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How to Support Your Teenager During the Coronavirus Crisis

Home confinement for teenagers is always a challenging task but given the Corona virus pandemic, it has become a mandatory order known as the Safer at Home by LA Mayor Garcetti & Governor Gavin Newsom. We realize that monitoring a teenager 24/7 brings some additional challenges. The following are some tips that we have gathered to help support you during this time.
Emphasize social distancing
From a developmental perspective we understand that teenagers tend to feel invincible. They may feel that this rule of social distancing is not as important or that it may even not apply to them since the media keeps reporting that it is an older adult problem. However, we each play a part in spreading the disease. As parents it is important that you let your teen know that they can be asymptomatic carriers and by exposing themselves to others, they are indeed spreading the illness. Or they can be contracting the illness from a peer who is also asymptomatic. By going out and being social, they could potentially bring back the disease into their home which can then affect another loved one at home.
Understand their frustration over not seeing friends
Bonding with peers is one of the essential developmental tasks of adolescents. Therefore, your teen's friends are hugely important. Not being able to spend time with them can be challenging to teens. Start to have conversations with your teen about their feelings and ways in which you can support them. Acknowledge that you know it’s frustrating for them to be cut off from friends. Listen to what they’re feeling, validate those feelings and then be direct about how you can work together to make this situation bearable.
Support online learning
Parents may be feeling pressured and confused about how to help their child with online learning. It's important to create a realistic schedule. As Carol Miller writes; "getting work done in defined periods, building in breaks and times for socializing, exercising and entertainment. The key principle: do a session of work first, then reward yourself with something relaxing." There will be challenges along the way and so it is important to know that you can reach out to the school for more support. As teachers become more familiar with the online learning process so will students and remote learning will be slightly easier. Remember that students will still be expected to do the work and continue to turn in assignments for their grades.
Validate their disappointment
For many the most painful part of the Coronavirus crisis will be losing important experiences: high school sports seasons, proms, theater productions, high school graduations. And even though there haven't been any concrete decisions made, these are thoughts that continue to cross their minds. Give them room to share their feelings and listen without judgment (or without reassuring them that everything will be fine). It is important for them to have the room to share their own feelings and especially the stress that we are all feeling at this time.
Although we may not know what the future will bring, we can reassure them that we have confidence in their ability to succeed.
Encourage healthy habits
Teenagers will do better during this stressful time if they get adequate sleep, eat healthy meals and exercise regularly. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule, with predictable times to wake up and go to bed, is especially important to maintaining a positive mood and their ability to fulfill academic expectations. Losing the routines that we once had can also be stressful. Some teenagers rely on being in school as a way to distract them and create distance from family members who may cause stress and tension. Thus, having to share close quarters with these people over a long period of time can increase the tension and stress. It is important therefore for parents to attempt to diffuse these tensions amongst siblings and parents.
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Covid-19 Resources for Families

LAUSD Family Resources: 213-443-1300 6a-6p M-Sa. LAUSD is working with community partners to help families access essential services during this public health crisis, such as food, shelter, physical/mental health support & more. http://achieve.lausd.net/resources or http://achieve.lausd.net/shhs
Food:
Everytable
11601 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
(323) 458-6487
Monday-Friday (8 AM-3 PM)
Physical Health Support:
North Hills Wellness Center
9119 Haskell Ave., North Hills, CA 91343
(818) 763-8836
Monday (8 AM- 8 PM)
Tuesday-Friday (8 AM-5 PM)
Saturday (8 AM-3 PM)
CHAMP Hotline
(866) 742-2273
Mental Health Support:
LA County Department of Mental Health
800-854-7771
7 Days per Week, 24 Hours per Day
Housing/Emergency Shelter
The Village
6801 Coldwater Canyon, No. Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 755-8786
Monday-Friday (9:30 AM-3:30 PM)
LA Family Housing:
7817 Lankershim Blvd., No. Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-4091
Monday-Friday (8 AM-4 PM)
Unemployment Insurance:
Employment Development Department
Visit edd.ca.gov/claims.htm to file for Unemployment Insurance and other benefits if you lose your job or have your hours reduced
Comprehensive Family Services:
New Economics for Women
(818) 887-3872
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Family Technology Resources During At Home Learning

Technology Resouces for Families: Explore various options for providing affordable home connectivity through the District and its partners.
• Charter Spectrum is providing free internet service to families of K-12 students. No income or other eligibility required. call 844-488-8395 to learn more.
• Comcast is offering similar services to households as an expansion of its Internet Essentials program. Learn more by calling 855-846-8376.
• The non-profit human-I-T helps connect families and community-based organizations with internet connectivity and a_ordable computing devices. Learn more at hitconnect.org or send a text message to (562) 372-6925.
• The City of Los Angeles is partnering with the California Emerging Technology Fund and EveryoneOn to help residents and options for low-cost internet services, access to computers, and digital literacy services. Call (877) 947-4321 to learn more.
• AT&T is offering two months free for new customers and lifting data caps on existing customers. Call 844-886-4258.
• LAUSD continues to work with partners to explore additional options. Families can call 213-443-1300 to learn about additional possibilities.
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How to Be a Successful Student

