The Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD), which serves the Western portion of the City of Santa Ana, suspended their classes from March 16 to April 3, with Spring Break following from April 6 to 10. They will be back in session by April 13 if the COVID-19 situation has abated by then.
Effective Monday, March 30, the GGUSD Grab and Go Meal service will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to ensure our families and food service workers are able to stay home as much as possible, reducing their risk of exposure to illness. GGUSD’s Grab and Go Meal Service provides free breakfast and lunch every week, with the exception of Spring Recess April 6-10. Families will receive meals for Monday and Tuesday every Monday and meals for Wednesday through Friday every Wednesday. Visit www.ggusd.us/coronavirus for a list of locations.
This week, Garden Grove Unified School District launched a new webpage, https://ggusd.us/covidresources, which is packed full of resources in three categories – academics, wellness, and community-based resources. The webpage is designed to be a one-stop-shop to support at-home learning for the district’s more than 41,000 students and their families.
The Academic Resources section includes learning packets by grade level, digital textbooks, and other tools to access virtual classrooms and support at-home learning. The Wellness Resources section includes information on supporting students’ mental health and socio-emotional well-being, including useful tips on coping with covid-related anxiety and a list of mental health related agencies. Community Resources includes free or low-cost services provided by community organizations, including help with access to free food, childcare, and internet services.
“Educators across the country are navigating uncharted territory and we are so proud of our teachers and instructional leaders for the innovative work they are doing to engage digitally with students and ensure learning continues,” said Board of Education President Walter Muneton. “This webpage will help ensure important resources are ready and available for our community with the click of a button.”
GGUSD schools continue to check out devices for students who need them, and community liaisons, school psychologists, and instructional aides have also been checking in on students. GGUSD is committed to expanding at-home learning and is working hard to keep families informed through ParentSquare and other digital resources. Families who need help navigating ParentSquare can visit https://ggusd.us/parentsquare.