CAPSLO COVID-19 Updates, Resources and FAQs
For information on prevantative measures against COVID-19, please check out information in multiple languages here.
San Luis Obispo County
The Virtual Local Assistance Center is the one-stop-shop for San Luis Obispo County residents who have been impated by COVID-19.
Are you looking for resources in the SLO community? The 2-1-1 Community Resource Project in San Luis Obispo County is there to help!
North County & Coastal Areas
Community Resource Specialist
Phone: (805) 801-2054
SLO, South County & Los Osos
Community Resource Specialist
Phone: (805) 440-6240
2-1-1 SLO County
Free • Multilingual • 24/7
To connect with a 2-1-1 Specialist
1) Call 2-1-1 or (800) 549-8989
2) Text YOUR ZIP CODE to 898211
3) Visit 2-1-1 SLO website at 211slo.org
Meals for Children in SLO County
We are adjusting our meal service plans to better protect our staff and better serve our families. Please bear with us as we adjust plans based on staffing, product, and safety.
Starting Wednesday, March 25, we will move to pre-ordered, once a week pick up meals at five of our school locations for district students only. The orders must be placed by noon on Tuesday for a Wednesday pick up. Wednesday pick up will be available at the following locations:
Laguna Middle School
Los Osos Middle School
Pacheco Elementary School
Sinsheimer Elementary School
Del Mar Elementary School
The Meal Helpline is open Monday through Friday, 9am – 2pm at (805) 549-127
On March 18, 2020, the County of San Luis Obispo issued Local Emergency Order and Regulation No. 3, temporarily suspending evictions of tenants who are unable to pay rent because of COVID-19. The order also temporarily suspends “no fault” evictions. On March 27, 2020, Governor Newsom signed a statewide Executive Order (No. N-37-20) related to evictions. The SLO County order remains in effect and offers more protections for tenants, which are described in the SLO Legal Assistance Foundation FAQ Regarding COVID-19 Emergency Eviction Moratorium (English/Spanish).
Child Care Proffesionals Interested in Offering Services
For those child care professionsals that are interested in offering services for those child care setting that are in need, please fill out this form.
The SLO Food Bank is still continuing operations to provide food to community members in need while following all recommended guidelines. Please check out their website to get up-to-date information on distribution or call at 805.238.4664.
Managing Anxiety and Stress
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Things you can do to support yourself
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Social distancing may be a concern, but itilizing phone calls, facetime and skype are a great alternative.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
SLO County Parent Resources
Are you in need of emergency childcare? The Child Care Planning Council has resources for both families in need of child care and opportunities for childhood program/professionals to provide child care.
Parent Coaching Services are being offered at no cost for families living in San Luis Obispo County. Their qualified Coaches help parents’ sort through conflicting advice and help minimize informationvoverload. Coaches guide parents to explore time-honored strategies and find the clarity that fits uniquevparenting journeys. Find the Parent Coach that best fits your need here.
Community Parent Resources
CA Meals for Kids is a phone app that assists families in finging nearby Emergency Meal Sites
Resources for Indoor Activities
“What Mom’s Love” is a website for indoor activities for toddlers & preschoolers. These are hands-on activities, inexpensive and fun.
Strong Fathers has a list of 100 Things to Do with Your Children While School is Out.
Resources for Online Learning
Although many districts have closed down schools and early education centers, children’s education does not need to stop! Check out a full list of resources below. Also check out extensive lists here and here.
Elementary (PreK-6) Online Resources
- Age of Learning is providng free at-home access toADBmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ for families affected by school closures. Please use the code in this document to add up to three children per account.
- Breakout EDU uses online games to bring the fun of escapes rooms to learning across the elementary curriculum. They’ve put together a list of free online games kids can play at home.
- Education.com has worksheets and lesson plans for Preschool through 5th grade.
- edHelper is an online service that provides daily free workbook pages for grades K-6.
- Fabulinga teaches Spanish through interative stories on mobile phones and tablets. They are providing their entire platfrom free to all families and schools while schools are closed. Get the app for your mobile device here, the App Store, or Google Play.
- Freckle offers adaptive math and ELA courses for free.
- Frogstreet is offereing access to over 250 English and Spanish electronic books, activities and song for free during school closures. These activities are for children 3-5 years old.
- Legends of Learning offers games and simulations for 3rd through 8th graders. During the shool closures, they are offering all services free.
- Mystery Science offers digital video mini lessons for science subjects K-5.
- Scholastic includes four separate learning experiences every day, each built around a thrilling, meaningful sotry or video.
- The Inclusion Lab has a list of 24 at Home Learning Activiteis to Share with Parents of young Children as well as 11 Language-Boosting Activities for Young Children.
- Xtra Math is a nonprofit dedicated to math achievement for all.
Junior High and High School (Grades 6-12) Online Learning
- Everydae SAT Prep is an online SAT math prep program.
- Vocabbett provides SAT and ACT vocabulary prep through story form.
