Response to Coronavirus
On this page you will find resources, information and updates regarding YouthBuild Charter School of California’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Feel free to check back regularly as we will be updating this page on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions or concerns, you can text our school hotline at 213-741-2600 and someone will respond within 12 hours.
December 3 - Covid-19 Update (English and Spanish PDFs)
COVID-19 Operations Report
July Covid-19 Update
July 10, 2020: We will be continuing with distance learning in Fall 2020
Please review the below message from our school superintendent Dr. Rudy Cuevas regarding distance learning for Trimester 1 of the 2020-21 school year:
“Since some of you may have watched recent news reports that covered the president’s desire to force all schools to return to classroom-based instruction for Fall 2020, I wanted to formally remind & reassure all of you that YCSC will continue with the plan to provide distance learning through at least Trimester
1. We are committed to this because we value the health and safety of students, staff, and communities above all else.
Please note the following critical points that were part of and continue to be a part of our decision:
1) YCSC was very concerned with the unpredictable and surging rate of Covid-19 infection over the last few months and thus made a proposal to the YCSC Board of Directors that we wanted to continue with distance learning instruction through at least Trimester 1 of the upcoming 2020/21 school year (Sept-December).
2) On June 29th, the YCSC Board of Directors formally approved the YCSC proposal to continue with distance learning at all YCSC sites for Trimester 1.
3) Towards the conclusion of Trimester 1 and at our December Board meeting, we will be revisiting this matter and deciding then about the plans for the remaining two Trimesters from January to June of 2021.
4) Since the funding for schools like ours comes from state and local sources, the President’s statements about cutting federal funding to schools will not affect us. In reality, federal funds are a tiny percentage of our overall budget and, should federal funds actually be cut, it would absolutely not impact our financial ability and commitment to provide an education to our students and communities.
Please know that we continue to feel that this is the best decision to keep everyone safe. Unlike those that choose to make this pandemic a politically divisive subject, today’s most recent Covid-19 data continues to affirm our decision:
*The data as recently as July 9th, 2020 from Johns Hopkins University shows that the number of Covid-19 cases in California is doubling every three weeks.
*Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced a record number of daily deaths in California with 149 lives lost in 1 day, which is up 23% from the previous 1 day high of 115 deaths. The Governor also noted today that hospitalizations due to Covid-19 have spiked 44% over the past two weeks.
Given all of the above, YCSC, as supported by our board, will continue with the plan to offer distance learning through at least Trimester 1 of the 20/21 school year.”
June 4, 2020: Click here to view/download a PDF of our COVID-19 Operations Report.
March 13, 2020: We will be suspending classes and all school activities from 3/16 – 4/3. Please read the below urgent notice for more information. (Clic aquí para la versión en español.)
March 13 Covid-19 Update
Our Director and Associate Director of Counseling Services created an Online Wellness Center, which has a number of mental health and community resources for students and staff. Click here to view. Additionally, our MSW interns have put together a live document of community resources for our students and their families who need support while school is closed due to COVID-19. You can access the document here. We will also be regularly updating the list of resources below.
YouthBuild Charter teachers and staff can access additional resources on the Staff Resource Center Google Site’s COVID-19 page. You must be logged into your @youthbuildcharter.org account to view.
FindHelp.org is a quick way to find resources in your area. Simply plug in your zip code and it will help you find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic. There are categories for food, housing, goods, transit, health, money, care, education, work, and legal assistance.
This comprehensive, crowd-sourced document was created by people committed to the health of our Los Angeles community during the coronavirus outbreak. It is frequently updated with information for a variety of age ranges in a variety of categories, such as food, education, housing, and employment. Click here to access the English version or clic aquí para la version en español.
Free Meals by Region:
California: HealthyEating.org is a comprehensive compilation of school nutrition program meal sites offering free meal services to children, ages 2-18, living in communities throughout California. The site is broken down by counties and school districts, and the drop down menu options allow self-navigation to make identifying nearby sites easier to find. As new information becomes available, the listings will be updated. Click here to go to their website.
