OAKLAND (KPIX) — An East Bay school principal is doing what he can to help students whose parents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Juan Vaca is the principal at Global Family Elementary in Oakland, a dual-language, Title I school where many of the families live below the poverty line.

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The pandemic has left many of them without work or income.

Now, three parents are sick: a mother and father in one family and the father of another family .

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Global Family Elementary School

Global Family Elementary in Oakland

“We have one that is currently in the hospital and two are quarantined in their house,” Vaca said. “These families have children in their homes — Something that is affecting them — and we are trying to link them up with food banks and … essentials since they can’t work.”

Principal Vaca has set up a GoFundMe page for those two families and also to help others secure necessities like food and Internet access for distance learning.

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If you’d like to help, go to: Support Global Family Community – COVID-19

Juliette Goodrich