Coronavirus Resources for Schools

COVID Quick Guide: Expanded Learning Supports 9.14.20

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Reopening schools—virtually or in person—in this chaotic environment requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, especially for vulnerable students. Districts and schools should integrate, coordinate, and plan with their expanded learning partners who have the experience and relationships to provide academic support and care for students who are socio-economically disadvantaged, experiencing homelessness, foster youth, English learners, and children of color. State and federal agencies have granted schools and expanded learning providers significant flexibility to meet the local needs of students, families, and staff, allowing them to blend staffing, funding, and activity spaces. Expanded learning staff and strategies should be included in the development of Learning Continuity and Attendance Plans to meet school goals, including attendance, meal and technology distribution, social-emotional learning, and academic achievement. Learning Continuity & Attendance Plan Priority Areas Expanded learning partners can lead or support the following activities for in-person, virtual, or hybrid learning environments Pupil Learning Loss • Small group lessons • Tutoring and homework help • Study skills and school readiness • STEM activities, literacy, and art • Support independent study and/or extra credit opportunities • Project-based learning that is active, collaborative, meaningful, supports mastery, and expands horizons Mental Health & Social-Emotional Well-Being • Trauma-informed care • Individual wellness checks • Restorative and resiliency circles • Mentorship • Clubs and collaboration-building activities • Community and service projects • Play - games and fun • Youth employment and internships • Behavior management support Pupil Engagement & Outreach • Support attendance check-ins and outreach • Technology training and bridging • Parent education and advocacy • Family and community liaisons • Translation and bilingual communication • Complementary communication channel for updates and engagement • Community resource broker • Host outreach and community events Nutrition, Connectivity, Safety, Health, & Wellness • Supervision • Provide internet connectivity and troubleshooting • Safety protocol education, training, and oversight • Meal and resource delivery • Physical education • Healthy habits and learning COVID QUICK GUIDE: EXPANDED LEARNING SUPPORTS California has two publicly funded sources for expanded learning programs: • the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program • the state After School Education and Safety (ASES) program These programs provide over $780 million annually to local education agencies (LEAs) for before and after school, summer, and intersession programs across 4,500 sites. Though not all schools have publicly funded programs, all schools receive funding that can be used to operate these programs (see page 3), and communities can partner with municipal or community organizations to provide enrichment and other supports for students in non-school hours (see page 2). Updated September 14, 2020

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