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COVID-19 UPDATES & FAQs

Our commitment is to provide Mead School District families with the most up-to-date information, including answers to an expanding list of questions, as quickly as possible. If you have a question that we have not answered please let us know by emailing jolene.andres@mead354.org

Mead Cares
Childcare for health service workers and first responders, who completed our Family Needs Survey, started on Monday, March 23. We are currently providing childcare for approximately 50 students.

Mead Eats
Meals (breakfast & lunch) are available daily (M-F) and are FREE for all students (18 and younger). Click here for additional information and distribution locations. 

Mead Learns
On Monday, April 13, per OSPI guidance, the Mead School District will move from providing remote optional enrichment activities to new active learning for students.

For K-3 students this will include 2.5 hours per week of learning time and for 4-5 grades the time increases to 3 hours per week. For K-5 students 30 minutes of the learning time will be on a digital platform that provides face-to-face interaction between students and the teacher. At the secondary level (6-12 grades) there will be 2.5 hours per week per subject of learning time, 30 minutes of which will be on a digital platform that provides face-to-face interaction between students and the teacher. 

Beginning Monday, April 13, teachers will communicate learning activities for the week, assignment due dates, etc. to each of their students/parents via email. This weekly communication will continue each Monday for the remainder of the 2019/20 school year. Additionally, our teachers will be available for daily (M-F) email communication with students and parents. In most instances response time will be no greater than 24 hours. 

Additional information, including how special education, Title, LAP, Highly Capable, and elementary specialists (library, music & PE) will be a part of student learning, will be communicated by building principals. 

For families wishing to further supplement learning during the Emergency School Closure our Learning Services Department has put together additional learning resources. These resources are recommended but not required.

Technology Resources
To date we have sponsored five Chromebook distribution events where 3,000+ devices have been checked out. If you still need a device please complete this survey to add your name to our waitlist. For those on the waitlist, our Technology Department will send email notification of upcoming deployment date/time/location. 

Don't have Internet access and wonder how you can connect during the COVID-19 emergency school closure? Click here for a list of alternative connectivity options. Unfortunately, the district is unable to provide hotspots for households that do not have internet access. 

Family Resources
For families needing help with basic resources (food, housing, domestic violence, clothing, etc.) or wondering where to turn for help with a mental health or substance abuse problem, our Crisis Team has put together a list of Community Resources for Families and a list of local Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Contracted Treatment & Services Providers. These resources are attached. 
 
ELL Family Resources
The Washington State Department of Health has put together this COVID-19 Fact Sheet in Multiple Languages for our families whose primary language is not English. 
 
Will students have to make up these days?
Currently our last day of school is June 12. The most recent information from OSPI suggests that all school districts in our state will receive an Emergency Waiver to end the school year on Friday, June 19, at the latest. 

What about high school credits and graduation?
We are awaiting additional guidance/clarification from OSPI and the Washington State Board of Education regarding credits and Graduation Pathways. 

Take care . . . We will miss seeing you at school.