Tools for schools and community during COVID-19 school closures

We're updating this page with resources that we think can be most relevant as our partners think through immediate and long-term needs for their communities.


School leaders: Our particular focus is less on content (since the curriculum schools use is likely to be of continued use just in modified means of delivery), but instead providing you with information on:

    • Tools that you and your parents can utilize for delivery of content
    • Resources and guidance for maintaining connection to your students and families
    • Essential resources for families and opportunities for learning at home

If there are additional ways in which you need support, please reach out to any of us at Great MN Schools!

Distance learning

Success Academy: Transitioning to distance learning (the school's leaders also held a webinar for educators from across the country to share how they're preparing to provide "remote learning" for their 18,000 students, including key principles and practices; access the webinar's recording here and slide deck here)

National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools: Providing distance learning to students with special education needs or disabilities

MDE: Special education COVID-19 resources

Instruction Partners: Practical action steps for distance learning

Search Institute: SEL and building developmental relationships during COVID-19 crisis

Charter School Growth Fund: Building blocks for strong remote learning

Operations & planning

Community partners

Essential needs

Meal pickup sites: The Minneapolis district is providing meals to all children (18 and under), regardless of school enrollment; for families that reside in St. Paul, St. Paul Public Schools, too, has meal pickup locations (sites are available in multiple languages)

State resources: Compiled by many state agencies, including DEED, MDE, DHS, MDH, DHS, MHFA, the courts, and the Attorney General's office—includes information on food, housing, and unemployment (we've translated the information into Spanish, Hmong, and Somali)

Childcare: The YMCA and YWCA are offering childcare for the children of all essential employees and critical workers

Free internet: Comcast is making the first two months free for families that qualify for its internet essentials package (normally $9.95/month plus tax); for USI Wireless, join the City of Minneapolis Public Wifi network (if a residence is within a 50-yard radius of USI Wireless antenna, the signal strength should be sufficient to support wireless on a Chromebook)

How to speak to children about COVID-19: This site is available in several languages

Mental health resources: Several guided meditation apps are offering free access to their programs while stay-at-home orders are in place—here are a few that we found: Waking up with Sam Harris, Calm, and Headspace

e-learning—early ed/elementary
e-learning—middle school
e-learning—high school
Resources from partners

Access content for community partners in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.