“There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart.”
As the nation scrambles to contain the spread of the coronavirus and address the health care needs of people now and in the foreseeable future, we imagine that Parent Centers might find the resources listed in this Buzz quite relevant. We’ve made sure to include multilingual items you can share with the families you help, with schools in your area, and with your staff.
Our best to you all,
The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Jessica, and Myriam
From OSEP | Resources for Schools and School Personnel
Schools can collaborate with state and local health departments and many others to disseminate information about the coronavirus and help inform the nation’s response. This resource from OSEP lists sources for schools and personnel, higher institutions of learning, and more.
The CDC, of course!
(Available in English, simplified Chinese, and Spanish)
Among the many dozen of resources on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are two that Parent Centers may wish to share with families: (1) What you need to know; and (2) What to do if you are sick.
Talking to Children About COVID-19 | A Parent Resource
(Available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, and Korean)
Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events such as COVID-19. They need calmly delivered, factual information that’s age appropriate, with concrete instruction about positive preventive measures. This guidance comes from the National Association of School Nurses and the National Association of School Psychologists.
4 from Understood.org
(Available in English and Spanish) | Check out these 4 resources available at understood.org: (1) How to talk about coronavirus with kids; (2) School closings and special education; (3) Activities to keep kids busy at home; and (4) Disability issues at work. The same tips and updates are available in Spanish here.
Rapid Response Resources
This collection of resources on COVID-19 comes from Policy Innovators in Education and is intended for families as well as local, state, and district leaders. It’s divided into sections such as distance learning solutions to mitigate the impact of school closures; school and district preparedness; and resources especially for families.
What Policies Does Your State Have?
Forty-eight states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have statutes and/or regulations that govern how schools or school districts should respond to a disease outbreak. School health experts at Child Trends and EMT Associates, Inc. have compiled the text of those state laws to help educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders understand how schools in their state may respond to COVID-19.
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