Tools for schools & families during COVID-19 school closures

School leaders and community partners: We're updating this page with resources that we think can be of most relevant as you think through immediate and long-term needs for your communities. Our particular focus will be 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

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; and 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

Learning at home

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