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COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlights in Florida, Kansas and AP Live Review Classes

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Florida Online Grocery Purchase Pilot Program for SNAP Recipients

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced a pilot program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to purchase groceries online with the use of an EBT card. This partnership with federal, state and local partners will ensure Floridians can access nutritious food while also practicing social distancing and self-quarantining to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The pilot program in Florida will begin with an initial launch on April 16 and expand statewide on April 21, when both Walmart and Amazon online purchasing will be available. DCF will continue to coordinate with the USDA and the Florida Retail Federation to expand the network of retailers participating in the pilot program.

More information: 
DCF Press Release
Online Purchasing Pilot FAQs

Kansas District-College Coordination

Brad Neuenswander, Kansas’s deputy education commissioner, said it will be critical for state education officials to help districts and higher education institutions work together to coordinate requirements for dual-credit courses, scholarships and other programs that bridge K-12 to college, reported Education Week on April 8. Kansas, the first state to decide to close its schools for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year, started coordinating meetings between community colleges and high schools as soon as schools first closed, to ensure students would get full credit and transition supports.

“It helps to focus on the student as an individual and help them to make that transition, even if it’s just reaching out to the next college and helping the student make those connections when colleges are closing their facilities and working from home, too,” Neuenswander said.

AP Live Review Classes

Students can continue working toward college credit with free, live review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes will enable students to complete the few remaining topics of each AP classes and then focus on reviewing previous skills and concepts. The classes are available on demand after the original presentation so teachers and students can access them any time.

Also in response to COVID-19, The College Board is developing AP Exams for this year that students can take from home. The 45-minute open-book exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

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