You must keep a daily routine and structure in your day. A predictable routine can start with meal times, study times in a distraction free (no phone) zone, and continuing healthy sleep habits. Just like when we are attending school, you should complete your homework in a quiet and consistent place. Make sure to take your lunch break to eat and refuel for your afternoon session of learning. Get some sun and go outside for a walk while maintaining appropriate social distancing (6 feet apart). Also, remember to maintain a consistent sleeping schedule during the week. Don’t forget to include some entertainment time like playing a game, watching a movie, or keeping in touch with family and friends. You can always e-mail or Schoology Message your teachers, counselors, and social workers (Ms. Nina and Ms. Stacy). They are still working from home from 8am-3pm on regular school days. Don’t forget grades are due Wednesday, April 1 and Spring Break is Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 12. We only have 6 more school days of at home learning until Spring Break. Stay Home. Stay Safe. Save Lives.
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PTSA Grad Nite is on Hold and Scholarships Deadline Extended Until After Spring Break: April 13

Most of you know that Disneyland is closed until March 31. We have no contact with Disney until they reopen. Our hope is to be able to offer the Class of 2020 on last magical night before you head off into adulthood. We were planning on selling Grad Nite tickets upon return from Spring Break. Senior Prom, which was May 2, as you know has been cancelled. Because Grad Nite is more than a month after Prom (June 13), there is still a SMALL chance that PTSA could sponsor Grad Nite, depending how safe it is for students and how Disney responds to Grad Nite as it relates to the Coronavirus. We will make a final decision upon return from Spring Break on Monday, April 13. The PTSA will still offer scholarships this year, but will extend the deadline to turn in your application, letter of recommendation, and essay to after Spring Break, Monday, April 13. The scholarship may or may not include Grad Nite, depending on whether Kennedy is able to participate in this special event.
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Make Kennedy Count in 2020!

The Census counts of every living person in the United States every 10 years and is required by the US Constitution. The Census determines congressional representation, allocation of federal funds, and provides financial support to states, counties, and municipalities for 10 years based on population totals. 2020 is the first year that the Census can be completed online. To do this, one individual per household records how many people are living at one address as of April 1 (see example letter). The Los Angeles area is one of the most difficult areas to count in the United States. Title 13 of the US Code guarantees that your information is completely confidential and cannot be shared with any law enforcement agency in any way to identify you. The US Census Bureau ensures that the technology used to collect data is secure. The 2020 Census will not ask for your political party, social security number, bank account, credit card numbers, nor solicit money or donations. Census employees want you to feel safe in completing this population count and taking part in American democracy. The Census data is used in many ways. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy. Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs. Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals. Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods. Counting a diverse and growing population is a massive undertaking and requires years of planning and the support of thousands of people. Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. Please participate in the 2020 Census and make Kennedy Count!
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Mid-Term Grades Are Due April 1

Kennedy and all LAUSD schools will be closed until Friday, May 1. Kennedy realizes that distance learning is new way of teaching and learning and may be difficult for some students. Students, you must complete your assignments in the time frame requested by your teachers. Parents, please be sure that your child is turning in his/her assignments on time. The mid-term grades, which determines athletic eligibility, are due Wednesday, April 1. If for some reason, you are having difficulty completing your assignments, please contact your teacher through Schoology. If you do not have an electronic learning device to complete assignments, Dr. Chavez will be in the Main Office on Thursday, March 26 7:30-9:30am, so that you can check out a device. As always: stay home; stay safe; save lives.
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Information for AP Students Affected by the Coronavirus

Student health and safety are the College Board’s top priorities. They know the Coronavirus has created new and unexpected challenges. Here’s how the AP Program is supporting you and our school: 1) They are providing live and on-demand AP courses for free. 2) They are developing a new at-home testing option. Based on the number and length of school closures, it's clear that the usual way AP Exams are given at schools won’t be possible. Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam and additional testing information will be available by April 3. They surveyed 18,000 AP students to see if they still wanted the opportunity to test this year. Their answer: a resounding yes. There will be free resources will be available through exam day to help you get ready. While they encourage students to wait until closer to the test to decide, any student registered for an exam can cancel at no charge. For the 2019-20 exam administration only: 1) They are developing secure 45-minute online free-response exams for each course. 2) The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March. Students will be able to take their exams on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will also have the option to write your responses by hand and submit a photo. 3) Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn.
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Grab & Go Hours Extended to 11am and Sylmar HS New Site + Updated PBS Programming

KLCS (Spectrum Channel 3) is providing educational programming for Grades PK-12 (Attached Schedule). KCET (Spectrum Channel 6) is providing educational programming for Grades 9-12 (Attached Schedule). KOCE:PBS Socal (Spectrum Channel 8) is providing educational programming for PK-3 (Attached Schedule).

Kennedy HS is a Grab & Go Center offering 2 FREE student meals per day starting Wednesday, March 18 from 7am-10am. There are 60 Grab & Go sites in total. See the attached link for additional sites.

Spectrum (Charter) is offering FREE Internet to students (K-College) households without Internet for 60 days. The telephone number is: (844) 488-8395.
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