Thriving During Times of Change

Dear Educators, Partners, and Friends: 

The social and economic effects of COVID-19 will be severe and touch every corner of the country. But there is much that we can do to mitigate the impact and put Riverside County in a better position for the long term. Public education has a particularly important role to play. 

To see what schools can do, it is useful to think about our region's broad social and economic needs. 

To see what schools can do, it is useful to think about our region's broad social and economic needs. 

  • Protection. This means stopping the spread of the virus and reinforcing the safety net for everyone to prevent side effects. Everyone should be able to meet their most basic needs, such as food and housing. I know our schools are meeting this necessity admirably by serving over 2.5 million meals to our families. 
  • Stability. While we need to reinforce the social safety net, it would be even better to prevent people from needing it to begin with. It is important to maintain income and employment. We are fortunate that Governor Newsom's order safe guards our education budget for the remainder of this school year. Schools would be wise to think about ways to mitigate potential revenue reductions for the 2020-21 school year. 
  • Stimulus. Even after the crisis subsides, people will be reluctant to spend money and businesses will be hesitant to bring workers back. The federal emergency relief package is aimed at restarting the economy. 
  • Preparation (for the long run). Let's consider how schools can better respond to future pandemics and continue to provide educational opportunities for students.

This continues to be a difficult time. Let’s work together, be patient with others, and act creatively to meet the basic needs of our students. 

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