West Virginia Morning: All Things Kids Week

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Since stay-at-home orders were issued by Gov. Jim Justice on March 24, domestic violence calls are up in West Virginia. But advocates have seen fewer referrals for child abuse cases, and they think that will change once social distancing ends.

On this West Virginia Morning, we explore the dark side of social distancing. The stay-at-home order has resulted in an uptick in domestic violence calls in West Virginia. Also, in today’s show we hear from one researcher who has studied how global pandemics have shaped our history.

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This week on West Virginia Public Broadcasting we’re featuring stories about how the state’s youngest residents are faring during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Schools will remain closed for the rest of the year and that means big changes for students. Charleston resident Blaire Malkin interviewed her son Arlo, who is 8 years old, about what it's like being out of school. Take a listen.

On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Jim Justice announced schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year. But being out of the classroom comes with its own set of challenges. We also bring you a story about an initiative in West Virginia to 3D print face masks for frontline workers.

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Shortly before schools were closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the USDA proposed changes to nutrition standards for school meals. But some health researchers worry that these changes could actually undo the progress schools have made in improving health outcomes in children.

On this West Virginia Morning, we continue our series on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the state’s youngest residents, including how one county is making sure thousands of students are fed while schools are closed.

All this week on West Virginia Morning, West Virginia Public Broadcasting is featuring stories about how kids are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic – including some of the state’s most vulnerable.

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For many children in West Virginia, school is a respite; it’s a place where they get two meals a day and where teachers and counselors keep watchful eyes over them. But schools have been closed for a month and will remain closed for at least another two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. The situation has child welfare workers concerned that children in vulnerable situations may be going unnoticed. 



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Christine Nichols is a speech pathologist at Winfield Elementary School in Putnam County. In this audio postcard she talks about the challenges of trying to do speech therapy remotely with young kids who may not have access to the internet – even if they have caregivers who can help them. 

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Next week, WVPB is focusing on all things kids and kids out of school. We're looking to hear from  families about how things are going in this time of the coronavirus.

This could also be a fun activity to do with your kids. You can interview them; they can interview you. To participate, email a voice memo of your conversation to bpatterson@wvpublic.org.