Responding to COVID-19: Resources for Our Community
Recently, the Superintendent of Public Instruction announced that all school districts need to provide some kind of educational experience online as our communities deal with COVID 19, beginning Monday, March 30. As Washington state moves to remote learning statewide, we must ensure that all students are able to access their education and basic needs in this time of change. Given the timeline districts are operating under and the unique circumstances, districts will be learning and adapting with each day as they try to meet the needs of their students. In this critical moment, we must work collaboratively to support students, families, and districts to ensure the needs of students without access to technology, students with disabilities, students who are learning English, students living in poverty, and students in early learning programs are well-supported during this time of transition. 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.
Where in Washington do you live?
Click on your region to find resources specific to your community, such as meal services and internet & technology supports. See below for general and statewide guidance. Information will be regularly updated.
- The Washington State Coronavirus Response page is a one-stop guide that addresses many concerns about the outbreak and its repercussions.
- The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has published a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance & Resources page for parents and school districts.
- OSPI has posted Frequently Asked Questions about school closures.
- OSPI has also posted a guide for parents about the virus and what you can do during this time.
- OSPI has published some FAQs & guidance about special education during the time of the coronavirus, including some updates about IEP Reviews and, most recently, a Q&A guide about supporting students with disabilities during school closures.
- View OSPI’s recent guidance to superintendents and other school leaders on how to proceed with distance learning during the coronavirus outbreak.
- OSPI has released guidance about graduation requirements for the Class of 2020.
- Superintendent Chris Reykdal sent out a letter to superintendents and labor leaders across the state about establishing priorities during this crisis.
- OSPI has released guidance on child care during the coronavirus crisis.
- A new Washington call center has been set up to answer your questions about COVID-19. If you have questions about how the virus spreads, what is being done in Washington state, and what you can do if you or your family have symptoms, call 1-800-525-0127 and press #
- The NAACP has published Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States.
- This Q&A with Bill Gates addresses many common questions about coronavirus and its impact on society. You can also access his TEDTalk on the virus and healthcare systems here.
DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES
- OSPI has put together a huge list of distance learning materials for parents and teachers caring for students in early learning through Grade 12 in a variety of subjects and with a variety of learning needs. You can access it here: IPP-Distance-Learning-Resources-SWDs
- UNESCO Parent Resources for distance learning: There are many of you who will be able to adjust your schedules and work from home. And maybe you don’t want your children to fall too far behind. Recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has provided information for you, outlining where you can get help with distance learning.
- Companies across the country are offering free subscriptions to certain online learning platforms, which are compiled in this Google document.
- Science Tots is offering free online programs for children ages 3-8.
- The Vashon Island School District has created a page of online resources to help keep Vashon students and any others active and learning until school returns.
- The College Board has provided some guidance about AP testing and instruction.
- Scholastic has published 20 days’ worth of activities, projects, and guided learning for kids at home due to the coronavirus.
- You can find an example of a weekly assignment plan and materials from an elementary school teacher in Green Lake here: March 16th to the 20th; multiplication fact cards, Folktale Writing, Folktale Writing2
- Facing History and Ourselves has a variety of online lessons, teaching ideas, projects, unit plans, and other resources to help teachers and parents. View their guide about online teaching here: Facing History Online Teaching Guide.
- Impact Public schools has made six weeks worth of At-Home Learning Packets available for children in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade.
- Zearn Math is a free resource to keep children of all grade levels actively practicing and learning math, and you can access lesson plans created by their curriculum team by making an account.
- Illustrative Mathematics also publishes free tasks and resources for students of all grade levels that are well aligned to content and practice standards.
- Khan Academy in another strong math resource for parents and educators to use during this time, and it’s offering free account sign-ups during school closures.
- Common Lit is another great resource for English Language Arts lesson materials, but it also has printable texts for social studies and science. You can create a free account and access their library as a parent, student, or educator.
- The Vashon Island School District put together this resource website for parents and families. It covers a variety of distance learning materials any parent can utilize, in addition to some social-emotional and community wellness resources.
- PBS LearningMedia has free, pre-K through 12, standards-aligned lessons available for parents, educators, and others looking to keep children learning. It also has tips about distance learning and a Spanish language collection.
FREE FOOD ACCESS
- Northwest Harvest is also preparing to meet increased need in the community, both from school closures and those that work at heavily-impacted businesses. They can help you access food banks and programs across the state.
INTERNET & TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
- Comcast announced they would offer 60 days of free internet service to low-income families and continue with discounted service afterwards. You can learn more about this and other discounted internet service providers here.
EMPLOYMENT & FINANCIAL SECURITY
- The Washington State Employment Security Department added a page addressing many employment-related concerns during the outbreak, including an easy-to-read COVID-19 scenarios & benefits chart.
- The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries published a page with common questions & answers about paid sick leave during the coronavirus.
- Governor Jay Inslee’s office has published a COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers.
SUPPORT GROUPS & MENTAL HEALTH
- Washington parents have created a Facebook groups you can join (SPS Covid 19 School Closure Parent Survival Page & Eastside & South King County COVID 19 School Closure Parent Survival Page) as a places to get information about child care, wrap-around services, and homework during the shutdown.
- The CDC has published guidance about coping, stress, and mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Special Minds Education Consulting has scheduled free Zoom calls for parents of students with disabilities to provide an open forum to share needs, concerns, and solutions related to our Washington state students who require special education services.
- Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is a place where parents of kids with disabilities can connect with one another and ask experts questions about educating & supporting their child during this difficult time.
- Academic science journals are publishing articles like this one to guide parents and kids through challenges like anxiety, stress, and misinformation during the outbreak.
- Committee for Children and Second Step developed a host of social-emotional resources to help children cope with the events associated with the coronavirus.
- North Beach’s Mr. Ray has prepared a mindfulness video to help kids ground themselves and start their day of learning while at home.
- Child Care Aware can help you find trusted, local child care that suits your needs during this time of crisis, as well as supports for child care providers who are struggling.
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