15 Mar Spartanburg School Closures Coronavirus/Covid-19 Resources
Spartanburg County Schools will be closed effective March 16, 2020 with a tentative return date of April 6, 2020 in an effort to keep from spreading Coronavirus/COVID-19. During this time, students will participate in e-learning provided by their school districts, but the rest of the time…parents and caregivers will be on the hunt for things to do and places to go to avoid crowds and keep the kids entertained.
In addition to this, many families will be without the supports and resources that they need to get by from week to week. We wanted to compile a list of resources for parents and caregivers to have on hand during this time. Everything from places that will be offering help for those in need, sources for food, discounted services, educational resources, outdoor activities, boredom busters, and more. We hope that this will be a helpful resource for you and would love to add to the list if you have any ideas! Please feel free to share them with us! As always, please use your own discretion before participating in any activity listed.
Seeing the community come together to provide resources during this time has really been amazing. So thankful for the generosity and sense of community here in Spartanburg.
First things First…
For families that do not have a current internet provider, Charter will offer FREE Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days for households with children in K-12th grade or college students. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
-The following restaurants are offering free meals for children:
Eggs Up Grill will be offering FREE meals for families at the East Main St. location in Spartanburg. Stop by weekdays from 11am-1pm while school is out. No purchase necessary. Families can either take it to go or eat it at the restaurant.
-School Districts are offering meal pick ups, deliveries, and drop offs at various locations:
– Hub City Delivery is offering FREE delivery with coupon code: DELIVERYONUS
I’m sure your kids came home with packets of helpful information from their schools, so make sure to use those first! This could be a repeat of some of those resources. We reached out to one of our sponsors, First Steps of Spartanburg, and they provided us with some other helpful resources, including activities from the Ages and Stages Questionnaire for children ages 0-5. You can download the activity ideas below for activity ideas for babies as young as 2 months up to 5 years!
Virtual Field Trips (Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links)
Scholastic at Home http://www.scholastic.com/learnathome
TCMU will be posting daily activities on their social media page. Follow along for ideas! @TCMU_spartanburg
www.palmettobasics.org has quick videos and ideas for parents of children 0-5
Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) Activities For children ages 0-5 (Ideas for children as young as 2 months!)
Please use your own discretion before visiting any of the places listed, stay away if crowded, and determine your personal comfort level if visiting.
Spartanburg Trails: Visit a local trail. Print out a scavenger hunt or come up with a list of things to look for on the trails
Parks: Find a park that isn’t crowded. Here is our list of Parks in Spartanburg or check out spartanburgparks.org
Picnic and Play: Check out or list of fun places to “picnic and play” in Spartanburg (other than playgrounds)
Plant flowers or a vegetable garden
Backyard Adventures: Sign up for Kids in Parks, log a backyard adventure and receive a Nature Journal, stickers, and tattoos
Disc Golf: Spartanburg has 7 disc golf courses that are open to the public. This would be a great way to get some fresh air and hopefully wouldn’t be crowded. As of now we have not heard of any park closings, however community centers are closed. We will update if we do.
Indoor exercise activities (Top 5)
Indoor Obstacle Course
Animal Walks/Animal Races (Crab walk, bear walk, frog hops, penguin waddles, snake slithers)
Josh Gadd story time Josh Gadd, voice of Olaf, reading children’s books
Spartanburg Libraries Dial-A-Story call (864) 596-3530. Call anytime to hear a story. Stories updated weekly.
Fill out the Census with the family! Take 10 minutes to fill out the Census online at my2020census.gov and talk to your kids about how it impacts the next 10 years.
Lessons on census
Stay in the know