Handling a wide range of conversations involving coronavirus (COVID-19) and overall health concerns in your schools and communities can be difficult, especially when trying to parse fact from fiction. If you’re looking for reliable content to share with your members on the prevention of coronavirus, or dealing with anxiety surrounding the virus, we’ve compiled some helpful information from leading health authorities. We have also included information about tools you can use to continue building a connected learning community.
We’ve gathered information to help your Facebook community respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). We’ll continue to update this page with more resources and information.
The CDC is helping schools and universities plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus.
Student food insecurity is a worldwide challenge that is even more of a concern when schools are closed. If your school’s students or families are looking for more information on local resources such as religious institutions and food banks, students and families can call 211 or go to http://www.211.org/.
Facebook Live enables you to be part of what’s happening around the world in real-time, no matter where you are. If your school can’t meet in person, you can use Facebook Live to host online events and stay connected. Go live from the Facebook app on your phone to broadcast a live discussion, office hours or a school leader’s Q&A. For higher quality broadcasts, you can also use a camera and streaming software on Facebook Live. Broadcast your sports events on Facebook Live so fans who can’t attend in person can watch from anywhere. Learn more about how to go live on Facebook.
As more and more schools are asked to transition to a work from home model, and for many, the bulk of conversations and collaborations are now taking place online, Messenger can help you stay connected with your community even when you can’t be together in person. Make 1:1 and group voice and video calls with coworkers, teachers, school administrators and parents to communicate updates or check in on each other. You can add up to 8 people in group audio and video calls. You can also use Messenger to start a group chat with each other and designate a group admin, as well as transfer files by tapping on the paper clip. Learn more about Messenger.
Messenger Kids is an app designed to allow kids ages 6 to 12 to have fun video chatting and messaging with friends and family in a parentally-controlled environment. If school is closed, Messenger Kids is a way to continue the social interactions the students might have at school in a space made for kids and controlled by parents. Set up a digital get-together or homework session, where kids can use fun filters, stickers, GIFs, and sound effects to express themselves, empowering them to stay engaged and connected. There aren’t any in-app purchases or ads, and parents must log in to their own Facebook account in order to create their child’s account. While kids use Messenger Kids, parents can connect with them using their Messenger app. Learn more about Messenger Kids.
Technology can help minimize disruption to operations by keeping staff members connected, regardless of where they’re working. With features like groups to provide a single source for daily updates and safety recommendations, marking as important to send high-signal updates to reach everyone effectively, going live via video to make communication more engaging, or Safety Check to quickly acknowledge the well being of your staff, schools use Workplace to increase communication and collaboration in their learning community. Check out how Miami Dade County Public Schools staff members communicate and collaborate across their learning community. Workplace Advanced uses simple, no fuss tools to keep people connected while they’re working remotely. Now it’s free for emergency services and government organizations globally for 12 months.
WhatsApp helps you connect with those who matter most, reliably and securely. Whether you teach at a school or university, you can use WhatsApp to engage with your students or their parents securely through chat, voice and video calls. Learn how to connect with your students on WhatsApp.
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