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EVERFI offers access to digital courses

Any student who wishes to expand their knowledge in areas like mental wellness, financial readiness and prescription drug safety, can do so by accessing free digital courses made available by EVERFI, an education technology company that has partnered with UnityPoint Health.

The courses are available for free to any student in the community, said Alyssa Stanek, senior marketing communications specialist for UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge.

EVERFI has created what’s called a Family Portal where parents can access the full library of 20-plus digital courses for K-12.

The free offering is available for a limited time.

EVERFI decided to make the courses available in response to the shutting down of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to information on the company’s website.

“At a time when parents are struggling to balance work, child care and taking on the mantle of teaching, EVERFI has created a solution for you to support employees and their families by providing quality educational content on life’s most critical topics, including financial readiness, mental wellness, digital wellness, career exploration prescription drug safety and others,” a message on the website reads.

The Family Portal content is accessible to anyone at any school. Students do not need to be attending a UnityPoint Health-sponsored school or district in order to access the full suite of courses.

“The Family Portal is meant to serve as an additional way to access EVERFI’s courses during this unprecedented time of widespread school closures,” a message on the website reads.

It is not meant to replace traditional school activation via teachers. The company works actively with schools to implement its courses through teachers, according to information on the website.

To sign up, parents are to follow these steps:

• Visit EVERFI.com

• Click sign up

• Select your state

• Select your child’s school name

• Receive the full catalog of age-appropriate courses for your child


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