LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Homeroom has now taken on a different meaning for more than 700,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District as in-person lessons have been put on pause as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Across Southern California and the nation, parents are becoming teachers, and living rooms are being turned into classrooms.
“We set up a daily schedule,” said Jenna Schwartz. “I think the key is trying to not do too much. Be gentle on yourself.”
Schwartz, a former teacher, said she recognizes the stress some parents may go through in the absence of formal training.
“Teachers go to school and get credentials for a reason. It’s hard.”
LAUSD has teamed up with PBS to provide lessons through their broadcast.
PBS SoCal (Channel 50.1) from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PBS SoCal KIDS (Channel 50.5)
24/7 Livestream (on streaming devices and PBS KIDS Video app)
KLCS KIDS (Channel 58.2)
KLCS (Channel 58.1) from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
YouTube (Search “PBS KIDS”)
Free PBS KIDS Video App
KLCS (Channel 58.1) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
KCET (Channel 28.1) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
KLCS (Channel 58.1) from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Beyond learning, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner says the district has been working with the Red Cross to come up with a plan to deliver food to students who rely on school-provided meals.
Sixty Grab & Go Food Centers will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18, and will be staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Find the list here.
“We’re a community-based organization,” Beutner said. “We want to let them know we’re there for them.”
All district employees will continue to be paid while schools are closed.