REOPENING SCHOOLS DURING COVID-19

In many cases, schools are where students feel safe, eat healthy meals, enjoy active play and receive critical health services. By putting in place resources and programs to support the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC), schools can reopen with a strong start. We know, as school leaders, you are on the front-line of this crisis.

Well-Ahead is here to help by connecting you to a curated set of resources, training opportunities, and technical assistance to support the whole child during COVID-19.

Strategies to Support the Whole Child While Reopening

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Schools

LDH COVID-19 Resources

 

Children's Hospital of New Orleans Tools

 

 

Health messaging for children to prevent the spread

Frequently Asked Questions from School Systems

  • Louisiana Department of Health FAQs: Please note that the school-related questions are located half way down the FAQs page.
  • LDOE's Strong Start FAQs: This page is being continuously updated. All new/updated information is highlighted throughout this FAQ.
  • Children’s Hospital Return to School FAQs: Schools and parents can submit questions and should receive a response within 24 hours. Children's Hospital is working closely with the Louisiana Department of Education to make sure answers to any guidance inquiries are posted to LDOE FAQ.

Safe Schools for Students with Chronic Health Conditions and Special Healthcare Needs

RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL NURSING

Resources for Students with Chronic Conditions

Asthma & Allergy:
https://acaai.org/covid-19-asthma-and-allergies
Autism:
https://www.autism-society.org/covid-19/
Diabetes:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html#diabetes
ADHD:
https://chadd.org/adhd-and-covid-19/
Obesity:
https://www.obesity.org/covid-19-and-obesity/
Depression & Anxiety:
http://wellaheadla.com/Reopening-Schools#4803373-more-than-education-social-mental-and-emotional-health
Immunocompromised Children:
https://www.columbiadoctors.org/condition/immune-deficiency-disorders-pediatric
Special Needs:
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-19-Youth-with-Special-Health-Care-Needs.aspx

Keep Kids Safe and Active: Physical Activity and Physical Education During COVID-19

PE TEACHER RESOURCES

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESOURCES

  • SHAPE America COVID-19 Resources page includes school systems to create a plan for physical education, take home resources, at home fitness, distance learning resources and more!
  • FitnessGram: The Cooper Institute is compiling a list of free resources for physical education and physical activity for students, parents and teachers who are practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • GOPHER: Teachers share how they are using Gopher’s My PE Packs provide students of any age and ability level their own set of equipment to use in any setting.
  • OPEN PhysED: Resources, training, lesson plans for teachers. All resources are free, but an account login is required. 
  • Fit Five: The Special Olympics provided Fit 5 videos and Fitness Cards to support programs looking to expand their fitness programming and initiatives.This is a great way to support inclusion in PE!
 
  • For classroom physical activity, visit Go Noodle. This program provide free movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are. Schools can also purchase GoNoodle Plus for a school wide subscription. It is important to note that Go Noodle does not serve as a replacement for physical education.
  • Playworks provides tips for recess in 2020 – 2021 school year. In addition, the Peaceful Playground has developed a suite of free and for purchase resources to support Covid-19 6′ Distancing Playground.
  • ASPEN Project Play: Youth sports are ordinarily a gathering place for millions of people at thousands of sites across the country. Project Play, an initiative of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, is continuing to develop resources that help leaders, coaches, and parents adjust to the impacts of COVID-19.

More than Education: Social, Mental, and Emotional Health

Resources for Schools:

 

Connecting to the Community Resources:

  • LDH Regional Services for individuals who would like to learn more about the behavioral health services toward suicide prevention in their areas.
  • Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health COVID 19 Behavioral Health Information: This page include information for parents and the general public.
  • Louisiana ACE Initiative: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic childhood experiences. The Louisiana ACE Initiative is a network of child-focused organizations dedicated to creating a common understanding of ACEs within Louisiana communities and educating the child- and family-serving workforce.
  • Mental Health First Aid Course: Many organizations in Louisiana can provide mental health first aid training. The Mental Health First Aid Course educates participants on the symptoms of depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders.  Each section is introduced and explained followed by instruction on how to help individuals experiencing a crisis. To be connected to an organization that can provide training please email wellahead@la.gov.

Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs

RESOURCES FOR CHILD NUTRITION DIRECTORS AND STAFF

Need Help? Connect with COVID-19 Support Contacts

Virtual Training

Emily Pineda, Well-Ahead Louisiana

COVID-19 Policies and Standards for Schools

Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE)

COVID-19 Technical Support for Schools

Children’s Hospital New Orleans
504-837-7760

Safe Practices for Physical Activity and Physical Education

Stephen Guccione, LDOE

Support the Emotional Well-Being of Students

LDOE, Division of Well-Being

Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs

LDOE, Division of Nutrition Services

 

Virtual Trainings for Reopening During COVID-19

Self-Paced Trainings

Well-Ahead Louisiana, in partnership with Louisiana Department of Education and Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center, has launched a self-paced virtual training to help your school open safely. Click here to register for the trainings on Moodle!

