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 JCollier@michva.org or Marianne Marzolla, MKV Liaison at 616-747-0256, email MaMarzolla@michva.org 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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FREE COVID-19 TESTING - PONTIAC



FREE COVID-19 testing for 18 years and older provided by Honor at Oakland County Campus starting Thursday, 4/16/2020. Must call 1-800-848-5533 to schedule first available appointment.

Anyone 18 years and older with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, SOB, profound fatigue, sore throat, loss of smell and taste and GI upset/diarrhea) can schedule an appointment. Appointments will be available M-F from 9 to 5pm.

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UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS


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: https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_97241---,00.html.

No in-person applications.


  • The State Unemployment Office will extend benefits to workers who are sick, quarantined or taking care of family members who are ill. First responders in the public health community who became ill or quarantined due to exposure are also eligible. Self-employed workers and independent contractors who don’t have access to unemployment insurance will now have access to benefits. Click here to fill out the application online or call 1-866-500-0017


For the fastest assistance submitting claims, go online

UNITED WAY OF MICHIGAN


  • United Way of Michigan - Call 2-1-1 (all general community Resource Inquiries)
  • Visit COVID-19 Action Page

HOME INTERNET SERVICES


  • 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.
  • https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

HOUSING


MI Governor Gretchen Whitmer has temporarily suspended evictions in Michigan until April 17, 2020

OTHER COMMUNITY RESOURCES


Detroit Pistons - Michigan COVID-19 Resource Central


https://www.nba.com/pistons/community/covid-19-resources

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE

Emotional & Mental Health Resources

DISASTER DISTRESS HELPLINE


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.

COVID-19 PANIC & ANXIETY SYMPTOMS


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.

FREE ANXIETY APPS



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

FIND A COUNSELOR



Parents Corner

TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19


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


https://www.thepathway2success.com/virtual-calm-down-activities/

TIPS FOR TALKING WITH CHILDREN DURING INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS



7 SIMPLE WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE DURING CORONOVIRUS


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

MEALS FOR CHILDREN


If you need meals for your children, please go to this website for food pick-up locations throughout the state of Michigan: https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/

MI Dept of Ed COVID-19 EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES


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Kids Corner

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