Updated as of March 30, 2020
Below are resources compiled to assist during the COVID-19 school closures.
Should you have any additions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In need of help?
SPS Meal Distribution Sites Announced
Bryant Families In Need Program
Are you a Bryant Elementary family in need of financial assistance, during the COVID-19 school closures? Please reach out to the Families in Need program. Please contact Heather Snookal, Assistant Principal via email only at email@example.com.
Seattle Council PTSA – COVID-19 Outreach Form
Individual families can fill out the form if you need groceries purchased, medicines delivered, internet connectivity, childcare information, tutoring, etc.. Please also fill out the form if you can offer to purchase items, delivering supplies, donating items, offering to tutor remotely, other skills, etc.. Circulate this link widely via email and social media.
Mutual Aid Solidarity Network
If you would like to request support for food or other supplies that would be dropped off at your front door, please use this form.
List of Additional Resouces for Aid
List of Child Care Options from Seattle Public Schools https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources/child_care
Wallingford +View Ridge Boys and Girls Club is stepping in with childcare services during the closure: https://positiveplace.org/2020/03/extended-programming/
Amy Hughes, a parent at Bryant, has graciously offered to create and share a document of parents willing to help with additional child care needs during this time. Please contact Amy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to request or offer help.
Help for accessing school resources online
Free Internet for Low Income Households
Need help logging into Schoology?
First, follow this link for download instructions to login to Schoology. You can access Schoology from an App on your phone or from a computer.
Need more help? Email Ms. Anne Aliverti at email@example.com and she will help walk you through the setup.
Accessing SPS Electronic Resources:
These directions will access Seattle Schools’ collection of free online resources, such as Tumblebooks, PebbleGo, and Britannica Online. Many of our teachers have used these with students, so they will be familiar. Need more help? Email Ms. Anne Aliverti at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will help walk you through the setup.
Accessing SPS eBooks:
Accessing Bryant’s Capstone eBooks
These directions will access a collection of 50 electronic/audiobooks available only through the Bryant library catalog. I especially like the Capstone eBooks, as they have the best audio/read-aloud feature. Also, Bryant Library has unlimited access to these, so users don’t need to worry about closing them when finished. Need more help? Email Ms. Anne Aliverti at email@example.com and she will help walk you through the setup.
Libby Instructions for Seattle Public Library at Home
For those with a Seattle Public Library card, these directions will access audio or eBooks from Seattle Public Library. Need more help? Email Ms. Anne Aliverti at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will help walk you through the setup.
Bryant Tech Lab to access learning resources and online applications
Additional resources for online learning:
Online Education Companies that are offering free access right now https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1NUKLZN7hGSu1Hzm70kfzBKs-lsSELaEMggS60Bi2O2I/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true&fbclid=IwAR2I5NNjK7E7vchGHmG9OAU6dCQRboMOOMC1O3fDSGPIK5z-8pGhDcvB1CY
Elementary age learning and activities resources for kids
Chart of additional resources https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lKprPPTjVSmg4xrR2E9zJTXdSlaF_Rmc8MOjwPlbJBU/edit
Want to help?
For those who want to give directly to COVID-19 Response:
COVID-19 Response Fund through the Seattle Foundation: “A coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners have joined together to create a COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the region’s coronavirus outbreak.”
Donate blood. https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/locations
For those who want to give directly to schools or organizations supporting students:
Seattle Public Schools:
- Let us know if you are available to volunteer! Visit https://bit.ly/c-19volunteerteam to sign into your SPS volunteer profile and join the COVID-19 response team today. Our first effort is likely to focus on supporting buses distributing food. This is an essential activity under the new directive from the Governor – public health requirements will be followed, including screenings, social distancing, safety supplies.
- We know that many community members who want to support our students also need an income. School lunchrooms have been short-staffed since the start of the school year. You can apply at http://bit.ly/lunchroomsub to become a sub during school closures and beyond (see below and share with others!).
- Lastly, please remember that SPS families rely on many volunteer-powered community organizations. Visit https://www.uwkc.org/volunteer to help local service providers affected by COVID-19 volunteer shortages.
- The Right Now Needs Fund–a partnership between the Alliance for Education and Amazon has the mission of giving to school communities enhanced capacity to meet the urgent and basic needs of students in Seattle Public Schools, with a goal of reducing the most basic barriers to student learning. Each school in Seattle Public Schools will have access to funds to enhance the capacity to remove basic barriers to student learning. For more information, visit:
- To donate visit: https://www.alliance4ed.org/connect-with-us/donate/afe/
- Wallingford & View Ridge Boys and Girls Club is stepping in with childcare services during the closure, also needs donations: https://positiveplace.org/2020/03/extended-programming/
- United Way, which will be providing meals to school children and helping families stay housed https://www.uwkc.org/news/coronavirus-what-we-are-doing/
- Seattle YMCA: https://www.seattleymca.org/about
- Seattle Council PTSA: Tell us how you can HELP – whether purchasing items, delivering supplies, donating old laptops / tablets / cell phones, offering childcare, offering tutoring or anything else. We know your capacity to help may change over time. Those offering help will be added to an email list that we will ping as needs arise. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejTHasHlniTotcinLIdG09wlAg33MkHY06KO30w5-ebBF-8g/viewform
Supporting families helps students:
Donate to food distribution non-profits like food banks and Lifelines. Food banks often have a list of urgently needed items on their website.
- The University District Food Bank: https://www.udistrictfoodbank.org/donate/food/
- FamilyWorks Family Resource Center and Food Banks: https://familyworksseattle.org/coronavirus-response/
- North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank: https://www.northhelpline.org/
- Mary’s Place Seattle: https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/
- North Helpline https://www.northhelpline.org/
- Ballard Food Bank https://www.northhelpline.org/
Check-in on your family, friends, and neighbors. A phone call goes a long way, especially for those in our community who are health compromised and can’t leave the house. Set up a text thread with your neighbors if it’s helpful. Delivering groceries or offering to cook a warm meal are also nice gestures.
Resolution To End Homelessness has a list of organizations that are on the front lines getting services to poor and homeless folks (at the time of writing this (3/11) the pages are down but they are working to resolve the problem). It also has a list of some of the donations and services those organization requests. http://r2endhomelessness.org/
New FB Group: Seattle Parents Helping Parents During COVID-19 Outbreak
Public Health Resources
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in K–12 Schools: A Parent Guide
Guidance for Long-term School Closures as of March 23, 2020 https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/bulletinsmemos/bulletins2020/4_Guidance%20for%20Long-term%20School%20Closures%20as%20of%20March%2023.pdf
Public Health Seattle & King County Novel Coronavirus Archives https://publichealthinsider.com/category/novel-coronavirus/
WA State DOH COVID-19 page https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
WA State DOH COVID-19 Communities and Community Organizations Page https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/CommunitiesandCommunityOrganizations
WHO COVID-19 Outbreak page https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Political Office Resources
Representative Jayapal’s Office https://jayapal.house.gov/services/coronavirus-update/
Governor’s Office Resource List for Washington Workers Impacted by COVID-19 https://www.governor.wa.gov/coronavirus-resource-list-businesses-and-workers