Community Resources

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly changing situation. We ask that you continue to follow the guidance of the CDC. There are steps that you can take to help yourself, your community and Sandburg in preventing the spread of any flu-like virus like the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and 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. 
  • Practice social distancing. Avoid close contact with people who are sick or if you are sick stay home.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth if you have not washed your hands.
  • If you have a compromised immune system or have serious chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes please consider making accommodations for your health.

We understand this is a difficult time for all and will strive to do our best to support our community. Please see a list of available resources from throughout the district. Please note this list has been compiled based upon available information from local media and social media sources. We encourage you to contact these businesses and organizations before visiting their locations. This list will be updated as we receive information. 


Unemployment Information

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributed to COVID-19. Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. 

IDES offices have closed to the public but individuals are encouraged to file for unemployment online by following this link to IDES website. IDES has filed emergency rules that waive the one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment insurance benefits. The CARES Act made it so self-employed persons, independent contractors, and freelancers are able to receive unemployment.


IRS and Federal Taxes

The deadline to file federal taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020.  
 All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties. 

Illinois Taxes

The State of Illinois has extended the income tax filing and payment deadline by three months, from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The Department of Revenue (IDOR) will continue to process tax refunds for those filing ahead of the new deadline. The fastest, most secure way to receive a refund is to file tax returns electronically and request a direct deposit into a checking or savings account. Taxpayers who have already filed a return can check the status of their return by using the Where’s My Refund? link located at www.MyTax.Illinois.Gov.


Child care for Essential Workers during COVID-19 Crisis

Like schools, most child care programs have been asked to close. But many emergency and essential workers continue to need reliable care for their children. Thus, the state is in the process of establishing a series of “emergency child care” options – settings that could operate under more flexible-than-usual rules, while still offering kids and families crucial assistance.  Existing, interested providers could apply to re-open in this process; other, new providers could explore options for starting-up.

Here’s where to turn
 for more information on emergency child care homes and centers:


Some families experience a change in their circumstances that impacts their ability to pay college expenses. If you experience a loss of job or benefits, a death or divorce, you may qualify for a recalculation of your eligibility. Special Conditions applications may be submitted after MAY 1, AND after the student has been awarded or denied federal student aid based on the original application. Special Conditions may increase your eligibility for federal aid Illinois MAP Grant. 
Please go to the Financial Aid Forms page or contact the Financial Aid Office for a Special Conditions application.  


State and national crisis lines – this document provides a number of mental health crisis phone lines that are available.

Ameren - In response to the economic hardships that our residential and business customers may experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective today, Ameren Illinois will suspend service disconnections and forgive late payment fees for non-payment through at least May 1. Customers needing assistance with paying their bill should contact our customer care team at for payment options.
T-Mobile -  Starting now - 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). 
Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone - Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser
McAlister’s Deli -  If you are concerned about ensuring your children have a hearty lunch, stop by McAlister's Deli from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Every kid can receive a free sack lunch that contains a turkey and cheese sandwich, chips, applesauce and a cookie. Completely free, no other purchase is necessary.

Wal-mart - new hours of 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to allow overnight restock/replenish. 
United Way of Knox County - United Way of Knox County will continue providing free meals to local children, as they have in the past, while local schools are closed due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, and they’re available to any student who needs them. 



Wal-mart – new hours of 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to allow overnight restock/replenish.
El Camion Real - If you are worried about a meal for your kid(s) feel free to stop by El Camino from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. during the week-day to pick up a to-go FREE Kids Quesadilla meal with rice and beans. We will continue this until school resumes again. We want to do our part to help our community.

If you have questions or to report a suspected case please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health statewide COVID-19 hotline at call 1-800-889-3931 or visit