Coronavirus Update from Assemblywoman Gonzalez

Schools, Business Closures: Resources are Available for You and Your Family

Our office is working to provide Mid-City and South San Diego County residents with the latest information on the impact the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is having on our community. As the situation evolves, both statewide and particularly in the 80th Assembly District, the state is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and San Diego County Health and Human Services to mitigate the spread of the disease.

Here is what you need to know: 

Closures – All six San Diego school districts in Assembly District 80 have announced they will be closed for three weeks (which includes Spring Break) starting Monday, March 16:

  • San Diego Unified
  • San Ysidro School District
  • Sweetwater Union High School District
  • South Bay Union School District
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • National School District

Meals - Packaged and prepared meals will be distributed at drive-thru/walk-up stations at designated schools throughout the San Diego Unified School District. Children will need to be present to receive meals, and each child ages 18 years and younger can take one lunch and one breakfast for the next day. All food will be consumed off site. The following serving locations will distribute meals for San Diego Unified students between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.:

  • Clark Middle School
  • Cherokee Point Elementary
  • Sherman Elementary
  • Zamorano Fine Arts Academy
  • Kearny High School
  • O’Farrell Charte
  • Farb Middle

Find the latest information on known food service sites open during school closure on the San Diego County Office of Education website. Feeding San Diego will also be onsite to distribute fresh produce for students. Our office will continue to work with school districts to create additional meal support for students during the closures.

State Disability Insurance (SDI) - If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a State Disability Insurance (SDI) claim. The governor has issued an Executive Order to waive the one-week waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

Tax Filing - The governor’s Executive Order also delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings.

Workplace Closed - If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

Caregiving - If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

Utilities - San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) will not shut off services due to inability to pay during this month.

Food Bank - The San Diego Food and Diaper Bank is continuing normal operation hours and is taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and products remain safe. The normal distribution sites will remain open. There will be no immigration consequences for using these resources. 


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To speak to someone over the phone during regular business hours, our District Office is ready to help you find the state resources you need: (619) 338-8090