activities with you these next few weeks.

Not a Bingo player? Don’t worry. You can still head to our Pinterest page (https://www.pinterest.com/westerndupagesra/) where we have posted a ton of activities!

Stay Healthy!
The WDSRA Staff

 

Posted 3.20.2020

Due to the ongoing change in guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the DuPage County Health Department, we are making the following changes:

  • Spring programs suspended thru Sunday 4/5/2020. We will be reevaluating the status of programs as we move forward.
  • Summer Day Camp registration is still scheduled for 4/6/2020. Due to the closure of the WDSRA Office, there have been some temporary changes to the registration procedure.
  • No walk-in registrations will be accepted. Due to the recent office closure, we are planning ahead in the event the office is still closed on April 6th. We strongly encourage you to use our online option. If that is not possible, you can still mail in your registration or place it in our secure lock box outside the building before 6:45am the morning of registration.
  • As always, we will still be available via online chat and phone to assist you.
  • 2020 Summer Day Camp Registration Reminder.
  • Summer program and inclusion staff hiring still going on. All interviews will be conducted virtually. Apply here.
Contact us at 630.681.0962 or via email. A listing of all staff contact information is available at here.

 

 

Posted 3.19.2020

Coming soon… WDSRA Virtual Recreation BINGO!

 

 

Posted 3.14.2020 (5pm)

WDSRA Suspending Office Access to the Public

In a continuing effort to minimize health risks to all families, staff and guests during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency, WDSRA continues to follow the guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the DuPage County Health Department. This includes the social distancing strategies outlined by health officials.

Following the lead of local school districts and park districts, we will be closing our offices to the public effective Monday 3/16/2020 through Sunday 3/29/2020.

Full time staff will report to work during this time and will be available to you via phone and email as usual. Please continue to contact staff as needed.

More information and updates will be available on our website at https://www.wdsra.com/about-wdsra/news-updates/.

Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe and healthy!

Sandy Gbur
Executive Director

Ted Adatto
Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 3.13.2020 (5pm)

WDSRA PROGRAMS CANCELED–EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

We understand that this is a very difficult and confusing time for everyone. The situation with regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be very fluid. Closures are happening very rapidly, including school districts, park districts and assorted community venues.

Our primary goal has been to keep programs and services running while trying to minimize any health risk to participants, families and staff during this time. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have made the decision to cancel all WDSRA programs, effective immediately, through Sunday 3/29/2020.  You will be issued a credit for the program days missed.

According to the most recent guidelines put out by the DuPage County Health Department, they are recommending that ‘organizations that serve high-risk populations, cancel gatherings of more than 10 people. High-risk populations include individuals at increased risk for severe illness, including older adults and persons of any age with underlying health conditions.’

We will be monitoring the situation closely as more information becomes available. We will have an update on the status of Spring Break Camps on 3/20/2020. Until then we will be working with partners to determine the availability of facility space to hold those camps.

More information and updates will be available on our website on this page.

We do not take the decision of canceling programs lightly. This is an unprecedented time for everyone.

Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe and healthy!

Sandy Gbur
Executive Director                        Superintendent of Recreation

 

Posted 3.12.2020 (5pm)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

We would like to update you on the latest information in regards to the Coronavirus and more specifically how it may impact our programs and services. Our primary goal at this time is to keep the programs and services you depend on running while doing whatever we can to minimize any health risk to participants, families and staff.

With that in mind we are taking the following precautions whenever possible:

  • Instituting hand washing protocol at programs
  • Enhancing cleaning procedures in programs and on our vehicles
  • Disinfecting surfaces as appropriate while at outside facilities
  • Changing food service options to individually wrapped items
  • Wearing gloves during food preparation activities

As you may be aware, Special Olympics, the NBA, NCAA, and many others have begun suspending and even cancelling events. As for right now, any changes in programs have already been communicated directly to the families affected. Should we need to make change with regards to future programs, we will continue to contact families affected as well as posting those changes on our website at this page.

We understand that this can be a confusing time for families. We urge you to make the best decision you can as to whether or not you send your participant to programs. If someone in your family exhibits symptoms (see below), we ask you to keep your participant at home until the Coronavirus has been ruled out by a doctor.

Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe and healthy!

Sandy Gbur                                       Ted Adatto
Executive Director                           Superintendent of Recreation

 

PROGRAM UPDATE
As new information is made available, we continue to post updated here. Please check back frequently. Thank you for your partnership in keeping everyone safe and healthy!

Spring Break Trip to Mexico—CANCELLED 3.12.2020

 

How to Keep Up to Date
We are closely monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for information and guidelines. Information changes on a daily basis—sometimes by the hour, and we will continue to monitor the situation and provide relevant updates. Please check back often as we will be posting all updates on our website at this page. We will also be posting on our Facebook page when an update is posted online.

What is Coronavirus
Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that is contagious and potentially fatal. It is suspected that it is transmitted through coughing and sneezing by infected individuals. At the present time, there is no vaccine, cure, or specific treatment.

Who is at Risk
The CDC does identify individuals they consider “higher-risk” as:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

What are the Symptoms
Individuals infected with coronavirus have displayed the following symptoms:

  • Mild to severe respiratory illness
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Death

How Infectious is Coronavirus
Virus transmission may occur on a spectrum, and authorities are not sure if the virus is highly contagious or minimal. For person-to-person transmission, health authorities suspect the virus is spread through coughing and sneezing. The time interval from infection to onset of symptoms, is from two to 14 days. During this period, an individual can be infected and spreading the disease although they may not be experiencing the signs and symptoms of the virus.

How Can I Protect Myself and My Family
Currently there is no vaccine to prevent infection. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following additional steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 % alcohol
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • It is recommended you stay home if you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, signs of a fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly

What Do I Do If I Have Been Exposed to the Coronavirus
Pay attention for potential symptoms including: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor. If you are diagnosed with Coronavirus, we ask that you notify us immediately. Contact Nieta Gates, WDSRA Human Resources Manager at nietag@wdsra.com or 630-681-0962.

Important Information Sources
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf
WDSRA Participant Wellness Guide