At this time it is not clear what is going to happen with schools and special education. There is a lot of information out there, a good amount that is conflicting, and it is changing daily. The schools are closed and the Governor suggested they may not reopen until the fall. Many Districts are sending Prior Written Notice’s explaining services will not be provided during school closures.
Is there something you should do right now?
Absolutely, spend time with your family, stay safe, and stay informed! Remember everyone is in this together. A sudden shift in our routines makes for very big transitions that are hard on kids and adults. This is difficult when there is so much unknown. You can get good information from Federal and State Government websites like the California Department of Education (www.cdc.gov) and your local school district.
Stay tuned for some free webinars on special education!
We take pride in providing families with the resources and tools to successfully advocate on behalf of their children. We will continue to provide free parent training online in the coming weeks. Our webinars will allow you to learn more about special education from your home. Stay tuned for upcoming dates and sign-ups!
Visit your local school district’s website! In the last week a lot of school districts have put up resources for families to use while we are under quarantine. The information is quite extensive and very useful. It is great to see how quickly these resources came together. Check out Poway Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District’s online resources!
We are grateful to:
Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey 2247 San Diego Ave Ste 237 San Diego, CA 92110-2943 [email protected] (858) 430-8166
Schools, Business Closures: Resources are Available for You and Your Family
Our office is working to provide San Diego County residents with the latest information on the impact the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is having on our community. The state is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and San Diego County Health and Human Services to mitigate the spread of the disease.
Here is what you need to know:
In accordance with the guidelines announced by Governor Newsom, constituents over the age 65, and people with chronic disease, should stay home and not report to work.
Closures – All San Diego school districts and charter schools located in Assembly District 79 have announced they will be closed for three weeks (which includes Spring Break) starting Monday, March 16:
Chula Vista Elementary School District
Grossmont Union High School District
La Mesa-Spring Valley School District
Lemon Grove School District
National School District
San Diego Unified School District
Sweetwater Union High School District
The O’Farrell Charter School
Keiller Leadership Academy Charter School
High Tech High and Middle
Feeding San Diego provides more than 26 million meals every year to children, families, seniors, college students, military families, veterans, people facing homelessness, and other underserved populations. They distribute meals in partnership with 300 local charities, schools, faith communities, meal sites, and food pantries throughout the region.
Packaged and prepared meals will be distributed at drive-thru/walk-up stations at designated schools throughout the San Diego Unified School District. Children will need to be present to receive meals, and each child ages 18 years and younger can take one lunch and one breakfast for the next day. All food will be consumed off site. The following serving locations will distribute meals for San Diego Unified students between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.:
Clark Middle School
Cherokee Point Elementary
Zamorano Fine Arts Academy
Kearny High School
Find the latest information on known food service sites open during school closure on the San Diego County Office of Education website. Feeding San Diego will also be onsite to distribute fresh produce for students. Our office will continue to work with school districts to create additional meal support for students during the closures.
SICK OR QUARANTINED
State Disability Insurance (SDI) – If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a State Disability Insurance (SDI) claim. The governor has issued an Executive Order to waive the one-week waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
Californians shouldn’t have to worry about being cheated while dealing with the effects of coronavirus. Our state’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on medical supplies, food, gas, and other essential supplies.
I encourage anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, to immediately file a complaint through The Attorney General’s website, call (800) 952-5225, or contact your local police department or sheriff’s office.
The governor’s Executive Order also delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings.
REDUCED WORK HOURS
Workplace Closed – If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced through no fault of their own. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
Caregiving – If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) will not shut off services due to inability to pay during this month.
The San Diego Food and Diaper Bank is continuing normal operation hours and is taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and products remain safe. The normal distribution sites will remain open. There will be no immigration consequences for using these resources. Below you will find the office hours and location:
San Diego Food Bank – Miramar 9850 Distribution Ave. San Diego, CA 92121 Administrative Days/Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We need to keep the vulnerable among us safe during this epidemic. We will be link to reputable and local information from this page.
CDC Advice on Staying Safe:
San Diego County Information on COVID-19:
City of San Diego Information on COVID-19:
California State Information on COVID-19:
Information for Patients from California Partnership for Access to Treatment
During these uncertain times, we at CPAT want to make sure you have access to all of the latest news and information about COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel strain of coronavirus.
Our partners at Healthcare Ready have pulled together resources for patients during these difficult times. These resources include information on how to access telehealth services if you are on Medicare, as well as mental health resources for managing stress and anxiety, and health preparedness tips. This information and more can be found here. Healthcare Ready has an alert system, be sure to sign up for their updates on their website to continue to receive the latest information on COVID-19 and any updated resources for patients.
In California, we have the California Department of Public Health providing updates on the situation statewide, along with instructions on what you should do if you have symptoms of the virus, why it is critical to practice social distancing, and how the state is responding to the pandemic. For the latest on COVID-19 from a nationwide level, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Check your local city and county websites for the latest on the COVID-19 response in your area.
For those with prescriptions or who have loved with prescription medications, theMedicine Assistance Tool (MAT) is available to help connect you to the resources offered by various biopharmaceutical industry programs, including copay cards and rebates. This tool connects patients, no matter their income level, with over 900 resources that could help them afford the medicines they need and better understand their health care costs.
Mental Health Information
Please seek help from stress and worry! Getting the help you need is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign that you are determined to do everything you can to get yourself and your loved ones through this pandemic.