Pandemic Pods Provide a Solution for Families Facing COVID-19 Isolation

Social isolation has become all too common with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s something various community Pandemic Podding Graphicorganizations are coming together to help solve.  The Great Start Collaborative of Traverse Bay, 5toOne in collaboration with United Way of Northwest Michigan and the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District have released what are known as pandemic podding guidelines all to help families successfully navigate during this time.

The idea is to help northern Michigan families connect with other like-minded families with issues like childcare and education decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The pods include groups of up to three families who agree on certain health and safety rules in relation to navigating through the pandemic. The guidelines and risk assessment resources enable other families to connect with those of similar levels of comfort during this time.

People in the five county area including Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties looking for other families to connect with regarding education, childcare or socialization opportunities are invited to take a family risk assessment and register for a question and answer conversation.

The dates to register are Tuesday, October 13th from 8 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, October 15th from 1 to 2 p.m.

For more information and to register for one of these dates for a question and answer session click here.

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