4/02 COVID-19 Update – Resources, Meal Service Time, & Spring Break

April 2nd Update

Here is the latest update regarding our COVID-19 response.

Resources Web Page
We wanted to let you know that we have added a COVID-19 Resources page to our website, which includes information on food assistance, clinical counseling services, education resources, helpful links, and more! Please click the following link to access the page: http://www.pucschools.org/covid-19-resources/

Meal Service Update
As we mentioned in our last communication, we will continue serving meals every Monday during these closures. Beginning this Monday, April 6, every PUC food distribution site will operate from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Students will still receive 15 meals for the week – five breakfast meals, five lunches, and five supper meals. Please check your school’s website and social media channels for more information.

Spring Break
Don’t forget – next week is Spring Break! Our staff members and students will be off for the entire week, from Monday April 6th to Friday, April 10th. If you need immediate assistance during the spring break week, please call the PUC Schools home office between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5 PM at (818) 559-7699. Please stay safe and stay healthy!


Aquí está la última actualización con respecto a nuestra respuesta COVID-19.

Página Web de Recursos para Familias de PUC
¡Queríamos hacerle saber que hemos agregado una página de Recursos COVID-19 a nuestro sitio web, que incluye información sobre asistencia alimentaria, servicios de asesoramiento clínico, recursos educativos, enlaces útiles y más! Haga clic en el siguiente enlace para acceder a la página: http://www.pucschools.org/covid-19-resources/

Actualización del Servicio de Comidas
Como mencionamos en nuestra última comunicación, continuaremos sirviendo comidas todos los lunes durante estos cierres. A partir de este lunes 6 de abril, todos los sitios de distribución de alimentos de la PUC funcionarán de 8:30 a.m. a 11:30 a.m. Los estudiantes seguirán recibiendo 15 comidas por semana: cinco desayunos, cinco almuerzos y cinco cenas. Consulte el sitio web de su escuela y los canales de redes sociales para obtener más información.

Vacaciones de Primavera
No lo olviden: la próxima semana son las vacaciones de primavera! Los miembros de nuestro personal y los estudiantes estarán fuera durante toda la semana, del lunes 6 de abril al viernes 10 de abril. Si necesita asistencia inmediata durante la semana de vacaciones de primavera, llame a la oficina central de PUC Schools entre las 8:30 a.m. y las 5 p.m. al (818) 559-7699. ¡Por favor manténgase seguro y saludable!

Para obtener las últimas actualizaciones sobre el coronavirus, visite www.pucschools.org/covid-19-updates y síganos en las redes sociales en Instagram, Facebook, y Twitter.

March 30 Update - Meal Announcement & Counseling Reminder

We are happy to announce that effective Monday, April 6th, every PUC student who picks up meals will now receive 15 meals – 5 breakfast meals, 5 lunches, and 5 supper meals!

We also want to remind you that remote counseling services are available during this stressful time. If you would like to speak to a counselor, please contact your school’s office. #puccares


Nos complace anunciar que a partir del lunes 6 de abril, todos los estudiantes de PUC que recojan comidas ahora recibirán 15 comidas: 5 desayunos, 5 almuerzos y 5 cenas!

También queremos recordarle que los servicios de asesoramiento remoto están disponibles durante este momento estresante. Si desea hablar con un consejero, comuníquese con la oficina de su escuela.

March 26 Update - Future Planning & Reminders

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We hope this note finds you and your family healthy and navigating our first few weeks away from campus well. As always, we are here for our PUC community during this time of transition to offer resources, services, and support.

We want to let you know that here at PUC, we are working hard on planning for the next phase of our school closures, which will include additional supports for continued distance learning. As you have seen, we have sent out a survey to all of our families, which will help us in the planning process. We’d like to thank all of the parents who have responded to the survey. If you have not taken the “Home Internet & Technology Survey” for your children, please do so as soon as possible by logging into your SchoolMint account at http://pucschools.schoolmint.net.

