COVID-19 Resources


VSDB

The Outreach Audiology Clinic

Due to VSDB’s temporary closure related to statewide actions taken to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, the outreach audiology clinic is not currently scheduling diagnostic appointments, including the screening of newborns. As VSDB receives updated guidance on safe methods of reopening, the scheduling of clinical appointments will be considered. If you are interested in being placed on a waiting list for an appointment, please leave a voicemail at (540) 332-9048 or e-mail the audiologist, Daniel Shearer, at Daniel.Shearer@vsdb.k12.va.us. You will be contacted once VSDB begins scheduling new appointments. 
 

We apologize for any inconvenience, but look forward to serving our community again soon.


 

VDOE Partnership with Spanish-Language Radio Station Supports Learning for Students and Families – La Asociación de VDOE con una Estación de Radio en Español Apoya el Aprendizaje a los Estudiantes y sus Familias

 


Virginia Department of Health

COVID-19 in Virginia

US CDC

ASL videos created by the CDC that have good information for the ASL community.


Educational Resources

The Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons has developed a list of resources to encourage the continuity of language development and academic growth for deaf and hard of hearing students during school closures.

https://nvrc.org/at-home-resources-for-language-instruction-education-of-children-who-are-deaf-hard-of-hearing/

 

Perkins School for the Blind has compiled reaching resources for students who are blind or visually impaired. Check them out for ideas of how to make assignments accessible! https://www.perkinselearning.org/teaching-resources 

 

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Learning A-Z recognizes that many schools are moving to a virtual learning option. Your health and safety, along with the safety of your educators and families, are the most important things during these difficult times. Learning can continue outside of the classroom walls, and we want to make sure students still have the opportunity to fill their hearts with the joy of reading. Learning A-Z subscriptions give your students full access to literacy resources from home, or any place with an Internet connection. See helpful information and resources below to assist you as you move to virtual learning. Please check back frequently, as they are updating this page regularly. Click this link to set up an account to get your child reading!  https://www.learninga-z.com/site/lp2/covid19 

Visit TTAC’s website to see a list of resources and activity guides for students who are visually impaired. Resources of literacy instruction for students with Visual Impairments:
https://ttaconline.org/curriculum-instruction-literacy

 

Check out the National Internet Archive Emergency Library:

https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary.

There is a wide variety of books that can be ‘checked out’ online for free! After clicking on a book, you can follow the link “print disability? Get access now.” Follow the instructions to gain access to the accessibility features available on the website.

 

Educational materials developed by Boston University for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The website includes ASL/ English literature, lesson plans, and teaching materials. Something for everyone! http://www.deafedlibrary.org/

 

21st Century Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth

 

Resources for Discovering ME! Students and Families

Freedom Scientific Offers Free* Software

Freedom Scientific is currently offering free home-use
software to those affected by COVID-19? Users can access JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion software free of charge until June 30, 2020

https://support.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/208

Educational materials developed by Boston University for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The website includes ASL/ English literature, lesson plans, and teaching materials. Something for everyone!

http://www.deafedlibrary.org/

Looking for fun and creative ideas to practice STEM skills at home? Check out NASA’s STEM activities here! https://www.nasa.gov/stem-at-home-for-students-k-4.html

Here is a PreK-12 calendar full of STEM activities to do at home. These activities will engage your kids in critical thinking, problem solving, and fun! Click this link for a variety of take home resources and online resources to help keep your kid engaged in STEM activities during school closures. https://www.vivifystem.com/blog/2020/3/12/top-stem-resources-for-school-closings

This is a compiled list of online activities in various educational areas: virtual field trips, reading, writing, math, science, screen free activities, and other. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Sgk9Pq5eCRJFvnjM9PNdei21z5-AQ6l0-bJqFE7n25o

DPAN, a sign language news channel, has started to compile a variety of recorded ASL kid stories to keep Deaf students engaged in literature. https://dpan.tv/programs/collection-vvevex5tooe

The Deaf-Hearing Communication Center has started an online, ongoing compilation of ASL Stories, ebooks, and ASL Educational Resources for Families and Students. On this list, you can find access to free resources for a variety of ages. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rgAG1vqyU1RAlOZOXSvdyPk0Y4gPN51jOFTqLKN00hw/edit

Students can respond to daily writing prompts, inspired by the New York Times, at home for free! Each week, The Learning Network will offer dozens of new ways for students to practice reading, writing, and thinking using Times journalism. They will be able to submit their prompts and reply to others if desired.  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/15/learning/students-can-respond-to-daily-writing-prompts-inspired-by-the-new-york-times-at-home-for-free.html

Bored at home, want to learn something cool? Scholastic is providing day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Select your grade level and start learning now!

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Have little ones who are feeling wiggly and just need to get out some energy? Check out Go Noodle for families! There are 100s of songs, dances, and exercises perfect for being stuck inside.

https://family.gonoodle.com/

Want to read a story, learn some ASL, and more? Check out the Educational Resource Center on Deafness’ YouTube page! There are children’s stories signed in ASL, as well as family signs and more.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYyRpJBseu43EojDdSUcSyA

 

Sign 2 Me Daycare page on Facebook

A new story signed every morning at 9am. Videos will be saved to the Facebook feed for later viewing. 

 


Community Resources

To access meals in your area for your family, type your address into the map on this link to find a pickup site near you. https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids

Sheetz is proud to announce a new Kidz Meal Bagz program providing free food to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meal Bagz will be available all day starting Thursday, April 2 and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink. The program will start April 2, 2020 and be available for a period of two weeks at which time it will be reevaluated based on community need. A full list of participating locations can be found here: https://www.sheetz.com/news/kidzmeals

Tips to Support Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic: https://vimeo.com/402316545/5253422d12

Not sure how to talk with your child about Coronavirus/ COVID-19? Need help as a parent navigating this uncharted territory? Here are English/ ASL resources that you can use to talk to your children today.

https://deafchildren.org/2020/03/talking-to-kids-about-coronavirus-asl-english-resources/ 

Not sure how to talk with your child about Coronavirus/ COVID-19? Need help as a parent navigating this uncharted territory? Here are English/ ASL resources that you can use to talk to your children today.

https://deafchildren.org/2020/03/talking-to-kids-about-coronavirus-asl-english-resources/

Eligible families can apply to receive Comcast for 60 days completely free. If you meet the criteria, you may be instantly approved for service!

https://www.internetessentials.com/Apply


CDC Website Resources:

COVID—19 Summary

COVID—19 Factsheet

COVID—19 Clinical Criteria

COVID—19 Infection Control

Healthcare Facilities Steps to Prepare

Guidance for Schools


Other Resources:

GUIDE FOR DEVELOPING HIGH-QUALITY SCHOOL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLANS

Baltimore City Health Department COVID-19 info site

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

OPERATIONAL PLANNING GUIDELINES TO SUPPORT COUNTRY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE