Free Resources For Students Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic

Hello readers. There is no way we can continue creating our regular content without first acknowledging the Coronavirus pandemic, which has created drastic changes for the lives of countless students in the United States.

School Bell Blog wishes to acknowledge and pay respect to those who are currently sick, vulnerable, and those who continue to work during this pandemic. The School Bell Blog’s focus is to support low-income, first-generation, and immigrant students in their education and college application process and we intend to continue to do so during this trying time.

Now, more than ever, we have to support one another and inform each other of resources that become available to help students continue their educational progression as normally intended. To do our part, we have compiled a list of resources made free to both public school students as well as college students as they transition into their homes.

College Students Leaving College Campuses

UHaul has decided to offer free 30 days of storage for college students who are having to leave their college campuses on a short notice. They must be able to provide a college ID and this service is subject to availability.

Frontier Airlines has extended a free flight service for students who purchase a “Den Dare Fare” and have to unexpectedly travel home for an early spring break. Students must purchase their ticket before March, 23, 2020 for this service and must use the Promo Code: FLYFREE.

According to the Frontier site linked, students with a .edu email dress that open a new Discount Den membership and purchased a flight before March 23,2020, will also receive a $100 voucher for use on future flights.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Students

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has created a Coronavirus website full of resources, updates, and valuable information for the community to stay updated and successfully maintain distance learning.

They have several hotlines on this website:

  • District Emergency Operations hotline: 305-995-3000
  • Instructional Learning Plan hotline: 305-995-HELP (4357)
  • Mental Health Services hotline: 305-995-7100 
  • M-DCPS Employee Assistance Program: 305-995-7111

Students in Monroe County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County also have desigated school district Coronavirus websites to stay informed.

Mobile Devices

Miami-Dade County Public Schools will has been distributing mobile devices to students who need them to maintain their distance learning. The deadline to receive one has been extended to March 20, 2020.

Free Meals

Miami-Dade County Public Schools will be distributing meals at each school for breakfast and lunch. Students can stop by and pick up a meal at their school between the hours of 9:00 AM to 12:30 P.M.

*Remember To Bring A School I.D!

Internet Needs

All schools in Miami-Dade County have closed and have begun implementing distance learning this week. In order to implement distance learning, students must have access to the internet. Several companies have offered free internet services to students to use in their distance learning.

Spectrum is providing 60 days of broadband and Wi-Fi. This service is for households with K-12 and/or college students. There will be no installation fees involved. To avail this service, call Charter Communications at 1-844-488-8395

Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots have been made public. Individuals do not need to be Spectrum customers to use their internet connection.

Xfinity hotspots have been made accessible to everyone. Anyone, including non-Xfinity subscribers, can benefit from the internet access provided by ‘xfinitywifi’ hotspots.

New customers who enroll for Internet Essentials plan will receive two months of complimentary internet service. The Internet Essentials plan is for qualifying low-income households; following the two months of complimentary internet service, subscribers will be charged $9.95 monthly. 

All subscribers of the Internet Essentials plan will benefit from increased service speeds at rates of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. 

Free Study Tools

There are many online tools for students of all ages to learn new content, review old content, and supplement that which their school is currently assigning. Here are some resources to supplement the education of students of all different ages.

Khan Academy is an important resource available for students of all grade levels to review instructional material. There are practice tests, instructional videos, and exercises K-12/college students can benefit from in a wide range of lessons, including AP courses, and SAT standards.

Khan Academy has also created daily schedules for students of all grades to maintain a stable routine while in their households.

For high school students worried about missing out on valuable review time in their AP classes, Fiveable provides free, thorough reviews and study guides for all AP tests. There are also free live review sessions hosted by trained teachers and students.

To make sure that younger students are continuing their education as school around the country close, Scholastic is offering the Learn At Home program.

This allows young students from pre-K all the way to middle school to benefit from three hours of learning per day for free for up to four weeks. The program covers many subjects, like English, social studies, and socio-emotional learning.

Through the Remote Access Program, edX is providing students with courses and programs from all of their partners in the initiative. Courses range in various disciplines, including Computer Science and Engineering, and are offered by institutions like Harvard, MIT, and the University of Texas System.

edX also offers MOOC: an online host for free higher level online courses focused on career development skills. MOOC covers a range of industries, including business, programming, and management.

Varsity Tutors has launched their Virtual School Day, a free online service with online instruction and practice assessments.

Codecademy is providing scholarships to students across the world to take their online programming courses. Students will get access to all the same features as Codecademy Pro learners.

Other Services Made Free

Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing

If you have recently traveled to a foreign country, been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19, or show symptoms of Coronavirus (shortness of breath, fever, dry cough), the Community of Health South Florida nonprofit has opened a drive-thru testing site at Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216th St.

The center runs from Monday to Friday, 9:00 A.M-12:00 P.M and you must make an appointment at 305-252-4820 to be assisted.

We called the Community of Health South Florida offices, and while were not able to receive a sure answer as to whether these tests will be free, recently Representative Katie Porter was able to have the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Chief, Dr. Robert Kadlec, commit to pay for all Americans who get tested for the coronavirus.

Exercise

With many students transitioning into distance learning, many will spend the majority of their day in doors and with greatly reduced physical activity. here are some resources for students to maintain their physical health and stay active.

Peloton has extended their free trail form 30 days to 90 days to give access to a wide variety of workout routines including yoga, cardio, strength, and more.

As some Planet Fitness locations close around the country, the company is beginning to host free live workouts on their Facebook page. They are hosted every at 7pm Eastern Standard Time.

Down Dog apps features many fitness techniques on its apps, including Yoga and Barre. All of its applications are currently being offered for free.

Ten Percent Happier is offering a free coronavirus sanity guide for ” practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety.” The guide includes a wide assortment of podcasts, mediation guides, and blog posts.


As of current, all Florida schools will be closed for another two weeks after spring break is over, which is April 15, 2020.

Typically, we conclude posts by wishing our readers good luck, but today we want to wish you safety and good health above all else. It is during times like these when humanity needs to unite through mutual compassion and solidarity. Please do not hesitate to reach out to School Bell Blog with any questions about continuing education and requests for posts at schoolbellblog@gmail.com .

Meet Our Guest Writer!

Hassan Javed is a first- generation college student who will be attending Columbia University this fall. In college, he aims to pursue Economics and Political Science to challenge the barriers small businesses – like his family’s minimart – face. As the son of two Pakistani immigrants, he vividly remembers having to navigate the education system, by himself, at an early age, due to his family’s language barrier. Hassan is also a LEDA Scholar and a National Horatio Alger Scholar.

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*The information for this post was taken directly from the official Miami-Dade County Public Schools Attendance Policy. The School Bell Blog is not associated with any of the programs mentioned. This blog serves as a resource of information that may or may not apply to the readers and it is up to each individual reader to verify the information on their own. For verification on what opportunities are available to you and for formal help, please see your school counselors. The School Bell Blog encourages everyone to do their own research before taking the information stated here as fact. Thank you.

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