School Sites for Student Meal Support
This MAP indicates the sites where St. Louis children 18 and younger can receive meals free of charge. These sites will operate between 8 am to noon, Monday through Friday for the dates listed. No student ID is required. Students must be present to receive the meal. Grab-and-go meals are available for students, but students cannot stay at the school to eat them because of social distancing guidance from state and local health agencies.
This MAP indicates the sites where Kansas City children can receive meals free of charge. Each site has different times and requirements. Please review this page for more information.
Charter Spectrum Free Services
Charter Spectrum will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
The St. Louis Department of Human Services is working with housing agencies and shelters to provide housing for homeless families. If you have any unhoused students/families please email Valerie Russell at email@example.com Director of St. Louis DoHS
School House Connection has put together a resource guide for schools to proactively and intentionally incorporate outreach to homeless families and unaccompanied youth.
A variety of resources are available specifically for managing the education of homeless students during the pandemic including:
- This is a valuable question and answer document from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.
- The School House Connection has some of the best resources related to homeless students, including checklists, guides, webinars, and other key resources.
- The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth has a COVID-19 resource page including state-by-state links to key departments and information.
- The Juvenile Law Center has partnered with other organizations to publish this helpful report.
Resources to Protect Kids From Abuse During COVID-19
Educating Students Who Speak Languages Other Than English and Refugee, Immigrant and Undocumented Children
Many of you have large populations of English Language Learners, immigrant and refugee, and perhaps undocumented students and their families. Here are a few good resources related to serving immigrant populations in particular and a couple resources for educating children whose first language is not English.
- This article in MS Magazine provides a good analysis of implications for immigrant populations.
- Immigrants Rising has published a detailed document to support undocumented populations here.
- The National Immigration Law Center has information about health care for immigrant populations here.
- One America for Justice for All has a page with resources related to immigration and COVID here.
- Ed Week has published some blogs regarding educating multilingual learners here.
- ColorinColorado has some resources for English Language Learners and specific issues related to immigrant children during COVID here.
Educating Students in Foster Care
Children in Foster Care may be at greater risk for trauma during this pandemic. We know these students may lack access to computer technology and the Internet for distance learning no matter their placement setting. Here are some specific resources related to foster children:
- The American Bar Association has this list of resources for foster children who are remote learning here.
- The Juvenile Law Center has published this report.
- A number of state departments of education have created specific information for their state. Here is an example from Colorado.
- The National Network to End Domestic Violence has created a resource page here.
Student Civil Rights
The US Department of Education has released a webinar and fact sheet for protecting students' civil rights during COVID-19.
Talking with Children About COVID-19
The CDC provides tips on how parents, school staff and others working with children should explain the topic.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provided a guide to help families cope with COVID-19.
- The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools shares resources on how to better serve students with disabilities.
- The Department of Education answered questions on how to provide services to children with disabilities.
- Understood.org has a page that includes guidance on disability issues in the workplace as well as guidance on educating students, here. They have information in Spanish, here.
- This website offers the top 12 website for children with disability (hosted by Special Education Degree)
Educational Equity and FERPA
The Education Trust focuses on educational equity and how to help students during school closures.
The Department of Education offers guidance about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and COVID-19.
Caring for someone at home
Please visit the CDC's website for more information.
Online Learning Resources
- St. Louis Mad Science Online Class. Register, here.
- LEANLAB Resources
- Anti-Racism in the Time of COVID-19
- National School Choice Week has prepared and posted 37 Free Online Resources for Schools Shifting to Online During Coronavirus.
- Newsela is offering its entire product suite, free of charge, to all districts and teachers through the end of the school year Great Minds—the group behind Eureka Math and Wit & Wisdom (ELA)—is offering free daily video lessons of all their programs starting on Wednesday, March 18.
- The New York City Department of Education’s Learn at Home website has resources for students of all ages.
- Zearn, a top-tier math program, has resources for districts, teachers, and parents.
- Khan Academy offers guides for teachers and parents and will offer daily live streams for students, teachers, and parents navigating school closures.
- This TNTP blog offers strategies and resources to help with planning for school districts.
- Instruction Partners provides action steps to prepare for continued student learning.
- EdSurge has 10 tips on how to prepare to take school online.
- The team at We Are Teachers compiled a list of free resources for teaching virtually.
Please visit DESE's website for additional information, here.
Stay Safe and Healthy!