The O'Farrell Charter School

Winner of the National Excellence in Urban Education Award

Elementary News

1st Day of School-August 19-Distance Learning

July 18, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may have heard, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order about California's school reopening plan. This order requires all districts that are located in counties on the state’s public watch list to start the school year with distance learning until certain conditions are met. This includes San Diego County. Therefore, The O’Farrell Charter School will begin the school year fully online.

We are carefully reviewing the new order to determine what this means for our schools. We recognize that continuing distance learning poses challenges for families and we will continue to work diligently to develop plans that have at their center, the academic, social, and emotional well-being of all students and families. We will spend the remaining summer weeks ensuring we have a quality distance learning program to serve all of our students until public health conditions improve.

O’Farrell will begin our new year with a distance learning program that is much more robust than before. Last spring was a response to the pandemic with little time to transition online and address technology needs. Although O’Farrell adapted quickly to provide instruction, meals, and socio-emotional support during the initial stage of the pandemic, we are more confident in our plans for the fall. As required by state law, students will all now be required to adhere to daily live interaction with staff, attend required classes, and complete and submit work. We will be submitting our new required Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan to the Board for public comment and approval by no later than September 30, 2020. We will continue to provide your child with a high quality education in an online environment until we are able to safely return to our campus. Our first day of online instruction is August 19, 2020. We will be in touch with specific school information as it relates to your child.

We will communicate with you throughout the summer as additional information and details are available and we encourage you to communicate with us your needs and questions through this process as well. Now is the time to show the strength of our entire school community. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we adjust to these ever-changing conditions to keep students and staff safe and emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever.

Sincerely,
Susan Cuttitta
Interim Superintendent
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Meal Distribution-Breakfast, Lunch, & Supper

ALL Summer Long!!
Meals are being distributed Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the school parking lot, 6130 Skyline Drive. Please have the student ID or a picture of each student for whom you are picking up meals.
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday you will receive a breakfast, lunch, and a supper for each student. Thursdays and Fridays will include a breakfast, lunch, and additional items for the weekend. The San Diego Food Bank also provides extra food on Tuesdays.
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Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Application due June 30, 2020.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by about May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will be available beginning May 22, 2020 at  https://ca.p-ebt.org/
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CalFresh Update

CalFresh online shopping w/delivery to start 4/28/20

State of California (CDSS) passed a waiver that will allow people on CalFresh to use their benefits for online grocery shopping w/delivery. Online shopping/delivery should be available 4/28/20. More details including informational flyers at: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/ebt-online

Action needed:

Clients currently on CalFresh that they will be able to shop online through Walmart and Amazon effective 4/28/20.

Get the help you need.


Visit Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank website and CalFresh team member will reach out to you for pre-screening and application.

Connect with other community based organizations that can assist: https://www.sandiegohungercoalition.org/calfresh-assistance

Submit your own application and required documents online: https://www.getcalfresh.org/
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Emergency Food Distribution Network

Catholic Charities has created the Emergency Food Distribution Network to DISTRIBUTE food to those in need in a safe, effective, and reliable manner that complies with COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Individuals and families who need food can place a REQUEST for food with one of the nearest locations by clicking the link in the headline above, or visiting the following website: https://ccdsd.org/food-pick-up/
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