Pandemic Working Parent Survival Guide



Resources and links to everything you need to make the situation easier




How to Survive:

Crazy to imagine this is the new “normal” for now. If you have kids returning safely to the new school system with safety measures, or virtual learning with your school district at home or maybe you have decided to create your own curriculum for homeschool. We still are trying to balance the decisions, schedules on top of our paying jobs. What are ways to balance it all?

Work

Be sure to ensure your manager is aware how the school changes are impacting your life. Ensure your manager provides you clarity on your company's resources, benefits, policies and procedures during this time. Don’t forget it’s ok to ask for help. , So ,if you need resources like therapy or physical aches there are employee assistance programs that may include counseling, chiropractors/acupuncture, children advice etc. Take advantage of it!

IMPORTANT: You (not the managers) need to set the clear expectations of what you can manage and need during these times (you are a protected class). Is it flexible hours? Is it different projects? Or role? For example: I took a job with east coast hours while living on the west coast. This allowed my afternoons to be flexible.





Physical School or “Distance learning”

Distance learning means, there is virtual school potentially to start and you are allocated a teacher in your district and classroom for once the school safely opens back up.


Resources and links to everything you need to make the situation easier




How to Survive:

Crazy to imagine this is the new “normal” for now. If you have kids returning safely to the new school system with safety measures, or virtual learning with your school district at home or maybe you have decided to create your own curriculum for homeschool. We still are trying to balance the decisions, schedules on top of our paying jobs. What are ways to balance it all?

Work

Be sure to ensure your manager is aware how the school changes are impacting your life. Ensure your manager provides you clarity on your company's resources, benefits, policies and procedures during this time. Don’t forget it’s ok to ask for help. , So ,if you need resources like therapy or physical aches there are employee assistance programs that may include counseling, chiropractors/acupuncture, children advice etc. Take advantage of it!

IMPORTANT: You (not the managers) need to set the clear expectations of what you can manage and need during these times (you are a protected class). Is it flexible hours? Is it different projects? Or role? For example: I took a job with east coast hours while living on the west coast. This allowed my afternoons to be flexible.





Physical School or “Distance learning”

Distance learning means, there is virtual school potentially to start and you are allocated a teacher in your district and classroom for once the school safely opens back up.


If you are in a private school, school district or small in-home daycare you are likely sending your kids to school. While, you may feel guilty or embarrassed (I know i did at first like I was a bad parent) it may be what’s best for your sanity, wallet or child. What is important is to know how to keep them safe from germs on the way to school, at school and on the way home. Here are some things that we do:

-Wear masks walking my kid into school

- stay socially distance away from other parents/ kids entering

- once enter the school and before/after every meal ensuring hands are washed/sanitized

- have Clorox wipes in my kids backpack

- once return from school

- Sanitize hands in the car

- when we get to our apartment (where we have to touch 5 doors to get to ours) we wash hands in sink

- strip down clothes and shower

- put on PJ’s then can start coloring, dinner or whatever for the night




Virtual School

Sign up within your local school. They will provide you the curriculum and schedule throughout the day with testing etc. Each school district and even school is approaching everything differently as they all try to figure it out. But, you may or may not have a teacher from your school/district and it’s with the assumption you may not be returning back to your physical school for this coming year but still a spot in the district.


Where to find teachers for pod creation:

Swing Education matches you with screened K-12 educators for in home learning pods

Scoot @ Home Education Vetted, prepared, and experienced educators are available to hire for your Home Learning Pod.


Pandemic/Care/Podding

Carevillage is a community of parents and caregivers. It includes tools and services that help parents solve their childcare, to connecting with nearby families, to family schedule management, to expert advice, to product recommendations, to finding the right after school program. Simply put, our goal is to make parenting easier through technology and community

PodMatch connect with other members of your community to help create regular learning or social structure for our kids based on similar household profiles and risk tolerance.

NurturePods takes 2-4 families and has parents take turns educating their children, pods provide WFH relief and an alternative for essential workers while maintaining comfortable levels of safety. Perfect for kids who are too young or otherwise unsuited for full remote education.


Homeschooling


School House The microschool is the reinvention of the one-room schoolhouse, where class sizes are small groups of 5-8 students and there are mixed-age level groupings. They match you with the educator in your area. Once a match has been made they register your microschool with your state to ensure compliance and we can even provide a written transcript for your child.


Prisma at-home, virtual learning, Prisma groups learners into cohorts of 15-20 peers who live nearby to create opportunities for in-person socialization and collaboration. We also organize dynamic in-person experiences, from a kickoff orientation to experiential learning trips, volunteer work, and internships. Learners split their time each day between live online group collaboration and independent, self-directed learning.


Blossom and Root nature based secular homeschooling


Classes Anywhere

Outschool Fun social, and safe virtual video learning experiences for kids ages 3-18 led by passionate teachers. Classes from $10.



Classes:

MamaWorkIt


Managing Family Expectations and uncertainty during COVID-19 (this class also includes a survival kit) with Parenting Expert Rachel Sklar


Articles:

In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both

We’re Told To Make the Best Decision for Our Family. But What If There is No Good Choice?

Sustainability for Working Parents


Remote Working Articles:

Juggling Remote Work with Children at Home by Virtual Work Insider, Sacha Connor,





Virtual School

Sign up within your local school. They will provide you the curriculum and schedule throughout the day with testing etc. Each school district and even school is approaching everything differently as they all try to figure it out. But, you may or may not have a teacher from your school/district and it’s with the assumption you may not be returning back to your physical school for this coming year but still a spot in the district.


Where to find teachers for pod creation:

Swing Education matches you with screened K-12 educators for in home learning pods

Scoot @ Home Education Vetted, prepared, and experienced educators are available to hire for your Home Learning Pod.


Pandemic/Care/Podding

Carevillage is a community of parents and caregivers. It includes tools and services that help parents solve their childcare, to connecting with nearby families, to family schedule management, to expert advice, to product recommendations, to finding the right after school program. Simply put, our goal is to make parenting easier through technology and community

PodMatch connect with other members of your community to help create regular learning or social structure for our kids based on similar household profiles and risk tolerance.

NurturePods takes 2-4 families and has parents take turns educating their children, pods provide WFH relief and an alternative for essential workers while maintaining comfortable levels of safety. Perfect for kids who are too young or otherwise unsuited for full remote education.



Homeschooling


School House The microschool is the reinvention of the one-room schoolhouse, where class sizes are small groups of 5-8 students and there are mixed-age level groupings. They match you with the educator in your area. Once a match has been made they register your microschool with your state to ensure compliance and we can even provide a written transcript for your child.

Prisma at-home, virtual learning, Prisma groups learners into cohorts of 15-20 peers who live nearby to create opportunities for in-person socialization and collaboration. We also organize dynamic in-person experiences, from a kickoff orientation to experiential learning trips, volunteer work, and internships. Learners split their time each day between live online group collaboration and independent, self-directed learning.


Blossom and Root nature based secular homeschooling


Classes Anywhere

Outschool Fun social, and safe virtual video learning experiences for kids ages 3-18 led by passionate teachers. Classes from $10.



Classes:

MamaWorkIt


Managing Family Expectations and uncertainty during COVID-19 (this class also includes a survival kit) with Parenting Expert Rachel Sklar


Articles:

In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both

We’re Told To Make the Best Decision for Our Family. But What If There is No Good Choice?

Sustainability for Working Parents


Remote Working Articles:

Juggling Remote Work with Children at Home by Virtual Work Insider, Sacha Connor,