Editor's note: The resources listed in this story are what these school districts had made available to students and families as of Friday, March 27.
On March 13, Governor Jay Inslee ordered a statewide school closure for all K-12 public and private schools until April 24 to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
While many school districts have already started offering remote lesson plans for their students during the school closure, the Office of Superintendent of Pubilc Instruction has set a deadline of Monday, March 30, for all school districts to have a remote learning plan in place.
Each school district is using a different approach in providing their learning resources. Below is a list of the remote learning resources 10 Western Washington school districts have made available as of Friday, March 27.
Bellevue School District (online learning resources)
Message from the district website: "During the week of March 16, middle and high school students should focus on completing current assignments and reviewing material in preparation for the daily learning experiences that will begin on March 23. Teachers will be reaching out to students to provide information on specific assignments and material that they should focus on this week."
Edmonds School District (online learning resources)
Message from the district website: "With the closure of Edmonds Public Schools, this guide is intended to support students’ engagement in review and enrichment of concepts already taught this school year. The suggested activities and resources in this guide do not replace the experience of being in school and are not intended to continue the school year at home. Families can select resources to explore with their children while they are at home, based on their current age and interests."
Federal Way Public Schools (online learning activities)
Message from the district website: "While Federal Way Public Schools are closed, we are partnering with families and community to support our scholars’ learning while they are home. Our approach ensures equitable learning access for ALL students. Because there are limitations to going to an online only model, we mailed 6-weeks of standards-based learning activities to ensure all students have access to essential learning and practice while schools are closed.
They should arrive at your home by Wednesday, March 25, 2020."
Issaquah School District (digital learning tools)
Message from the district website: "Following the Governor’s “Stay at Home – Stay Healthy,” address to Washingtonians, we want to let you know that the ISD will continue to provide food services, child care, laptops, and/or Wi-Fi hotspots. We support our state’s efforts to flatten the curve through social distancing and practicing good hygiene, while recognizing the essential role that we play in providing nutrition and support to our community."
Kent School District (online activities and resources)
Message from the district website: "We have prepared activities and resources for students to explore during the school closure. Students can use them to review content they have already learned, preview topics scheduled to be learned later this year, and explore additional topics of interest."
Lake Washington School District, Redmond (online learning resources)
Message from the district website: "We've asked teachers to contact students and families, and to begin providing resources via email, PowerSchool Learning or OneNote by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 18. We are asking teachers to email or have updated activities posted on PowerSchool Learning or OneNote each week."
LWSD also has technology request forms, and said they are "working on obtaining and distributing laptops and wifi hot spots for the students in the district who do not have these options at home."
Northshore School District, Bothell (online learning resources)
Message from the school district website:
"March 26 and March 27 - educators will meet virtually with their school teams to plan for the rollout of Northshore Learns v 2.0. Each school will then send a message to families communicating the return to distance learning, starting on March 30.
March 30 through April 3 - educators will initiate the rollout of Northshore Learns v 2.0. This will involve contacting students via email or during a virtual meeting for the purpose of sharing expectations for how students should engage in learning over the course of any given week. The emphasis will be on connecting with students; making sure students understand how they will engage in learning; and providing initial independent tasks or projects that students can work on until the next time the content area (at elementary) or class (at secondary) convenes."
Puyallup School District (online educational resources)
Message from the district website: "As of Monday March 23rd, we will be providing Monday through Friday meal service for all children 0-18 from 11:00 to 12:00 at each of our 22 elementary schools. We are also launching childcare service for medical workers and first responders Monday through Friday from 8:00-4:00 at all elementary schools beginning March 23rd. To register for childcare service, take the survey: PSD Childcare for Healthcare Workers and First Responders."
Seattle Public Schools (online learning resources)
Message from the district website: "Starting Monday, March 23, the SPS will be providing educational programming on SPS TV. These videos will feature Seattle Public Schools educators in short segments to support optional learning in a variety of subjects and grade levels. The SPS will also be offering aligned, printed materials at school lunch distribution sites for families who do not have access to TV or the internet."
Tacoma School District (online supplemental learning materials)
Message from the district website: "The district has prepared supplemental learning materials and family resources in all subject areas for students Kindergarten through 12th grade. These materials are also being made available in hard-copy form at the 10 middle school meal sites."