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The global financial market is fluctuating as the news spreads of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases.
Follow the Expert’s Advice
The US Center for Disease Control offers guidance to government agencies, including schools, on how to prepare, avoid, and respond if COVID-19 becomes an issue. Another piece of advice you have been giving for years now is respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene, continue to encourage students to use both as they are now more important than ever as COVID-19 spreads like many other viruses.
UPDATE 3/4/20: Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools
Prepare Two Weeks+ of Lessons
The incubation period for COVID-19 is 14 days (2020). That is important because if an outbreak occurs at a building such as a school you could anticipate a minimum of a two-week closure unless disinfecting treatments intercede (pictured above a school disinfecting team in Tehran, Iran).
Prepare online lessons for at least two weeks. Consider all the “School from Home” and “Snow Day” content on HotLunchTray.com as help in creating those lessons. Prepare ahead of time for the structure of the lessons so you can just insert the content if any events come to pass at your school or in your district. Prepare for the possibility that you may be the one who is sick and have a trusted colleague who knows how/where to find your lessons.
Parents may also hesitate to send their children back initially after such a closure. In the case of a partial class, you may continue to operate past the 14 day period in an online or blended situation.
Educator Shared Resources:
Prepare for Possible School Closures Infographic
Closed for COVID-19? Wakelet
This is another opportunity for you to show your caring and the power of education. Share information with families and let them know you care more about safety than attendance, as you are able. Share your school or district information or CDC information with families to alleviate their stress.
UPDATE 3/4/20: Education Week 2/28/20 edition Coronavirus and Schools
2019-nCoV frequently asked questions and answers. (2020, February 15). Retrieved February 26, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Organization. (2020, February 25). Schools being Disinfected against COVID-19. Retrieved February 26, 2020, from https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445524/Schools-being-disinfected-against-COVID-19