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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and the COVID-19 pandemic is a critical time to ensure the safety of and a safe living environment for children in Lehigh County.
During this crisis, there may be children subjected to abuse while quarantining at home.
Lehigh County’s Children and Youth Services stresses to the community to call the 24/7 hotline if a child’s welfare is endangered or if an incident is suspected.
The hotline number is 1-800-932-0313.
To reach Lehigh County’s local Children and Youth office, call 610-782-3064.
Construction of Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Upper Macungie Township has been completed, and the facility is nearly ready for the expected opening of school in the fall.
Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak told The Press walls in the school have been painted, tile floors are installed and furniture is in.
“The interior is basically in good shape,” Sniscak said.
He said items such as light fixture adjustments, objects to be hung in the rooms, and balancing the heating system remain to be done.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced March 30 that it received waiver approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow schools to provide free meals to all children during statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Before receiving this waiver, schools that did not meet area-based free or reduced-price meal eligibility requirements were unable to offer free meals communitywide.
This waiver eases those requirements and helps ensure all children have access to food.
Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville, is paying it forward by donating approximately 9,000 face masks to Lehigh Valley first responders and health care providers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The now highly sought N95 respirator masks were donated to LCTI’s Supply Chain Management and Logistics Technology program about a decade ago, but largely went unused and have been sitting in the school’s distribution center for years.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-approved masks are valued at $1.18 each or a combined $10,620.
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Here are some sites to help kids learn about space and the world around them while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic:
This site from NASA includes a section of activities for parents that include crafts, games and videos.
•The Hubble Heritage Project: heritage.stsci.edu/index.html
See images of celestial bodies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.