We invite you to take the following actions:
- Follow Missouri KidsFirst on Facebook, and Twitter to get up to date resources and learn more about taking steps each day during this difficult time to protect the children in your life.
- Share this information with other school employees, administrators and school board members.
Feel free to use the following sample language in introducing the campaign:
Dear [Insert Name of School Personnel],
The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused each of us to have to change the way we live our lives each day. We have been asked to look out for one another in more intentional ways. As a school employee, a lot is being asked of you at this time. I am very grateful for your willingness to continue to educate and care for all of our children. You are deeply appreciated!
As a school employee, your contact with students has changed significantly. You may only see a child now in an online setting, while dropping off meals, or maybe not at all. As a mandated reporter, you continue to have the same responsibilities to directly report child abuse and neglect despite these barriers.
The attached resource provides a quick refresher of signs of child abuse and neglect and how to fulfill your responsibility as a mandated reporter during this extraordinary time.
Missouri KidsFirst [or insert your organization’s name] is here to support you by providing information and resources to keep children safe and healthy.
Thank you for being #Essential4Kids!