Editor’s Note: Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators have expressed concerns about how to best support the social and emotional health and well being of both staff and students. Quick Connections will feature simple, easy-to-use strategies that educators can implement right away without the need for extensive training or professional development. Additional resources can be found on KDE’s COVID-19 Resources for Health and Safety webpage.
With most of the country’s schools starting back virtually, many educators have created online classrooms through Google Classroom, Bitmoji or other applications. Virtual classrooms can be a great method for helping students feel more connected to a traditional classroom experience.
Please consider posting crisis help lines in your virtual classroom. A virtual bulletin board can be downloaded with links to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Crisis Text Line, STOP Tipline and the National Human Trafficking Hotline. These resources can literally save a life.
Kentucky House Bill 524 (2017) amends KRS 156.095 to require public schools to display the National Human Trafficking Reporting Hotline, which is (888) 373-7888. The National Hotline has created a hotline outreach flyer available for download, which is available in 20 different languages.