Opportunity Knocks Presents

The Next Phase

A Return to On-Site Programs & A Continuation of Virtual Programs

 

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

We are excited to announce that we will be returning to on-site programs (Session 3) on October 5th. We will not be returning to the traditional After Opps & Life Shop formats during this phase. Instead, we will be offering a unified, compressed style of programs in smaller groups; using a cohort model and multiple sites with no mixing so that we can do our best to work within very thoughtful and thorough health and safety protocols.

Our incredible staff and bank of great partnerships give us the facility, personnel, and the confidence to forge ahead and offer this interim style of programming.

HEALTH & SAFETY OVERVIEW

During the 4-week pilot portion of this program model we will make every effort to maintain our quality of programming while working within the framework of strict health and safety protocols. Our program model will follow public health and safety guidelines from the CDC and IDPH while adhering to the Restore Illinois plan and observing all local guidelines from the Villages where these sites may end up.

These efforts will be accomplished by hosting small groups at multiple sites with ample space for proper social distancing. All participants and staff will adhere to pre-program health screens and mask requirements. We will also have a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting plan in place.

* Additional Program Option | On-Site Break Virtual Program

From September 28 – October 2 we will be offering a shorter virtual program option that is nearly identical to the option offered October 5th. The only difference is that it will be a 1 week option as opposed to 4. When registering, this option will be known as (OnSite Break Session) while the 4 week option, later on, will be Session 3

PROGRAM SCHEDULE & TRANSITIONS

ON-SITE PROGRAMS

3 hours per session

2 sessions per day

3 days per week

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

AM SESSION 9:00 am-12:00 pm

PM SESSION 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

1 hour per session

4 sessions per day

3 days per week

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

10 am – 11 am  |  12 pm – 1 pm

2 pm – 3 pm  |  4 pm – 5 pm

RESPITE OPTION

If you as a participant or the Warrior you represent as a guardian will not be able to follow the social distancing and mask guidelines that are expected of the group, we would like to have a discussion with you about the prospect of arranging one-on-one services similar to the traditional format for Respite. This is a new venture for us, but we are implementing this option so that we have something to offer everyone. Please complete the same survey as below and we will follow up.

Onsite Transition Period  |  12:00pm-2:00 pm

  • All Warriors will be required to leave the program sites between sessions
  • Staff will clean and disinfect program space according to our Cleaning & Disinfecting Plan
  • Staff will also then make preparations for the next group coming to their designated location

PROGRAM COST STRUCTURE

The cost structure breakdown is based on a 4-week pilot session. Financial assistance is available for Warriors & Families that qualify. We are implementing a new assistance scale that we will keep with us going forward. It is our goal to overcome financial barriers so that this program and all OK programs are accessible. Please contact Mike Carmody at mike@opportunityknocksnow.org to learn more.

ON-SITE PROGRAMS

SINGLE SESSION COST BREAKDOWN

3 hours/session @ $15/hour = $45/session

4-week cost @ $45/session = $180

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

SINGLE SESSION COST BREAKDOWN

1 hour/session @ rate of $10/hour

4-week cost @ $10/session = $40

PROGRAM GROUPS

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • The registration process will accept requests for all sessions but please bear in mind that not all requests are guaranteed given the health and safety restrictions of this model
  • Warriors and staff assigned to a site group will stay with the same group for the duration of the session, whether it be morning or afternoon session
  • Warriors will not rotate groups during the sessions
  • Warriors will have three separate 45-minute activities within their group at the same location
  • Groups will be limited in size to 10 people, including staff

COHORT MODEL

  • We will be using a Cohort Model to add another layer of health and safety to this program
  • Based on results of registration, OK’s Program Team will work to group participants in a cohort model that will aim to keep the same groups together on the same days and sessions, so that we can reduce mixing and mingling, as much as possible
  • Sessions will be grouped according to the cohort model to ensure the highest measure of safety, as well as an equal access to programs
  • The drawback to this approach is that it may be the case that we can not honor all registration requests. We ask for your patience and understanding in this endeavor.

HEALTH & SAFETY

PROTECT YOURSELF-PROTECT OTHERS PACT

This Pact was created to outline our expectations of all participants and staff in maintaining the safest environment for programs.  The following expectations are required of ALL humans participating in OK activities.

