This discussion page is for COVID-19 education information.

📝Orlando Student Tutoring was created by students for students. The purpose is to connect elementary and middle school students with high school tutors and provide free tutoring as a means to ease their transition to online learning. Learn more at orlandostudenttutoring.com

📝Recently, Varsity Tutors announced the launch of Virtual School Day—a free remote learning program that includes live, online classes and educational resources intended to help parents fill their kid’s day with enriched learning and to help keep students from sliding academically during COVID-19 school cancellations. So far, we've had more than 40,000 free class registrations.  

Virtual School Day provides students with free live, online instruction each week. Each class is led by an expert tutor with experience in the course topic, as well as familiarity with virtual instruction. Classes refresh weekly, with age-appropriate options for grades K-12. All 100+ current classes can be found here: https://www.varsitytutors.com/virtual-school-calendar 

It's totally free. We already have thousands of students signed up. Our most popular classes are "Intro to Spanish for Kids", “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales."

Unlike other resources, these classes are not only free, but also live AND ongoing, so children can get to know their expert instructors and have regular programming
Varsity Tutors created online tutoring back in 2014. We've delivered nearly 5 million hours of instruction since inception. We have 40,000 expert instructors on our platform covering more than 2,500 different subjects

💻SKAI org had a great interactive discussion on COVID-19! They had teens, tweens, and parents from New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, Idaho, Texas, Colorado, Central, North, and South Florida, and as far away as Germany! Gaining a global perspective at this critical time is what makes us smarter, wiser, and more insightful..Here’s a recording of the “Decoding COVID-19” webinar on SKAI's YouTube channel. 

📚Join the Florida PTA, Monday April 27th, 12-1 PM for a webinar with Jacob Oliva, FL DOE Chancellor of Education, discussing academic impacts of Covid-19. Click here for info and to register.

📚 Virtual learning activities for kids can be found here.

📚 Governor DeSantis announced that all Florida schools will remain closed through the rest of the school year. Read more here: https://nonahoodnews.com/breaking-all-florida-schools-closed-for-school-year/ 

🍎The Stay-at-Home order will not impact the Grab and Go free meal program for children 18 years old and under. It will continue at 50 sites. Please check here for location updates. However, program hours will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Friday, March 27.

📞All district offices and schools hours of operation will be adjusted to 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The district office will NOT be open for walk-in visitors during the Stay-At-Home order but will answer calls. If you need to visit a school for any reason, other than picking up meals for your children, please call the school to schedule an appointment.

📚 All Florida public schools will remain closed through at least the end of April; distance learning will continue until then.

📚 Community Scholars Initiative is releasing educational content and resources every day at 2PM here.

📚 Per the OCPS website (as of March 17), all schools will be closed through April 15 and state testing is canceled. All after-school activities will continue to be suspended until further notice. Grades for the rest of the school year will not be calculated and the decision if the student moves on to the next grade level or repeats the grade in the 2021 school year is up to each student’s parents, per Governor DeSantis. 

📚 Scholastic offers free online courses here 

💻Amazon Future Engineer is providing free access to sponsored computer science courses in the US, which is for independent learners grades 6-12, and teachers who are remotely teaching this age group. Parents can also access this curriculum. 

🤖Amazon Future Engineer is offering a virtual robotics program through partners CoderZ. The fully sequenced course accommodates age levels from second grade with block based coding to high school with text based coding. 

🎼Amazon Future Engineer also is providing access to EarSketch, a free program that helps students learn to code through music. Grammy-award winning artists Ciara and Common have both provided studio-quality music STEMs that students can remix from home using code. 

Keep checking back to www.amazonfutureengineer.com/free-courses to sign up for these programs, and to check out more free computer science programming being added by the Amazon Future Engineer team. 

 

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