In other news, we are happy to announce that in the past week, we have served over 47,000 student meals! We have an amazing team that made it happen and we couldn’t be more proud of what they were able to accomplish in a short amount of time. We look forward to continue serving our families throughout these closures. We want to use this opportunity to remind you that starting Monday, March 30th, we will only be serving meals once per week – on Mondays only. Students will still receive 10 meals for the week – five breakfast meals and five lunches. Please check your school’s website and social media channels for more information. If any further schedule changes need to be made, we will notify you.

Please be on the lookout for further communications regarding the next phase of what we like to refer to as “PUC at Home.” #pucathome


Esperamos que esta nota los encuentre a usted y a su familia saludables y navegando bien nuestras primeras semanas fuera del campus. Como siempre, estamos aquí para nuestra comunidad PUC durante este tiempo de transición para ofrecer recursos, servicios y apoyo.

Queremos hacerle saber que aquí en PUC, estamos trabajando arduamente en la planificación de la próxima fase del cierre de nuestras escuelas, que incluirá apoyos adicionales para el aprendizaje a distancia continuo. Como han visto, hemos enviado una encuesta a todas nuestras familias, que nos ayudará en el proceso de planificación. Queremos agradecer a todos los padres que respondieron la encuesta. Si no ha realizado la “Encuesta de Internet y Tecnología en el Hogar” para sus hijos, hágalo lo antes posible iniciando sesión en su cuenta de SchoolMint en http://pucschools.schoolmint.net.

En otras noticias, nos complace anunciar que la semana pasada, ¡hemos servido más de 47,000 comidas para estudiantes! Tenemos un equipo increíble que lo hizo posible y no podríamos estar más orgullosos de lo que pudieron lograr en poco tiempo. Esperamos continuar sirviendo a nuestras familias durante estos cierres. Queremos aprovechar esta oportunidad para recordarle que a partir del lunes 30 de marzo, solo serviremos comidas una vez por semana, solo los lunes. Los estudiantes seguirán recibiendo 10 comidas por semana: cinco desayunos y cinco almuerzos. Consulte el sitio web de su escuela y los canales de redes sociales para obtener más información. Si es necesario realizar más cambios en el horario, se lo notificaremos.

Esté atento a futuras comunicaciones sobre la próxima fase de lo que nos gusta llamar “PUC en Casa” (“PUC at Home” en inglés). #pucencasa

March 23rd Update - School Closures Extended & Meal Distribution Schedule Changes

Update #2 – Meal Distribution Schedule Changes

To help minimize the contact with the public and ensure the safety of your family and our staff, we are making changes to the food distribution schedule. Please read the schedule below.

Schedule for Week of March 23rd:
Monday, March 23rd: 1 breakfast and 1 lunch per student
Tuesday, March 24th: 1 breakfast and 1 lunch per student
Wednesday, March 25th: 3 breakfast and 3 lunch meals per student
Thursday, March 26th & Friday, March 27th – NO FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Schedule for Meal Distribution Beginning Monday, March 30th
Beginning on March 30th, PUC Schools will only be serving once per week – every Monday.
10 meals (5 breakfast meal & 5 lunch meals) will be served per student. Please remember to bring a shopping bag.

If you have any questions regarding the meal program or these schedule changes, please call the PUC home office at 818-559-7699 or email us at foodservices@pucschools.org.

To download the flyer containing this information as well as a listing of local food banks and food pantries, please click the link below.

DOWNLOAD: Meal Program Announcement Flyer

Update #1 – School Closure Extension Information

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On behalf of Superintendent Rivas:

This message is to inform you that all PUC school closures have been extended through May 1st, in alignment with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

This is in direct response to the current state of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At PUC Schools we are committed to supporting the safety, health, and wellness of all of our students, employees, and families during this public health crisis.

During this extended closure at PUC Schools we will continue to provide 1) academic distance learning for our students 2) free meals (breakfast and lunch) for our students and 3) clinical counseling services for our students and families.

