The Sonoma County Office of Education has recommended as of March 25 that all Sonoma County school districts continue distance learning through at least May 1.
Previously, Sonoma County school districts had announced that they would suspend in-person classes at least through the duration of the Sonoma County Health Officer's coronavirus shelter-in-place order, which was set to end April 7. Then, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for residents to stay at home statewide and prohibited mass gatherings of more than 10 people indefinitely.
As parents grapple with how to keep students learning, healthy and fed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some resources to help:
The following resources have been curated by Sonoma County Office of Education counselors. A list that’s being continually updated can be found here.
Explaining Coronavirus to Children:
Mental Health Resources & Information Guides for Educators, Families, & Children:
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus 2019 - NAMI / Guía de ayuda para padres y cuidadores para ayudar a las familias a enfrentar la enfermedad Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) - NAMI
Shelter in Place Activities for Adults & Children:
Learning Programs and Activities
Online learning with Lynda: Sonoma County Library cardholders have free acess to Lynda.com's collection of online courses and tutorials to learn business, technology, and creative skills. Log in to get started here.
Online Maker Activities: A group of educators that includes representatives of the Sonoma County Office of Education have launched an effort called CoBuild-19 to provide a set of hands-on maker activities and design challenges that children and their families can complete at home using simple products found around the house. To access CoBuild-19 information and projects, visit:
PBS Learning Media: PBS and your local station have curated free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more. Get started here.
School Lunch Map
This map shows where you can pick up school lunches for your kids during the stay-at-home order. Any family in need of meals is encouraged to call 2-1-1 to find the hours and location of the nearest meal service option. Families can also obtain information from the school district their child attends.
Find additional information and resources from the Sonoma County Office of Education at scoe.org/covid.