COVID-19 Update: March 16, 2020

Northshore Project-Focused Week

To support families during this challenging time amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have developed a Home Learning Resource page, which has a list of resources to continue the process of home learning. We are calling this ‘pause’ week Northshore Project-Focused Week and we are encouraging our students to be innovators in solving real-world problems related to the current health challenge, as well as access resources collected by our educators. If you have resources you’d like to share for this page, please complete this form.

Free Meals for Children

Today was an amazing day for the Food & Nutrition team. Over the weekend requests for meals more than quadrupled! We served 905 lunches throughout our community today. Not only were each of these lunches free to all children, but they were also served with breakfast for tomorrow, bringing our total meals served today to 1,810. As one Inglemoor High School student wrote to the Food Service staff, "Thank you for still coming in despite the current situations to make sure everyone has a lunch. Thank you for thinking of those who sometimes go unnoticed!" It matters. As a reminder, lunches and breakfasts are free to children up to 18 years of age, and you are not required to be a student in our district to receive a meal. Visit our Free Meals page to find a pick-up location convenient and place an order before 9:00 a.m. 

Childcare

Our district has created space in five schools for our community partners to provide childcare. Thanks to the YMCA and Champions, there has been a space for every student whose family has requested childcare. Scholarships are available for families who would otherwise be unable to afford the childcare. Student groups will be kept to ten, and the providers will practice social distancing at each location as instructed by Governor Inslee. Please complete this survey to help our team determine additional childcare needs in our district. Based on space available, we will be sharing further information soon for sign-ups at the five locations.

Free Access to Computing Devices

If your family requested a device but has not yet picked it up from your student's school site, or you would still like to request a computer or hot spot, please book an appointment online at http://bit.ly/NSDdevice or call 425.408.7669. Devices will now be distributed from the Northshore School District Administration Center in Bothell by appointment only, in order to support social distancing practices. To receive a device, parents and guardians must bring identification and know their student's ID number.

Culture of Safety & Belonging

As our district community navigates this difficult time, we must continue to lean on the strengths of people. Of special importance is to remember that transmission of the coronavirus is not based on a person's race or country of origin. If hurtful or misinformed comments are said, witnesses to these comments are encouraged to speak up. It is vital to advocate for our community members and to stay kind to one another. We must uphold a culture of safety and belonging in and beyond our school buildings. Always, but especially in challenging and unpredictable times, we must stick together as a school community and remember that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.

How can I help?

Review this CDC page to prepare your home to minimize exposure or respond accordingly. Also, visit our COVID-19 webpage to stay up to date on health authority recommendations, articles, tips for communicating with your students, superintendent updates, event cancellations/postponements and more.

 

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