    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Perform a pre-program health screen
    • Wear a face covering that covers nose and mouth
    • Maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet at all times
    • Able to follow the recommended hygiene guidelines for handwashing & hand sanitizer
    • Follow the isolation procedures and reporting requirements when illness onset is on-site
    • Report all suspected or confirmed COVID illness if recent contact with programs
    • Parent or guardian must review and sign the consent form for our OK’s COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocol for Programs

OTHER SAFETY MEASURES

Opportunity Knocks will be committed to the following in compliance with the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health and local public health agencies:

    • STAFF PROTOCOLS – We will continue to develop our staff protocols for health, safety, and response. Our protocols have been in place since mid-March and continue to evolve based on public health guidance. All of our team members are required to perform a daily health screen. Training and review of our protocols will continue to be a high priority.
    • CLEANING & DISINFECTING PLAN – All program spaces will be routinely cleaned and disinfected before, during and after sessions
    • CONTACT TRACING – If there is a suspected illness onsite or offsite, OK will execute a contact tracing protocol that will reach all staff, participants, and community members that may have been exposed. We will follow the CDC guidelines on this protocol
    • SITE SAFETY & HYGIENE SUPPLY – OK will ensure that all program sites are sufficiently supplied with ample space per person, PPE for cases of potential exposure, handwashing & hand sanitizer We will provide break areas for Warriors needing sensory breaks throughout the day
    • LIMITED SITE-PROGRAM ACCESS – We will be limiting access to our programs as it relates to guests, volunteers, partners, etc. Programs hosted at the RFCC will be subject to RFCC building entry restrictions. We will be using alternative entry and exit points at the RFCC and families will be asked to adhere to our curbside pickup and drop off protocol.

PROGRAM SITE & PARTICIPATION GUIDELINE

PARTICIPANT & SITE SAFETY GUIDELINES

  • All sites/sessions will follow CDC/IDPH and Restore Illinois guidelines
  • All sites will hold at least 100 square feet of space per participant
  • All participants and staff will wear masks when social distancing can not be maintained
  • If Warrior is unable to wear a mask as suggested by CDC guidelines, the family must contact OK to discuss options for special accommodations 
  • 7 Warriors per site/session
  • Mixed abilities based on staffing assessment

Primary Sites for 4-week Trial

  • RFCC: KG Room/OK Computer lab & CITE space
  • RFCC: 202/206 & Life Shop Rooms
  • Knockout Farm & The Grove

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

  • Geographic: Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park residents
  • Age: 14.5 years old and older
  • Completion of waivers and consent to OK COVID-19 Program Protocols

Site Requirements

  • 100 sq. ft per person
  • Isolated pre-program health screen area
  • Bathroom & handwashing on site
  • Isolation/Quarantine zone on site

STAFFING

  • Participant to staff ratio will be 1 to 4 
  • Program Director serving as Site Supervisor
  • Program Leaders and Program Staff also assigned
  • One-to-One staffing will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on enrollment and the ability to accommodate social distancing needs

Activities

Onsite Programs

Each of the two activity sessions will draw from a menu of activity options that draw from 5 areas of focus:

  1. Life Skills
  2. Wellness
  3. Recreation & Current Events
  4. Social & Staying Connected
  5. Science & Nature

Additional activities will be gathered and added during Warrior surveys and brainstorming sessions in the early stages and throughout the 4-week pilot.

Virtual Programs

MONDAY

  • Morning Welcome (10-11am)

Warriors will get together to start off their Mornings with friends. During this time, Warriors will start the session with a quick one minute mindful activity followed by a movement icebreaker where Warriors will introduce themselves and lead an exercise. Each day Warriors will be assigned one of eight roles. The roles are as follows: Way of the Warrior, joke of the day, question of the day, weather report, sports report, newscast report, picture of the day, and song of the day. We usually end the ZOOM meet with a song of the day where the assigned Warriors provides a song and we sing and dance to it.

  • ZOOM Lunch (12-1pm)

During our ZOOM Lunch, Warriors will get together to chat and eat lunch from their own homes. We go around and share what everyone is having for lunch. On these days we also focused on introducing and connecting Warriors to community members or like we like to call it celebrity guests. ZOOM Lunch is more focused on socializing with our peers.

