School Closed Due to Coronavirus? Don't Fall Behind!
Updated: Mar 20
“My kids are having nightmares,” a friend wrote to me yesterday. “They’re stressed out and anxious. I think it might be because of the energy we are putting out right now.”
Last week, Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) officially hit Austin, Texas with two positive cases of the virus confirmed on Friday. That number quickly jumped to 17 confirmed cases as of Wednesday and still continues to climb...
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In Austin and across the state of Texas, most private and public schools have closed for the remainder of March, and some are heading into April. Just recently, Kansas became the first state to close schools for the rest of the year. It’s expected more will follow.
"One path is to choose fear and panic. The other path is to choose strength and resiliency. We have to choose strength," said Dr. Mark Escott, Austin's interim medical authority.
"And that means we need people to start planning, we need them to do things that are reasonable to mitigate this risk, to prepare themselves and their family and to not spread rumor and panic.”
With longer-term school closures already in effect … what, exactly, are Austin parents to do?
Great Online Schooling Resources
As for my friend, she decided to turn off the news and start getting proactive and productive. She assigned each of her kids an official duty of the day: One would give a gym class… the other an arts class. (What a great idea!)
She also set up a structured schooling routine at home using online sources available, so her kids don’t fall behind.
Just because schools are closed it doesn’t mean your child’s education should take a hiatus, as well.
While some schools will eventually be moving classes and lesson plans online, your child will be missing that personal attention and accountability that comes from the classroom.
Not to mention, going weeks without course refreshers, assignments and homework will impact your child’s education long-term.
What’s the solution? There are many!
Thankfully, many organizations are banding together and releasing some fantastic online content for home-bound students.
Here are some of our favorite learning tools:
Khan Academy: All subjects, all levels. Like being in school… PBS LearningMedia: Fantastic content that supplements real-life school curriculum. TedEd: Great life lessons… with animation. Lumosity: Good brain benders for problem-solving and critical thinking… DuoLingo: Keep those language skills sharp!
Of course, it’ll take some adjustment to get used to online schooling.
Be sure to give each child an expected, uninterrupted time slot to maximize concentration and focus. It’s best to set clear guidelines from the beginning, establish daily routines and schedules, and stick to them.
If You Need Reinforcement…
Keeping your child engaged and accountable during these school closures will ensure that they don’t fall behind and that their grades do not suffer when classes resume.
Of course, if you need additional support, you can always turn to Jill’s Tutors.
Our award-winning teacher’s network of educators and top tutors in Austin are well-versed in all subjects, and available for all levels of education. And under the current circumstances, they’re prepared to take their lessons online.
Having a predictable tutoring schedule can greatly help kids take their schooling and assignments seriously, during a time that may otherwise feel like vacation!
If you’re worried that your child may fall behind during the Coronavirus school closures, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 512-598-5135, visit jillstutors.com, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And as a reminder, taking precautions like social distancing during this time is crucial for keeping our kids, ourselves and our communities healthy.
While children haven’t been as adversely affected by the Coronavirus (as other vulnerable populations), it’s still important for families to practice and encourage healthy habits.
By following the CDC’s guidelines for minimizing the spread of the virus, we can better protect people who are at a higher risk for suffering severe symptoms of the Coronavirus. See the CDC’s recommendations below:
Clean your hands often: This means washing your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after you have visited a public place like a grocery store, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. It’s important that you avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Keep your distance from people: When possible, keep distance from yourself and other people, especially people who appear to be sick.
Stay home if you’re sick: The best thing you can do for yourself and for others is to stay home if you are feeling under the weather. Click here to see what to do if you become ill.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze: When possible, cover your mouth or nose with tissues when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Immediately after coughing or sneezing, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Wear a facemask ONLY if you are sick: If you have access to facemasks when sick, wear a facemask when you are around other people and when you visit your healthcare provider. You do not need to wear a facemask if you are not sick. They are in short supply and should be reserved for caregivers and those who are ill.
Clean and disinfect regularly: Clean and disinfect surfaces daily and pay special attention to tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
And when it comes to talking with your children about the Coronavirus, the CDC suggests following these general principles:
Remain calm and assuring. What you say and how you say it will determine how your children react to the news.
Be available to listen and talk. Remind your children that they can come talk to you at any time, whenever they have questions.
Don’t use language that blames or stigmatizes others. Don’t make any generalizations about the virus. It’s important to remember that the virus can make anyone sick.
Control what your children see or hear on the TV, the radio or online. Limit their amount of screen time, especially to news networks that focus solely on COVID-19. You do not want to create anxiety in your children about the virus.
Give your children honest and accurate information. Give your children information that is accurate and appropriate for their age.
Teach your children healthy habits. Practice healthy habits with your children like regular handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes to help reduce the spread of germs.