We will provide pertinent communications and updates regarding our continued supports, resources, and other related items for our students and families during our school closures.

As always, we are here for you and the rest of our PUC community during this time of transition to offer continued services, resources, and support.

For the latest updates regarding the coronavirus, visit
pucschools.org/coronavirus-updates and follow us on social media on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

If you have any questions related to our school closures, please continue to reach out directly to your school’s principal and/or office team, or email us at info@pucschools.org.

March 19th Update - Clinical Counseling Program Information

March 19th Update – Clinical Counseling Program Information

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As we spend an extended amount of time away from schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, we recognize that this is a stressful time for families and many children may need counseling support. PUC’s Clinical Counseling Program team wants to assure you that it remains dedicated to serving your family and providing for your child’s school counseling needs through alternative means. Virtual Counseling is now available. It is a new experience, but not a foreign concept.

Students who have been receiving counseling services will be receiving a phone call check in and the counselor will discuss online options for continued sessions. For students who have been participating in counseling groups, the counselor will reach out and discuss ways to maintain the group via an online forum.

If you are a parent or student who is not currently receiving services, our counselors are happy to provide support via phone and via online forums. Although our campuses are closed, the schools’ office team members are checking phone messages. Please call your school’s office, let them know that you would like counseling services and provide your contact information. A counselor will call you back.

We will continue to research creative ways to support your child as needed during this time. In the meantime, please some helpful information and resource, below.

Talking with your Child about the Coronavirus

Talking about scary things with your children can be scary for parents, too! Here is a little advice on talking about scary things like the coronavirus:

  1. Keep your children away from the media as much as possible. Do not spend hours watching the news, reading things on social media to them, etc. This will add to their fear and anxiety. It is your job to get information and share it with your children in a way that is developmentally appropriate.
  2. Remain as calm as possible in front of your children, even if you are freaking out inside. Many times, a child’s anxiety is a reflection of our own.
  3. Remind your children about all the things we are doing to keep safe like washing our hands, social distancing, cancelling events, and staying home from school. Reassure them that you are doing what is necessary to keep them safe and healthy.
  4. Remind them that some things are out of our control. Focus on what we can control and let go of what we cannot.
  5. Let them ask questions and answer as best you can. Not allowing them to ask questions will only make them worry more.
  6. Keep a routine during days out of school. Have a schedule for when you will do schoolwork, eat meals, and engage in family activities so that there is structure to their day.
  7. If you are sick, follow the CDC
  8. Don’t forget to take care of your own mental health and wellness!

Additional Resources

Here is a valuable link from the Child Mindset Network for talking with your child about the virus: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

Brainpop has some videos to help explain the virus to your children: https://sharemylesson.com/todays-news-tomorrows-lesson/coronavirus-student-guide

March 13th Update - Meal Program Information

PUC Schools will begin providing two free Better4You meals (consisting of breakfast and lunch) per student each weekday beginning on Wednesday, March 18th. As it stands, the meal program will continue to operate in this way throughout the rest of the school closures. The meals will be provided as “grab & go.”

Las escuelas PUC comenzarán a proporcionar dos comidas por estudiante de Better4You gratuitas (consistiendo de desayuno y almuerzo) cada día de la semana a partir del miércoles 18 de marzo. Tal como está, el programa de comidas continuará funcionando de esta manera durante el resto de los cierres escolares. Las comidas se proporcionarán en modo “Agarra y sigue”.

For details regarding your school’s lunch program please download the documents below.
Para obtener detalles sobre el programa de almuerzo de su escuela, descargue los siguientes documentos.

