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COVID-19: At Home Learning Resources

March 17, 2020

Community First Health Plans continues to support our Members, Providers, and our Community during these challenging times. Below are some resources to help ensure your child’s learning continues at home as well as information on alternatives to school lunches.

Need internet access? 

Many students' free access to the internet at local schools is no longer accessible. During this time, Charter Communications will offer free access to Spectrum internet and Wi-fi for 60 days. Find out more information on how you can subscribe for this remote learning access.

While your child's school may be closed, physical education is still a vital part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to help prevent sickness. The Online Physical Education Network provides tools for creating an active home that improves the effectiveness of physical education for every child.

At Home Activities

Check out this list of indoor activities to keep the kids entertained and find more at home resources below:

  • The Spanish Experiment – Where you can find well known children’s stories that are translated into Spanish. Kids can read along in Spanish or English.
  • Imagineering in a Box - Free online program in partnership with Khan Academy and Pixar that include topics such as theme park design and engineering.
  • Nick Helps - Nickelodeon has launched a site filled with (free) tips, ideas, and video content to keep kids busy at home.
  • Do2Learn and TeacherVision - Learning resources and activities for children with disabilities.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga - Yoga adventures for kids and little ones.
  • YMCA 360 - Virtual group exercise classes 
  • Khan Academy Kids - offers options for remote learning that delivers the education your child needs, when you need it.
  • Education.comTeacherspayteachers.com, and Scholastic Learn At Home - For free educational and learning worksheets that can be printed at home.
  • Virtual Museum Tours – Take virtual tours of Google’s top museums with your family to learn and explore right from your couch.
  • National Park Tours - Take virtual tours of 32 National Parks from the comfort of your couch.
  • Switch Zoo – Teaches kids about animals by watching, listening, and playing games.
  • National Geographic Kids – Kids learn about geography and animals of the world.
  • Into the Book – Kids can practice reading strategies in English and Spanish
  • Seussville – Children can hang out with Dr. Seuss and friends, while learning reading and playing games.
  • ABC Ya and Fun Brain– Children can practice math and reading skills
  • PBS Kids – Kids can learn while hanging out with their favorite PBS Characters.
  • Star Fall – Kids can practice their phonics skills with read along stories
  • Highlights Kids – This site allows kids to read, learn random facts, play games and do activities such as crafts and recipes.

Talking to your children about COVID-19 

Learn How To Talk To Your Kids About The Disease and watch a helpful animated video from BrainPop to share with your children the importance of germ spread prevention. 


School Weekend Meals

SAISD will begin offering weekend breakfast that includes cereal, fruit, juice, milk and graham crackers.

Families can visit one of the following locations from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Brackenridge Elementary School, 1214 Guadalupe Street
  • Graebner Elementary School, 530 Hoover Avenue

See the full list of 29 campus curbside locations.

School Lunch Pick-up

As San Antonio continues to face the spread of COVID-19, school districts around South Texas have announced closures in response to the disease to try and combat it’s spread.

Each San Antonio school districts will provide updates on meal service if closures continue. To find more information, click here. To view a map of locations, click here.

North Side ISD

Distribution Dates: Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, April 24

Distribution Times: 8 - 10 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.

Each food and supply kit will include breakfast and lunch, non-perishable snack meals, water, and disposable trays and utensils. Kits will be distributed in the bus loop at each designated middle school.

Food and supply kits will be provided to vehicles in the school’s bus loop. Kits will be prepared and boxed for easy distribution. Each car or vehicle will be able to pick up one food and supply kit.

Distribution Sites: Hobby, Jones, Luna, Neff, Pease, Rayburn, Ross, Rudder, Stinson, Vale, and Zachry middle schools.

San Antonio ISD

Distribution Dates: Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 24

Distribution Times: 8 - 9 a.m. and 11:30-12:30 p.m.

SAISD will provide a curbside meal service program during the District's school closure for children ages 18 years and younger. Children receiving meals must be present at time of pickup. Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pick up at these locations:

Distribution Sites: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Sam Houston, Jefferson, Lanier high schools.

For questions, please contact the Child Nutrition Services Department at (210) 554-2290

North East ISD

Distribution Dates: Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 24

Distribution Times: 11:30-1:30 p.m.

Each “to go” meal will include a lunch and a breakfast item and will come at no charge, regardless of meal eligibility status. Your child does not need to attend one of the listed sites below to receive the free meal. The healthy meals served will include protein, grains, fruit and vegetables. Milk will also be available. Families are advised to stay in their cars and not enter buildings during meal pick up. Families that walk to the campus will also be served a “to go” meal.

Distribution Sites: Camelot, Castle Hills, Clear Spring, Coker, Colonial Hills, Dellview, East Terrell Hills, El Dorado, Fox Run, Harmony Hills, Huebner, Jackson-Keller, Larkspur, Longs Creek Montgomery, Northern Hills, Northwood, Oak Grove, Oak Meadow, Olmos, Redland, Regency, Ridgeview, Royal Ridge, Serna, Stahl, Steubing Ranch, Walzem, Wetmore, Wilshire, Windcrest, Woodstone elementary schools

Texas STAAR Update

Governor Abbott and Commissioner Morath have decided to waive this year's STAAR exams due to the ongoing situation. School districts will have the option to administer the exams if they wish to do so. For more information, click here.

Community First Health Plans is actively monitoring the current Coronavirus Disease and the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in addition to, the World Health Organization.