  • ZOOM exercise/Yoga/Meditation (2-3pm)

It’s time to get your body moving. In this zoom session warriors will participate in an interactive physical activity with their peers and the instructor. This is our movement ZOOM so expect to exercise, dance, jump, and get your bodies moving. These ZOOM can also occasionally bring in one of our community partners to lead a class. These classes can be anything from exercise to yoga.

  • Life Skills lesson (4-5pm)

Provide fun and engaging activities that explore important life skills. Practice using their voice through making decisions and choices. Foster interdependent relationships and a supportive community while practicing these skills. Ultimately leading to enhanced confidence and self-efficacy while performing specific life skills.

Virtual Programs

Wednesday

  • Morning Welcome (10-11am)

Warriors will get together to start off their Mornings with friends. During this time, Warriors will start the session with a quick one minute mindful activity followed by a movement icebreaker where Warriors will introduce themselves and lead an exercise. Each day Warriors will be assigned one of eight roles. The roles are as follows: Way of the Warrior, joke of the day, question of the day, weather report, sports report, newscast report, picture of the day, and song of the day. We usually end the ZOOM meet with a song of the day where the assigned Warriors provides a song and we sing and dance to it.

  • ZOOM Lunch (12-1pm)

During our ZOOM Lunch, Warriors will get together to chat and eat lunch from their own homes. We go around and share what everyone is having for lunch. On these days we also focused on introducing and connecting Warriors to community members or like we like to call it celebrity guests. ZOOM Lunch is more focused on socializing with our peers.

  • ZOOM exercise/Yoga/Meditation (2-3pm)

It’s time to get your body moving. In this zoom session warriors will participate in an interactive physical activity with their peers and the instructor. This is our movement ZOOM so expect to exercise, dance, jump, and get your bodies moving. These ZOOM can also occasionally bring in one of our community partners to lead a class. These classes can be anything from exercise to yoga.

  •  Art & Craft (4-5pm)

All about Arts and Craft – In this session, Warriors will follow a tutorial video or a guide from staff and come up with some really interesting art/drawings. Each session is something new. Don’t really have artistic skills? No worries, it is all about having fun, everyone’s artwork is different!

Virtual Programs

Friday

  • Morning Welcome (10-11am)

Warriors will get together to start off their Mornings with friends. During this time, Warriors will start the session with a quick one minute mindful activity followed by a movement icebreaker where Warriors will introduce themselves and lead an exercise. Each day Warriors will be assigned one of eight roles. The roles are as follows: Way of the Warrior, joke of the day, question of the day, weather report, sports report, newscast report, picture of the day, and song of the day. We usually end the ZOOM meet with a song of the day where the assigned Warriors provides a song and we sing and dance to it.

  • ZOOM Lunch (12-1pm)

During our ZOOM Lunch, Warriors will get together to chat and eat lunch from their own homes. We go around and share what everyone is having for lunch. On these days we also focused on introducing and connecting Warriors to community members or like we like to call it celebrity guests. ZOOM Lunch is more focused on socializing with our peers.

  • ZOOM exercise/Yoga/Meditation (2-3pm)

It’s time to get your body moving. In this zoom session warriors will participate in an interactive physical activity with their peers and the instructor. This is our movement ZOOM so expect to exercise, dance, jump, and get your bodies moving. These ZOOM can also occasionally bring in one of our community partners to lead a class. These classes can be anything from exercise to yoga.

  • Life Skills lesson (4-5pm)

Provide fun and engaging activities that explore important life skills. Practice using their voice through making decisions and choices. Foster interdependent relationships and a supportive community while practicing these skills. Ultimately leading to enhanced confidence and self-efficacy while performing specific life skills.

IMPORTANT DATES

REGISTRATION OPENS
Monday, September 14th @ 5PM

REGISTRATION CLOSES
Sunday, September 20th @ 5PM

FINAL REGISTRATION PLAN TO BE COMMUNICATED NO LATER THAN
Sunday, September 27th

FIRST DAY OF ON-SITE BREAK VIRTUAL PROGRAMS 
Monday, September 28th

FIRST DAY OF ON-SITE PROGRAMS (Session 3)
Tuesday, October 6th

FIRST DAY OF VIRTUAL PROGRAMS (Session 3)
Monday, October 5th

Questions

Please Contact

Michael Carmody
Executive Director
mike@opportunityknocksnow.org

IDPH Guidance LInks

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