From the Inyo County Office of Education Superintendent of Schools Barry Simpson
May 4, 2020– When schools closed due to COVID-19 , hundreds of students began receiving instruction from a distance. Parents are now trying to help their children do assigned work and keep them active and engaged while they stay safe at home.
Inyo County Office of Education Superintendent Barry Simpson and his staff have developed and gathered information for both teachers and parents. The resources can be found at https://learn.inyocoe.org/. Additional resources are being added weekly to give parents and teachers as much help as possible during this unique and unprecedented time.
According to PBS SoCal, “As part of the public media mission to ensure all kids, regardless of their capabilities, have access to continued free educational resources at home, PBS SoCal and KCET, in collaboration with all California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning.”
On weekdays, students in Pre-K through 12th grade can now access free, educational PBS daytime programming specifically designated for each grade level on Direct TV, Suddenlink Communication, or any other television systems. Families without television service can gain access to all the educational programming on at https://www.pbssocal.org/education/at-home-learning/.
Available on the PBS website is a weekly schedule of the educational opportunities for children ages 4-18. The materials and resources are divided by grade spans: Pre-K to 3rd grade, 4th to 8th grade, and 9th to 12th grade. Daily lessons cover a variety of subjects and directly align with grade level standards.
In addition, families and students can download the free PBS App to find the educational schedule of programs available on-demand. There is also a free PBS Kids app featuring a livestream of PBS Kids programming and many programs available on-demand. Also, PBS offers 179 history documentaries, 161 science documentaries, 166 art shows, 252 food shows on top of the ‘at-home learning’ educational options.
Simpson believes “PBS programming is another great educational tool our parents can use with their children. We recognize this is a difficult time, and we want to provide our families with as many great educational resources as possible and the PBS Programming fits that effort perfectly.”