Two East Bay school districts will each receive $20,000 grants to address education inequalities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Superintendent Tony Thurmond said Thursday.
The Antioch Unified School District will use its grant to create teams of educators that will visit the homes of students and families that are not showing high engagement and class attendance and provide them with support.
The other district receiving a grant, the West Contra Costa Unified School District, will use the funding to hire a full-time mentor through the federal government’s Peacemaker program, which encourages students to manage conflicts through negotiation and mediation rather than violence.
“It’s been an unprecedented, unpredictable year for our schools, and California’s educators have been looking for resources and support to ensure that students can still attend class, access a great education, and learn and achieve during the pandemic,” Thurmond said in a statement.
“Congratulations to these school districts for showing their communities that they’re committed to recognizing and addressing opportunity gaps during the pandemic and providing targeted supports to students and families who have been struggling.”
The state Department of Education selected 12 recipients in total for $240,000 in grants, according to Thurmond.