We are in close communication with our school districts and are actively monitoring local and state guidance for school closures. that local educational agencies continue to receive funding and allowing flexibility to provide educational options to their students. It addresses school district funding, afterschool programs, child development programs, special education, and English learners, among other topics. This is a very rapidly changing situation and we recommend checking directly with your school for updates. ensuring emergency is a top priority and the legislature has passed emergency funding legislation, COVID-19 The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff are of utmost importance.
Notice: Alameda and Contra Costa County schools will remain closed for remainder of the school year..
You can find the most current information about school closures here:
Alameda County: https://www.acoe.org/publichealth
Contra Costa County: https://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/news/spotlight/information_about_coronavirus
California Department of Education: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/coronavirus.asp
School Lunch Programs:
- SRVUSD – Food is available for all children under 18 on Mondays (Where families will be able to pick up 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches per child) and on Wednesdays (where families will be able to pick up 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches per child). Pick up is from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at John Baldwin Elem, Walt Disney Elementary, and Gale Ranch Middle School. Children must be present.
- PUSD - Food is available for pick up for all students. Parents can preorder online starting 3/16. Breakfast and lunch meal distribution will happen at the following sites: Pleasanton Middle School (7:30 - 8:30 am & 11:00 am - 12:00 pm), Valley View Elementary (7:30 - 8:30 am & 11:00 am - 12:00 pm), Lydiksen Elementary (7:30 - 8:30 am & 11:30 am - 12:30 pm), and Alisal Elementary (7:30 - 8:30 am & 11:30 am - 12:30 pm)
- DUSD - Food will be available for students currently receiving meal assistance for duration of closure and spring break. Meals will be available for pickup at Dublin High and Fallon Middle School from 7:00 - 9:00 am for breakfast and 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for lunch.
- LVJUSD - All children aged 18 and younger are able to use the free meal pick-up service at East Avenue Middle School, Junction Avenue K-8 School and Marylin Avenue Elementary School. Pick up times will between 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Monday - Friday.
- MDUSD - will continue in its provision of food services (breakfast and lunch) at the following locations: Cambridge, Meadow Homes, Ygnacio Valley High School, College Park High School, El Dorado Middle School, River View Middle School, Foothill Middle School, and Mt. Diablo High School. The exact times will be provided on the District web page.
- OUSD, MSD, LAFSD and AUHSD - In partnership with Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD), all children 18 and younger can get a free lunch from Campolindo High School and Las Lomas High School. Schools will be open Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for meal distribution. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present.
Please check with your individual school district with any additional questions.
Resources for talking to your children about COVID-19
- Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan spoke with Dr. Christine Carter about Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can watch here.
- Tips on Keeping Kids Healthy from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM23953
- Stanford Children on How to Talk to Your Kids about COVID-19: https://healthier.stanfordchildrens.org/en/how-to-talk-with-kids-about-covid-19/
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: https://www.aacap.org/App_Themes/AACAP/Docs/latest_news/2020/Coronavirus_COVID19__Children.pdf
- American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx
Resources for Learning at Home
· Watch Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan host a Q & A for young students interested in learning about the California Legislature.
The Assembly has also rolled out some fun activities and coloring pages for kids. Check them out and download the files!
· Virtual Museums
o The British Museum, London
o The Guggenheim Museum, New York
o The Musee d’Orsay, Paris
o The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
o The Getty Museum, Los Angeles
o And countless more from all over the world are available here!
· Virtual Field Trips
o More virtual field trips that you can search by topic on
KQED and PBS: https://www.kqed.org/education/athomelearning
· Local Libraries
o Contra Costa County Library
§ Digital Resources – including periodicals
o Alameda County Library
§ Don’t have an Alameda County Library Card? You can get an eCard online
§ Digital Resources for kids and parents
o Pleasanton Library
o Livermore Library
The University of California system recently announced they will be forgoing SAT/ACT testing requirement in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information check out the official FAQ.
State Actions to Support Our Schools
- March 17th the Department of Education released new guidelines for K-12 schools. The guidance focuses on four critical areas: distance learning and independent study, school meal delivery, accommodations for students with disabilities, childcare and supervision.
- March 16th AB 117, passed unanimously through the legislature waiving the requirements in CA education code for instructional days/minutes for school districts during a school closure that is in response to COVID-19 and ensures that districts continue to receive funding. It also allocates $100 million to disinfect schools.
- March 13th Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order, which insures public school districts retain state funding even in the event of temporary physical closure. The order directs school districts to use those state dollars to fund distance learning and high quality educational opportunities, provide school meals and, as practicable, arrange for the supervision for students during school hours and continue to pay employees.