The Covid-19 Pandemic
What is Covid-19 (Coronavirus)?
Covid-19 is a disease caused by the novel, or new, coronavirus. It is a respiratory illness that is spread from person to person. Because it is a new virus, humans do not have immunity to it so it spreads easier.
How does Coronavirus spread?
Coronavirus spreads through person-to-person contact. Respiratory droplets can land on your nose, mouth or inhaled which can expose you to the disease.
How can you protect yourself and your child?
The best way to avoid getting sick is to minimize your exposure. Do this by staying home, washing your hands often, sneezing and/or coughing into your elbow or a tissue. You can also protect others by isolating yourself if you have symptoms. Also clean and disinfect high touch areas often.
What are symptoms of Coronavirus?
Symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Center for Disease Control has a self-checker here
Be careful of myths regarding coronavirus. For accurate information visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Good hygiene is important!
To help your children stay healthy, make sure they understand the importance of washing their hands often and well. Wash your hands with your child and sing a song or make a game out of it. Remember, teaching them well now will prepare them for a lifetime of good hygiene that will protect them from the millions of germs they come in contact with every day.
If for some reason you do not have access to water and soap, use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol content.
This is just a quick synopsis of Coronavirus and how to protect yourself. Seek additional information when needed from reliable medical resources. As always, your best source for information is the Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
COVID-19 in Virginia
On March 30, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order for all Virginians. What does this mean you can and cannot do?
Go to the grocery store, convenience or warehouse store, only one member of the family at a time, quickly in, quickly out.
Go the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities (some drug stores will use their drive-in windows to get prescriptions as well as over the counter medicine).
Go to medical appointments (check with your physician first) * may be doing only phone/video chats.
Go a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive thru.
Care for or support a friend or family member.
Take a walk, ride a bike, hike, jog and be out in nature for exercise-Just keep at least six feet between you and others, at all times, all places.
Walk your pets and take them to the Vet, if needed. Again, phone ahead to ensure you can be seen.
Help someone to get necessary supplies.
Receive any deliveries from any business that delivers.
You Should Not
Go to work unless you are providing essential services or work for an essential business as defined by Executive Order 55 issued by Governor Northam.
Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need.
Maintain less than six feet of distance from others when you go out.
Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing homes skilled nursing facility or other such facilities.
What is the difference between “Stay at Home” and social distancing”?
Stay at home is a stricter form of social distancing.
Stay at home means in order to stay unexposed and not to expose others:
Only go out for essential services
Stay six feet or more away from all others
Don’t gather in groups, avoid areas where people are gathered
Partnership for Families Online Program
During this time of uncertainty, we want to provide as much normalcy as possible. To that end, we will move our programming online until this period is over. Our 10-week program will address the needs of parents of children 5 and younger. Each week we will explore a different book and cover topics such as literacy, math, science, mindfulness, health, wellness and fun! The program is designed to work if your child is with you or if you want to participate by yourself.
Your participation is voluntary but membership has its privileges! Partnership for Families will provide a tablet for your family to be used for our scheduled programming as well as any personal needs you may have. In return, we ask that you commit to the program, put forth your best effort and voice any questions and concerns you may have with the Program Director. Families that actively participate for 75% of programming will receive a $25 incentive bonus per month ($75 total) to be provided at the conclusion of the program.
We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for approximately 1 hour. As of now, the meeting time is 3:30 but can change based on the consensus of the group. All meetings will be held through Zoom (zoom.us) and instructional materials will be posted through Nearpod (nearpod.com). There will be no in person meetings at this time. There will be an in-person celebration once the quarantine is lifted and the program ends.
The program will run from April 6 to June 12. If the quarantine is lifted by then, as expected, we will have an in-person celebration the week of June 15th. If for some reason the quarantine is extended, we will extend the program and determine a new celebration date. Our celebration will include activities, awards, food and fellowship.
Week One – Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
Week Two – Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Week Three – Ocean Life by Jill McDonald
Week Four – Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Week Five – Virtual Tours
Week Six – Press Here by Herve Tulet
Week Seven – The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna
Week Eight – Wherever You Go by Pat Zieflow Miller and Eliza Wheeler
Week Nine – Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins
Week Ten – Create Your Own Story
Program Details and Materials
Materials for each week’s lessons will be delivered the week before. Materials will only be delivered to families who actively participate in our online program. Your initial kit will include supplies needed for the duration of the program: crayons, construction paper, scissors and pencils. Each weekly kit will include a board book and any supplies that we have that are needed for the lessons. Some weeks you will need to gather materials from home for the lessons such as toilet tissue rolls or other household items.
