COVID-19 Resources for Members
- WaldorfEducation eNews - 3/16/20
- Troubling Times: Anxiety Rising, Schools Closing and Way More Time At Home With The Kids (Simplicity Parenting, 5-part audio series)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource from the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP)
- Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- How to talk to children about difficult news
- Explaining the News to Our Kids
- How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak
Screen-Free Resources: Navigating Social Distancing with Children Under Age 6)
Screen-Free Resources: Navigating Social Distancing with Older Children (Ages 6-12)
- Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; and washing or sanitizing hands after using tissues and after contact with respiratory secretions.
- Avoiding frequent touching of eyes, nose and mouth.
- Covering mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; immediately discard used tissues in a waste basket.
- If tissues are not readily available, the cough or sneeze may be caught by the sleeve at the elbow or shoulder. Remove mucus or debris with a tissue and then wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Change or cover clothing contaminated with mucus to prevent spreading.
- Parents should keep children at home if ill; staff should abide by the same.
- Sanitize commonly touched surfaces and objects frequently with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
- Resource Guidance for Schools
- Organizational Decision Making
- When should children and or employees be kept from school?
- Self-Reporting and Self-Quarantine
- School Shutdowns
- Alternative and Distance Learning
- Seniors, College Admittance and Counseling Services
- Global Education Benchmark Group - COVID-19 Resources
- NAIS COVID-19 Video Conference Panel
- COVID-19 SAIS Communication to Schools
- COVID-19 Recommendations for School Administrators (BC Centre for Disease Control)
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) B.C. public health guidance for schools and childcare programs
AWSNA recommends that schools and institutes consider designating a task group to coordinate all aspects of Corona Virus communications, plans, protocol, and decision making. This group must be one that can act quickly and rationally in response to a rapidly changing landscape and has the skills, ability and time to execute the various aspects required to manage the process.
- State Department
- B.C. Officials Urge Public Against Large Gatherings, International Travel (Global News - YouTube)
Nonetheless, gathering information and creating flexible plans in relation to learning opportunities, faculty and staff workloads and expectation, financial and business operations, and other factors that would be impacted by closure is prudent - all whilst keeping an eye on government requirements, laws, guidelines, contracts, etc.
For more information on employer considerations in light of COVID-19, we encourage organizations to review the following articles, as provided by the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS): Comprehensive FAQs for Employers on the COVID-19 Coronavirus; Coronavirus Information and FAQs and Recommended Employer Response to Coronavirus Outbreak.
A number AWSNA member schools are exploring Google Classroom and Zoom Educational accounts. However, please be aware that Zoom has shared questions related to business continuity related to high-demand use during COVID-19, so alternatives, such as Go to Meeting and others listed may help to support reliability.
- One Schoolhouse: Continuity in Crisis: Planning for Administrators and Continuity in Crisis: Planning for Teachers.
- "15 Strategies for Online Learning When School is Closed"
- "10 Strategies for Leading Online When School is Closed"
- "How to Design for Learning: Four Approaches to Nonlinear Curriculum"
- "Seven Ways Technology Can Deepen, Not Cheapen, Place-Based Learning"
- "Six Ways to Move Beyond the Classwork/Homework Divide (and Never Look Back)"
- "Three Ways Online Reflection Promotes Learner Agency in an Age of Urgency"
- "Why Online Connection and Collaboration Matter, Now More Than Ever"