All Coronado Unified School District CUSD schools closed on Monday, March 16, due to the COVID-19 virus. Shortly thereafter, the district instituted the Distance Learning Plan, a plan where parents went on-line, located the student’s grade level, and were able to find lesson plans for reading, math, and writing. The projected end date for Distance Learning Plan is targeted for June 11.
CUSD provided a Chromebook to any student who requested one from the district’s inventory. As students began enrolling in the Distance Learning curriculum for their grade level, it was soon discovered that families with two or more students were having problems with each child using the the same device at the same time. Additional requests for HP chromebooks were received by the school district. Their stock soon was quickly depleted.
Friends of Children United Society (FOCUS) came to the rescue. Pat Robitaille, FOCUS president, within days, obtained approval for emergency funding to procure additional Chromebooks for the Silver Strand Elementary School. The Chromebooks were ordered, and delivered. Distribution to the students in need followed, and Jenny Moore, principal of the school was extremely grateful.
“Fulfilling our commitment to helping these young students, satisfies our membership, knowing that their efforts of raising, and expending funds for this cause will provide a better future for the youth in our community,” Pat Robitaille commented.
Silver Strand Elementary School has an enrollment exceeding 300 students in grades K through five. It has been ranked 190 out of 5,825 elementary schools in the State of California, which places the school in the top three percentile. It has an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and their mission is “to inspire, innovate, and create limitless opportunities to thrive.”
For more information about FOCUS, visit https://focus-sdkids.org. For volunteer opportunities at Silver Strand Elementry, or CUSD individuals can go to https://coronadousd.net/parents-students/volunteers/.