The Silicon Valley Community Foundation will seed the COVID-19 Education Partnership effort with $1 million, which Genentech will match.
REDWOOD CITY, CA – Neighboring San Mateo and Santa Clara counties announced an educational partnership to address the challenges presented by the new coronavirus crisis.
San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Santa Clara County Office of Education made the joint announcement in a news release Wednesday.
The COVID-19 Education Partnership aims to help local school districts implement distance learning for all students, including those with special needs and those who speak foreign languages, meet the emotional health and wellness needs of students, family and staff, continue to assess educational needs, maintain engagement with families and establish emergency child care centers for essential workers.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation will seed the COVID-19 Education Partnership effort with $1 million, and Genentech has matched the foundation’s commitment with $1 million to support PreK-12 students, teachers, and schools as part of the company’s COVID-19 pandemic response in service of public health and emergency community needs.
“We are grateful to Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Genentech for helping us ensure every student in the county has access to education, food, mental health, and other critical supports necessary for distance learning. My hope is that the San Mateo County community will join in this effort to hold up our students hardest hit by this global pandemic,” added Superintendent Magee.
By Gideon Rubin, Patch Staff