Last Updated: May 6, 2020
Washington State Coronavirus Response Page
This is Washington State’s official COVID-19 site, maintained by the state Joint Information Center. It includes daily COVID-19 statistics provided by the Department of Health (DOH). There are resources in multiple languages, a phone number to call with questions about the virus, and all the news from the state in one place.
Gov. Jay Inslee proclamation about essential workers
On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Washingtonians.
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Guidance & Resources
School districts should be engaged in contingency planning to prepare for a potential outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) occurring in Washington state. Many regions around the world are experiencing an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19.
Resources for Continuous Learning During School Closures
In response to school closures due to COVID-19, OSPI content experts have curated a selection of links to external organizations providing high-quality online educational materials – courses, lessons, videos, physical and outdoor activity suggestions, etc.
This is a difficult and unprecedented time for parents and caregivers across the state. We see you – see you doing the mental and physical gymnastics to navigate a new and unknown time for you and your family. Your valiant efforts may feel like they are unseen or unappreciated, but we know your actions, big and small, to support yourself and your children are invaluable. Days may seem long and arduous or fresh and joyous – either way, we are in this together.
This guide was developed to help you and your family navigate this pandemic and the days to follow.
OSPI is partnering with the public televisions across our state. Beginning this week, your local public television station is offering educational programming for students in grades 6 – 12 from 9:00am – 2:00pm daily. These educational programs (programs like NOVA and The American Experience) have curriculum and discussion guides available for students, teachers, and families.
To see the programming in your area, go to the WORLD Channel “At-Home Learning” page. At the bottom of the page you’ll see links to the schedule and to the resources for teachers, students, and families. (To make sure you’re accessing the correct local information, you can set your local station by entering your zip code at the top of the World channel site.)
State Board of Education Updated COVID-19 Information
The State Legislature passed a new law (EHB 2965) supporting the state’s response to the novel coronavirus. This law includes a provision (see Section 10) that allows the State Board of Education to grant an emergency waiver to local education agencies (e.g., school districts, etc.) and private schools. The waiver will provide flexibility so students in the graduating Class of 2020 or earlier who were on track to graduate are not held back by school closures due to the novel coronavirus.
Under the emergency waiver program, public school districts, charter schools, and tribal compact schools will be able to apply to the State Board of Education for a waiver of certain high school graduation requirements. To get the waiver, schools and districts must demonstrate a good faith effort to address core course requirements and credit deficiencies. In addition, the State Board of Education may waive credit-based graduation requirements in addition to school day and instructional hour requirements for private schools.
The State Board of Education is working with partners to review different scenarios and considerations to ensure the program rules effectively support students, schools, and communities. The Board expects to adopt emergency rules by the end of April. Please stay tuned for updates.
District Communication Examples
Due to the current public health crisis, students and families have less access to schools and planning supports. Students can use their time at home to stay on track with college and career planning, financial aid applications, and more.
In order to ensure that you have the support, resources and connections you need during this challenging time, WSSDA will instead host remote weekly regional conversations. The conversations will focus on helping you share with your neighboring districts and WSSDA staff about how you are navigating challenges and creating solutions. You will also receive the latest updates on tools and resources available to you.
United States Department of Education
"We recognize that educational institutions are straining to address the challenges of this national emergency. We also know that educators and parents are striving to provide a sense of normality while seeking ways to ensure that all students have access to meaningful educational opportunities even under these difficult circumstances. No one wants to have learning coming to a halt across America due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the U.S. Department of Education (Department) does not want to stand in the way of good faith efforts to educate students on-line."
The Center for Educational Effectiveness
Our community and education leaders are doing their best to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Your perceptions and sense of hope will provide feedback to inform conversations and support improvement efforts. Data will be collected and shared with school districts and the community on an ongoing basis to track changes in people's perceptions.
Washington Virtual Academies
Courtesy of Washington Virtual Academies Head of School Summer Shelton, we have a bunch of resources to share from some folks who have been around this block before. Check out their helpful tips and resource page for leading from afar during this pandemic.
Career & College Readiness
Washington State Colleges COVID-19 Resources
NASSP: How Twitter Can Serve as a COVID-19 School Resource
With the “new normal” that we are all facing and trying to navigate during the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantines, communicating with our school community has a sense of urgency about it unlike anything we’ve ever faced. We’re all looking for ways to connect. I’m often asked, “Should we use Twitter, email, Instagram, or Facebook?” And I just say, “Yes.”
Twitter hashtags to follow and browse
Department Of Health
Many parts across the world are experiencing an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. This virus can spread from person-to-person and the number of cases detected in the United States and many other countries is growing.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into US communities. Schools can play an important role in this effort. Through collaboration and coordination with local health departments, schools can take steps to disseminate information about the disease and its potential transmission within their school community. Schools can prepare to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their students and staff should local health officials identify such a need.
