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Hidden Pain: Children Who Lost a Parent or Caregiver to COVID-19 and What the Nation Can Do To Help Them

Dec 09, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has left hundreds of thousands of children in the United States without parents or other in-home caregivers. COVID Collaborative is working to mobilize government, non-profits, and the private sector to step up and help provide these young people with the supports they need to navigate their grief at this challenging time.

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Education Executive Briefs

Sep 01, 2021

As students return to a third year of disrupted learning, the COVID Collaborative and CRPE, the Walton Family Foundation, and the Allstate Foundation are working together to address unfinished learning and restoring student well-being.

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#COVIDSafeZones: Sports

Aug 26, 2021

COVID Collaborative and Autonomy 5 Conferences are uniting to encourage team vaccinations, students and college sports communities to slow the spread of COVID. They have published an open letter, calling for #COVIDSafeZones on college game days, endorsed by public health experts and former officials from the past 5 presidential administrations. They have also put out a statement on #COVIDSafeZones and game day safety endorsed by the medical directors of the major college sports leagues.

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#COVIDSafeZones: Campuses

Aug 17, 2021

COVID Collaborative has mobilized dozens of public health and science experts and former officials from the Biden, Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton Administrations to provide leaders of Institutions of Higher Education with clear and actionable measures they can adopt to keep their students, faculty, and communities safe. We invite other IHE leaders to join this effort to beat the pandemic and restore our national vitality and way of life.

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Infection Prevention and Control in Schools

Apr 28, 2021

COVID Collaborative, Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center, Brown School of Public Health, and New America launched a task force to support schools and districts in implementing CDC guidance and getting students and staff safely back for in-person learning.

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Resources

Press

A father’s death, a son’s despair: How COVID upended a family

The Reyes family from California opens up about their experiences with grief and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 167,000 children under 18 have lost a parent or other in-home caregiver to COVID-19, according to a December report by researchers from the COVID Collaborative and Social Policy Analytics. Black and Latino children experienced more than twice the rate of loss of white children.

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3,000+ NC children lost a caregiver to COVID, report says

More than 3,000 children in North Carolina have lost a caregiver over the course of the pandemic, according to a report from the COVID Collaborative.

Judith Retana Image credit: AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

Half the nation's caregivers who died by COVID-19 were in 5 states. Georgia is one of them

A new report estimates more than 167,000 children nationwide lost a primary caregiver to COVID-19. Georgia is one of five states making up half that number. GPB’s Ellen Eldridge reports.

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When Children Suffer COVID-19 Losses, Grandparents Fill the Gap

​More than 167,000 U.S. children have lost a parent or caregiver in the pandemic​.

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More than 3,600 N.C. children are coping with the death of a caregiver due to the pandemic

At least 3,626 children across North Carolina — mostly students of color — are currently coping with the death of a caregiver due to COVID-19. Schools will bear responsibility for supporting children who’ve experienced this loss as they learn and grow over the next two decades.

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More Than 3,600 N.C. Children Are Coping With the Death of a Caregiver During the Pandemic

Children who have lost caregivers are more likely to experience mental health problems and lower self-esteem. They’re also at higher risk of suicide, violence, sexual abuse, and exploitation.

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A call to action to help America's children who lost caregivers

America’s COVID-19 crisis has not ended, but we have begun to count the staggering size of the nation’s loss. Some of the cruelest pain has come to a group with the least capacity to understand and cope with it — children who have lost a parent or other in-home caregiver to the virus. The impact on these children, their families, and their communities will be that much more profound if Americans do not rally to support them.

John M. Bridgeland and Dan Treglia

Children coping with loss of caregivers are Covid-19 pandemic's 'forgotten grievers'

Ms Courtney Grund, whose husband died of Covid-19 in August, got an alarming text message last week: Her 16-year-old son was “talking about self-harm”, according to the message, sent by his friend. She quickly signed him up for grief counselling, she said in a tearful interview, using her maiden name to protect his privacy.

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A powerful ally steps up to support students who’ve lost parents to COVID

COVID Collaborative wants to expand school-based mental health care and provide financial support.

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Children, Coping With Loss, Are Pandemic’s ‘Forgotten Grievers’

A bipartisan group led by two former governors is urging President Biden to help an estimated 167,000 children who have lost parents or caregivers.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg Image credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times

Coronavirus Briefing: Boosting older teens

The Covid Collaborative is asking President Biden to initiate a national campaign to identify these children and take steps to improve their emotional and economic well-being. In a report released today, the group recommended offering them mental health care and creating a “Covid-19 Bereaved Children’s Fund,” similar to a fund established after the Sept. 11 attacks, to provide up to $10,000 to families in need.

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Biden is urged to help an estimated 167,000 U.S. children who have lost parents or caregivers.

