COVID-19 Information

KEET's offices and studios reopened to the public on June 8 and, in keeping with the plan approved by the county, we have put new safety procedures in place. First, we encourage you to make an appointment before coming to the station. Second, masks are required by all visitors for entry into the station; if you don’t have one, we will provide you with one. Hand sanitizer will be available, as well. And third, social distancing will be observed at all times. This is all designed to keep you and our staff safe and we know you will cooperate with us as we begin the slow return to the new normal.

We will continue to air relevant Coronavirus information daily via PBS NewsHour . And each Friday for the foreseeable future at 7:30pm we will air a weekly live update featuring information from the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and other sources that will help keep you informed. Finally, here is a link to the state's Coronavirus Response site.

We have partnered with the WORLD channel to bring 5 hours of at home learning programming every weekday from 9am - 2pm for grades 6 - 12. We anticipate that this will continue at least through August. You can find out more here. And to assist teachers, parents and students with at hone learning we have made PBS LearningMedia resources available here.

We are also focused on ensuring that you know about the vast library of content available to you across platforms, including the PBS App, PBS.org and at KEET's Local Video Portal, and we are currently working to offer Passport content for free streaming.

In the meantime, we are grateful to Ken Burns for making his Baseball and other series available to stream for free. It is featured on the PBS App and on the PBS.org homepage. As Ken said in this video statement that he shared on Sunday: “As many of us hunker down in the days ahead, it’s important that we find things that bring us together, and show us our common humanity. That’s why, in the absence of many of our favorite sports, I’ve asked PBS – the Public Broadcasting Service – to stream my film about America’s pastime, Baseball, for free.” More Ken Burns programming is now available to stream free including The National Parks: America's Best Idea in June and The War in July, all of which will all air on KEET-HD each Friday night at 9pm.

The PBS Children’s Media and Education team has a variety of resources available to support families and educators, including a new PBS Kids daily newsletter offering educational videos, games and related offline activities to help keep kids playing and learning while school is closed. Here is a more complete list of resources:

KEET broadcasts PBS Kids 24/7 which offers a variety of free resources to support families and caregivers with anytime access to trusted educational series for kids ages 2-8 and the following digital tools:

PBS KIDS Video
Available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices, PBS KIDS offers on-demand educational videos and a livestream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription is required.

PBS KIDS Games App
Includes nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about this and PBS KIDS’ other apps at pbskids.org/apps.

PBS KIDS for Parents
A robust website with information, activities and tips for parents, including resources for talking with kids about coronavirus, encouraging healthy habits, managing worried feelings and supporting playful learning at home.

PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter
A new weekday newsletter with videos, games, related offline activities and tips parents can use to keep their children playing and learning at home. Sign up here.


Finally, there are several sources for PBS digital content and other resources including:

PBS NewsHour Novel Coronavirus Web Portal
This website contains breaking news coverage on the novel coronavirus. Additional PBS NewsHour resources include:

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL)
SRL has created a new e-learning student journalism unit, “Making Sense of the Coronavirus Through Storytelling and Media Making,” that empowers students to take positive action by producing vital news stories from their community. SRL will host a webinar for educators on how to use the unit to lead student journalism projects on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Educators can register here.

PBS NewsHour Extra will continue to provide up-to-date lesson plans from the PBS NewsHour Coronavirus coverage, featuring student-produced stories and media literacy.

PBS NewsHour Education Coverage will continue to report on how the pandemic is affecting education, from child care to K-12 and Higher Education.

Educators can sign up for the NewsHour Education Newsletter for weekly updates.

PBS’s “What You Should Know About the Novel Coronavirus
Visit this web portal for evolving coverage and important background information.

NOVA: How Serious is the Coronavirus? Video
A short video from NOVA examines what medical experts know—and don't know—about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, called COVID-19.

PBS Digital Studios is developing a program on early steps to preventing the spread of germs for its series IT’S OKAY TO BE SMART. The network remains a leading destination for educational resources on YouTube with a number of scientific videos on the human body and viruses. Programs explore “Why Do We Wash Our Hands After Going to the Bathroom?,”How Do Hand Sanitizers Work?,”Where Do Viruses Come From?,” and “Our Immune Systems: Part 1, 2 and 3.”