Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina now has 12 cases of Coronavirus and told North Carolinians to expect “some tough decisions” in the coming days. Seattle has closed public school for two weeks, colleges are canceling classes and even in Raleigh, Ravenscroft is moving to a virtual teaching model starting March 16.
Now is the time to make plans for families to start making “What if” plans – What if schools are closed? What if there’s a mandatory quarantine? What if a parent gets diagnosed with Coronavirus? For divorced parents or parents who aren’t in a relationship, these decisions can be particularly fraught, which is why conversations need to start now.
Reach out to your co-parent, or your parenting coordinator if you are in a high-conflict custody situation, and determine who is more able to take care of the children in the event of a long-term school closing. Set up plans for Skype or Facetime or perhaps consider agreeing to temporary shifts of your custody arrangements to accommodate a changing environment. Making plans now can save you from additional stress if the Triangle gets hit harder by this virus.
If you need help navigating a plan, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.