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    Across the globe, experts have sounded alarms about the potential impact of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, on mental health. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a lengthy set of tips to help people cope with the pandemic. They include taking substantial breaks from stressful news coverage, helping other people, continuing to eat healthy and exercise, and staying in contact with your social networks.

    For LGBTQ people in particular, a pandemic will present unique challenges, according to experts. In an open letter, more than 100 organizations outlined the ways that LGBTQ people are at increased susceptibility to COVID-19.

    To read the entire article, visit Let’s Talk Queer Self-Care in a Pandemic.

    Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

    For more information, visit www.khanacademy.org.

    CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially students in Title I schools, graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond. For more information about CommonLit and for materials, visit www.commonlit.org.

    The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have released a new web tool that will allow taxpayers to update their direct deposit information to receive their stimulus checks (Economic Impact Payments) more quickly. This tool, which is now available, is available to those taxpayers who have filed 2018 and/or 2019 tax returns and is separate from the tool used by non-filers (you’ll find more about the registration tool for non-filers here).

    To read the entire article, click here.

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is leading a bipartisan letter to Senate leadership and appropriators with Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), requesting that additional funding and critical provisions to support the victims of family violence, domestic violence and dating violence be included in the anticipated fourth coronavirus (COVID-19) legislative package. As the Nation engages in social distancing to combat the pandemic, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has reported contacts from victims, saying their abusers are taking advantage of the situation to further isolate them from their friends and family, with some abusers withholding financial resources or medical aid.

    “As of the writing of this letter, more than 300 million Americans in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as in several cities, local municipalities and Tribal communities are being advised to stay at home if at all possible. About 54 million K-12 students are no longer going to school in person, and millions of adults are out of work. As the pandemic continues, we expect these numbers to rise, and as a consequence, so will incidents of domestic violence,” the Senators wrote. “…Simply put, even though staying home is currently our best way to slow the spread of this deadly virus, home is not a safe place for people who experience domestic violence. As a result, communities around the country are reporting increased demands on victim service providers, which are facing new difficulties and complexities in assisting survivors.“

    The Senators request that a fourth supplemental package addressing the COVID-19 pandemic include:

    • Funding for shelters and supports, resource centers and technical assistance to support victims of domestic violence, including an additional $100 million for programs funded by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA);
    • Funding to coordinate language-accessible public outreach to hard-to-reach populations, including $100 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
    • Set-aside assistance for Tribes and Tribal organizations;
    • Robust increases in emergency supplemental funding under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to prevent child abuse and neglect; and
    • Provisions to waive the matching requirements under FVPSA and under Title II of CAPTA so workers on the ground can swiftly respond to the needs of survivors during this public health crisis.

    “News reports from across the nation and across the globe have documented a significant increase in domestic violence incidences. Our member programs are telling us that they do not have the resources to serve all of the survivors seeking help,” said Ruth M. Glenn, President and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We appreciate Senators Casey, Murkowski, and Klobuchar’s leadership on making sure Congress recognizes the unique dangers victims and survivors face when they have nowhere to escape their abuser. The measures the Senators lay out in their letters will mean access to safety for the millions of Americans who experience intimate partner violence annually.”

    “Rape crisis centers provide the nation’s frontline response to sexual assault. They are passionate about supporting survivors during this time of intense crisis. Over 600 local programs responded to our recent survey indicating they need emergency funding to address critical needs, transition to virtual services, and reach out to the most vulnerable. We are so grateful to Senators Klobuchar, Murkowski, and Casey for leading the charge to ensure sexual assault is addressed in any future legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic,” said Terri Poore, Policy Director for the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

    FVPSA serves as the primary federal funding source for supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their children, and funds the Domestic Violence Hotline. Last year, Senators Casey and Murkowski introduced the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2019, which updates and enhances FVPSA so that it better addresses the needs of our communities, particularly those with underserved populations. Senator Casey also recently sent a letter to Senate leadership and appropriators with Senators Murkowski and Klobuchar, requesting that future legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic include robust funding through the Department of Justice to support victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

    Read the letter here.

    Dear UNCF Friend,

    First and foremost, I hope you and your family are well. COVID-19 is impacting our country in an unprecedented way, and the safety and well-being of our employees, our member institutions and the students we serve is UNCF’s top priority.

    UNCF offices are currently physically closed, with employees teleworking until it is safe to return to work; we will reassess that status based on federal government guidelines. Further, we have also postponed our upcoming local fundraising events for the remainder of the month and next as public health and safety must take priority right now.

    For 76 years, UNCF has helped more than half a million students graduate from college, and UNCF is rapidly preparing to help address the critical emergency needs of our students and HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities).

    Click here to read the entire statement.

    Yale University is providing some guidance for those who use substances during COVID-19. Yale University highlights some early symptoms of withdrawal and COVID-19 infection are similar. These include fever and muscle soreness. If symptoms include a persistent cough, it could be COVID-19.

    To review the Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19 fact sheet, click here.

    Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization committed to providing for those who use drugs for those who provide harm reduction programs.

    Check out some of there great resources below:

    COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Programs

    Safer Drug Use During the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Syringe Services and Harm Reduction Provider Operations During the COVID-19 Outbreak

    For more information about the Harm Reduction Coalition and their other COVID-19 resources, visit www.harmreduction.org.

    About Harm Reduction Coalition

    Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. Our efforts advance harm reduction policies, practices and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration. Recognizing that social inequality and injustice magnify drug-related harm and limit the voice of our most vulnerable communities, we work to uphold every individual’s right to health and well-being and their competence to participate in the public policy dialogue.



    We Are Teachers is a great resource for math for all levels. For more information about their math resources, visit We Are Teachers – Math

    About We Are Teachers

    Our mission is to inspire teachers and help them succeed by sharing practical classroom ideas, the best freebies and giveaways, and teacher-to-teacher advice and humor.

    We publish daily articles, videos, and giveaways right here on our website as well as our social media channels on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.

    Think of us as your virtual teacher’s lounge where you can find support and encouragement from your colleagues, a great idea for your next reading or math lesson, and a laugh when you need it.

    For more information about We Are Teachers, visit www.weareteachers.com.


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