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November 2020



Teach COVID a Lesson campaign celebrates educators

The Teach COVID a Lesson campaign was created to highlight educators who are finding creative ways to be safe in the midst of the pandemic. We invite you to nominate yourself or other educators who have found ways to keep students and faculty safe while ensuring that learning continues. For example, maybe there's a chorus class that is teaching students to sign songs in American Sign Language instead of singing them out loud. To submit your nomination, please fill out this form.




Coming Back from COVID: A Discussion Series

Whole Child Connection hosted an episode of the web series "Coming Back From COVID" called Fostering Positive Connection Among Students, Families and School Staff. The episode featured three community experts, including Erick Stephens, Parent Engagement Specialist, who shared strategies on how they work to foster positive relationships with young people, families, educators and child-serving adults. Watch here.



Parents and caregivers: Share your childcare needs

COVID-19 has changed so much in our community. We know all parents and caregivers have been navigating challenges to keep their kids safe during the pandemic. We also know that many parents and caregivers have had to find new and emergency forms of childcare for their babies, school-aged kids, and teens. We're asking parents and caregivers in Monroe and Wayne Counties to take the following survey so that we can better understand your needs. Take the survey in English or Spanish.


Volunteers needed for new COVID testing sites

Volunteers are needed to help staff a new COVID testing initiative led by the Rapid Response Team with the city of Rochester, Monroe County, agencies and health systems. Testing is slated to begin Wednesday, Dec. 2. No medical training is needed. Sign up here.


Tips to celebrate the holidays safely

Most look forward to the holidays so they can get together with family and friends but as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, holidays may look different this year. Gatherings with people outside of your household poses a risk even if it is considered a "small" gathering. Check out some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to celebrate safely. Read more.



New infographics give tips on how to keep kids healthy

Data has shown that almost all COVID-19 infections in children have occurred outside of school. Check out these tips and other resources for families on the Finger Lakes Reopening Schools Safely Task Force website. Download here.  


Upcoming events

December 3, 2020 - UR Medicine Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness is hosting a series of free online webinars to discuss topics related to child and teen mental health care. Panelists include UR Medicine psychologists, representatives from community organizations, and parent representatives. Learn more and register here.


Monroe County COVID-19 resources/requests

The Monroe County public health department and Common Ground Health launched an online survey to track COVID-19 symptoms in the Finger Lakes region. Survey results will help health officials pinpoint "hot spots". Learn more.









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