March CAN Newsletter – Caring for Our Community
March 17, 2020
We know that the last few days and weeks have not been easy for anyone, and many folks have been faced with difficult decisions and challenges. Many of the afterschool staff and the children, youth, and families we serve already deal with many fears and trauma. While we cannot physically gather with one another - this is a time for our community to come together and support one another. As we all work to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus ) we want you to know that the entire team at the California AfterSchool Network is here for you.
We are working with our partners in California and Washington, D.C. to voice your concerns and weigh in on legislation, regulations, and policies created to address the virus. We will continue to work to ensure that emergency funding and policies support afterschool programs as well as other institutions that support our families and communities.
During this time, the Expanded Learning Division at CDE is encouraging grantees to work locally with hourly and classified staff, partner agencies, and community-based organizations to negotiate financial relief to support individuals affected.
We have been compiling a webpage of valuable resources and information regarding COVID-19. The page includes links to consistently updated state and national public health sites, information on providing meals during school closures, resources for your agencies and families, and information on how to reduce stigma in the COVID-19 context.
We will continue to update this webpage and other parts of our websites with more resources in the coming weeks, including resources to support working from home, virtual meetings, supporting students at home and so forth. If there are particular resources you are interested please email email@example.com.
Now is a great time to consider Social Justice in a Time of Social Distancing [ds4si.org] and How to Keep the Greater Good in Mind During the Coronavirus Outbreak – “The advised precautions for dealing with the coronavirus ask us to focus on ourselves… As much as we have to take these precautions, we must also understand that they are doing something to us. They are arranging us in ways that produce effects.” ”In the midst of our panic around COVID-19, we must look to each other to help us get through it.”
We love you, stay safe and healthy. Together, we will adapt and overcome.
The rapid changes occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting afterschool program providers and the families and students they serve. Reach out to Congress today to share the impact of COVID-19 on the afterschool and summer programs in your community.
The California Department of Education is aware of the unprecedented situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working to determine the best steps to manage the crisis. The Expanded Learning Division’s (EXLD’s) priority is to diffuse the fear, reassure, and support our expanded learning program participants, families, staff, and partners.
California Department of Education Receives Special Federal Approval That Enables Districts to Feed Students During Coronavirus-Related Closure
March 11, 2020; CDE News Release
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) has received a special waiver called CA COVID19 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will enable a school district that had previously been approved to operate the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to provide meals to students during a coronavirus-related closure.
We here at CAN were so energized by the over 400 of you who joined us in Fresno for the California Love, Site Coordinator Expanded Learning Symposium in February. For those who attended, you know it was more than an event, it was part of the movement of the Site Coordinator Network.
Thursday, March 12 was the first day to respond to the Census. The first invitations with instructions for responding should arrive in mailboxes between March 12 through March 20.
Friday, March 27th is officially SEL day! Join educators, community groups, and local officials to kick off the first-ever international SEL day! Let’s work together to raise awareness for SEL and support social and emotional learning in our schools and community!
“Food insecurity is a daily struggle for some of our students and their families and that struggle can become even more critical during the summer months, Summer Meal Programs provide children in poverty with the nutritious meals necessary to help them strive physically and mentally. A child who is not distracted by hunger is a child ready to learn.”
The most recent blog post from Learning in Afterschool & Summer interviews afterschool leaders regarding how they viewed the opportunities and the challenges to afterschool as we head into a new decade.
Hear from Corey Newhouse, Stu Semigran, Deborah Moroney, Bill Fennessy, Rebecca Fabiano, and our own Jeff Davis!
In order to ensure programs and services are equitable and inclusive, we need feedback from stakeholders. This is generally generated through surveys, which can create survey fatigue for participants and staff. Incorporating a greater variety of feedback approaches will help to assure that everyone – regardless of age, ability, or language fluency – has an opportunity to share their experiences and voice their opinions.
More than 725,000 of California’s K-12 students qualified for special education services in 2018-19, but they entered a system that is often ill-equipped to serve them. A new brief from PACE summarizes the findings from the PACE Policy Research Panel on Special Education: Organizing Schools to Serve Students with Disabilities in California.
Important updates from the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) regarding:
*Important Due Dates
*Upcoming Regional Events
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