PUC CALS Charter Middle School – Meal Program Information
PUC CALS Early College High School – Meal Program Information
PUC Community Charter Early College High School – Meal Program Information
PUC Community Charter Elementary School – Meal Program Information
PUC Community Charter Middle School – Meal Program Information
PUC eCALS – Meal Program Information
PUC Excel Charter Academy – Meal Program Information
PUC Inspire Charter Academy – Meal Program Information
PUC Lakeview Charter Academy – Meal Program Information
PUC Lakeview Charter High School – Meal Program Information
PUC Milagro Charter School – Meal Program Information
PUC Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy – Meal Program Information
PUC Triumph Charter Academy – Meal Program Information
PUC Triumph Charter High School – Meal Program Information

Here are some important notes:

  • We ask that parents and students bring their own shopping or re-usable bags.
  • Meals must be picked up and students will not be permitted to eat on campus.
  • If you have children enrolled at multiple PUC Schools, you may pick up meals for those students at any single PUC site where food is distributed.

If you have questions regarding our meal program, please email foodservices@pucschools.org or call the PUC home office at (818) 559-7699.

Aquí hay algunas notas importantes:

  • Les pedimos a los padres y estudiantes que traigan sus propias bolsas de compras reutilizables.
  • Las comidas deben de ser recogidas y los estudiantes no podrán comer en el sitio escolar.
  • Si tiene niños inscritos en varias escuelas de PUC, puede recoger comidas para los estudiantes en cualquier sitio de PUC donde se distribuyan alimentos.

Si tiene preguntas sobre nuestro programa de comidas, envíe un correo electrónico a foodservices@pucschools.org o llame a la oficina central de PUC al (818) 559-7699.

March 13th Update

March 13, 2020 Update #2

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Click here to download a PDF document containing the message below.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, PUC Schools will be closed effective Monday, March 16th and will remain closed for at least two weeks as we plan for the path moving forward.

We have made the decision in alignment with the Los Angeles Unified School District. No individuals in our school communities have tested positive for COVID-19, but we are taking this step to help keep our school communities safe.

PUC has been preparing for various scenarios as it pertains to the coronavirus, which includes the closure of schools. The decision to close schools, which includes the suspension of our after school programming, has not been an easy one, especially as it impacts the lives of our students and families beyond the loss of instructional time. Our priority during this unpreceded public emergency is the health & wellness of our students and staff members.

PUC ACADEMIC CONTINUITY PLAN
All students who were in attendance today were given instructions by their teachers and school site on how to continue their academics during this closure, which includes both online and work packets. If you have questions about academics or the packets, please go to your school website’s “Contact” page to email your principal directly.

PUC FOOD & NUTRITION PLAN
We will provide FREE breakfast and lunch for all PUC students beginning Wednesday, March 18th. The meals will be served in a “grab & go” manner from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM each weekday. We will soon share additional information regarding distribution sites and other details.

PUC CLINICAL COUNSELING PROGRAM PLAN
The PUC Clinical Counseling Program is standing by and available to provide mental health support during this difficult time. The counseling team can provide individual and family counseling. If you would like support, please reach out to the PUC home office at 818-559-7699 to let them know, and they will make sure that a counselor reaches out to you.

We also want to let you know that staff members will be cleaning and disinfecting at school sites, which includes classrooms, food service areas, and restrooms, before re-opening.

Now is a critical time for us all. The situation we are in is constantly evolving, but here at PUC, we will continue to work to make decisions in the best interest of our students and families. We ask that you continue to follow guidelines from health officials to help minimize the spread of coronavirus.

For the latest updates regarding the coronavirus, check back on this page or follow us on social media on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

If you have any questions during school closings, please reach out to your school’s principal directly or email us at info@pucschools.org.

We thank you for your understanding, patience, and trust during this time. Please know that we are committed to doing what’s best for your children.

Concepción Rivas
Superintendent, PUC Schools


March 13, 2020 Update #1

All PUC Schools will be closed effective Monday, March 16th and will remain closed for at least two weeks, in alignment with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Todas las escuelas de PUC estaran cerradas a partir del lunes 16 de Marzo y permanecerán cerradas por lo menos dos semanas, en alineación con el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles.

