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COVID-19 Education Innovations: Solution Spotlights in New York City, California and Hoonuit Meal Finder for States

• ExcelinEd News

Welcome to ExcelinEd’s ongoing roundup of creative solutions states and districts are taking to meet the education needs of their students affected by school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We need your help sharing these solutions so policymakers and state leaders can learn from each other. Please forward this information to your state leaders who are seeking solutions and send us your state’s or school district’s innovative efforts for us to amplify and share nationally.


Childcare for Essential Workers and Students Needing Extra Support

New York City’s education department released more details about its childcare plan for healthcare, emergency services, and transit workers as city schools remain closed until at least April 20, as reported by Chalkbeat New York on March 17. The education department will open about 100 sites across the city for all city children, regardless of whether they go to public or private school.

Several other school districts and states, including Rochester, MN and Vermont, are launching similar programs.

More information:

New York City Regional Enrichment Centers


Locating School Meal Distribution Centers

Hoonuit has worked with several states to develop a map that families can use to find school meal distribution centers. The site currently has data for Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas, provided by state education agencies, plus some data from California and Alabama provided by local districts. The company is offering their service free to other states and districts.


Hoonuit School Meal Finder


California Issues Detailed Distance Learning Guidance

The California Department of Education provided detailed guidance for school districts to take into consideration when developing their distance learning plans, including a very detailed continuum of delivery strategies, while schools remain closed, possibly through the end of the school year.   They included several high-quality examples of plans from across the state and country, including West Lake Charter School, Los Angeles Unified School District and Miami-Dade Public Schools, that are all offering different strategies. The department’s guidance specifically addresses considerations for including economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and English learners.


California Department of Education Distance Learning Guidance

West Lake Charter School Distance Learning website

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