Coverage of developments about the COVID-19 pandemic have been rapid and have evolved on a daily basis since before Spring Break. Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator, shared that we can mitigate the spread of the virus and it begins with community. In fact, she emphasized that our response begins and ends with community. The American community is going to have to do things that will make a difference. Yes, physical distancing will support community and in the end the community effort in physical distancing will help to push back the spread.
While this is very sobering to see that the power of distancing can help us pass through this difficult time and save lives, we also recognize that the pandemic and the physical distancing we do will put added stressors on families and children, which could feel emotionally and mentally overwhelming. Below are resources we hope will boost our community both in our physical health, emotional support and mental well-being.
We intend to add to these resources as we continue to stop the spread. Our hope is that together, we can strengthen members of our community through this difficult time. And as we remain close as a community, we can mark this moment for what we can do when our pressures feel overwhelming.
COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Families
Staying home when you are sick is one of our best ways to fight COVID-19. Keeping sick children and children who are exposed to COVID-19 away from others helps stop the spread of the virus to other children, staff, and the surrounding community. Parents and guardians can use this guide to understand when their child can attend school during COVID-19.
How to Make a Mask
Food Pantry Resources
OCPS Summer Meal Program
Summer meals will be distributed Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Students and/or a parent or guardian can pick up breakfast and lunch. On Thursday, they can pick up two days of breakfast and lunch. Click HERE for locations and information
United Against Poverty Orlando
Our mission is to serve those in poverty by providing crisis care, case management, transformative education, food and household subsidy, employment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers. Click HERE for Website
Christian Service Center
Daily Bread was established in 1975 with the goal that no person in Central Florida struggle with hunger. Through Daily Bread, anyone who is hungry can eat for free, no questions asked. Daily Bread provides a nourishing noontime meal for families and individuals who are hungry six days a week at no cost to the consumer. Click HERE for Website
Emotional and Mental Health Resources
Mobile Crisis Response Unit
A Mobile Crisis Response Unit has been established for Orange County students. That number is (407) 720-0281. In the event of any emergency where a person’s physical well-being is at risk for any reason, 911 is the number to call as first responders can respond immediately