Los Angeles: LAUSD is operating 60 Grab & Go Food Centers for students in need of nutritious meals. These Food Centers will be staffed on weekdays, starting on 3/18, from 7am – 6pm. Families will be able to receive free packaged, shelf-stable meals for pick-up and take-away on a first-come, first-serve basis and up to two meals at a time for each student. Click here for a map of all 60 Grab & Go locations.
Many Los Angeles area charter schools are also providing meals for students in need. Click here to view a map of their food pick-up locations.
Free Food & Groceries/ Food Pantries (LA County)
Our Children LA’s Win App makes it easy to find food near you. Just select the “food” option from the main page and choose the option you’re looking for. There are options to view results as a list or in a map,
Chirp LA has put together a Los Angeles Food Bank Guide, listing the addresses and hours of all food banks in LA. Click here to view.
WIC –– In Los Angeles County, many WIC offices are not providing face-to-face services at the WIC centers and are providing remote services to families through active outreach by phone, text and email. WIC is also responding to those who contact us via phone and text. Please be assured that WIC is able to upload food benefits for families already participating in the program, and is actively engaged in enrolling new participants remotely. People who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 crisis and are pregnant, postpartum or have a child under five years old can apply for WIC services by texting APPLY to 91997, calling WIC at 888-942-2229, or visiting www.phfewic.org/apply.
Los Angeles Community Fridges- Click here to view a map of Los Angeles Community Fridge Locations – (Learn more on the LA Community Fridge Instagram account)
Free TAP Cards:
We will continue to provide and load free TAP cards to any YouthBuild Charter School of California student who needs them. If you are a student and need your TAP card loaded, you can either tell your counselor or text 213-741-2600.
Department of Public Health Updates
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: The LA County Department of Public Health website is updated daily with the County’s coronavirus numbers, the latest COVID-19 news, information about the virus and how to protect yourself and stop the spread, and answers to all your COVID-19 questions. Information is available in a variety of languages. You can also watch livestreams of their daily press conferences on their Facebook page.
California Department of Public Health: The California Department of Health website is updated with their regular news releases, the state’s count of coronavirus cases, alerts, and information on what to do if you are sick, how to get care, and how to protect yourself and others.
Foster Youth Resources
LACOE has created a COVID-19 Resource Guide to Assist Students in Foster Care. Click here to view.
iFoster is currently helping foster youth get access to smartphones and hotspots with unlimited data to stream their classes, as well as tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops. You MUST be a current or former foster youth and current student at a college, high school or middle school to be eligible. Click here to apply.
One Simple Wish is also offering help with laptops, among other resources: https://www.onesimplewish.org (available to current/former foster youth only)
Housing/ Homeless Youth Resources:
Our Children LA has launched an app called WIN, designed to connect homeless or resource insecure youth ages 12-25, families and adults to essential services- all accessible without a referral. WIN users can search a database of over 1,800 essential service providers and connect to 12 categories of resources: Shelter, Crisis, Food, Drop-In Centers, Health, Legal, Hotlines, Education, Jobs, Transportation, Benefits and More. Search filters include location of service provider, age, gender & special populations served. Click here to learn more or to download the app.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) as well as other City, County, and Federal Partners to develop and implement a coordinated COVID-19 response related to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Check out their website for the latest updates, information, and resources for interim housing.
If you are homeless and looking for shelter, click here for a list of LAHSA’s interim housing options.
Free/ Subsidized Diapers
One of our MSW interns put together this list of Southern California organizations that offer free or subsidized diapers to low-income families. You can find other options on 211LA.org, One Degree, and NationalDiaperBankNetwork.org, all of which allow you to search by ZIP code. Some local food pantries and churches also sometimes have diapers available to those in need. For those interested in cloth diapers, check out 10 Ways to Build a Modern Cloth Diaper Stash–on the Cheap, which recommends the service Giving Diapers, Giving Hope (GivingDiapersGivingHope.org).
Click here for our full list of local free/subsidized diaper options.
