At OEO, we understand that families, schools and communities are facing unprecedented disruptions to usual schedules as part of working together in our communities to protect our public health and reduce the spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. You can learn more at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html, at Governor Jay Inslee’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) web page: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources, and at the State of Washington's new Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) page: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/.
We encourage you to remain in close contact with your local school district. Watch for alerts and check your district’s website for updates. (directory link: https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/directoryeds.aspx).
The best sources of information and updates about coronavirus and impacts on schools are:
- The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: https://www.k12.wa.us/
- The U.S. Department of Education: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus.
We are providing some useful links to information and resources that might help families and partners as they navigate this crisis.
Please click on the topic areas below to find more information.
Child Care Aware and Child Care Resources https://www.childcare.org/family-services/
Department of Children, Youth and Families https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/find-child-care
Directory of local school districts https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/directoryeds.aspx
Schools Out Washington https://www.schoolsoutwashington.org/
Seattle Times Article with Resources https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/food-mental-health-support-and-more-resources-to-support-the-community-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/?fbclid=IwAR2mjbKnrN454wOOdmImrtXXxkcOTuzg4Ry7jLWET_XuZWc030higqUBYaM
Youth Development Executives of King County https://ydekc.org/
Closures - Districts and Schools
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/communications/COVID-19%20in%20Schools_Parent%20Guide.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1TkpxbbJlJuFL2FurDIYju1LOuyhhmruvd_qbC9dGLm_BnZOowiCIBkRM
Local school districts directory link: https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/directoryeds.aspx
Seattle Public Schools Meal locations (multiple languages): https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources
For Families in the Seattle Public Schools, families can reach out to their principals to see if they can get supports through the Right Now Needs Funds: http://www.alliance4ed.org/connect-with-us/right-now-needs-fund/
Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC): http://www.sesecwa.org/
State Board of Education Washington https://www.sbe.wa.gov/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/Seattle_Community_Mitigation.pdf
Washington State Board of Health https://sboh.wa.gov/
County Health Boards https://www.doh.wa.gov/AboutUs/PublicHealthSystem/LocalHealthJurisdictions
King County https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health.aspx English or with 15 translations: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx
Pierce County https://www.tpchd.org/
Snohomish County https://www.snohd.org/
Online Learning Resources and Activities
Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC) and Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) are gathering info about activities to keep kids engaged while at home. Info coming soon at http://www.sesecwa.org/ and https://ydekc.org/.
Students with Disabilities
Disability Rights Washington https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/2020/03/25/covid19/?link_id=0&can_id=c953e5868f36f13182c6bdd619e90a21&source=email-covid-19-resources-and-drw-advocacy&email_referrer=email_760900&email_subject=covid-19-resources-and-drw-advocacy
US Department of Education https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-covid-19-03-12-2020.pdf?utm_content&utm_medium=email&utm_name&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term&fbclid=IwAR24a6z8u9NgV9mfLTsdSCsnUUzHOmJvTFqfjLQEtRWGPKMu94uBvngl9k0
Seattle Special Education PTSA https://www.memberplanet.com/EMailCampaign/emailcampaignview.aspx?id=gvNR0r0xb98=:6096240:xHXKyt9uXf6n3TZW3QyH8A==:103253:MnmjLaTU7/s=:laura/gramer.com:86xe878syAE=::9JXk/11NFrE=:Laura:lJPRmn7PbHA=:Gramer:HmhCUXNWPxY=:2423309:alnxTcWtiA0+Jm8vDt+I8GzHPC1qO1GK
Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council and Green Mountain Self-Advocates https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf
IEP and evaluation timelines
Guidance from OSPI: https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/specialed/monthlyupdates/Mar2020Updates.pdf - at p. 3
Additional information regarding evaluation and IEP timeline requirements:
Regarding evaluation and IEP timeline requirements, days that school is not in session would not count as a “school day” (e.g., 25 school days for initial referrals, 35 school days from parent consent to complete an evaluation, etc.). School closures due to COVID-19, however, would not change the timelines for requirements that are not “school days” (e.g., 30 calendar days from initial eligibility to hold initial IEP meeting, IEP meetings within one year of the prior IEP, and reevaluations with three years of the prior evaluation). Districts should make every effort to complete IEP and evaluation timelines that were affected by the closures as soon as possible.
US Department of Education: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-covid-19-03-12-2020.pdf