COVID-19: Ways to keep kids engaged while they’re out of school

Posted at 7:03 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 09:19:43-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Even though kids are going to be out of school for a while, there are several ways to keep them busy and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Publishing company Scholastic is offering a free, online videos where kids can learn from home. Each day, it will include four new topics designed for students ranging from pre-kindergarten to grades six and higher. is also offering free worksheets for pre-school to 5th grade kids. All the lessons are based by grade and subjects, so there's a variety to choose from.

The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is closed until at least March 27 but you can view live streams online and dive into their Secret Reef Exhibit, where your kids can check out different fish, sharks, turtles and much more.

It's important for kids to stay active and YouTube can help you with that. One example is Cosmic Kids Yoga, a channel that will motivate your kids to get up and move and learn some yoga.

Remember, some old school ideas are still good today like building forts, making arts and crafts and just spending some time with each other.


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.