Responding to COVID-19: Resources for Our Community

This past spring, all Washington school districts faced the challenge of shifting their educational model to an entirely online and remote experience, as in-person schools were forced to close due to COVID-19. Many teachers, families, school leaders, advocates, and community members worked urgently and tirelessly to ensure that students were able to access their education and basic needs during a time of unprecedented change. As the school year ends and summer break begins, however, our work is far from over.

This summer presents a critical moment for schools. School closures have already widened gaps in resources and access among kids and families, especially those without access to technology, students with disabilities, students who are learning English, students living in poverty, and students in early learning programs. As schools take time this summer to develop reopening plans for the fall, we must work collaboratively to continue supporting children over the summer months and ensure this opportunity for adaptation results in system-level change. This page is a working resource for parents, families, teachers, students, and other community members as we respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on education, equity, health, and wellness of children and families. Currently, we are researching and centralizing districts’ programs this summer as way to centralize information, as well as track the quickly-changing educational landscape in the state.

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>>UPCOMING LEVINAR!

Click here to register for our upcoming LEVinar about serving youth in foster care during the pandemic, featuring Treehouse CEO Lisa Chin and Chief Policy & Strategy Officer Dawn Rains (June 26, 12:30p).

You can also click here to view our past LEVinars, which feature discussions with Superintendent Reykdal, WA State Teachers of the Year, and more about supporting children and families during the COVID-19 crisis. Visit our Lunchtime LEVinar page for more.

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Where in Washington do you live?

Click on your region to find resources specific to your school community this summer, such as meal service, extended year service & summer programming, and district reopening plans. This research is in progress and will be updated frequently.

Check out this comprehensive map of school lunch programs across the state, put together by the NWESD 113.

lunch bag = Grab-and-Go Meals

Drop off/delivery = Drop Off/Meal Delivery

Interested in additional distance learning resources for your child?

Click here to access LEV’s ongoing collection of supplementary distance learning programs, materials, and resources.

 

Does your junior or senior need help finding college, career, scholarship, and financial planning resources?

Click here to access LEV’s ongoing collection of resources for juniors & seniors on test prep, scholarships & financial planning, college & career exploration, and more.

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See below for general guidance and resources for Washington families:

OSPI GUIDANCE:

OSPI has released guidance, resources, and information on several topics, all of which can be accessed by visiting the OSPI website. Below are some of the topics addressed by the office so far:

GENERAL INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES:

INTERNET & TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

CHILD CARE

EMPLOYMENT & FINANCIAL SECURITY

SUPPORT GROUPS & MENTAL HEALTH

 

Please know League of Education Voters is here for you. Let us know if you have programs or ideas, leads, or innovative approaches, and we will share them with other parents. Come to us if you have ideas for how we can help or for what is or is not working. If you have resources to share with others, please contact us.

COVID-19 Recursos (ESP – PDF)

 

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