Coronavirus Resources for Families
Following are resources for families to support student learning and emotional/mental health during Coronavirus.
Planning for the Fall
School districts are being encouraged to offer a range of options to serve families with different needs in the fall under social distancing standards. This graphic outlines some of the possible models that districts might offer.
FAQs: Distance Learning: The California Department of Education provides many answers about distance learning in this helpful FAQ.
California Parent and Youth Helpline: The CA Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and referrals during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for English, Spanish and other languages. https://caparentyouthhelpline.
- To parents who have suddenly become teachers: This article by County Superintendent Steve Herrington and Early Literacy and School Readiness Coordinator Brulene Zanutto provides practical, compassionate guidance to parents on supporting their child's learning at home.
- Infographic: Supporting Your Student's Success During Distance Learning (PDF)
- Infographic for Graduates: Information about College Admissions During COVID-19. (PDF)
- Infographic: Understanding Grading and Attendance During COVID (PDF)
- FAQ: Understanding Your Student's Privacy Rights During Distance Learning (PDF)
- Tips for Families: Unleashing The Inner Scientist and Engineer at Home
- Sonoma County Library: The Sonoma County Library offers a wealth of free distance learning resources, from online tutoring to foreign language tools, to online stories with interactive activities, and much more.
Mental Health and Emotional Support
- County of Sonoma - Mental Health Warmline: The warm line warm is available to any County resident experiencing emotional side effects of the pandemic and/or the shelter in place order, or knows somebody who is.Call (707) 565-2652 any day of the week from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. to speak to a trained professional.
- This Google Doc contains a wealth of resources for caregivers, including how to talk to children about Coronavirus, activities and lesson ideas, mental health resources, and more. | En Espanol
- Video: Self-Care for Parents and Caregivers During COVID-19
- California Parent and Youth Helpline: The California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups provides free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parent & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.
- Help for students in crisis - Resources curated by the California Department of Education
- Why Can't I go to School? A Social Story | Por que no puedo ir a la escuela?
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With Coronavirus
- Talking to Children About Coronavirus
- YouthScoop Resources for Teens: Youth Scoop is a site designed by Sonoma County youth for Sonoma County youth to help people navigate their options and eligibility in the areas of Education, Employment, Transportation, Supportive Services, Housing, and Health & Wellness. They now offer a range of resources related to the coronavirus. This resource is especially helpful for teens/young adults.
Community Resources to Support Families
Childcare for Emergency Workers
Childcare Available for Emergency Healthcare Workers:
A partnership between Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs), the County of Sonoma Emergency Operations Center and First 5 Sonoma County has resulted in a rapid deployment of emergency child care for hospital workers and possibly, other essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more.
Assistance Applying for Benefits
The Redwood Community Health Coalition can help families with applying for (or renewals for) Medi-Cal, CMSP (county program), Covered California, as well as nutrition assistance programs like CalFresh. Learn more.