Managing Stress and Anxiety/ Mindfulness:
CDC: The CDC has compiled resources here for coping with stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak.
YMCA: Exercise is a great way to help alleviate stress. The YMCA is offering access to on-demand health & fitness videos. Click here to browse their selection.
Headspace is offering free online meditations to help with stress and anxiety during COVID-19. Click here to listen.
UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Resource Center (MARC) put together an excellent PDF of guided mindful awareness recordings for stress reduction. Click here to view/download the PDF.
Mental Health Resources
Department of Mental Health’s Guide to Wellbeing:
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health put together the below “Guide to Wellbeing” brochure, which includes apps for physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing. Click here to view/download the PDF.
If you are unable to work because you have contracted the coronavirus and/or are quarantined due to the virus, you may file a disability claim at this link. If you’ve had your hours reduced or been laid off due to COVID-19, you are eligible to file an unemployment insurance claim at this link. For more information, visit the California Employment Development Department (EDD) website here: https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
Job Portal: For those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19, this website enables unemployed or underemployed Angelenos to find and apply to job opportunities across all industries, so they can start working right now.
DIY Mask Making
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) found in recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Click on this link or watch the video below to see how you can make your own no-sew face mask.
Educational and Remote Learning Resources:
The California Department of Education (CDE) is frequently updating their website with updates from Governor Newsom and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. You’ll find CDE updates and resources for distance learning here.
Khan Academy is a free personalized learning resource for all ages. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. They’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. Click here to sign up for a free Khan Academy learner account.
Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-799-7233 and through chat.
Helpline Youth Counseling: In response to COVID-19, HYC has implemented telehealth and telephone service options to provide access to help for children, adolescents, and parents/caregivers. English and Spanish language services available. To qualify, you must identify as a survivor of intimate partner violence, be 18+, and live within SPA 7 or 8. Click here to learn more
Trans Lifeline: A peer support crisis hotline for trans folx, call 877-565-8860 more info here: https://www.translifeline.org/blog/post/trans-community-and-covid
Trans/ queer relief assistance form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfO1Ws5YgKFMXKu9CSh_WUVCznssExW6bnJpom5JsP24XwCLQ/viewform
Navigating COVID-19 and Chest Binding: Tips for respiratory health for Trans and Non-Binary people who bind thier chest: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9u3L6mjg8x
The Coronavirus: What Trans People Need to Know: Creating a Plan of action for trans folx: https://transequality.org/covid19
Queer Elder Hotline for Stress or Anxiety: SAGE, an advocacy & services group for LGBT Elders, has a national 24/7 hotline for elders if they are feeling stress or anxiety at 1-877-360-LGBT / 1-877-360-5428 more info here: https://www.sageusa.org/coronavirus
Queer Anxiety Virtual Support: Queer Healing Oasis is offering an anxiety virtual support non-clinical space to share & cope. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-233-1079, more info here: https://www.queerhealingoasis.com
The Trevor Project: Support network specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Text START to 678678 for the 24-hour text line or call 1-866-488-7386
Teenline: Teens helping teens. Non-emergency local hotline for advice, listening ears, or just someone to talk to. Call 1-310-855-4673 from 6pm-10pm or text text TEEN to 839863
GLBT National Youth Talkline: provides phone, online private on-to-one chat and email peer support, as well as information and local resources for cities and towns across the US. Call 1-800-246-7743
Undocumented Community Resources:
- Resource guide created by California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance available at https://ciyja.org/covid19/
- CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles) has a free hotline you can call if you think you have the Coronavirus at 888-624-4752. In California, immigrants have access to emergency care regardless of immigration status. More information here: https://www.chirla.org/avada_portfolio/community-education/
- Tangible Support for Undocumented Communities during COVID-19 by the organization Immigrants Rising , you can also contact them by emailing email@example.com
Coronavirus Testing for the Uninsured in Los Angeles County:
Coronavirus FAQs for Immigrants:
Protecting Immigrant Families is a great website with information tied to immigrants and COVID19. Click here to view.