WASHINGTON — A look at where schools are closed in your area: The closure of some schools and their surrounding communities can mean the difference between a child’s day at school and the kind of classroom experience a child will have at home.
Below are some tips to help you determine where you need to go next.1.
Where are the closures taking place?
Schools are closed when:• The school district has not reopened, as of Dec. 31, 2019.• The district has closed due to a public health or safety emergency.• School is not in session.2.
How many schools are closing?
The number of closures is limited to the schools that have closed due for any reason.
This includes:• Closed school days due to extreme weather• Closed due to an unforeseen circumstance or a combination of the two• Closed for any other reason.• Closed because of a school-related safety issue.3.
How long are schools closed?
School closures are generally limited to certain periods of time.
In general, schools close at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m., with a couple exceptions.
Some closures may occur between 7 a.,m.
to 7 p. and 7 p.,m., depending on the nature of the emergency.
For example, a closed elementary school might close during the day and reopen at 7 p.(The school is closed for the week of Sept. 10 because of the weather.)
Other schools might close between 6 a. and 6 p.(Some schools close for a week or more due to the possibility of a flood or the possibility that the teacher’s car is damaged.)
Some schools might not close until 8 a. or 8 p.
However, there is no time limit for school closures.4.
What is the impact of school closures?
Closure of schools can mean that children who are not in class may miss out on a lot of school time, or that they might be forced to miss some classes because the school has to close early or for some other reason.(Read more: The impact of closure on students in high school)The impacts can be devastating, particularly for students who have a limited number of opportunities to go to school and who need to have their education and the learning experience they have been learning through their classes interrupted.
Students who miss out can be forced into situations where they are unable to participate in school activities, including sports and social activities, and where they may miss a lot (and sometimes not get the opportunity to participate) in activities that are part of their normal daily routine.
School closures have been linked to many other negative effects, including:• School suspensions, truancy, and expulsion rates.• Student discipline issues.• Academic performance issues.(Read More: Schools that have been closed due in part to a school safety issue)5.
What are the options available to students who need help?
Many families who are impacted by a school closure need to contact the local school district.
Families can visit a school or call the school directly, or they can call a local support center, such as:• Parents who need assistance during a school evacuation can contact the Child Protective Services office at 1-800-273-8255.• Families can call the Department of Education at 1.800.487.4723.
Parents can also visit a community center or a non-emergency shelter, such a Family Resource Center.
In addition, local governments can contact local school officials and have them meet with parents to offer assistance in navigating the school closure process.6.
What can I do to help?• Make sure your children are OK and you are able to return home.• Make a note of where your children went to school.• If you have any questions or concerns, ask your children’s teachers or principals about their schedule.• Keep a list of any other children who have attended school with you that you think might need help, such it a friend who needs help and you.• When you need help at home, ask a trusted adult to help.• Contact your local health care provider.
If you have a child who needs to be evaluated by a doctor, you should call 911 immediately to report any symptoms or injuries.(ReadMore: School closures and health care costs in the U.S. )If you live in a small community or do not have access to a phone, your community may also be able to offer you a referral to an emergency room.
If you can’t access emergency care, you can ask your doctor, dentist, nurse practitioner, social worker, or other health care professional to refer you to a health care facility that has an ambulance, ambulance driver, or emergency medical technician.
You can also call the emergency medical services line to report an emergency or to get help.
You can also find resources on the U,S.
Department of Labor website.
The Department of Agriculture website is also a great resource.
If your child has a history of anxiety or