Schools out… for the summer?
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said most schools will not return to class this spring due to the school closures associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
The closures have caused teachers and parents to quickly put together resources, schedules and plans to keep students on track with learning goals. In San Diego, the San Diego Unified School District announced a partnership with KPBS and the San Diego County Office of Education to continue to provide learning resources for its students. The partnership will include a TV broadcast and an online component.
The TV programming will air on KPBS 2 from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The content will be aired according to grade levels (6-8 a.m., grades TK through 3; 8 a.m.-1 p.m., grades 4 through 8; 1-6 p.m., grades 9 through 12). The digital component will provide access to a library of free educational videos, lesson plans and training sessions. Schools are also continuing to provide food for students in need.
Having students and young children at home provides time to bond as a family, but it also means parents and caregivers are responsible for keeping everyone busy and engaged. Below are some resources to help better structure the time without it turning into a movie marathon day after day.
Consider taking a virtual tour. While you may not be able to physically go to a museum or theme park right now, some are offering virtual tours at https://bit.ly/2JbidYw. Try checking out of these national parks in California virtually: Death Valley, Channel Islands, Joshua Tree, Redwood, Sequoia, Yosemite.
The San Diego Zoo has a full webpage dedicated to children that include facts and videos about different animals, activities, and games. The Women’s Museum of California has digital exhibits available where students can learn about notable women of California, women in the military and more.
MOVIES AND SHOWS
Universal Pictures is releasing some of its movies early on digital platforms, including “Trolls World Tour,” which will be available Friday. Disney+ released “Frozen 2” earlier than planned on its streaming platform earlier this month.
Some educational companies are offering free subscriptions during the school closures and Scholastic is releasing free courses daily through its “Learn from Home” website. The site offers projects for students related to reading, history and more. Its projects are divided by grade-level.
You can also take advantage of digital access to San Diego County libraries, which provides access to e-books and audiobooks.
NASA is providing access to its digital images through this website. Paris museums have put images from their collections online. The Metropolitan Opera in New York is streaming live performances nightly.
Consider turning to Instagram accounts for arts and craft projects. These teachers and parents share ideas on making things and fun activities that can provide a break from a screen.
For a full list of resources, click https://bit.ly/2UcAWZP.
Lynn Walshis a freelance journalist and an Obecian. She works to promote trust between journalists and the public through the Trusting News projectand teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University. Originally from Ohio, Lynn has grown to love living at the beach and posts way too many San Diego sunset photos on Instagram.
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Last week, San Diego County ordered all gyms in the county to close. On March 23, the City of San Diego closed beaches, parks, and trails. People can still walk and run outdoors in their neighborhoods, but must not be in groups and need to practice social distancing.
Going to the gym or a favorite workout class is part of a daily routine for many people. Luckily, just because facilities are closed it doesn’t mean that routine has to end. Below are some ideas to stay active while practicing social distancing.
To see a full list of digital workout resources available, visit https://bit.ly/2xiADE4.
Many local and national gyms are taking their classes on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. In many cases, these live-streamed classes are available to members and non-members alike and streamed publicly. In some cases, you may have to join a private group on Facebook or an email list to see the content. Some local studios taking this approach include Performance 360, Fortis & YOGALUX and the November Project San Diego.
Individual instructors from studios are also hosting live classes through social platforms and video conferencing tools like Zoom. Some local instructors include Lauren with Hello Heart Space, Alexa Dorazio, and Natalya with Bridal Bootcamp San Diego.
Some fitness apps, like Peloton and DownDog, are extending their trial periods or making their apps free for a few weeks. Through an app called Studio Sweat, the San Diego County YMCA is providing free access to a variety of workouts, including TRX, pilates, cycling and strength classes.
While some classes do require equipment there are so many options that just require showing up and pressing play. To see a full list of digital resources available, visit https://bit.ly/2UwRv1z.
Back to basics
While access to the gym can make working out easier, don’t forget about the basics. You will want to make sure to still practice social distancing though.
Walking and running. Get reacquainted with your neighborhood by walking or running around the block – say hello to neighbors from a safe distance.
Bodyweight exercises. From pushups to squats, there are a lot of exercises you can do without any equipment. Try committing to doing 100 sit-ups, push-ups and squats a few times a week. Or holding a plan for 100 seconds. And don’t forget about jumping rope.
Point Loma hills. If you need a quick burn, just head up one of the many hills leading from Ocean Beach to Point Loma. It’s guaranteed to get your heart pumping.
Bike rides. Don’t forget about riding your bike. There are plenty of roads – now with less traffic – to cruise around.
Lynn Walsh is a freelance journalist and an Obecian. She works to promote trust between journalists and the public through the Trusting News project and teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University. Originally from Ohio, Lynn has grown to love living at the beach and posts way too many San Diego sunset photos on Instagram.
YMCA San Diego has a website and app that features workouts to do at home.
Planet Fitness is live streaming home “work ins” on their Facebook page.
All DownDog apps are free until April 1. For students and teachers the apps are free until July 1.
Peloton is offering a 90-day free trial for their at-home workout app.
Performance 360 is sharing daily workouts on their Instagram account.
PopSugar offers home workouts through its YouTube channel.
The Little Yoga Studio is offering classes through Zoom. Members should sign-up for classes using their account or through the MINDBODY app.
Yoga Six is offering its members free access to at-home workouts through its mobile app, Y6Go.
Lauren with Hello Heart Space is leading live classes via Zoom.
Alexa Dorazio is offering free yoga class downloads on her website.
Natalya with Bridal Bootcamp San Diego is posting workout videos to her Instagram account.
Katie B Happy offers yoga and meditation classes through her YouTube channel.
Free Workout Apps: (search for them in the Apple App Store)