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 Building a Virtual Safety Net for Students

Students need educators and school staff members now more than ever. 

With schools and districts closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, continuing learning is important, and so are the other safety net services that school provides. 

Meals for Students

Find up-to-date student meal providers at You can also download the CA Meals 4 Kids app for a map of locations near you. There are also food resources for the whole family available through 2-1-1 San Diego.

Mental Health and Wellness

We know these COVID-19 safety measures can put a lot of stress and pressure on families, so SDCOE teams created several resources for districts and schools to share with their staff and families. 

Student Safety at Home

Students have far fewer in-person interactions with adults outside of their home during this COVID-19 state stay at home order. This can cause increased stress and strain. During a crisis, child abuse and neglect typically increase, but since schools have closed, the number of reports of abuse in San Diego County have significantly decreased. Students are also spending more time online, leading to concerns for their safety. We have created a poster with tips to empower school staff to continue reporting abuse or neglect, and we have an image with FBI recommended ways to keep kids safe online. 

Distance Learning Support for Educators, Parents, and Students

SDCOE teams are regularly updating the resources at the SDCOE COVID-19 website. There are distance learning and pandemic plan templates for districts, counselor and social worker resources, instructional resources categorized by content area, virtual meeting training and instruction, as well as parent and student resources. 

The SDCOE print shop is safely staffed, ready to support districts’ distance learning plans, and prepared to deliver in bulk or to individual houses. For information and a quote on distance learning curriculum, materials, customized signage, contact Candida Bothel-Hammond at

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