During times of crisis, people have an amazing ability to adapt, get over the shock and get to work to mitigate or solve the problem.
Such is the case with our current challenge, the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
Stay-at-home orders, school closures and other issues have rapidly confronted everyone, from political leaders to emergency responders, parents and students.
And true to our nature, individuals and organizations are rapidly coming up with a variety of creative solutions to tackle such issues as feeding students who are unable to return to the classroom, and at-home and distance-learning options to continue the education of our youth.
Within this e-newsletter, our readers will find a variety of links to stories and resources to help us face the challenge of many of these issues and meet the mind, body and spirit needs of our community.
As an example:
Expect More Arizona is providing a wealth of information on:
- Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- Learning Resources
- Resources for Teachers
- Community Resources
- Universities and Community Colleges
- Today Campaign
Literacy and Learning Resources for Parents and Children courtesy of the Flagstaff-Coconino Public Library. The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Library has instituted a digital library card that can be used to access the Libby app, which provides access to the library’s e-books and e-audiobooks. Library patrons can sign up at https://cocolib.overdrive.com/. Access is limited based on the area code and billing of the patron’s cell phone. For assistance signing up with a card, call the public services desk at (928) 213-2331, between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. The goal of the digital library card is to provide increased access to library materials while our community works together to flatten the (coronavirus) curve.
Flagstaff STEM City is providing a variety of School Closure Planning — Online Resources
A variety of student meal programs are available throughout Coconino County including:
- Arizona Daily Sun — Fredonia-Moccasin USD offering lunches during school closure
- Arizona Daily Sun — Arizona schools closed through April 10, FUSD free meal service (available now)
- Page Unified School District — Meals during School Closures
- Page Unified School District — PUSD has added LeChee chapter house as a meal pick-up site
- Tuba City Unified School District — 2020 Grab & Go Meal Service
- Williams-Grand Canyon News — Grand Canyon School provides grab and go meals for students
- Williams Unified School District — WUSD will be distributing a breakfast/lunch meal Monday through Thursday starting Monday, March 23
Gov. Doug Ducey has announced the launch of ArizonaTogether.org, a new website designed to provide resources that can help support families and businesses in this time of need. “We’re calling on Arizonans to be informed, get engaged, and support organizations doing important work to keep our communities safe and healthy. Arizona will get through this together,” Ducey said.
Among the many links to resources are tips in English and Spanish on Managing Anxiety & Stress courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As one example: “Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared,” the CDC reported.
Yes, there are resources available to help care, comfort and educate our community. You are not alone. There are many people and organizations ready to lend a helping hand.