Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, June 12, 2020
From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Date: June 12, 2020
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Announcements & News Releases
Thurmond Releases Guidance Document on Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools (June 8, 2020)
SPI News Conference: Safe Reopening of Schools (June 8, 2020)
SPI Webinar: Safe Reopening of Schools (June 8, 2020)
SPI Calls on Counseling Groups to Strengthen Mental Health Supports for Students (June 10, 2020)
SPI Weekly Media Check-in (June 10, 2020)https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=587938278497027
Nutrition Services Division
This week’s COVID-19 School and Child and Adult Day Care Meals Guidance update includes additional resources to support your operation during the COVID-19.
- The Policy Overview section was updated to include USDA policy memorandums on Food Service Management Contracts Questions and Answers, several waiver extensions, and approval of a state waiver for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grantees to offer snack at non-elementary school sites.
- The Resources section was updated to include guidance from School Nutrition Association on Thought Starters for Reopening Schools for SY2020–21 publication and a link to access the May 19th Thought Partners webinar.
- The Frequently Asked Questions section was updated to include Food Service Management Contracts, food safety inspections, and Resource Management.
English Learner Support Division
The California Teachers Association (CTA), with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE, have released a series of webinars focused on supporting English learners during distance and hybrid learning. To access the archived webinars, visit the WestEd Webinars web page at https://www.wested.org/webinars-home/.
The English Learner Support Division (ELSD) is publishing two newsletters during the COVID-19 school closure: The Distance Learning Parent Newsletter and the English Learner (EL) Updates Newsletter. These formerly weekly newsletters are published monthly starting with the June 2020 issues. All previous issues of the newsletters are available now on the CDE EL Updates Newsletters web page linked below.
ELSD newsletters: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/elnewsletters.asp.
Educator Excellence and Equity Division
The Educator Excellence and Equity Division has developed a new web page that provides guidance regarding school health and safety requirements to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) in planning for the upcoming school year. It includes updated information and resources related to school health screening requirements, comprehensive sexual health education instruction, school safety plans, and mandated reporter training.The guidance, developed in collaboration with staff in the California Department of Public Health Immunization and Tuberculosis Branches, the California School Nurses Organization, select School Health Directors and School Nurses, and members of the California Healthy Youth Act state team, is located on the CDE COVID-19 School Health and Safety Guidance web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/re/shscovid19.asp. LEAs are encouraged to work with local school health and safety staff to implement these requirements.
Webinars - Upcoming
Recap of This Week’s Webinars:
School Nutrition Town Hall #2 (Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 2 p.m.)
The Nutrition Services Division hosted a School Nutrition Town Hall meeting with 741 attendees. The panelists (Hunger Heroes) shared their thought process and factors that are being considered in their decision-making process to serve meals when schools reopen. The Hunger Heroes included: Michelle Drake, Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Elk Grove Unified School District (USD); Laura Jacobo, Director, Nutrition Services, Woodlake USD; Daryl Hickey, Director, Food Nutrition Services, Pomona USD; and Vince Caguin, Director, Nutrition Services and Warehousing, Natomas USD.
Supporting, Protecting, and Safeguarding Children through Distance Learning (this webinar was pre-recorded and can be accessed at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/pf/fy/cps202006.asp)
The Student Achievement and Support Division coordinated a joint presentation with the California Department of Social Services, California State Parent Teacher Association, and California Teachers Association. The purpose of this webinar is to provide educators with innovative ways in which they can help to keep children safe by recognizing and reporting signs of suspected child abuse and neglect through distance learning. Resources for appropriate for parents, families, and caregivers that will help them through the challenges of distance learning are also shared.
How to Prepare Dual Language Elementary Students to Engage in Conversations Around Central Ideas with High-Quality Texts (Monday, June 15, 2020, at 4 p.m.)
This webinar is presented by the CTA, with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE. Given the pervasive practice of engaging students with the text without building the field or inviting prior knowledge to make sense of it, a common design challenge faced by teachers of bilingual and emerging-bilingual students is how to structure invitations for students to engage their own experiences and knowledge to support the intellectual work of the lesson. This webinar will highlight the importance of surfacing students’ prior experiences and activating their prior knowledge in dual-language classrooms. The following topics will be addressed in this session:
- Inviting students’ prior experiences and knowledge: Why is it so important?
- Student-centered activities to incorporate their prior knowledge and experiences: How can we do it?
Link: WestEd Meeting Registration web page at https://tinyurl.com/ELWebinarJune15
School Nutrition Town Hall #3 (Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 2 p.m.)
The Nutrition Services Division will host a School Nutrition Town Hall meeting. The panelists (Hunger Heroes) will discuss plans for reopening food services when schools reopen, including the district model that is going to be used or considered. Speakers will share strategies for serving quality meals, implementing meals in the classroom, adapting new practices for farm-to-school, and engaging community partners. The Hunger Heroes include: Cody Williams, Director, Food and Nutritional Services, Novato Unified School District; Tawny Cowell, Director, Nutrition Services, Redding School District (SD); Gail Gousha, Director, Nutrition Services, Escondido Union SD; and Eric Span, Director, Nutrition Services, Sweetwater Union High SD.
Please select the link below to join the webinar:
How to Engage Dual Language Elementary Students with High-Quality Texts (Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 4 p.m.)
This webinar is presented by the CTA, with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE. This webinar will build from the webinar, How to Prepare Dual Language Elementary Students to Engage in Conversations Around Central Ideas with High-Quality Texts, and introduce dual language educators to teaching and learning approaches and processes that support elementary students’ abilities to access and engage in disciplinary literacy practices with high quality, complex texts. Instruction designed to ensure high quality interactions with texts allow students to develop metacognitive and metalinguistic practices while building and practicing their understanding of language.
The following topics will be addressed in this session:
- The critical thinking and literacy practices needed to succeed in the twenty-first century
- A research-based approach to meaningfully engaging elementary dual language students with high quality texts that lead to:
- The development of metacognitive and metalinguistic practices;
- Deepened understandings of key concepts and themes within and across texts; and
- Support rich understandings of language.
Link: WestEd Meeting Registration web page at https://tinyurl.com/ELWebinarJune17
Making Community Eligibility Provision Work for your District in School Year 2020–21 (Thursday, June 18, 2020, 2 p.m.)
The Nutrition Services Division is excited to partner with No Kid Hungry California to co-host a webinar to discuss Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This webinar will be targeted towards districts that are considering adopting, expanding, or renewing CEP at their school sites. You will hear from a panel of speakers who will provide an overview of CEP participation, discuss the benefits of CEP from the local perspective, and identify some best practices for maximizing your identified student percentage.
Please register for the webinar at the link below: https://strength.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nULUdVu4TrCZdFlrbYoj_g