Partner Highlight: Orange County Department of Education & CHOC Children’s

The spread of COVID-19 and the closure of Orange County schools is a difficult situation for families and schools. Recognizing this, CHOC Children’s and Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), are guiding parents and students through COVID-19 with information and resources to ease the fear and stress they feel during this time.

OCDE is maintaining a comprehensive newsroom with updated information on school closure timelines, at-home learning tips and grab-and-go meals. To reach students at home, OCDE is expanding its resources using platforms like Canvas, which facilitates digital learning, and PBS SoCal, which is broadcasting standards-based educational content. OCDE’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing team created an uplifting message for students who can’t be at school and are probably missing other aspects of life in Orange County — like trips to Disneyland. Take a moment to watch the video here.

In addition to treating the children of Orange County and beyond, CHOC Children’s is providing the community with helpful COVID-19 resources on its website for parents to navigate the physical and mental health concerns of their children. CHOC Children’s also created a nurse Q&A resource and a 24/7 nurse line at 1-844-GET-CHOC for concerned parents with questions about COVID-19. To help parents mediate their children’s mental health during COVID-19, a CHOC Children’s pediatric psychologist created a guide for parents and children to cope with anxiety.

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