Enrichment Resources for Students and Families
- PBS At-Home Learning—Students in Sacramento have access to educational programming supporting standards-based learning while schools are closed to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. From 6 a.m.–6 p.m., KVIE, the region’s PBS station will offer California standards-aligned content for students grades Pre-K through 12th grade on its KVIE–2 channel (Channel 7). Visit the website for listings on specific cable systems.
- Khan Academy—Khan Academy has a library of standards-aligned lessons covering kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, history, AP courses, SAT preparation, and more. Students can practice skills with exercises, quizzes, and mastery challenges and get immediate feedback and support. Content is available in 40 languages. Students without laptops can access the website or use the Khan Academy app on smartphones.
- Scholastic Learn at Home—A currently free service allowing students to keep learning while schools are closed. The website allows students to choose their grade level and complete daily activities. Courses provide approximately three hours of learning per day, including writing and research projects, virtual field trips, and geography challenges.
- Outschool—Provides live online classes for students ages 3–18. Outschool is a community marketplace of online classes for courses offered outside of regular school. It is a for-profit company based in San Francisco. Classes range from “Beginning Multiplication Made Easy” to “Forensic Science.”
- Curriculum Associates—Provides printable at-home packets, online math, and reading content. Content is designed to provide students with self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each packet is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade.
- GreatSchools.org—A national nonprofit organization that provides information about Pre-K–12 schools and education. Offers resources designed to help children learn from home if school has closed. Parenting resources include stories, videos, tips, interactive tools, and worksheets.
- Virtual Field Trip Apps and Websites—Common Sense Education offers a collection of field trip tool resources to get students out into the world. Offerings range from interactive slideshows and videos on subjects ranging from the arts to science.
- Hopeful Minds—A project developed by the International Foundation for Research and Education on depression. The aim is to equip students, teachers, and parents with the tools they need to define, learn, and grow a hopeful mindset and prevent hopelessness around the world.
Reduced Cost/Free Internet Access
- Charter Communications—Free Access to Wi-Fi for 60 days. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
- Comcast Internet Essentials—Cost is $9.99/mo. Internet Essentials will automatically increase speeds (from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3) for all customers in response to emergency measures associated with COVID-19. Features: no contract, no credit check, no installation fee, in-home Wi-Fi, 25 Mbps, two months free service. Once an Internet Essentials customer, there is also an option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a reduced price (currently $149).
- Xfinity Wi-Fi Access—Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots across the country will be available for free to anyone who needs them at no cost. Once at a hotspot location, consumers should join the “xfinitywifi” network from the list of available hotspots, then launch a browser.