The current crisis caused by the Coronavirus affect us all statewide, nationwide, and globally. These dark and uncertain times remind us of the importance of collective work and advocacy.
This crisis hits at a time when California already needs to do much more, much faster to achieve educational justice. As an education equity organization, Ed Trust–West recognizes that California’s most vulnerable students are at particular risk while schools and colleges are closed.
So while school and college leaders, teachers, students, parents, and families continue adjusting plans and responses to the Coronavirus, Ed Trust–West will update this page with useful resources and information that keep equity at the forefront.
Featured Resources and Tools
“School meal programs seek relief, plan for uncertain summer,” Education Dive, Linda Jacobson, May 11, 2020.
“‘The hardest thing we’ve ever done.’ SLO County parents fear learning at home will leave kids behind,” The Tribune, Lindsey Holden, May 10, 2020.
“Schools Reopening in July? The Concerns Over How Gov. Newsom’s Idea Will Work,”KQED, Julia McEvoy, April 30, 2020.
“Emery Unified Confronts ‘Digital Divide’ during Ongoing School Closure,” The E’ville Eye, Sarah Belle Lin, April 28, 2020.
- “School meal programs seek relief, plan for uncertain summer,” Education Dive, Linda Jacobson, May 11, 2020.
- “‘The hardest thing we’ve ever done.’ SLO County parents fear learning at home will leave kids behind,” The Tribune, Lindsey Holden, May 10, 2020.
- “Schools Reopening in July? The Concerns Over How Gov. Newsom’s Idea Will Work,” KQED, Julia McEvoy, April 30, 2020.
- “Emery Unified Confronts ‘Digital Divide’ during Ongoing School Closure,” The E’ville Eye, Sarah Belle Lin, April 28, 2020.
- “Will kids affected by the digital divide be ready for next school year?” Multibriefs: Exclusive, Sheilamary Koch, April 27, 2020.
- “What parents are saying about California’s coronavirus-related school closures,” CalMatters, Elisha Smith Arrillaga, April 24, 2020.
- “How do you learn remotely with no internet? SLO County families struggle to connect,” The Tribune, Lindsey Holden, Cassandra Gariba, Michael Finch II, April 24, 2020.
- “Letter grades? Pass/no pass? A’s for all? Districts differ on grading online learning,” EdSource, Ali Tadayon, April 21, 2020.
- “Over a million California students still lack access to remote learning,” CalMatters, Elizabeth Aguilera, April 20, 2020.
- “Technology, Trust and a Lot of Patience: Single Working Moms Juggle During Coronavirus,” KQED, Julia McEvoy, April 17, 2020.
- “50 Million Kids Can’t Attend School. What Happens to Them?” New York Times, Editorial Board, April 16, 2020.
- “How coronavirus school closures could cause ‘historic academic regression’,” USA Today, Erin Richards, April 14, 2020. This was also published in Lake News Online and The Herald News.
- “What an interrupted school year means for these college students,” PBS News Hour, John Yang, April 14, 2020.
- “How coronavirus school closures could cause ‘historic academic regression’,” USA Today, Erin Richards, April 14, 2020.
- “Sacramento-area private schools shifted to online learning weeks ago. How they did it so fast,” Sacramento Bee, Sawsan Morrar, April 11, 2020.
- “Students worry about illness, parents fret about academics,” District Administration Magazine, Matt Zalaznick, April 13, 2020.
- “California schools’ response to pandemic varies widely,” CalMatters, Ricardo Cano, April 10, 2020.
- This was included in the Mountain View Voice and The Record
- “San Diego Unified pandemic costs could reach $71 million,” Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, April 9, 2020.
- “Morning Report: San Diego is Flattening the Curve,” Voice of San Diego, April 10, 2020.
- “Most parents are worried school closures will leave their students behind, survey finds,” EdSource, John Fensterwald, April 9, 2020.
- This was also published in Lake County Record-Bee.
- “Poll: California school closures due to coronavirus hit minorities, poor the hardest,” San Francisco Chronicle, Jill Tucker and Ron Kroichick, April 8, 2020.
- This was also published on MSN News
- “Stress levels are high for parents. They worry kids will fall behind in school, survey finds,” Los Angeles Times, Sonali Kohli, April 8, 2020.
- “The Learning Curve: Everything Sucks, New Parent Survey Reveals,” Voice of San Diego, Will Huntsberry, April 9, 2020.
- “As Bay Area schools kick off distance learning, attendance raises equity questions,” Fiona Kelliher, Mercury News, April 9, 2020.
- “Parents fret increased inequities with remote learning,” Politico Pro, Mackenzie Mays, April 9, 2020.
- This was also mentioned in Politico New York Education.
- “Survey: New York, California parents concerned students will fall behind,” Education Dive, Linda Jacobson, April 8, 2020.
- “Survey: Parents Terrified Kids Will Fall Behind As COVID-19 Closes Schools,” LAist, Kyle Stokes, April 8, 2020.
- “Survey: Parents concerned children will be behind due to school closures, poor internet access,” The Sacramento Bee, Sawsan Morar, April 8, 2020.
What You Can Do
There are many efforts and actions being organized and led by community partners and advocates across the state. A few that you can support or join include:
COVID-19 Coalition Responses
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Dear Assemblymember O’Donnell:Thank you for convening an informational hearing on reopening California’s public schools on June 16th. I am…
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The undersigned organizations represent the interests of California college students, particularly marginalized students attending the three public higher educ…
Below are resources from across the state for parents and families, teachers, advocates, and policymakers to consider and use when responding to the Coronavirus.
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Poll Results Show Coronavirus Crisis Puts Parents’ and Young Children’s Well-being at Risk California’s parents of infants, toddlers, and…
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Source: Cal MattersMore than a month since officials closed schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California officials said a two-week…
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The Honorable Tony ThurmondCalifornia Superintendent of Public InstructionDepartment of Education1430 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814-5901RE: Recommended Guidanc…