Project 19

Transition to Physical Distancing

Remember: This is a time of trauma and stress globally.

Covid-19 Response

Coordinating family and community engagement in education and health, while practicing physical distancing.

This is a platform for heath practitioners and education personnel to exchange questions, concerns, information and celebrate sucess.





Child Abuse

Teenage Pregnancy



Social Distancing

Connecting with Students via Online Teaching

The Time is NOW: Implement Culturally Responsive Practice; family engagement in education and health is a major component. Meeting the needs of the family, student and community are necessary for success during physical distancing.

In response to public schools transitioning to online classrooms, we need to remember this is a major transition for families. Families, who may have lost their primary source of income, are figuring out how to apply for unemployment and health insurance for their children. Having enough food, toiletries and disinfectant is a struggle. Families need time to set up learning environments and schedules in their home. Do families have the resources to make the transition to being instantly responsible for the health and education of the child(ren) 24/7?

Remember: This is a time of trauma and stress globally.

How do practitioners make sure their online classroom, the resources, materials and information, are physical distancing ready and family friendly? Here is a list of questions to help you evaluate:

  • Are families and students responding?
  • Are your expectations being followed by students?
  • Are students engaging in class?
  • Are students turning in assignments?
  • Are you confident in your role?
  • Is your family content at home?

UNICEF reminds educators to, “Not only focus on academics, but also psychosocial needs”. We need to implement preventative measures for child abuse and teenage pregnancy as historically the rates increase during pandemic.

When transitioning to an online classroom, the environment and culture need to be developed first. I highly recommend these first five steps to being trauma responsive:

  • Step 1: Rebuild Relationships: Call each student, ask them how they are doing, invite them to a class meeting on Google Hangouts and ask them what should be on the agenda.
  • Step 2: Practice Active Listening: Check in with your students during the Google Hangouts, let them talk about what they want to talk about; facilitate the class meeting with suggested agenda items.
  • Step 3: Create Community: Teach students how they can set up Google Hangouts with each other.
  • Step 4: Implement Reflective Practice: What did you learn from the class meeting?
  • Step 5: Map a Plan: Create a schedule of class meetings, when assignments will be posted and due, and set office hours when your students can check in with you in Google Hangouts.

You’re invited to join Project 19: Transition to Physical Distancing, we are here to coach you through the process of creating community with students online and sharing resources for wellness.

Follow the link to join the community of practice.