LC 4.22 Brighspots

Student Challenges & Partner Responses to COVID-19

April 28, 2020

Of the 100s of stories collected and categorized into a data-based spreadsheet by Backbone staff, key patterns have emerged
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4 Themes - Student Challenges

3 Themes - Partner Responses

Click HERE to see the detailed report or HERE to watch a short 10 minute video presentation

Here are a few highlights:

Bright Spots

  • Essential Worker Emergency Childcare Pop-ups – County of Marin, the Marin County Office of Education, the Marin County Free Library, the City of San Rafael, the North Bay Children’s Center, Community Action Marin, North Bay Community Services, and Marin YMCA have collaboratively developed a program to provide emergency “pop-up” childcare services. Click HERE to read more.
  • Collaborative Food Distribution – From pantry pop-ups at schools to school bus deliveries to new gift card programs, cross-sector collaboration is making a difference.
  • HotSpot Lending Library – Marin County Free Libraries (MCFL), with support from MPP Backbone staff, is working with school districts, cities, Marin Community Foundation and the County of Marin to link student internet connection needs with public/private funding and assure that both immediate and long term needs are met with systemic solutions.
  • Wrap-around Case Management Approaches – In addition to Districts reaching out to 100% of their students, many Partners such as Canal Alliance, North Marin Community Services and the Tamalpais High School Success Network are complementing that effort by focusing wrap-around support on students and families most impacted by structural inequity.

Ongoing Challenges – What can we learn from this crisis to shift the system for good?

  • How might new cross-sector coordination efforts evolve into long-term educational success networks, wrapping students in a web of support that extends beyond the school yard?
  • How might the “emergency” HotSpot lending library efforts be sustained to eliminate the Digital Divide?
  • How might our common experience with “learning loss” shift the long-term conversation from mitigating “slippage” inequities to completely eliminating loss-factors all together?
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