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Updated List of Statewide School Closures with Closure Dates

All states now have formal school closure mandates. Forty-five states have extended their statewide school closures, with 15 closing through the end of the year and at least one preparing schools for the potential to remain closed through the summer and into the fall. Here is a complete list of statewide closures, with closure dates and closure extensions known at this point. (Updated April 8.)

Updated: Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak

In response to the number of states, districts and schools that are shuttering schools to students over the next several weeks in response to fears about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), education technology companies have stepped forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways. (Updated April 8)

NASEF Runs Online Esports Activities for Gamers, Coaches and School Supporters

To help students and educators keep their gaming edge sharpened during coronavirus, the North America Scholastic Esports Federation has launched "Community Club." Each day during the week, the nonprofit is running online, interactive sessions on topics of interest to young gamers and the adults who coach them.

IBM Open P-TECH Offers Skills, Badges in Current Tech

IBM has launched Open P-TECH, to help young people and educators learn the basics in topics including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing, as well as soft skills.

Dallas District Turns to PresenceLearning for Speech Language Therapy

A Texas school district has signed a contract for online speech language therapy. Dallas Independent School District is using services provided by PresenceLearning to support 515 elementary and secondary students from 30 campuses in the district through "teletherapy."

New Ohio Collaborative to Support Esports in High Schools

Two Ohio organizations are working with the North America Scholastic Esports Federation and the Samueli Foundation to form the Ohio Scholastic Esports League Collaborative. The goal: to give students access to NASEF's scholastic esports platform, provide competitive opportunities for student teams and provide a framework for high schools to create esports career pathways.

Social Distancing Trainer Shows What Six Feet Away Looks Like

Two education organizations have created a free Apple iOS app to help children understand how far they should be from other people to practice safe physical distancing. The program, "Social Distancing Trainer," was produced by Discovery Education and Afterschool Alliance. The app uses augmented reality to get the idea across.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of April 6, 2020)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

TrueFire Studios Extends Free Music Education Program to K–12 Students Without Access

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting disruption in millions of K–12 students’ music education, TrueFire Studios is now offering 90 days free through its two online platforms: TrueFire and JamPlay. The K–12 Assistance Program is open to all schools and education programs disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Seniors Can Participate in Minecraft Graduation Ceremony

Some students are using Minecraft during their "self-quarantines" to recreate their campuses. And at least one group is planning a national graduation ceremony to take place in their virtual world.

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