We are working through this new reality with COVID-19 alongside you. We'll keep monitoring the latest news and will keep you posted on what COVID-19 means for our schools and education funding.
As of right now, Governor Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman jointly announced the closure of all Arizona schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020. We will keep you informed on any future developments. You can also visit the Arizona Department of Education website.
We also wanted to give some actionable and practical resources that you can use in the coming days.
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Arizona Together - Gov. Ducey's office has created a site of resources to help support families and businesses in this time of need. Use this site to apply for unemployment benefits, access healthcare and financial assistance programs, childcare assistance, food banks, meals for children, and other community resources.Click here for the full list.
Arizona Enrichment Centers - Offering childcare for the children of first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers, including child safety workers.
AZEd.gov Guidance to Schools on COVID-19 - This page contains guidance and resources for Arizona’s public district and charter schools as they navigate COVID-19 response, including instructional time, statewide testing, provision of special education services, school meals, social-emotional learning resources, childcare, and more.
We know food insecurity is a reality for many and an issue that must be addressed. Fortunately, the Arizona Department of Education is continually updating the list of districts, charters, and non-profit organizations who are providing meals to individuals under the age of 18. Please click here for the full list.
Free Instructional Materials
Virtual Learning Hub - The Arizona Department of Education has compiled Virtual Learning Hub, a resource database for teachers and families to assist them as they plan for at-home instruction. This document is continuously being updated.
FASTalk - This is an evidence-based tool that sparks conversation between teachers, parents, and students about daily classroom learning. Families receive weekly curriculum-aligned activities sent via text to their cell phone. During current school closures, FASTalk can be especially helpful by providing:
Activities that will be sent by text message. Parents do not need to have a smartphone or download an app to utilize this service.
Text messages available in 100+ languages.
Tips for parents to support social and emotional learning, including managing stress and anxiety.
Reading Challenge - This challenge encourages participants to continue learning, even though school is out. You can join the Arizona Stand reading challenge program. It’s fun and easy. Plus, there is a great little prize at the end.
Digital Library - This allows families to build one of the most critical skills we can teach our students in today’s economy while they are at home. Our library has hundreds of books that your children can choose from.
Kidappolis - This is an app that enables parents to use screen time as deep learning time, through interactive, caregiver-led early learning opportunities. Personalized, curated app recommendations foster specific early learning, literacy, and numeracy goals. Until the 2021 school year begins, this app is free, using the code: FREE.
Zearn - Online math lessons customized for grades K - 5, including 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers.
Khan Academy - These are educational resources and guides that include daily live streams on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter for students, parents, and teachers navigating school closures.
Eureka Math - Online resources for math, English language, and science broken out by grade level.
Scholastic Learn at Home - Keep the learning going with special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a story or video.
Mystery Science - This is a curated starter set of science lessons from the creator of the most popular science lessons in U.S. schools. Short, mini-lessons are available completely digitally and full lessons include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.
Podcasts for Kids
History Chicks - Hosted by two moms, each of their hour-long episodes tells the story of a famous woman from history.
The Punies by Kobe Bryant - Featuring an eclectic group of neighborhood friends known as The Good Ol' Gang, each episode shares important life lessons on how to play with joy and limitless imagination, the way sports should be played.
Wow in the World - This is a show from NPR that explores fun and fascinating topics in the world of science and technology.
Educational YouTube Channels
Liberty's Kids - This is a narrative account of the American Revolution, spread over 40 episodes.
Mark Rober - A former NASA engineer who comes up with fun and engaging ways to explore science and engineering.
Raising Wonder - Free art lessons, printable activities, stories, and more.
Virtual Museum Tours- Top museums around the world are offering online tours and exhibits.
Cosmic Kids Yoga - Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3+.
Libby - Borrow e-books and audiobooks for free through your local library.