Share the gift of love, hope and appreciation this Valentine’s Day!
We have all struggled tremendously with changes, uncertainty, and loss during the pandemic. However, teachers and providers have suffered greatly from the school closures and reopenings, remote learning, intensified workloads, learning loss, staff shortages, student behavior problems, equity gaps, and a lack of connection, support and resources.
The threat of being exposed to the virus and the fear of their students contracting COVID-19 has been emotionally exhausting. While ensuring classroom safety and their students’ well-being has been the number one priority, educators have continued to work daily with the anxiety of bringing the virus home to their families.
As parents, they have experienced the same challenges as other families. Some educators also had to balance work, life and caring for their own children while coping with the grief associated with losing loved ones.
Maryland educators go above and beyond to provide our students with an excellent and well-rounded education.
There is no doubt that educators have worked tirelessly during these difficult times. Despite their challenges, educators have discovered creative and innovative ways to continue the learning process by “rebuilding” together and “reimaging and rethinking” their teaching strategies. Most importantly, they have continued to care for and support our children, often sacrificing their own self-care, health and well-being.
Remember: taking care of yourself is vitally important in caring for others, especially when it comes to children.
- Managing Mental Wellness: tools for Yourself, Your Students and Classroom.
- Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools.
- Maryland School and Child Care COVID-19 Guidance.
- Covid-19 Guidance, Resources and Updates for Maryland Schools and Communities.
- Top 10 risks and opportunities for education in the face of COVID-19.
Supporting Teachers and Providers (Strategies)
Educators need your support now more than ever. Use MFE’s Virtual Valentine’s Day Gift with Message to email or print a special message of appreciation to educators. Add a special gift such as a virtual hug or a cup of coffee and a “BIG” thank you for caring for our children.
- MFE’s Virtual Valentine’s Day Photo and Message (for Parents and Families)