Keeping Brains & Bellies Full During COVID-19

Current Events & News, Parent & Family Engagement | 03/16/2020

Karen Parrino, NBCT
Kindergarten Teacher, Livingston Parish

Karen is a National Board Certified Kindergarten Teacher with more than 25 years of classroom experience

It’s been a historic, uncertain week in our state and our country. Like so many of you, I’ve found myself saying “is this really happening?!” It is. And with our students set to stay home during this critical time in the academic year, you might be asking yourself how to keep those little minds engaged.  How do we ensure our students aren’t falling behind (and, if we are honest, how can we preserve our sanity as parents?!)

Be sure to check your school district’s website for their plans to offer online learning. Many school districts already pay for online resources that you can access from their website. Additionally, here are some online resources you may want to check out.

Virtual Learning Opportunities

  • ABC Mouse- Great resource for early learners that’s being offered for free for 30 days, right now!
  • Kahn Academy- Free! Online courses and lessons for math, science, and the arts!  Kahn offers lessons for all ages, including test prep for the ACT/SAT.
  • Louisiana Virtual Academy- A free, open, virtual classroom hosted by teachers who are donating their time and expertise to keep Louisiana (and any other states) learning.
  • Library Apps- Check out your local library’s website. If you have a library card, you should be able to access their apps on your smartphone and check out books/access other content directly on your device.
  • PBS Kids- Free! Amazing collection of valuable learning resources covers an impressive array of topics.
  • Math Games- A fantastic resource for practicing math skills; struggling students may need an adult for support.
  • Learnzillion- Free Version- Standards-aligned lessons and videos for math and English, all grade-levels.
Additional Educational Enrichment Activities


Many students and families in Louisiana are impacted by food insecurity and rely heavily on school nutrition programs to bridge the gaps in resources. Check out the resources below as well as your school website to find ways to make sure your family and friends have enough to eat.


Food & Meal Resources

  • United Way- United Ways across Louisiana have many family services, including food assistance. Find your closest UW office by clicking here.


Important Notes on Academic Tests & Deadlines 

  • BESE requested waivers - Waivers have been requested on testing and other rules, read more here.
  • ACT Delayed
  • SAT Delayed

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  • thank you Karen
    Deon Lee

    March 18, 2020 7:14 AM

  • Thank you to ALL the teachers that are volunteering their time. I feel it's important to keep the children busy learning. This is a time in their lives that they should be enjoying not having to stay in. But, for the safety of ALL it is a MUST that we ALL should be doing! Thank you again for caring about our children!!
    DaLu Tubbs

    March 18, 2020 7:53 AM

  • Thank you for this very nice collection of resources for children during these horrible days. I have taken the liberty of forwarding your letter to a friend of mine who is a lawyer and also teaches children who need special help. She and I correspond about classroom enhancements all the time. She lives in Siracusa in Sicily, Italy and her highschool age students are all under strictest quarantine. I hope that they may find something of interest in your fine schedule I shall let you know what she says. Thank you
    Charlotte Lang ...

    March 18, 2020 1:43 PM