The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) highlights two ways you can help.
First, you can donate money to financially support your school PTAs now working with school principals to provide financial assistance. You may also donate to a charitable organization that has already been serving your son’s or daughter’s school community. Or, you may choose to donate to COVID-19 Relief Funds launched in our local community (see above banner). Give generously if you can.
Second, you or someone you know can now join the new California Health Corps. This is the new fast track to bring more health care workers to care for the anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients. It is a 5-step process. We need all the health care workers in these categories who help increase our CA health care system’s capacity. Help spread the word.
“You will be paid and will be given malpractice insurance coverage. Locations will vary, but we will try to match your geographical preferences.”Apply now at: https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/
Is your family trying to navigate the new normal and feeling a bit lost or overwhelmed? Are your children and teens asking you questions about the pandemic that leaves you without clear answers?
The Palo Alto PTA Council Health & Wellness Committee invites you to hear our expert panelist:
Jeanie Chang, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, offer her insights on how we can engage in ‘family closening’ during this time of social distancing of a pandemic situation. Jeanie’s specialty is working with children, adolescents, and families.
This time of navigating the unknown understandably leaves parents stressed, worried and even scared. And there is nothing more difficult than seeing our own children and teens trying to make sense of the current state of affairs when we have never experienced a pandemic before in our lifetime.
Come attend this webinar to learn how to gain strength from our resilience (which we all have).
To Join the Webinar (please click on the following link):
The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) reminds you to help enforce social distancing with young people in your household. The CDC has provided new guidelines to promote children’s health and wellness. Check out our webinars. Meals for students can be accessed county wide. See the list of meal pick up locations here. Thank you to all of you who have stepped up to help a neighbor, a friend, and others. Bravo! We want to hear your stories. Email stories and one photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information was uploaded Wednesday, March 25th, at approximately 8 am.
CDC: Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Based on the available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. You can learn more about who is most at risk for health problems if they have COVID-19 infection on Are you at higher risk for severe illness.
Steps to protect children from getting sick
Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
Remember, if children meet outside of school in bigger groups, it can put everyone at risk.
Create a schedule and routine for learning at home, but remain flexible.
Have consistent bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday.
Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals and snacks, and physical activity.
Allow flexibility in the schedule—it’s okay to adapt based on your day.
School meal services
Check with your school on plans to continue meal services during the school dismissal. Many schools are keeping school facilities open to allow families to pick up meals or are providing grab-and-go meals at a central location. Click the download button below to see the list of meal pick up locations county wide.