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How learning will change across California's K-12 schools amid corornavirus closures

03/14/2020 9:20 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

How learning will change across California's K-12 schools amid coronavirus closures

With online learning presenting barriers, schools across California are finding different ways to teach students remotely.

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MARCH 13, 2020
MICHAEL BURKEANDSYDNEY JOHNSON

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California schools facing inevitable closures because of coronavirus outbreaks are finding various ways to keep learning going as students are forced to stay home.

Across the state, more than 1,200 public and private K-12 schools announced this week that they will close or move to remote learning due to concerns about coronavirus, including the state’s two largest school districts, Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, which announced Friday morning in a joint statement that they will close schools beginning Monday. Since Thursday night, districts including Berkeley, San Francisco, Sacramento City and others also announced they would close schools.

But while many colleges and universities in California have switched to online classes to keep students and staff home, most K-12 schools are not equipped with the infrastructure to do so. Now schools are exploring everything from take-home projects to partnerships with local media.  

L.A. Unified, serving more than 600,000 students, plans to transition to teaching students remotely through a partnership with local public television. The district, which will close for at least two weeks, announced Thursday it will partner with public television stations KCET and PBS SoCal to broadcast educational programming to its students while they are forced to stay at home. Similar programming will also be available in other parts of the state. KQED, the PBS station in the San Francisco Bay Area, plans to air the same television schedule as PBS SoCal/KCET. 

For many students in Los Angeles, the programming will be accompanied by lesson plans and take-home assignments for students to complete. Austin Beutner, the district’s superintendent, said in a statement that when students leave school Friday, they will leave with a plan to continue learning that will begin on Monday. 

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