NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

Full, Equal and Equitable Partnerships with Families


Appendix B: Selected Research References


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Crombie, M. M., Girton-Mitchell, B., Quinn, J., Salcido, I., & Torrico, L. (Feb. 2011). Building strategic partnerships to foster community engagement in education (Webinar). In Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement Webinar Series. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Family Research Project. Retrieved August, 13, 2017.

Epstein, J. L., Sanders, M. G., Sheldon, S., Simon, B. S., & Salinas, K. C. (2009). School, family, and community partnerships: Your handbook for action (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

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