March 12th Update

On Behalf of Superintendent Rivas:

This is an update on our planning for the possible spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in our school community.

Here are the important facts:

  • As of this morning, there are 28 known coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County.
  • There is no known connection between these cases and PUC schools.
  • PUC Schools will continue to operate on a normal schedule for the time being.

In addition to the steps that we shared out in previous updates, all PUC Schools will be taking the following measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, effective immediately.

  • Cancel or postpone all large gatherings, including school-wide assemblies, Family Nights/SLC/Data Nights, and school open houses.
  • Athletic events and other similar activities can continue, but without spectators attending. The events will only be open to school administrators, athletes, and coaches.
  • Cancel or postpone all in-person organizational and professional development meetings that take place outside of our schools.
  • Cancel all school trips to public venues where there is exposure to crowds.
  • Exclude from school campuses all students, staff, faculty members or visitors for 14 days who have traveled outside the United States.

We will continue to prepare for various scenarios, including potential school closures.
We ask that parents begin to prepare and make arrangements in the event that we have to close our schools.

Remember: the most important thing we can do at this time to help prevent the spread of the virus is to practice good hygiene, including washing your hands regularly with soap and water for about 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and keeping students home from school when they are sick (except to get medical care).

If you have any questions, please continue to reach out to your child’s school directly for support.

Thank you for your support.


De parte de la Superintendente Rivas:

Esta es una actualización de nuestra planificación para la posible propagación del coronavirus, o COVID-19, en nuestra comunidad escolar.

Esto son los hechos importantes:

  • A partir de esta mañana, hay 28 casos conocidos de coronavirus en el condado de Los Ángeles.
  • No existe una conexión conocida entre estos casos y las escuelas de PUC.
  • Las escuelas de PUC continuarán operando en un horario normal por el momento.

Además de los pasos que compartimos en las actualizaciones anteriores, todas las escuelas PUC tomarán las siguientes medidas para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del coronavirus, con efecto inmediato.

  • Cancelaremos o pospondremos todas las reuniones grandes, incluyendo las asambleas de toda la escuela, las Noches Familiares/SLC/Data Nights y las juntas de casa abierta.
  • Los eventos deportivos y otras actividades similares pueden continuar, pero sin la asistencia de espectadores. Los eventos solo estarán abiertos a administradores escolares, atletas y entrenadores.
  • Cancelaremos o pospondremos todas las reuniones de desarrollo organizacional y profesional en persona que tienen lugar fuera de nuestras escuelas.
  • Cancelaremos todos los viajes escolares a lugares públicos donde haya exposición a multitudes.
  • Excluir de los planteles escolares a todos los estudiantes, el personal, o los visitantes que hayan viajado fuera de los Estados Unidos durante 14 días.

Continuaremos preparándonos para varios escenarios, incluyendo posibles cierres de las escuelas.
Pedimos que los padres comiencen a prepararse y hacer arreglos en caso de que tengamos que cerrar nuestras escuelas.

Recuerde: lo más importante que podemos hacer en este momento para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del virus es practicar una buena higiene, que incluye lavarse las manos regularmente con agua y jabón por aproximadamente 20 segundos, evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca, y mantener a los estudiantes en casa fuera de la escuela cuando están enfermos (excepto para recibir atención médica).

Si tiene alguna pregunta, continúe comunicándose directamente con la escuela de su hijo para obtener ayuda.

Gracias por su apoyo.

March 10th Update

On Behalf of Superintendent Rivas:

This is an update on our planning for the possible spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in our school community. While there are 19 cases of individuals who have been diagnosed with the virus in Los Angeles, none of the individuals have any known connection to our schools.

The most important thing we can do at this time to help prevent the spread of the virus is to practice good hygiene including washing your hands regularly with soap and water for about 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and keeping students home from school when they are sick (except to get medical care). We’ve provided some flyers to all of our schools, which you can find the link to below, to make sure they know the facts and to encourage all who are at our schools to practice good hygiene.

