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Coronavirus Changes Lives

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Throughout the country, schools have closed. My neighbor said, “The oronavirus is a big deal. Families face questions about how they are going to complete the rest of the year’s education for students. It is so frustrating. The coronavirus changes lives, and no one in the government seems to care.” Some families are waiting for their schools to send out directions, and others are moving forward with their plans.

“Combined with district closures in other states, at least 123,000 U.S. public and private schools are closed, are scheduled to close, or were closed and later reopened, affecting at least 54.8 million school students. There are at least 98,000 public schools and at least 34,000 private schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those schools educate almost 50.8 million public school students and 5.8 million private school students.”

School closures around USA

I found a map showing all how the 50 states are handling school closure, and I wasn’t surprised there is so much variance. It is interesting that some schools are closed into April (such as Florida), and others have made the decision to close into May or even through the Academic year.

How are families coping

Many families have two parents working, schools are closed throughout the country, and are making difficult decisions. However, there are options. For families that have elementary children, the choices are more complicated. One parent may take off work; other parents may split the week with one staying home and the other working. Grandparenting is an option for some families. Older children can stay home on their own unsupervised.

At this difficult time, every opportunity is essential, depending on the family. Some families with two working parents may have an income cushion they can rely on during this hard time, or they might be able to depend on family. Others might be self-employed, able to work from home. The hardest-hit people are those who are ill, single parents, and the unemployed. Parents are struggling, and children do not understand why their lives have changed. Coronavirus changes lives.

School at home opportunities

If you are seeking educational opportunities for younger children, school activities amongst other options, consider Khan Academy for Kids and IXL. Of course, many school districts may already have on-line school (K-12) that children are already enrolled in.

Stay Home When Sick Photo Credit CDC
Sick Children Stay Home – Photo Credit: CDC

For high school kids, the options are too numerous to discuss. The one that I do want to mention is COURSERA. You can build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies. COURSERA could be an option for high school kids to take college courses. The course is free, however, once completed if the student is satisfied a certificate for credit can be paid for. If desired, students can work their way through University using COURSERA.

Call to Action

Our Federal Government and all State Governments need to get on the same page. Children’s education is at stake. We must not let this virus win. In the meantime, if our neighbors are confused or are having trouble with school issues try to help if you can. Help might be as simple as sharing options.