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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Class is out but lunch is still on for students across the Sacramento City Unified School District.

The district offered free bagged meals from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 13 mobile locations across the city:

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary: 3324 Glenmoor Dr, Sacramento, CA 95827
  • Bret Harte Elementary: 2751 9th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95818
  • Elder Creek Elementary: 7934 Lemon Hill Ave, Sacramento, CA 95824
  • Father Keith B Kenny Elementary: 3525 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817
  • James Marshall Elementary: 9525 Goethe Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827
  • John Still Elementary: 2250 John Still Dr, Sacramento, CA 95832
  • Kit Carson International Academy: 5301 N St, Sacramento, CA 95819
  • Leataata Floyd Elementary: 401 McClatchy Way, Sacramento, CA 95818
  • Nicholas Elementary: 6601 Steiner Dr, Sacramento, CA 95823
  • Pacific Elementary: 6201 41st St, Sacramento, CA 95824
  • Parkway Elementary: 4720 Forest Pkwy, Sacramento, CA 95823
  • Rosa Parks K-8 School: 2250 68th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822
  • William Land Elementary: 2120 12th St, Sacramento, CA 95818

“It helps, it helps budget-wise especially if something happens where we don’t have our jobs,” mother Valerie Barragan said.

“They’re now stuck at home and they have nowhere else to get food sometimes,” Tom Lucero, the district’s central kitchen manager, told FOX40.

More than 80% of students across California are out of school over coronavirus concerns, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

“One of the first things that we had to do was recognize that there was no playbook for this. We have to come together and in a very quick fashion act to be able to develop some continued learning for our students,“ Sacramento City Unified School Board President Jessie Ryan said.

The district recognizes that there is no substitute for learning in the classroom, but they’re hoping to fill some of the gaps in an unlikely place by encouraging students to turn on the television.

“We’re providing PBS, quality, California-standards based programming to students throughout the region beginning this morning from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” Ryan said.

They’re offering educational shows on Sacramento’s PBS affiliate KVIE. From 6 through 8 a.m., the programs will focus on kindergarten through third graders, shifting to 4th through 8th graders from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 to 6 p.m. the shows will turn to high schoolers.

“We hope to get to the point where we’re programming original content,” Ryan said.

They plan to bring teachers on in the coming weeks to broadcast their lessons out to the masses, all to keep children learning even when they can’t be in the classroom.

“While the world feels very unpredictable right now there is a routine and they can continue their learning,” Ryan said.

Sacramento Adventist Academy are on pace to keep students on track even though they’re not on campus. Through things like SchoolTube, a platform similar to YouTube, teachers are able to record and upload lessons with their cell phones. Students log on, find their class and are taught by their teacher.

Parents and teachers adjust to help their students

“It’s interesting to try to navigate these waters,” said April Jean.

As a program director helping nonprofits, Jean just cannot miss work. So she and other parents are already scrambling to assist with the initial lessons their children were assigned.

For her fifth grader at Sol Aureus College Preparatory, there were six summaries to be written for English class through the school’s portal, MobyMax.

“My homeroom teacher, which is my math and science, literally just gave me a packet and kind of sent me off and then said, ‘Do MobyMax for 20 minutes each day,’” said Jean’s daughter, Angel Taylor.

“MobyMax is not a platform that I as a parent am familiar with,” Jean told FOX40. “So I’m not sure what she should be doing, what curriculum she should be following.”

“There was a lack of preparedness on the school’s part.”

Janine Harrington’s son was helping her film a virtual field trip for her third graders, which can be used as a writing prompt or spelling lesson later.

“I have often thought wouldn’t it be great if I could teach a lesson on the board for kids who are sick and they could see it or take them somewhere and show them something about myself?” Harrington said. “But I never had a platform like that. So this has opened up a whole new world for us, so I’m very excited.”