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