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Although we’re all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these out every day. Scroll through and also find educational resources to keep your students at home engaged in learning.

For All Ages

Connecting with Others

  • Call or Facetime a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
  • Write a letter.
  • Support a local restaurant- Many restaurants are still open for take out or delivery orders. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try out Doordash or Ubereats and have it brought to you. 
    • Here is a partial list of local restaurants that are open from the Register Pajaronian 
    • Another list from Visit Santa Cruz that includes restaurants and retailers across the county that are open. Please email Visit Santa Cruz to add your business to the list.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Talking to Kids about COVID-19 - Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists.

Volunteering and Donations

  • Volunteer -  There are many opportunities to volunteer to help those in our community.  The Second Harvest Food Bank is in need of extra help during this period of high demand. Sign-up for a shift on the food bank’s website.
  • Donation - Community Foundation Santa Cruz County has established a fund to raise money for public health and to support vulnerable residents. Donations are encouraged at

Working and Teaching your Kids from Home

STEM and other Educational Resources

For the Kids (or kids at heart)

Connecting with Others

  • Hold a virtual play date through Facetime.
  • Teach a young person how to write and send a letter.
  • Overcoming Obstacles - Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills.

Nature and Virtual Travel