COVID-19: Children, Families & Schools
The following resources can help families cope and stay up with the latest information.
A message from LA County Superintendent Debra Duardo,
During this unprecedented national health emergency, Dr. Debra Duardo encourages educators to unite and lead with empathy, focused on knowledge over fear and on protecting the most vulnerable.
During this time, LACOE has taken steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All our buildings are closed to the public and social distancing practices are in place. At the same time, we are ensuring continuity of critical functions, including payroll for thousands of district and other agency employees. Thank you for all that you do. Please stay safe and well.
Free Meals at Grab & Go Food Centers
Los Angeles Unified, in partnership with the Red Cross, will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools. Our Grab & Go Food Centers will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18, and will be staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each child can take home two nutritious meals. To find the closest Grab & Go Food Center, see the map below or check the list of centers on this page.
LAUSD School Resource Centers
While LAUSD school facilities will be closed, plans are in place for students to continue to learn during this time, and LAUSD will open 40 family resource centers to provide care for children if families need it.
The Family Resource Centers will open on Wednesday, March 18 and will be staffed weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with trained professionals. Children will be able to have a warm meal, engage with their peers and pursue their different studies. And they’ll be safe.
Tips on how to talk to children about COVID-19
- Remain calm and reassuring: Children react to both what you say and how you say. They will pick up cues from the conversation you have with them and others
- Be available to talk and listen: Make time to talk to your children. Be sure your children know they can come and talk to you.
- Don’t be afraid to discuss coronavirus: Most children have already heard about it. Not talking about it actually makes kids worry more. Look at the conversation as an opportunity to convey the facts and set the emotional tone.
- Provide information that’s honest and accurate: Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
- Be developmentally appropriate: Don’t volunteer too much information as this may be too overwhelming. Instead try to answer your child’s questions.
- Avoid language that may blame others and lead to stigma: Remember viruses make anyone sick. Avoid making assumptions about who might have coronavirus. Bullying or negative comments made towards others should be stopped and reported to schools.
- Teach children everyday actions to reduce spread of germs: Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing, sneezing or sick. Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow. Then throw the tissue into the trash. Remind children not to share drinks or food. Get children into the habit of handwashing.
- Communicate with your school: Talk to your school nurse, school counselors, school psychologist, or school social worker if your child is having difficulties as a result of anxiety or stress related to the coronavirus.
What to do when the library’s closed
LA County Library has many digital resources you can access 24/7, no matter where you are. All you need is your library card number and PIN.
Don’t have a Library card? Click here to sign up for a Digital Library Card that will give you access to all of the Library’s digital offerings, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, TV, homework help, online classes, and more.
Click here https://lacountylibrary.org/coronavirus/ to:
- Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks on OverDrive or Libby
- Stream movies and TV shows on Kanopy and Hoopla
- Check out digital magazines via RBdigital
- Stream music on Freegal
- If you’re a parent or caregiver, sign up for ReadyRosie to get texts or emails with ideas for family engagement tips and early learning opportunities, or check out TumbleBook Library, an online collection of animated and talking picture books.
- Homework Help: Kids and learners of all ages can get one-on-one homework help and tutoring from 1 – 10 pm every day on Brainfuse, plus lots of other resources for school and career that are available at all hours.
More information from L.A. County Library
- Follow the link for the latest updates from LA County Library: https://lacountylibrary.org/coronavirus/
- All LA County Library locations will be closed through March 31, 2020.
- Due dates for borrowed materials will automatically be extended, no late fines will be assessed, and customers can return materials when the Library reopens. Customers can contact their local library Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm for information, services, and resources during the closure.