K-12 Online Learning
- Bonzai is a financial education program that helps sutdents learn the value of a dollar. There are real-life scenarios available in 3 interactive courses (3rd-12th).
- CK-12 is a collection of online learning resources covers pretty much every topic. Lessons include reading, activities, videos, and more to engage students. They also have free online textbooks.
- ClassHook offers quality media clips on every conceivable topic. Pre-curated playlists make it easier to find what you need for the subject at hand.
- Curriki provides teacher-vetted, open-resource lesson plans and materials on a wide array of subjects. It’s a good place to find online learning resources for students to use at home.
- Education Perfect Classroom provides a wide range of customizable online learning experiences.
- EVERFI offers courses for K-12 on real-world topics like mental health, financial planning, career readiness, and more.
- Free Math App requires students to show their work on math problems, step-by-step.
- Gamilab turns learning into a game when you create online quizzes and learning experiences. Use their extensive question bank, plus upload your own as needed.
- InferCabulary is a web-based, research-backed, device-agnostic, K-12, fun, game-based, visual approach for teaching nuanced vocabulary that simultaneously improves students’ critical thinking skills.
- Khan Academy is well-known for providing an incredibly wide range of lessons for students at every level. Chances are you’ll find at least some of what you need for your virtual classroom here.
- MusicFirst is the only online learning management system for teaching music at all age levels. Band practice might be off the table for now, but students can still work on theory, notation, sight-reading and more.
- NoRedInk builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum, adaptive exercises, and actionable data.
- Slido for Education is a brand-new virtual classroom platform integrates PowerPoint, Zoom video webinars, and Slido quizzes into one streamlined package.
- Twig Education offers a variety of tools including twig Science tools for elementary school students, twig Secondary for grades 6-12, and free grade-level packets for distance learning.
Social Media Learning
Music Time with the Mayor is offering an interactive music time via Facebook and Instagram every morning at 10:00am. Tune in to Mayor Heidi Harmon’s Facebook Page every morning!
First 5 of SLO County are doing online pop-up Talk.Read.Sing story time events throughout the week! Join us at 1PM here on our Facebook page. We want to help you and your family make it through these weird and stressful times! You can be at home and join us for our fun story time! Check out the First 5 SLO County Facebook page for more info and when to tune in.
Every weekday at 10am, the Young Music Company will be doing live, free kids shows on Faceboook. Their shows are a spectacle of movement, imagination, singing voices, squealing cries of joy and a celebration of the spirit of the young child.
Learning Resource on TV
KQED Plus is offering learn at home through television programming and the times are broken down by ages:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has live streams of their exhibitis. Be delighted by the antics of our sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are. Check it out here.
National Museum of Natural History’s virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop of mobile device. Visitors can also access select research and collections areas at our satellite support and research stations and past exhibits no longer on display. Many of the tours provide a view of previously unseen archives or holdings. Check it out here.
Check out this link to find over 30 virtual Field Trips to places such as Yellowstone, San Diego Zoo, Mars,
Reducing Stress for Children
Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include
- Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
- Poor school performance or avoiding school
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
There are many things you can do to support your child
- Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
Talking with Children
As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.
Social stories are visual reminders typically used to teach children appropriate behavior. These behaviors can be related to procedures, like how to stay safe on the school bus or successfully follow a bedtime routine. They can also teach social behaviors, like how to manage anxiety when a parent goes to work or how to express frustration in a healthy manner. Social stories help children make sense of their own feelings and the world around them.When a child is missing a skill or struggling to navigate a situation, social stories can help. Read social stories often to ensure children understand the message. Pause after each page to ask or answer questions, and even roleplay if it’s helpful. Remember, too, that reading a story can always represent a precious moment of connection. Be present as you read the story with your child, enjoying your time together. Connection translates into increased cooperation, willingness, and impulse control. During these unprecedented times, connection with our loved ones is more valuable than ever. Here is an English and Spanish Social Story about Schools Closing to try with your child.
The following are CDC guidelines for adults to have conversations with children.
Remain calm and reassuring.
- Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
Make yourself available to listen and to talk.
- Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.
Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
- Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.
Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.
- Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.
Provide information that is honest and accurate.
- Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
- Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.
Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.
- Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
- Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
- Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.
(e.g., increased handwashing, cancellation of events or activities)
- Get children into a handwashing habit.
- Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Should I wear a facemask?
You can wear a mask if you feel you need to, but CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks for the general public to prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV in the US. There are two kinds of facemasks: surgical masks and N95 respirators. A surgical mask can help decrease the spread of germs when the wearer is infectious and coughing or sneezing. The effectiveness of surgical masks worn by healthy people is not well known. Surgical masks are loose fitting and do not prevent a person from inhaling smaller airborne particles. Health care providers wear specially fitted N95 respirators when around infectious airborne germs. An N95 respirator is very effective in filtering out small airborne germs only when worn appropriately by persons who are trained and specially fit tested for the mask.
How does the virus spread?
- The best way to prevent the illness is to avoide being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
How do I protect myself and others?
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.