NUMA Update- 3/27

As we wait to hear further news regarding school closure timelines, here is some information from IEA:

What’s in the federal Coronavirus bill? NEA breaks it down for you

Gov. JB Pritzker asked, again, for people to please stay away from others and abide by the “stay-at-home” order he put in place in order to stop the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus. “This virus doesn’t care if you’re bored. It doesn’t care if you want to hang out with your friends or if you think I’m overreacting.” He said the virus has forced doctors all over the world to make horrible choices over who to treat and who not to and his order is meant to save Illinois’ healthcare workers from having to do the same. The number of cases jumped Thursday by 673 cases to a total of 2,538 across 37 counties. There were an additional seven deaths for a total of 26.

The National Education Association put out a warning Wednesday that there are several scams circulating around the Coronavirus. Here are things to look for:

Emails that appear to be from organizations such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), or the WHO (World Health Organization). The scammers have crafted emails that appear to come from these sources, but they actually contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments.

  1. Emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or victims that have been affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Scammers often create fake charity emails after global phenomenons occur, like natural disasters, or health scares like the COVID-19.
  2. Emails that claim to have a “new” or “updated” list of cases of Coronavirus in your area. These emails could contain dangerous links and information designed to scare you into clicking on the link.

Keep in mind, these are only a few examples and these scam artists are constantly coming up with new ways to fool you. Remain cautious! And always remember the following to protect yourself from scams like this:

  • Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting.
  • If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from an official organization such as the WHO or CDC, report the email to the official organization through their website.
  • If you want to make a charity donation, go to the charity website of your choice to submit your payment. Type the charity’s web address in your browser instead of clicking on any links in emails, or other messages.

The 2020 Census is happening NOW!
The importance of the U.S. Census to the well-being of children and the strength of their public schools cannot be overstated. The census questionnaire can be completed online, by phone or by mail


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