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Coronavirus: Resources for Schools

Jonathan F. Cooper |
February 06, 2020

NAES ShieldSince The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Novel Coronavirus (nCOV) to be a global public health emergency, concern has been growing about how schools school be responding and what steps should be taken to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, their families, and our entire school communities.

Various steps have been taken on a national level, including the Trump administration implementing travel restrictions for recent visitors to China. With the exception of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, all visitors to China within the last 14 days are forbidden from entering the United States. Alongside this measure, all U.S. citizens and permanent residents are now subject to a quarantine if their travel has taken them to Hubei province during that same time-frame.

Anyone who has been on a plane in the last few weeks will have noticed that airlines are undertaking their own screening processes. Many flights to and from China have been cancelled, and remaining flights in China have been redirected to a select few ports of entry.

NAES recommends the following resources in facing this challenge. Each of these also link to further reading on a variety of topics concerning this outbreak.

Anti-Asian Racism and Discrimination
As this opinion piece for The Washington Post describes, attempts to be vigilant to a potentially global threat often fall into the repetition of age-old stereotypes and racist tropes against people of Chinese heritage or origin. Even major educational institutions are falling short in this regard. Though the university subsequently apologized, a since-deleted instagram post from UC-Berkeley generated a swift backlash after listing "xenophobia" under a list of "common reactions" to Coronavirus.