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 Educational Content Available on TV, Online During School Closures

​Tune into KPBS 2 during school closures for TK-12 educational programming from KPBS, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), and San Diego Unified School District.

Launched on Monday, March 16, the initiative, “At-Home Learning: Where Children Matter,” will bring 12 hours of state standards-aligned television programming scheduled by grade level, and free access to a digital library of educational resources. 

With most schools in San Diego County closed in an effort to curb the potential transmission of COVID-19, this partnership works to ensure students and families have access to robust learning materials.

"It's critical that learning continues for all students in this time of uncertainty," said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools. "Schools may be closed but our responsibility to our students' future remains. We can't let students who have worked so hard lose that hard-won progress away from the classroom."

SDCOE has also launched a directory of resources for administrators and educators to support alternative means of delivering curriculum. This includes planning documents for administrators and educators, open educational resources, links to free video conferencing and learning management systems, and details on free internet access programs for families. Go to covid-19.sdcoe.net for resources and more. 

KPBS programming and PBS LearningMedia educational resources are free to families, educators, and the community to support learning during the school closures.

“This collaboration provides students in San Diego Unified and throughout the county opportunities to continue their learning during this crisis with equity and access in mind,” said San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten. “I am grateful for this partnership that provides high-quality programming to students and teachers.”

There are more than 500,000 students in the county, including the 3,150 children SDCOE educates each year through our Juvenile Court and Community Schools. The programming and schedule has been developed to help districts and schools bridge the digital divide and provide equitable access to learning for all students at home, regardless of access to internet or computers.

“Public media television is a public service that has the importance of children’s education embedded in its DNA. For 60 years we have been America’s classroom across all geographic boundaries, races, and income levels. Answering the call to ensure our TK through 12th grade young people have access to learning while at-home during this unprecedented time is critical to our mission and we are honored to be of service because at KPBS children matter,” said Tom Karlo, KPBS General Manager.

As public school educators use these resources, remember that any instruction must support all students. If you provide educational services to the general student population during a school closure, you must also ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the same opportunities. 

Broadcast Resources 

Beginning Monday, March 16, KPBS 2 will broadcast 12 hours of programming selected to meet the TK-12 California educational standards. The programming will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in viewing blocks by grade level:

  • 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. - Grades TK-3
  • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Grades 4-8
  • 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Grades 9-12

How to Watch

A student does not need access to a computer or the Internet to watch. Tune into KPBS 2 with an antenna at channel 15.2, or on Cox 811 or Spectrum 1277. The programming and digital content is also accessible via mobile. Direct TV, Dish, and AT&T U-verse do not carry KPBS 2. If you have this service, change the input on your TV to use the antenna and watch over the air on channel 15.2.

Digital Resources 

California students and educators have immediate access to an online library of free educational resources from PBS LearningMedia, including videos, associated lesson plans, hosted training sessions, and self-guided how-to resources for teachers. These will accompany PBS's trusted programs and align with current classroom standards.

How to Get Started

Educators and parents can join a 15-minute webinar to learn how to use PBS LearningMedia California. Live webinars are hosted twice daily through Bay Area public media station KQED.

PBS LearningMedia is committed to inclusion, diversity, and accessibility. With this in mind, PBS is continuously taking steps to improve the website to meet online usability and design standards recommended WCAG 2.0 AA and other standards outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The site works with screen readers and meets contrast requirements for the visually impaired. For assistance with the site visit the PBS LearningMedia help webpage