**This post was updated on April 22, 2020, to reflect a revised offer to continue supporting schools.
Like you, we've been keeping a close watch on the news lately. We've also heard from many of you about the preparations your schools and communities are making to help reduce risk and keep everyone safe and healthy. We want to help.
As we approach our initial offer end date, we have decided to make a longer term offer available. New annual subscriptions purchased by June 30th, 2020 will enjoy two summers of access, ending in August 2021. We hope this will help provide resource continuity as schools continue to evaluate distance learning programs and even transition back to classrooms. Listening, reading, and learning should be enjoyable. These extended subscriptions will allow students to develop long term learning patterns they can enjoy even as schools are able to reopen.
As before, these accounts will all have the same access to our full catalog of over 10,000 titles, with bookmarking and favorites, so students can continue to have access to a whole library of titles, from home and school. If you have questions or want to take part in this program, please just send us an email.
Meanwhile, we've heard some nice ways subscribers and others are staying optimistic, supporting one another, and preparing for distance learning we thought we'd share.
It Takes a (Tech) Village
With social distancing measures in place, stay connected with the help of technology.
- Use video chat tools to check in with friends or relatives.
- Teachers, several services offer video chat for up to ten participants, meaning you could still hold small group discussions.
- Online collaboration tools like the Google suite allow your students to work together remotely, all while you're still able to keep an eye on their progress.
Mind Your Mental Health
Appropriate to the ages of your children, have a family discussion about how each of you would like to manage your own mental health if everyone needs to stay home.
- Try emoji check-ins - if you have a family group chat, each person checks in with an emoji (or two) each morning or evening just to keep everyone on the same page. Sometimes it's easier to express emotions in text than face to face, especially in close quarters.
- Make time (and space) for yourself. Times like these can be trying, so it's important to remember that you need to care for yourself as much as you're caring for others.
- Don't skip therapy. You and/or your provider may not want to meet for appointments, but call to see if you can have your appointment via an online service or over the phone.
If you already have a subscription, or if we're getting your account set up, and you're preparing materials to inform your community, this page has a variety of resources you might find helpful. As always, we're here to help how we can.