“Just kind of uncharted territory. Nobody really knows what’s going to happen,” Nicole Lavelle, teacher at Wilson Elementary School, said.
Shelly Pyka and Lavelle teach at Wilson Elementary in Medford. The two say this is a great time to teach your kids everyday skills.
“I think developing a routine, trying to provide structure while the kids are at home,” Lavelle said.
“There are so many things that you can do that are just daily things. Cook with them, read with them,” Pyka said.
Barely a week into Oregon’s school closure, some parents are already getting creative, from teaching cooking to gardening. Even our staff members at NBC5 are keeping their kids engaged with virtual museum tours and art projects.
“Get outside, get some fresh air and play is definitely important. Take a walk with the dog or the family,” Lavelle said.
Parents are also getting ideas from the Medford School District website, which breaks down activities by age group.
With school closed until at least the end of April, local teachers say they’ll be waiting for their students with open arms, but for the time being, hunker down and take care of yourselves.
“Stay safe and healthy and that’s the priority right now is just, you know, maintaining health,” Lavelle said.
Anna Weeks is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Originally from the Portland area, Anna is excited to explore Southern Oregon. In her free time, she can be found reading, running or watching sports.