Hello Monica - be sure to go to your profile page and check messages that have been posted there as well.
Here are some other links that we post in the BC Mom group - the best place for you to go post your questions for them to be replied to - from time to time.
First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition was compiled by one of our "seasoned" moms on here. Some of it needs to be updated since the SR (seaman recruits) are no longer going to Ft. McCoy for their initial ROM (restriction of movement). However we gather most of our information from moms who get info from their sailors and then we can convey back on the group. Also all of us volunteer our time and have lives and family as well and some times we are more active than others. BelovedbyHIm is dealing with things on the Homefront so will up date this as soon as she is able, but it is still a good read and our most current of how things work.
Read before leaving - What BC may be like during COVID - is a post from one of our site admins.
We often recommend the SR leaving a voice mail message for you that you can listen to at the time you need it the most. And then for you to slip a message in their wallet written on a small card or paper. They will keep their cell phones and box them up, so make sure your son takes his charger with him as well. Tell him to wear his comfortable running shoes and have them boxed up also, so that he can have them after BC when he gets to GC (Goose Creek).
Be sure to check out my discussions - Nuke A school daily schedule - sailor's perspective and Private Messages - Creating & Sending + OPSEC
There is a lot more and more groups for you to join as well but start out with BC Mom and Nuke Mom and we will get you through all of this. Do not expect the form letter (just that a typed letter with information but it will have his mailing address ) for almost 4-5 weeks. This is why it is important for you and your son to read B'sNukeMom's post before leaving. And to stick a small note in his wallet.
I know the SRs are allowed to have a small Bible, not sure about other faiths, but they may also write a note in a Bible or addresses. My son was able to keep a small pocket sized memo book that did not have a spiral spine during BC with a small disposable mechanical pencil to take notes and that is where we wrote addresses and phone numbers.
See about getting a "pay phone" calling card before he leaves so he can activate it ahead of time, but if not they are able to purchase them at the NEX.
I am also not likely to be on a lot currently, but I always like to reach out to new Nuke Moms when I am able.