Underwood Leads Back to School Panel to Help Illinois Families, Students, and Teachers Prepare for the School Year

August 12, 2020
Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) held a Back to School Virtual Panel to help Illinois families, students, and teachers prepare for the upcoming school year. During the event, Megan Pecoraro-McCann, a school-based social worker in Batavia, and Erin Brumfield Grima, Director of Behavioral Health at the Pioneer Center for Human Services in McHenry, joined Underwood to share resources to help Illinois families navigate the upcoming school year. They also provided  strategies for protecting mental well-being and health. Underwood emphasized the need for additional federal funding to support Illinois schools as they prepare to safely re-open and educate students in-person and online.  

“The coronavirus pandemic has placed immense strain on our education system. Students, families, teachers, and staff are all under considerable stress as they face uncertainty about the upcoming school year. We must provide our school districts with the resources they need to safely serve students during this difficult time,” said Rep. Underwood.  

Full video of the virtual panel can be found here 

As a member of the Committee on Education and Labor, Underwood has consistently advocated for additional federal resources to help Illinois schools. In May, Underwood supported the passage of the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800) in the House of Representatives, which would provide $500 billion in relief funds to state governments, including almost $18 billion for the state of Illinois.