Food Service Continues During School Closures
When school districts decided to close in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they continued meal service to ensure students receiving free or reduced-price meals would continue getting enough food.
SDCOE updates daily a comprehensive list in English and Spanish of food service locations at schools throughout the county. Any child 18 or younger can go to any school site providing meals and receive food during this period.
To maintain a safe social distance, breakfast and lunch meal service is drive-through or grab-and-go style. To see the hard work and dedication of district staff members throughout the county providing thousands of meals daily, view SDCOE’s Facebook photo album.
New COVID-19 Website for Educators, Families
In the beginning, information about the coronavirus pandemic was coming out hourly. For each new challenge, SDCOE teams came up with new resources and support to meet districts’ needs. Our Integrated Technology Services division developed a new website at covid-19.sdcoe.net to house all the resources that SDCOE continues to create and curate. Educators can find professional learning and information on distance learning resources, such as instructional support categorized by content area and guidance for popular platforms; district and school leaders can review cleaning guidelines and access a pandemic plan template under district resources; and parents and students can get COVID-19 information, learning at home resources, mental health support, community links, and details on discounted internet service providers.
Partnership with KPBS Brings Educational Content to Students During School Closures
SDCOE has partnered with KPBS and the San Diego Unified School District on the At-Home Learning: Where Children Matter initiative, bringing 12 hours of state standards-aligned television programming scheduled by grade level, and free access to a digital library of educational resources. KPBS programming and PBS LearningMedia are free to families, educators, and the community.
With schools in San Diego County closed, the initiative aims to ensure students and families have access to robust learning materials while schools are closed in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “It’s critical that learning continues for all students in this time of uncertainty,” said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County superintendent of schools. “Schools may be closed, but our responsibility to our students’ future remains.”
Staying Connected Through Closures
Teachers are connecting with students and families daily through Flipgrid video diaries, Zoom calls, virtual story-time readings, Seesaw challenges, and Google classroom check-ins. This Poway Unified teacher and trumpet coach formed a virtual brass ensemble with 40 of his students from their homes. Our educators don’t stop and neither does SDCOE.
The County Office’s Communications team is active, connecting with educators and sharing resources with school stakeholders on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The first week of school closures, SDCOE asked educators what they wanted to say to their students, and this is some of what they shared:
- Your resilience is unparalleled, and you will come out of this stronger.
- I love and miss you more than you know. Use this time to explore something new.
- Remember to put into practice your growth mindset. This will make you stronger and wiser.
I miss you. Be kind. Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be YOU!