It is heartbreaking to watch the news unfold around the world with the terrible consequences of COVID-19. Just as we’ve always taught our students at RYDA, a safe following distance is essential to the well-being of everyone we share our roads with. It is time for us all to step back and create a safe social following distance.
As public transport is either shut-down or to be avoided and more drivers are heading onto our roads feeling anxious and stressed, now is not the time to leave our most vulnerable without the critical road safety strategies and motivations that come from RYDA.
We are so fortunate that our incredible sponsors (in Australia & New Zealand: BOC and Bridgestone | in Australia: Toyota, MTAA Super and Boral and | in New Zealand: NZ Steel and AMI) support us in a way that allows RSE to continue providing the RYDA Program to our schools, even while the RYDA workshops are put on hold.
In consultation with the team, the RSE staff are accepting significantly reduced hours while there are no workshop excursions running but retaining momentum and enthusiasm to support schools and the community with ‘RYDA 5.0 at a Social Distance’.
This is a changing situation and we will continue to adapt. Here’s what ‘RYDA 5.0 at a Social Distance’ looks like right now (as at 24 April):
RYDA 5.0 at a Social Distance
- We’ve been creating extra distance lesson ideas, boredom busters, Kahoot! quizzes and homeroom challenges that we’re sending to our schools. These short activities help students stay connected, while learning a little more about road safety and building resilience and life skills in these uncertain times.
- We are getting in touch with schools and sending resources that they can forward to their parent network to support them as they take a bigger role in their child’s learning. Many will be finding more time for driving lessons (where government guidelines permit) and many will find themselves feeling stressed and under extra pressure on the roads. We’ve designed a tool that, through a school’s partnership with RYDA will help them, help their community of parents, carers and whānau.
- We’ve opened our ‘help line’ for parents and teachers needing advice as they take on topics that may be outside their comfort zones. Need help or resources on a road safety topic? Drop us a line at email@example.com
- As students start to head back to school, we’re hand selecting some of our great resources to use in the classroom. When the time comes and the workshop is re-scheduled, we’ll tie in the classroom learnings and student experience with our workshop sessions, using the work students have done at home and in the classroom as critical building blocks.
- Even if excursions can’t be run, when it is safe to do so, we’ll bring the RYDA workshop to schools. We will be offering the RYDA workshop in-school, where applicable and within school and government guidelines.
- We are following all Government guidelines and advice (differing by jurisdiction) as to large gatherings and excursions. We have, and will continue to postpone RYDA workshops in consultation with venues and schools where guidelines are in place.
- We’re continuing to be active on our social media platforms – bringing our community critical road safety messages and strategies.
- We’ve been reaching out to our community of Rotary volunteers, sending ‘how to’ videos and blogs on a variety of topics (such as connecting with What’s App, completing an online grocery shop and staying fit in isolation). We’re here to help them as much as we can through these difficult times.