Schools across the country are closing to slow the spread of the coronavirus. If your school is still open, here are four things you need to know:

  1. Most children aren’t showing symptoms. To date, the virus is having a more severe impact on older adults and people with a history of respiratory infections.
  2. Students who are sick should not come to school. Remind families to keep children home from school if they have a fever.
  3. Prevention is key. Encourage staff and students to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day. Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to minimize the threat of contracting the virus.
  4. The Center for Disease Control has developed a fact sheet to explain COVID-19 and the steps people can take to protect themselves. Share it with your students, families and staff. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

 

Support students and families during transition to remote learning

As schools across the nation shift to remote learning, educators, students and families are faced with significant challenges. To ease the transition, remember that:

  • Not all families have access to computers and high-speed internet. If possible, provide tablets and hotspots to students who are in need.
  • Parents will have to assist younger students with online learning. Young children will need help logging into an app, reading instructions, staying on task, etc. Teachers should keep this in mind as they prepare lessons.
  • Families rely on schools for more than learning. Schools provide students with free or affordable meals, counseling and after-school activities. When school is out, families often struggle to find childcare. Work with your community to support students and their families during the tradition to remote learning.

 

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“You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.”

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