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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 June 3rd, 2020 @ 8:07 am --

Worldwide
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
6,194,533 376,320
United States
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
1,869,668 420,756 107,648
Brazil
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
558,237 240,627 31,309
Russia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
432,277 195,957 5,215
United Kingdom
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
277,985 39,369
Spain
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
239,932 150,376 27,127
Italy
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
233,515 160,092 33,530
India
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
207,615 100,303 5,815
Germany
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
184,091 166,428 8,674
Peru
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
174,884 69,257 4,767
Turkey
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
165,555 129,921 4,585
Iran
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
157,562 123,077 7,942
France
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
151,325 68,812 28,940
Chile
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
108,686 1,188
Mexico
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
97,326 70,308 10,637
Canada
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
92,410 50,357 7,395
Saudi Arabia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
89,011 65,790 549
Mainland China
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
83,021 78,314 4,634
Pakistan
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
80,463 28,923 1,688
Qatar
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
60,259 36,036 43
Belgium
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
58,685 15,959 9,522
Bangladesh
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
55,140 11,590 746
Netherlands
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
46,647 5,967
Belarus
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
44,255 19,195 243
Ecuador
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
40,414 4,000 3,438
Sweden
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
38,589 4,971 4,468
Singapore
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
36,405 23,175 24
South Africa
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
35,812 17,291 705
United Arab Emirates
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
35,788 18,726 269
Portugal
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
32,895 19,869 1,436
Colombia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
31,833 11,142 1,009
Switzerland
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
30,874 28,500 1,657
Kuwait
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
29,359 15,750 230
Indonesia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
28,233 8,406 1,698
Egypt
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
27,536 7,642 1,052
Ireland
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
25,066 22,089 1,658
Ukraine
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
24,823 10,440 735
Poland
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
24,545 12,014 1,102
Romania
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
19,517 13,526 1,279
Philippines
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
18,997 4,063 966
Argentina
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
18,306 5,696 569
Dominican Republic
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
17,572 10,893 502
Israel
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
17,342 14,955 290
Afghanistan
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
17,267 1,522 294
Japan
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
16,986 14,771 900
Austria
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
16,759 15,629 669
Panama
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
14,095 9,514 352
Oman
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
13,538 2,845 67
Bahrain
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
12,311 7,407 19
Kazakhstan
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
11,796 5,941 44
Denmark
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
11,734 10,489 580
South Korea
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
11,590 10,467 273
Serbia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
11,454 6,766 245
Bolivia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
10,991 1,298 376
Nigeria
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
10,819 3,239 314
Armenia
Confirmed Cases Recovered Deaths
10,524 3,454 170



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