World Health Organization
On this website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.
As communities continue to feel the impact of school closures from COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and many parents and families adjust to a new reality of life in the time of quarantine, Kaiser Permanente wants to make sure that school communities — including administrators, teachers, school staff, parents, and students — feel supported.
Teaching Resources & Resources for Kids
The Scholastic Learn at Home
site has been updated with the next five days of thrilling learning journeys, as well as links to even more reading and video for your students in grades 3+. Scholastic Learn at Home
gives your students access to approximately 2-3 hours of high-quality, enjoyable learning journeys that are designed to be accessed down to the phone level.
Here are a couple of additional resources
Scholastic's Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus
Articles and resources for hard-to-teach topics, chosen by the editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.
Reach Out and Teach
Scholastic Website with FREE Instructional Resources Launching March 13
Scholastic created a site that includes 20 days of instruction for students in grades PreK-9+. The site includes resources by grade buckets that provide cross-curricular learning journeys for students to complete at home. The goal of the site is to provide up to three hours of meaningful learning that students can complete each day, independently or with their families. Scholastic is not asking schools to register or roster students. Each day’s lessons have been carefully curated by our editors in Classroom Magazines.
First Aid for Feelings
Other Great Resources
Common Sense Media
Resources for Families
Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids.
Resources by Grade
Hand-picked tools for every scenario, all well-suited for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources For Teaching Online Due To School Closures
Kathleen Morris has some great resources for online teaching over at The Edublogger website. What kind of resources will you find?
Our guide will give you insights into how educators around the world are approaching school closures.
Thousands of teachers worldwide are currently sharing snippets of their experiences via social media or their blogs. We’ve compiled, curated, and built on some common themes and ideas to create this extensive guide.
Audible Is Offering Free Audiobooks for Kids During School Closures.
As hard and uncertain as things are right now, there are pieces of good news everywhere. The latest? Audible is offering hundreds of free audiobooks for kids during COVID-19 school closures.
ALAS National aims to provide resources for grants, academics, social emotional learning and technology to support our students and communities during this critical time as we combat the spread of COVID-19. If you would like to share your resources with our state affiliates, the ALAS webpage will serve as a repository for state affiliates and members to contact you directly.
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Based on a radio story by NPR education reporter Cory Turner. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.
To make this comic, NPR used his interviews with Tara Powell at the University of Illinois School of Social Work, Joy Osofsky at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Krystal Lewis at the National Institute of Mental Health.
UNESCO Parent Resources for Distant 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.
Unite for Literacy
Unite for Literacy has developed the platform, publishing tools, and systems-based strategies that support our public and private sector partners to change the literacy landscape of their communities and optimize the future for all their young children
Equity & Inclusion Resources
Free and Low-Cost Internet
Comcast Opens Xfinity WiFi Network Nationally for Free, Offers Unlimited Data for Free, Confirms Its Commitment to Connecting Low-Income Families.
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi
. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
Affordable High-Speed Internet
Internet Essentials brings affordable high-speed Internet home.
In response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. Click here
for more details.
Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States
A widely impactful public health crisis is upon us. The tentacles of its impact are many and pervasive, from social, to economic, to environmental implications. As a civil rights organization and as stewards of human rights, this outbreak calls on us to maintain vigilance and lift our voices to demand the policies and practices that will preserve the wellbeing of all.
Special Minds Education Consulting
Free WA CV-19 Support Calls
Do you need help or have resources for Special Needs students during school closures? I’ve scheduled some free Zoom calls to provide an open forum to share needs, concerns and solutions related to our Washington State special needs students.
Join a FREE support call for Special Needs Parents
Find low-cost internet and affordable computers in your area: EveryoneOn is a nonprofit dedicated to creating social and economic opportunity by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers, and delivering digital skills trainings.
Useful Hand Washing Videos
Funny, Helpful or Inspiring
DYI Cloth Masks
Because Life is Better When You're Laughing
We post this not to make light of the situation. The coronavirus and school closures is painful for families, our students, and that's saying nothing of the massive impact on the economy as a whole and the individuals feeling the economic consequences. With all that said, this video brought a much needed smile to our face, and who couldn't use a moment of laughter right now. Sometimes it really is the best medicine.
News, Updates, & More Resources
Helpful Links/More Resources
The Seattle Times removed their paywall for all their coronavirus coverage.
Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs that help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this unprecedented time, we realize that not everyone has the resources to “shelter in place”. With this in mind, Expensify.org will temporarily redirect all of its charitable funds to Expensify.org/hunger.
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