Part of the lesson will take place during our live Zoom sessions, segments will be completed through Nearpod and other segments can be done on your own time and you will submit evidence of your work.
Weekly lessons will include literacy-based instruction, health and wellness activities, mindfulness techniques and discussion.
Participants are expected to participation for 75% of the program and will receive a $25 gift card for each month of full participation (to be delivered at the end of the program). There will be other incentives and awards presented throughout the program.
We also want you to share your knowledge and expertise so please be prepared to share as we progress through the program!
Here you will find pertinent resources for this time. This does not include all resources available. This list will also be updated as more resources become available. If you are aware of any helpful resources, please share them with us.
1. Contact 211 or visit 211virginia.org
2. Text FOOD to 877-877 to receive information about locations near your address that have free meals for kids.
3. Atlee Church- Food distribution is provided every 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:30-10:30 am
4. Feedmore’s Agency Locator will give you all the organizations providing food distribution or pantries: https://feedmore.org/agency-network/agency-locator/
5. United Way has a community relief fund to help families with rent, mortgage and food if you meet their criteria. Call 1-866-211-9966
6. Internet Access – Comcast is now offering 60 days of free service to families with limited income. To sign up, call 855-846-8376 (English) or 855-765-6995 (Spanish). In addition, Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will now be FREE to anyone who needs them – including non-Xfinity subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, just select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch any browser.
6. Unemployment Claim Advice-file online @ www.vec.virginia.gov or 1-866-832-2363
7. If you are facing an eviction contact your local legal aid @ 804-782-9438 or the Eviction Hotline @ 1-833-NoEvict
8. Richmond City and Henrico County Coronavirus Hotline: 804-205-3501 (Public Health questions)
9. Mental Health: National Alliance on Mental Illness-namivirginia.org, as well as, the National Institute of Mental Health-nimh.nih.gov.
10.Text HOME to 741-741 for Crisis Text Line
North Side Meal Distribution & Community Grab and Go Locations
Starting at 9:40 AM meals can be received at:
Calhoun Community Center-436 Calhoun St, Lincoln Mews Apartments-4101 North Avenue, and John B. Cary ES-3021 Maplewood Ave
Starting at 10:20 AM meals can be received at:
Hotchkiss Field-701 E Brookland Park Blvd, Overby Sheppard ES-2300 1st Ave, and Clark Springs ES-1101 Dance St
Starting at 11:00 AM meals can be received at:
Newman Village Apartments-4053 Old Brook Rd, Gate Oaks Apartments-2907 Chamberlayne Ave, and Amelia Street School-1821 Amelia St
School Based Distribution Sites (open 9:30am – 10:30am) include:
Armstrong HS-2300 Cool Lane
Ginter Park ES-3817 Chamberlayne Ave
Carver ES-1110 Leigh St
Free Academic Resources
Some of these resources may require registration or downloading an app.
Children’s Museum: Our local partner recently launched a blog that includes helpful videos and tips from their staff: https://www.childrensmuseumofrichmond.org/blog/
Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic has created daily lessons that link to additional resources.
Brainpop and Brainpop Jr take you on a learning journey with a robot named Moby. Kids can watch a short video, take a quiz and then complete learning activities.
Varsity Tutors is offering a free program for K-12 students called Virtual School Day.
Calvert Homeschool is offering its program free for three months. It is aimed at students in grades 3 through 12.
PBS Kids is always a great resource. You can now sign up on their website for a daily activities and tips to keep your child engaged.
You and your family can enjoy stories read by award-winning actors:
Health & Wellness Resources
If you sign up for their emails, they provide daily health and wellness inspiration. They are also offering free kids fitness classes, free YMCA classes and free on-demand classes: https://www.ymcarichmond.org/schedules/
This new organization offers free digital mental check-in with a therapist via Zoom, a free 6- to 8-person group session or a free livestream event: https://www.join-real.com/
Headspace is a meditation and mindfulness-focused site. They even have a section just for activities for kids. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19