Know Your Rights
The following resources clarify distance learning standards and parent/student rights during the pandemic
- Know Your Rights: Distance Learning Available to Families For 2021-2022 School Year
- CalMatters distance learning infographic
- Know Your Rights from CA Rural Legal Assistance (English / Spanish)
- Public Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Public Advocates)
- Student Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic (ACLU)
- Letter to CA Superintendent on Educational Requirements for School Reopening (Public Advocates, ACLU)
- General Student Rights Modules (ACLU)
Learning Continuity Plan Resources
The Learning Continuity Plan is a tool for districts to explain to students, families, and stakeholders how they will provide quality learning opportunities (whether in-person or at a distance) and support the needs of students and staff during the 2020-21 school year. School boards must adopt the Learning Continuity Plan by September 30th with community input similar to the requirements of the LCAP. There will be no LCAP adopted for 2020-21, so the Learning Continuity Plan is an important advocacy tool to make sure that federal and state funding is spent equitably and effectively to keep all kids learning, address the impact of COVID-19, and ensure that students facing unique needs (like English learners, students in foster care, students experiencing homelessness, and students with exceptional needs) are fully supported.
- Learning Continuity Plan template, instructions, and background (CDE)
- Slides explaining Learning Continuity Plans (CA Partnership for the Future of Learning)
- Learning Continuity Plan 2-pager – English/Spanish (Families in Schools, NCYL, Public Advocates)
- Learning Continuity Plan Infographics by District (Families in Schools, NCYL, Public Advocates)
Restorative Reopening of Schools
The following tools are designed to support your advocacy around a restorative return to school!
- Tool for Local Mental Health / Social Emotional Advocacy – English/Spanish (CA Partnership for the Future of Learning)
- 10 Questions to Ask Districts About Their COVID-19 Learning Plans (CA Partnership for the Future of Learning)
- Restarting and Reinventing School: Learning in the time of COVID and Beyond (Learning Policy Institute)
- Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of CA Public Schools (CDE)
- CA Partnership for the Future of Learning COVID Recommendations
Pandemic Relief Funding
Learn how money is being distributed to your school district during the pandemic.
- Pandemic Response Funds (CARES Act and Learning Loss Mitigation Funds)
- How much Pandemic-related funding is your school district getting?
- California Department of Education on Learning Loss Funds
- Federal CARES Act funding for all districts, charter schools and county offices of education (Children Now)