Coronavirus COVID-19 Guidance

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This folder contains example virtual learning schedules, learning letters and plans, school letters to transition to virtual learning, preparation letters, parent teacher conferences, coronavirus documents and more. If you would like to add your school's letter please upload into this folder and or e-mail Debra Shaffer Seeman.

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  • Resources for educators by the Jewish Education Project
  • List of online resources for teachers
  • Community in Crisis: Planning for Teachers course
  • Resources when speaking with your children: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus (NPR); How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Times)
  • A parent resource from NASP on talking to children: Coronavirus, a parent resource
  • A handout in comic form that explains the basics for children
  • Video for 5-12 graders on Coronavirus
  • How to Discuss Coronavirus with children.  A podcast episode by Yeshiva Har Torah with  special guest Dr. Karyn Feinberg, Director of Psychology Services at Yeshiva Har Torah.
  • PJ Library resources for quarantined families
  • Resources to support students with special needs with distance learning

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Coronavirus Health Guidance and Recommendations

Recommendations in the US

Recommendations in Canada

Different parts of North America are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases, but states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response. At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. 

In every community the first point of contact should be the health department. Here is a directory of local health departments in the US. In Canada, contact your local public health authority

After educating yourselves with these and other credible materials, school administrators may wish to be thinking about possible contingencies and approaches to minimize disruption to their schools and its programs if a widespread outbreak did occur in their communities, eg, implications if many students, teachers, and staff were absent or if the schools had to be partially or fully closed for a time, steps to take to assure good communications &/or to keep curricula going during a school closure if that became necessary, etc.