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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, March 20, 2020


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: March 20, 2020


All Coronavirus (COVID-19) SSPI Communications

Thank you all for an incredible first week in this new learning environment. The efforts you have made to adjust to this evolving situation have been nothing short of heroic, as you also navigate how this personally impacts you and your household. THANK YOU!

As promised, we are sending this weekly update every Friday to give you an overview of items that might be of value to you as we adapt to the ever-changing COVID-19 environment. If you received this update directly, please forward to anyone and
everyone that might be interested. If you received this update from a forward and wish to subscribe directly, please send a blank email to join-covid19-update@mlist.cde.ca.gov.


Overview of items included in this update:

  1. Important COVID-19 Website Updates
  2. Nutrition App Update
  3. Special Education Guidance Document Release
  4. Submission Update – CALPADS
  5. Upcoming/Next Week

1. Important COVID-19 Website Updates

Please visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/coronavirus.asp to find all of these helpful updates.

2. Nutrition App Update

CDE’s “CA Meals for Kids” mobile app has been updated to help students and families find meals during COVID-19-related emergency school closures. We know you are very busy, but whenever possible, we need school districts to continue to update the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System, which will then populate the meal site locations into the app. We are still instructing families to contact you for availability in their area until this app is fully populated.

3. Special Education Guidance

Check https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/specialedcovid19guidance.asp for the newest guidance document.

4. Submissions Update – 19-20 CALPADS

CDE has extended the certification deadline for the Fall 2 submission from March 20, 2020, to April 24, 2020.

With regard to the upcoming End-of-Year submissions, the CDE is fully aware of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on schools and students and consequently on any data collected and submitted for state and federal reporting and accountability. The CDE is in communication with the United States Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, and the State Board of Education regarding these impacts and expects new guidance to be forthcoming. The CDE will keep LEAs informed as information becomes available.

If you have any questions, please contact the CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office by phone at 916-324-6738 or by email at calpads@cde.ca.gov or Glenn Miller, Administrator, by phone at 916-319-0529 or by email at gmiller@cde.ca.gov.

5. Upcoming/Next Week

We are working on ways to address how we support our high school seniors during this difficult time. We welcome your input and best practices. Please send to COVID19@cde.ca.gov.

As this situation evolves, we know you are faced with many challenges. Some may need to be handled at the local level, but if you need help and support, please email your thoughts and concerns to COVID19@cde.ca.gov. Thank you for your continued support of our students and their continued learning during this challenging time. Don’t forget to take time to care for yourself.

Questions:   Department of Education | COVID19@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 30, 2020
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