With the school year fast approaching — August 18th for LAUSD students — parents should be thinking about obtaining school supplies, both for at-home learning and for when schools reopen. Though California law states that no child shall be required to pay for any necessary school supplies or equipment, the current health crisis can make accessing supplies a challenge. These resources can help provide children with the tools they need to excel this year:
- Computers/Internet Access. In May, LAUSD estimated that up to a third of all students lacked access to computers and/or reliable internet access at home. Since then, the district has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire Chromebooks, iPads and Wifi hotspots for students to address the inequity and “device gap.” If you lack a computer or internet access at home, reach out to your child’s school or contact LAUSD directly at 213-443-1300. You may also consider purchasing a low-cost computer or internet service through the California Emerging Technology Fund at https://www.everyoneon.org/find-offers?partner=CETF
- In-Person Learning Supplies. Because of LAUSD’s focus on supplying computers, traditional mains of obtaining low- or no-cost school supplies such as backpacks and notebooks are limited, but remember –– your child will need them when in-person schooling ultimately resumes. Every Friday and Saturday through August 15th, LA Care is hosting drive-through events to distribute backpacks filled with school supplies at locations across L.A. To see a list of times and locations, visit LA Care Health Plan, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan to Distribute 7,000 Backpacks and School Supplies to Students.
- Setting up a home learning environment. Keeping a school schedule and creating a positive learning environment at home can help you and your child this fall. For more tips, visit Age-Based Tips to Help Juggle Parenting & Working at Home During COVID-19 and School’s Out: A Parents’ Guide for Meeting the Challenge During the COVID-19 Pandemic.