Educators across the nation are reporting challenges in connecting with students and their families – often those from low-income communities -- since the shift to school-from-home. Attempts are being made to check in, provide instructional materials and support as well as to schedule special education services for students with IEPs with little success. Often these attempts end in reaching a disconnected or wrong phone number, or a full voicemail inbox.
Here are some contact methods you might want to consider if you have trouble reaching specific students during the current COVID-19 pandemic:
- Contact the student’s emergency contacts
- Seek support from the student’s friends if they have been in contact
- Post on school social media and seek to have all parents/age appropriate students follow and provide contact information
- Send home simple informational fliers to provide specific individuals with additional resources
Make sure you document all attempts and methods of outreach. Personalized messages have proven to be most effective. If you require further advice or guidance, the Coalition of Human Needs has created a special COVID-19 Resource Page with resources and information to address the needs of low income and individuals most impacted.
- Parent Resource in LA:
- United Way of Greater LA: Hub of resources health, human and social services for the most vulnerable in LA County
- First 5 LA:
- Resources for food, shelter, immigrants etc
- LAUSD Mental health hotline for students and families: (213) 241-3840
- The hotline is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Contact us today to discover how Cross Country Education can deliver solutions for your educational staffing needs, during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.