The COVID Collaborative is asking President Biden to initiate a national campaign to identify these children and, with help from the private sector, take steps to improve their emotional and economic well-being. Its recommendations include offering them mental health care and creating a “Covid Bereaved Children’s Fund,” similar to a fund established after the Sept. 11 attacks, to provide up to $10,000 to families in need.

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Children, coping with loss, are pandemic’s ‘forgotten grievers’

A bipartisan group led by two former governors is urging President Biden to help an estimated 167,000 children who have lost parents or caregivers.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg Image credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times

Children, Coping With Loss, Are Pandemic’s ‘Forgotten Grievers’

The COVID Collaborative recently released the Hidden Pain report which revealed the struggles of the 167,000 children 18 and below who have lost a parent or caregiver. Many people have shared their experiences and emphasized the need to support these children.

Kids, Coping With Loss, Are Pandemic’s ‘Forgotten Grievers’

Many experts and concerned parents and citizens have come together to express concern for the 167,000 children who have lost parents or caregivers to COVID-19, including a spokesperson for the Division of Well-being and Human Providers, Kirsten Allen.

Marc Barman

Children, faced with loss, are the “forgotten grievers” of the pandemic

A bipartisan group led by two former governors is urging President Biden to help an estimated 167,000 children who have lost their parents or guardians.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg Image credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times

Children, Coping With Loss, Are Pandemic’s ‘Forgotten Grievers’

A bipartisan group led by two former governors is urging President Biden to help an estimated 167,000 children who have lost parents or caregivers.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg Image credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times

Power 5 commissioners join COVID Collaborative to encourage vaccination

Commissioners of the Power 5 conferences joined the COVID Collaborative in encouraging students and student-athletes to get vaccinated, they announced in a statement released Thursday.

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Groups Tackle Vaccinations to Create #COVIDSafeZones at College Game Days

Public health officials, national leaders and higher education organizations provide recommendations for encouraging vaccine uptake with college sports. Sporting events can be #COVIDSafeZones as teams and universities work to maximize vaccinations among students, athletes and fans.

COVID Collaborative

A National Call For College COVID Safe Zones: How Higher Education Leaders Can Accelerate America’s Vaccination Push — and Keep Their Campuses Open

As students return to colleges and universities this fall, the highly communicable Delta variant of COVID-19 creates unexpected challenges to keep campuses safe and open.

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Bipartisan Group of Leaders and Health Experts Urge Institutions of Higher Education to Establish #COVIDSafeZones

In a new letter provided by the COVID Collaborative to America's institutions of higher education, a bipartisan group of leaders, public health experts, higher education experts, and former officials from multiple administrations are seeking the help of college and university leaders to require vaccinations where possible and take steps to keep their campus communities safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Courtesy of COVID Collaborative

Resources to Help Schools Promote COVID-19 Vaccination

To support vaccination efforts, PHCC and the COVID Collaborative have created social media messages and shareable graphics for school administrators, educators, and staff with resources created or curated by the CDC.

White House makes new push to get students vaccinated against COVID-19

The White House, worried that coronavirus vaccination rates among young people are lagging behind as the new school year approaches, unveiled Thursday a new push to get students their shots, including enlisting pediatricians to incorporate vaccination into back-to-school sports physicals and encouraging schools to host their own vaccination clinics.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg

The White House, concerned about rates among young people, makes a new push for students to get shots.

In remarks to the nation last week, Mr. Biden called for every school district in the country to host at least one pop-up vaccination clinic, and many schools and school districts — particularly those in urban areas — are already doing so. The Covid Collaborative, a bipartisan group of politicians and policymakers, has also been working with the White House to promote school-based clinics.

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White House Makes Back-to-School Push for Student Vaccinations

With vaccination rates lagging among young people, the administration wants to incorporate vaccination into school sports physicals and is asking schools to host vaccine clinics.

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More than Two Dozen Leading Business Groups and Public Health Organizations Call on Employers to Reduce Barriers for Working Parents Who Want to Vaccinate their Children Against COVID-19

Health Action Alliance leads a coordinated campaign to help stop the spread of COVID-19, support the safer reopening of schools and reduce worker absenteeism

Health Action Alliance

The Week in COVID & Schools: UNICEF Calls For Reopening Schools, a New Roadmap to Kickstart the Education Recovery & 14 More Key Updates

This week’s briefing on COVID-19 and schools presents the evidence for reopening safely and details how COVID is fueling education reform.

John Bailey

Will schools and day cares require masks or COVID-19 vaccines in fall 2021?

As most American schools and daycares prepare to reopen this fall, unhurried national guidance promises a wide variety of protocols across locations. What policies are different states and districts establishing, and how will schools handle vaccinations for their staff and students?

Erin Richards and Alla Wong

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.

With this latest—and largest—surge of coronavirus infections in the United States, K-12 schools that hadn’t yet reopened for in-person learning now see few paths to do so in the near term, and many of the schools that were offering some face-to-face instruction are now pulling back into full-time remote learning.

Emily Tate Image credit: Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action

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