I am writing to invite you to participate in a Virtual Town Hall on distance learning and what parents can do to help their children while schools are shut down by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

You can listen to this event on my web site or on your phone beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. 

Working from home while trying to help your children keep up with their studies can be challenging, if not impossible. Even though most schools are now providing guidance to families, many parents with young children have told me they are struggling to keep their children engaged in these stressful times.

For this Town Hall, my guest will be Denise Pope, an author and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Pope is an expert on engaging students in their school work and has written extensively on academic stress and its consequences for students’ mental and physical health. She will share her list of tips that parents can use to make distance learning fun and productive.

You may listen to this event live on my web site at https://sd07.senate.ca.gov/ beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14.

We also have a limited number of listen-only telephone lines available at 844-291-5489. The access code is 8983204 #.

A recording will also be available after the program.

Because of the number of participants, we will be taking only written questions for this conversation. Please submit any questions you may have before or during the call to [email protected]

You may submit questions whether or not you intend to participate.

Recordings of my first ten Coronavirus Town Halls are already on my web site.

The topics are:

  • Unemployment and medical leave benefits (April 8)
  • Grocery/Pharmacy Shopping, home delivery and store curbside pick-up (April 2)
  • Small Business Relief (March 31)
  • Pet Safety (March 24)
  • Coping With Stress from the Pandemic (March 22)
  • The Unfolding Health Crisis, With Sen. Richard Pan, M.D. (March 19)
  • Food and Grocery Supply Chain and Product Shortages (March 17)
  • School Shutdowns (March 16)
  • Hospital Capacity and Preparedness (March 15)
  • The Nature of the Virus and the Public Health Response (March 10).

These town halls are part of my effort to use my office to bring you accurate and up-to-date information from trusted sources. In these difficult times, I believe that access to reliable information is the best way we can arm ourselves to deal with the health, economic and personal issues that the pandemic has thrust upon us.

On my web site, which my team has redesigned to focus on COVID-19, you can also find information, links and key documents on the following topics:

•           Health, including the text of the Bay Area Stay-at-Home orders.

•           Business and Labor issues, including small business grants and  loans, unemployment insurance, and paid medical and family leave.

•           Education, including the school closures, distance learning and meals available to children even while they are learning from home.

•           Food, including information on food banks and delivery of meals to seniors and other vulnerable people.

•           Housing, including the latest information on the suspension of evictions

•           The Department of Motor Vehicle and its plans to provide services during the shutdown.

•           State and local government, with links to the latest actions taken by Gov. Gavin Newsom and Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

I know that these developments have created great stress on everyone. Thank you for taking the time to be as informed as possible so we can keep each other safe.

Sincerely,

Steve Glazer

Senator Steve Glazer

 California State Senator Steve Glazer – District 07

Senate District 7 is based in Northern California’s Contra Costa and Alameda counties, encompassing unincorporated areas and the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.