LINK: Flyer – Stop the Spread of Germs

Here are the important facts:

  • As of this morning, there are currently 19 known coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County.
  • There is no known connection between these cases and PUC schools.
  • PUC Schools will continue to operate on a normal schedule for the time being.

If you have any questions, please continue to reach out to your child’s school directly for support.

Thank you for your support.

De parte de Superintendente Rivas:

Esta es una actualización de nuestra planificación para la posible propagación del coronavirus, o COVID-19, en nuestra comunidad escolar. Actualmente hay 19 casos de personas que han sido diagnosticadas con el virus en Los Ángeles, ninguna de las personas tiene una conexión conocida con nuestras escuelas.

Lo más importante que podemos hacer en este momento para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del virus es practicar una buena higiene, incluyendo lavarse las manos regularmente con agua y jabón por aproximadamente 20 segundos, evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca, y mantener a los estudiantes en casa cuando están enfermos (excepto para recibir atención médica). Hemos proporcionado algunos volantes a todas nuestras escuelas, y que puede encontrar enlaces a continuación, para asegurarse de que conozcan los hechos y para alentar a todos los que están en nuestras escuelas a practicar una buena higiene.

ENLACE: Folleto – Detener la propagación de gérmenes

Aquí están los hechos importantes:

  • A partir de esta mañana, actualmente hay 19 casos conocidos de coronavirus en el condado de Los Ángeles.
  • No existe una conexión conocida entre estos casos y las escuelas PUC.
  • Las escuelas PUC continuarán operando en un horario normal por el momento.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, continúe comunicándose directamente con la escuela de su hijo para obtener ayuda.

Gracias por tu apoyo.

March 5th Update

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We continue to monitor developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) through information given by the County of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Los Angeles Unified School District, and various public health organizations. We want to assure the PUC community that we are preparing plans for various levels of concern.

Yesterday morning, it was announced that there are six new cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. All six can be linked to a specific person and there are no known cases of community spread in L.A. County at this time.

The L.A. Department of Public Health has recommended that the public plan for the possibility of “social distancing,” including school closures, as a call for preparedness. There has been no recommendation for school closures anywhere in L.A. County at this time.

During this time, these are the most important things to do: 

  • If your child is sick, please keep them home from school.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get vaccinated every year.

Below are some examples of ways we are conducting illness prevention and planning:

  • We are communicating with PUC staff and reviewing procedures and protocols for assessing students and staff with possible fever or flu, and best practices for illness prevention.
  • We are working with sites and our facilities department to inventory and maintain supplies like disinfectant, soap, and paper towels.
  • We are working with school principals to encourage best practices among students and staff such as washing hands, covering coughs, encouraging students and staff with fever or flu symptoms to remain home for 24 hours fever free, and making sure that people who are sick are not stigmatized.
  • The CDC and County Public Health Department is not recommending the cancellation of public events. We will continue to take our recommendations from officials, but parents and students can opt out of events or travel-related school trips, if they choose.
  • In the event that the CDC and public health agencies recommend stronger measures, we want to reassure our community that we are meeting and planning for contingencies to continue student learning and education through the office of the Deputy Superintendent of Academics as well as our local district.

The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff is one of our top priorities. We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 closely, and adjust our practices and keep our community up to date as we learn new information. We will provide ongoing updates with the PUC community, mainly through text messages and emails, but also on www.pucschools.org, as needed.

If you have any questions, please contact your school’s principal or front office.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time.

Helpful Links:
County of Los Angeles Public Health – Coronavirus Webpage
Coronavirus Q&A – What California Parents and Students Should Know About  COVID-19
Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools

February 27th Update

Click below to read the message from our Superintendent regarding the coronavirus:

Message from PUC Schools Superintendent regarding Coronavirus

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Mensaje de la Superintendente de PUC Schools sobre el Coronavirus