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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

As COVID-19 reveals, responsible adults are needed - in education and life

    The COVID-19 crisis, with all of its complexities, is revealing simplicities about education and life. There is nothing like a national crisis to distill what matters most, helping prioritize the paramount over the petty. Winston Churchill, a leader during a different time of global crisis, observed, "Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge."

    As the scope and nature of the virus become clearer, life feels complex and unfamiliar. Stakeholders have shifted. School buildings have closed. Education delivery models have changed. As one article noted, "We're All Homeschoolers Now." Free online educational resources seem to have proliferated; at times, it may feel like there's too much to navigate.

    Yet, intense simplicities are emerging. Here's one: We share a common aim of helping one another. Never have I been prouder to be an American. Neighbors are helping neighbors. School buses are being repurposed to deliver food. Private businesses are redirecting resources to make protective gear. Face masks for first responders-it's an American rallying cry being answered, right now, by businesses and individuals in our state and nation.

    Here's another simplicity: We all need community. Family and friends play a key role in keeping us safe and sane. Nothing takes the place of face-to-face interaction in our homes with those we love. While we are practicing social distancing, human touch with a responsible adult and a child is priceless. Online resources, while essential, can only do so much. The same is true of brick and mortar classrooms and even government.

    A third simplicity: We all must take personal responsibility. Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, have said repeatedly that personal responsibility, ultimately, will make the difference in slowing the spread of the virus.

    This idea of personal responsibility applies to our children as well as to ourselves. Every child needs a responsible adult in order to flourish. Responsible adults are children's most basic first responders.

    The notion that it takes a village to raise a child is important, of course. But what we're seeing more of now is how important it is for each child's responsible adult to work closely with the village. Generally, it's best when that responsible adult can be a parent. However, society is blessed when other adults step in for children if the parent isn't available-and also, during times of crisis, when families need extra help.

    In this current moment of crisis, I want to highlight just a few of the ways North Carolina's schools are working to help students and families.

    Schools are expanding learning opportunities. Charter school leader Andrew Harris, CEO at Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies, is reaching across school silos to help district schools and other charter schools implement remote learning protocols. Kristin Brackett, a kindergarten teacher at Pinnacle Classical Academy, is sharing story time with her students through a YouTube channel.

    Schools are reminding students about what really matters. In a lighthearted video in which he juggles grocery bags and jumps on a pogo stick, Coach Scott Wolfe of Gray Stone Day School communicates a powerful message. Be patient, be kind, use your time wisely. "This is not a month-long snow day," he says. "Make yourself better today."

    Schools are helping meet basic needs. In Southeast Raleigh, PAVE Charter is serving as a food distribution site, providing breakfast and lunch to students from all over Wake County. Schools in Brunswick County and elsewhere are also providing meals for students in need.

    I am thankful for the ingenuity and generosity of our schools. And as a mother and grandmother myself, I applaud every parent, relative, friend or community member who is serving as the responsible adult in the life of a child. The simple truth is this: Children need support from responsible adults not just in moments of crisis, but all the time.

    Lindalyn Kakadelis is the executive director of the North Carolina Coalition for Charter Schools.

The totals below were collected from ARCGIS & GOOGLE
*Data includes both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.
-- Totals Updated May 26th, 2020 @ 5:32 pm --

Worldwide
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
5,543,439 2,266,394 347,836
United States
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
1,707,603 358,802 99,886
Brazil
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
377,780 153,833 23,622
Russia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
362,342 131,129 3,807
United Kingdom
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
265,227 37,048
Spain
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
236,529 150,376 27,117
Italy
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
230,555 144,658 32,955
Germany
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
181,238 163,681 8,478
Turkey
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
158,762 121,507 4,397
France
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
145,555 65,879 28,530
India
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
145,380 60,491 4,167
Iran
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
139,511 109,437 7,508
Peru
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
123,979 50,949 3,629
Canada
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
86,614 45,245 6,637
Mainland China
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
82,992 78,277 4,634
Chile
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
77,961 30,915 806
Saudi Arabia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
76,726 48,450 411
Mexico
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
71,105 49,890 7,633
Pakistan
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
57,705 18,314 1,197
Belgium
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
57,455 15,320 9,334
Qatar
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
47,207 11,844 28
Netherlands
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
45,578 5,856
Belarus
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
38,059 15,086 208
Ecuador
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
37,355 3,560 3,203
Bangladesh
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
36,751 7,579 522
Sweden
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
34,440 4,971 4,124
Singapore
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
32,343 16,444 23
United Arab Emirates
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
31,086 15,982 253
Portugal
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
31,007 18,096 1,342
Switzerland
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
30,761 28,200 1,648
Ireland
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
24,735 21,060 1,615
South Africa
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
23,615 11,917 481
Indonesia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
23,165 5,877 1,418
Kuwait
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
22,575 7,306 172
Poland
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
22,074 10,020 1,024
Colombia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
21,981 5,265 750
Ukraine
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
21,584 7,575 644
Egypt
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
18,756 5,027 797
Romania
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
18,429 11,874 1,210
Israel
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
16,743 14,362 281
Japan
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
16,628 13,612 851
Austria
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
16,496 15,182 643
Dominican Republic
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
15,264 8,534 468
Philippines
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
14,669 3,412 886
Argentina
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
12,615 3,986 467
Afghanistan
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
11,831 1,128 220
Denmark
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
11,426 10,044 563
Serbia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
11,227 6,067 239
South Korea
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
11,225 10,275 269
Panama
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
11,183 6,279 310



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