Coronavirus and COVID-19 Resources

Michigan Virtual Charter Academy

Community Resources

During this difficult time with the spread of COVID-19, we at MVCA know that many Learning Coaches and their families may be struggling and are in need of community resource assistance. We will do our best to help you in any way that we can. For assistance please contact Jan Collier, FRC at 616-309-1600 ext. 3125, email or Marianne Marzolla, MKV Liaison at 616-747-0256, email during school hours. Take care of yourself, your families, and your neighbors. We are all in this together and you are a part of our MVCA community.

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COVID-19 Response We'll get through this together

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Nurse on Call


800-848-5533 •

Monday - Friday • 8 AM - 6 PM

Saturday • 9 AM - 12 PM

Beaumont for Safe Schools Hotline

This telephone screening resource is available to assist parents

pre-screen and identify potential illness in children prior to entering

school. All screenings are conducted by healthcare professionals.

Hotline staff can help answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms,

the need for testing, and what is considered high-risk.

COST: No cost for parents/guardians of Oakland County school-aged children

WHEN: 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM Monday through Friday

October 12- December 30, 2020

CALL: 248-551-4242

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If you were laid off as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, please file unemployment benefits by calling 1-866-500-0017 or apply on the state website:,5863,7-336-78421_97241---,00.html.

No in-person applications.

For the fastest assistance submitting claims, go online


  • United Way of Michigan - Call 2-1-1 (all general community Resource Inquiries)


  • Spectrum/Charter (FREE internet service for 2 months for student’s grades K-college): 1-866-866-4959
  • Comcast and Charter Communications will offer free internet access to low-income families. Internet and cable will not be suspended.
  • AT&T will offer free internet access to new customers for two months and low-income households can continue to subscribe for $10/month. All public WiFi hotspots are open to anyone. AT&T will not terminate service of any customer due to an inability to pay and all late payment fees will be waived.


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Renter Eviction Diversion Program


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Emotional & Mental Health Resources


SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.


Many people who already struggle with anxiety are particularly of concern at a time with daily uncertainties and increased media attention to COVID-19. Here are some helpful tips to reduce anxiety for those individuals. (Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

  • Be in contact with your mental health provider. Most are doing web-based sessions or phone sessions. Insurance companies are changing their guidelines during this time to cover such sessions.
  • Be mindful about watching too much media and what your body is doing while watching it. 1-2 times a day is enough! Do not watch media broadcasts one hour before going to sleep.
  • Some people struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) that increase during high anxiety times. Do not overdue hand washing as can lead to dry, redness leading to infections.
  • Be in the present: Do not expend all of your mental energy on anticipating every possible scenario possible.
  • Exercise: Find ways to work out in your home or outdoor space.
  • While home you will have more free time to fill up. Do the things you typically do not have time for usually. These may include: catch up on sleep, house work/seasonal cleaning/organization projects, seasonal yard work, or those “never have time for” photo album completion etc.


  • Calm
  • Headspace
  • Moodpath
  • Pacifica
  • PixelThoughts
  • SuperBetter
  • 7 Cups
  • Anxiety Relief Hypnosis
  • Happify
  • Talkspace
  • Mindshift CBT App


Parents Corner

Distance Learning Medical Emergency Response Protocol

Potential Medical Emergency Identified

Note the time

Identify if anyone is on the scene to help

Protect student from injury by initiating actions below

v Know the address/contact phone number of distance learning site

v Call 9-1-1 immediately:

Ø Give the address of the emergency, if possible.

Ø Identify if there is anyone on the scene who can help.

Ø Collect any information from anyone on the scene to provide EMS Dispatcher with address, and entrance door nearest to the emergency situation. (If elevator needed to reach location of emergency, direct EMS to entrance door nearest the elevator.)

Ø Don’t hang up the phone until instructed to do so by the EMS Dispatcher.

v Immediately coach anyone on the scene to implement the student’s specific Emergency Medical Management Plan (E-MMP)

Ø If no E-MMP on file, employ Basic First Aid/CPR/AED training.

v Contact parents; Provide regular updates if they are not on site.

v Document situation and response on Emergency Response/Incident Report form.

v If someone is available on site, instruct them to:

Ø Take AED and any emergency medical supplies and medication to location.

Ø Unlock the gate/door to

Ø Guide parents to student with emergency when they arrive.

Ø Guide the ambulance to location of emergency.

Ø Provide EMS with any health insurance information for the student.

Ø Control the scene; Clear the area by directing uninvolved persons to alternate location.

v If student is unconscious but breathing:

Ø Instruct person on site to position on side, keep airway open, monitor breathing –

Ø If breathing stops or becomes ineffective, instruct person on site to start CPR, if able, and use AED as soon as it is available.

Ø Ensure that 9-1-1 has been called.

v Inform Central Administration of Emergency.

v Conduct debriefing session of incident and response following each event.

When logical and possible, initiate actions simultaneously.

Safe for Schools Hotline - Beaumont


As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

General principles for talking to children about COVID-19

Remain calm and reassuring.

  • Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.

Make yourself available to listen and to talk.

  • Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.

Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.

  • Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.

Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.

  • Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.

Provide information that is honest and accurate.

  • Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
  • Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.
HELPFUL & FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS, Animal Cams, More Calming Apps and Meditation Apps



1. Share the STRIDE for free video post

2. Share the COVID Time Capsule post (from Facebook) or from Instagram with hashtag #capturecapsule (and we encourage you to participate with your own families)

3. Share our “Thank You” video post (from Facebook) or from Instagram

4. Share the Social Distancing Cup post (from DCA Facebook) or from Instagram

5. Share the “Tips for Working from Home” video

6. Share any of the wonderful webinars we are offering (many are posted on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter K12/DCA channels as well)

Food Assistance


If you need meals for your children, please go to this website for food pick-up locations throughout the state of Michigan:



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