Garland ISD has launched a weekly online “Ask a Doctor” session for students and families in the district.
The first sessions were held this week, with a presentation on Wednesday and a webinar on Thursday, in partnership with Hazel Health, a company that works with school districts around the country.
Garland ISD hopes the online sessions will help “children cope with change,” according to the district’s website.
“It’s no secret that adjusting to life in a pandemic isn’t easy, especially for children who are learning to adapt to a new era of education,” the district said.
During the sessions, parents can ask questions about health issues and receive answers from Hazel Health’s pediatric team.
Thursday’s webinar included a discussion of how to help children adapt to the changes stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The district added that the parents’ identities remain anonymous, explaining that attendees are unable to see the names of one another and that the questions are presented anonymously.
Between Aug. 3 and Sept. 25, Garland ISD recorded 144 cases of COVID-19 among students and another 49 among staff members. Of that total, 55 student cases and 14 staff cases are still considered active.