In an effort to curtail human to human transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing the COVID-19 disease, governments saw the need to shutdown non-essential businesses to reduce the movement of people within and across borders. As a result, there has been a surge in unemployment, and a drastic drop in disposable income within homes. Parents, who want the best for their children's futures are being forced to prioritize between the essentials of life such as food and their children's education which more than likely -during this time- is dependent on internet access.
As a way to assist parents facing this type of difficult choice, the branch of government responsible for education and schools could partner to reduce the learning gap being created by lack of classroom instruction.
The role of the government would be to financially support schools in paying the fees associated with mass texting. With this support in place, principals and teachers could then focus on preparing, in a text format, the concepts that weren't sufficiently covered and that would've been covered before the official end of the school year.
Assigned teachers from every level at each school, guided by the suggestions of their colleagues, would provide their administration with the week's concept and activities for mass dissemination on the first day of the week. Although, the text messages would be sent to many phones at a time, these numbers would be categorized by level so as to avoid bombarding phones with irrelevant text messages. Parents would be informed by their school, local television and radio, on the time of day to expect their text message on Monday of every week.
Hopefully, this will be a temporary measure to ensure that students don't fall too far behind in their education. However, having such a structure established within schools shows sensitivity to the issues families may face when a natural or man-made disaster strikes.