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Closures: Many school districts have temporary closed schools to mitigate the number of people contracting COVID-19.
Los Angeles Unified School District
Downey Unified School District
Montebello Unified School District
Paramount Unified School District
Please see the resources listed below, which are available to children and families.
Student Meal Resources:
To find a student food assistance location nearest to you, visit achieve.lausd.net/resources. My office has also produced this list of free student meal sites throughout our 40th Congressional District, including sites in the Los Angeles, Montebello, Downey, and Paramount Unified School Districts.
Child Care for Essential Workers:
Californians working in essential sectors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response need safe, reliable, and accessible child care options. MyChildCare.ca.gov provides an interactive map of qualified licensed child care providers near you. The tool is available in English and Spanish.
In addition, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s L.A. Emergency Child Care Connection program offers child care resources and services to essential health care workers at participating hospitals, as well as City of Los Angeles emergency responders. Those include the police officers; sworn members of the fire department, the Port of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles World Airports; and staff from the sanitation and personnel departments charged with protecting public health. Read more at https://corona-virus.la/Childcare.
Sidewalk Service at LA County Libraries: Held library items are becoming available for pickup at “Sidewalk Service” locations outside certain LA County libraries. If you have been notified that one of your holds is available, read more about Sidewalk Service pickups here. Libraries are still closed to the public, but you can use your LA County Library card, access FREE library resources on your computer or device, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and movies. Read more here.
SMITHSONIAN DIGITAL EDUCATION RESOURCES: With so many Americans socially isolating as their workplaces and schools are closed, the Smithsonian is working diligently to make its digital education resources available to schools, teachers, and parents. Please feel free to explore https://learninglab.si.edu/ to see some of the resources available. Click here for a larger list of Smithsonian Digital Resources for Students.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DIGITAL EDUCATION RESOURCES: Click here for a list of the Library of Congress’s Digital Resources for Students. In addition, the Library of Congress offers the following resources:
loc.gov/engage - On this page, you'll find ways to engage with authors you love and ways to connect to the Library’s resources from anywhere in the world.
loc.gov/families - We invite you and your family to participate in these activities, inspired by the collections, programs, and expertise of the Library of Congress.
loc.gov/teachers – This website puts hundreds of free teacher resources at teachers' fingertips. Ready-to-use lesson plans, sets of primary sources, and self-guided professional development, including primary sources from every U.S. state.
• Online webinars for teachers: Spring-Summer Webinar series will be every Wednesday at 2pm EDT for 12 weeks, beginning on May 6th
• Online Office Hours, every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
labs.loc.gov – With the Library’s new “Citizen DJ” project you can make hip hop music using the Library’s public audio collections.
Education: LAUSD, PBS SoCal | KCET, and KLCS-TV have partnered to provide free supplemental educational resources to help your family support learning at home during the school closures. For more information, please visit this site.
Internet Data Access:
Please note while the following companies are providing free services on a temporary basis, charges may apply after a specified time and it is important to be aware of company-specific cancellation rules.
Charter-Spectrum offers the “Spectrum Internet Assist” program to provide more affordable access to high-speed internet for qualifying households. To qualify, one or more members of your household must be a recipient of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Community Eligibility Provision of the NSLP, or (for applicants age 65+ only) Supplemental Security Income. Click here to read more.
Verizon through June 30, 2020, did not terminate service or charge late fees to its postpaid wireless, residential, and small business customers that notified Verizon of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Starting July 1, 2020, these customers were automatically enrolled in Verizon’s Stay Connected repayment program to provide options to stay connected. In addition, new Fios customers who qualify for the low-income Lifeline discount program will receive a $20 per month discount on their home Internet service for as long as they remain eligible for the program, bringing the cost to as low as $19.99 per month for 200/200 Mbps internet with no data caps. New registrations will be accepted for the remainder of 2020. Click here to read more about Verizon’s low-income Fios Internet program. 1-800-922-0204.
Comcast is offering free access to its 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020. It has also increased the speeds of its Internet Essentials plan aimed at low-income earners as of March 16, 2020. In addition, through the end of 2020, Comcast is offering 60 days of free service to eligible new customers, after which people will be charged $9.95 per month, and automatically increasing speeds on this plan from 15/2Mbps to 25/3Mbps. In partnership with Common Sense Media, Comcast offers free K-12 educational programming for Xfinity video customers. They also offer internet data to eligible low-income households for $10 a month. Additionally, Xfinity is offering eligible university students who live in its service areas and need internet service a $150 Visa prepaid card if students sign up by September 30, 2020. 1-800-XFINITY.
AT&T is waiving fees for customers who go over data caps through September 30, 2020. AT&T also offers internet data to qualifying limited income households for $10 a month; read more here. 1-800-288-2020.