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It’s not what you’d wish on your worst enemy, but all the same, there are bright spots amidst the coronavirus (CV) landscape.

Collateral Benefits

On a brief (auto) trip to the bakery this weekend I passed through numerous residential neighborhoods, every one of which sported people outside, recreating. On bikes, with basketballs in hand, walking dogs, planting trees, shouting socially-distanced pleasantries – it was absolutely plain as could be that people everywhere were plonked back to the future in slower, simpler pleasures like gallomph-jogging side-by-side, challenging each other in bicycling-pairs to summit a hill, corralling the kids to participate in household chores and pet-care.

Maybe all we’ve really been needing was relief from the tyranny of scheduled events and organized activities.

Who knew that contentious traffic calming measures of late would suddenly be rendered moot, casualties of the CV pandemic that has parked us all in our neighborhoods, not somewhere else. Maybe all we’ve really been needing was relief from the tyranny of scheduled events and organized activities.

Quoth one nearby teenager: “I am perfectly fine and content with being quarantined [which we’re not, to be precise] for a hot minute. I think it’s much more fun than being panicked about work in a social setting.”

Just like that: out of our cars, away from some overheated pressures – or at least perhaps a new configuration for them.

It’s true that while life may slow in some respects, responsibilities and worry and pressure do remain if in different form. There has been a Herculean effort – public and private – to collect information, establish centers of support, pull together.

Here is a list of some resources:

Governmental response including health information, public health measures

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Employment Concerns

Resources for families

  • LAUSD Communications; statements on school closures, resource center staffing, news links, coolvideos on handwashing (though the Wildcats seem proverbially shy of the water).
  • List of 40 LAUSD Family Center Sites opening 3/18/20 during Covid-19 closure
  • LAUSD Hotline for questions from families (213-443-1300) and staff (213-241-2700)
  • The Los Angeles Public Library is online with e-books and tons of information!

Practical, helpful blogs and articles with kid-centered information, activities and ideas

There are an awful lot more such ideas and groups online. Feel free to put some more favorites in the comments below.

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Sara Roos
Los Angeles Education Examiner