Registration Instructions:

  1. In the white box labeled Is this your first time here?, click Create new account.
  2. Follow the prompts to read and accept the MoodleCloud Policy and MoodleCloud Cookies Policy. (Click “Next” at the bottom of each page and check the boxes when prompted.)
  3. Complete your profile, username and password. Usernames must be lowercase and can only include the following punctuation: underscore (_), hyphen (-), period (.) or at symbol (@).
  4. You will receive an automated email from Well-Ahead Louisiana with a link to confirm your new account.

 

Course Date and Time

COVID-19 Mitigating Strategies

  • Objective: Learn strategies for how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as assessing and isolating students, faculty and staff.
  • Audience: School system lead for COVID-19

Registration is now open! Use JOIN as the self-enrollment key.

Register Here

September 2020

Supporting a Healthy Immune System for Students with Chronic Diseases During COVID-19

  • Objective: Training on the role a healthy immune system plays in improving the effects of stress on the body and supporting students diagnosed with chronic diseases such diabetes, hypertension, ADD/ADHD, obesity, asthma and much more. The training will include behavioral modifications for students to strengthen their immune system.
  • Audience(s): School nurses, school-based health nurses, parents, and faculty and staff caring for children during the school day

Registration is now open! Use JOIN as the self-enrollment key.

Register Here

November 2020

Integrating Classroom Physical Activity During COVID-19

  • Objective: Learn how to incorporate physical activity in school while implementing social distancing practices and in the event of school closures.
  • Audience(s): Classroom teachers, physical activity leads, school system staff

Registration is now open! Use JOIN as the self-enrollment key.

Register Here

November 2020

More than Education: Supporting Students’ Social, Mental and Emotional Health

  • Objective: Learn how to support the social, emotional, and mental health needs of faculty, staff and students.
  • Audience(s): School system lead for COVID-19, School system social, mental and emotional health leads

Registration is opening soon!

Fall 2020

Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs

  • The LDOE Nutrition Services leads training for Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs. For more information, contact childnutritionprograms@la.gov.
  • Audience(s): School food service professional

On-going

 

Peer-to-Peer Learning Calls

The call will focus on supporting the management of students with chronic conditions while practicing social distancing measures. The purpose of the calls is to provide an opportunity for school nurses and school-based health center staff to discuss opportunities to enhance the management of care for students with chronic conditions during COVID-19. Ideally, attendees will acquire new knowledge from peers and content experts on supporting the management of students with chronic conditions while practicing social distancing measures. Attendees are encouraged to register for the peer to peer call in their region. Click here to view your region and click on each call to register for the call. To learn more about the upcoming Peer-to-Peer Calls for School-Based Health Center Staff and School Nurses, please click here.

Schedule of Calls Date Time LDH Region

Regional Peer-to-Peer Call for School-Based Health Center Staff

November 5, 2020

2:00 PM

1, 9

Regional Peer-to-Peer Call for School Nurses

November 5, 2020

3:30 PM

1, 9

Regional Peer-to-Peer Call for School-Based Health Center Staff

November 9, 2020

2:00 PM

4, 5

Regional Peer-to-Peer Call for School Nurses

November 9, 2020

3:30 PM

4, 5

Regional Peer-to-Peer Call for School-Based Health Center Staff

November 12, 2020

2:00 PM

6, 7, 8

Regional Peer-to-Peer Call for School Nurses

November 12, 2020

3:30 PM

6, 7, 8

Regional Peer-to-Peer Call for School-Based Health Center Staff

November 17, 2020

2:00 PM

2, 3

Regional Peer-to-Peer Call for School Nurses

November 17, 2020

3:30 PM

2, 3

Stronger Together: Examples from Louisiana Schools 

 

Creative Ways Schools are Supporting the Whole Child

  • Prevent the Spread: Livingston Parish Public Schools developed a fact sheet for temperature check and isolation.
  • Physical Education: Lukeville Elementary is planning physical education activities.
  • School Meals: Calcasieu Parish keeps the school community updated by their Facebook page.
  • Chronic Conditions: Webster Parish shared steps for supporting students with special needs in their reopening plan.
  • Social Emotional: Natchitoches Parish included a mental health checklist for teachers in their reopening plan.

Louisiana School Systems' Strong Start Plans 

Caddo Parish | Calcasieu Parish | Jefferson Parish | Lafourche Parish | LaSalle Parish | Lincoln Parish | Livingston Parish | Natchitoches Parish | Orleans Parish | Plaquemines Parish | St. Bernard Parish | St. Charles Parish | Webster Parish