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    School Update, 03.27.20
    Posted on 03/27/2020

    Dear Hamilton Families,
     
    I hope you are continuing to do well during this time of significant change in our lives and routines.  We have been out of school for 12 school days now, but it feels like it has been much longer than that.  We miss the daily interactions with students and families and the positive energy of the school day.  We are continuing to think about our students, staff, and families and how we can help in any way.  I will continue to provide families with updates from the district, OSPI, and the governor concerning the school closure.  Please stay home and stay healthy as we work through this together. 
     
    “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud”
    -Maya Angelou

     

    School Updates & FAQ 
    What can I expect from Mr. Manza, Ms. Crowthers and Ms. Sjoberg? 
    We will continue to work our regular schedules while school is out, so you can expect timely responses to your emails.  With school being closed for at least 6 weeks, we plan to send out 1-2 emails a week providing updates. Family messaging will typically go out on Fridays.   
     
    What can I expect from my student's teachers? 
    Per our district correspondence - Teachers should be communicating at least twice a week via Schoology or email about work in which students can engage.  For our students, these tasks activities will be optional, ungraded work, and focused on reviewing material, concepts, and skills they have already addressed.  If you need further resources or support, we encourage you to reach out directly to your student's teachers.  
     
    What if my family needs support during this time?  
    During this time, if your family has needs beyond school meals, please email your grade level school counselor, who may be able to help connect you with additional resources.  
     
    What if my student has an annual IEP meeting due during school closure? 
    Seattle Public Schools will follow legal timelines according to OSPI with any current IEPs and reevaluations during this time. Families should expect their IEP Case Manager or a Special Education Program Specialist to reach out directly to determine if an IEP meeting is feasible during the school closure.  Meetings may be offered online or via conference call, and reevaluations will be handled on a case-by-case basis by individual IEP teams.  Should families choose to opt for an in-person IEP meeting, that can be organized to be held once school is back in session. For further information please visit: Special Education COVID FAQs
     
    What if I want to hold an IEP meeting? 
    Please notify your student’s Case Manager or notify the Special Education Department at specialed@seattleschools.org. We will work to accommodate meeting requests. 
     
    Are there any ways to volunteer?
    The SPS Volunteer program knows that the number of students in need will grow exponentially over time. SPS began food distribution through the school bus stop network – as this effort scales up more staff and volunteers will be critical.

    Let us know if you are available to volunteer! Visit https://bit.ly/c-19volunteerteam to sign into your SPS volunteer profile and join the COVID-19 response team today. Our first effort is likely to focus on supporting buses distributing food. This is an essential activity under the new directive from the Governor - public health requirements will be followed, including screenings, social distancing, safety supplies.

    We know that many community members who want to support our students also need an income. School lunchrooms have been short-staffed since the start of the school year. You can apply at http://bit.ly/lunchroomsub to become a sub during school closures and beyond (see below and share with others!).

    Lastly, please remember that SPS families rely on many volunteer-powered community organizations. Visit https://www.uwkc.org/volunteer to help local service providers affected by COVID-19 volunteer shortages.
     
     
    From the Hamilton Counseling Team:
    Our counseling team is available to support our students/families via email or Schoology message. We are here to assist families with general questions or concerns, and can offer support and resources for academics, social/emotional wellness, and assistance with basic needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
    Ms. Goldsmith, 8th grade – legoldsmith@seattleschools.org
    Ms. Camero, 7th grade – ticamero@seattleschools.org
    Ms. Colleran, 6th grade – kjcolleran@seattleschools.org
     
    The counseling team hopes to begin offering additional resources, activities, and information for students at each grade level on our Schoology pages in the coming weeks. We look forward to connecting with our students!

    Some additional supports:
    Mental Health Support for Families and Students
    The Coordinated School Health Department recently updated the list of Mental Health Support Services available to students and families within our community. The list can be found here.

    More Resources for Families:
    • See SPS resource page for many family resources. 
    City of Seattle Resource Page - Many resources including food voucher program.
    United Way of King County - Resources including food, utility, rental assistance, internet, & childcare.
    Housing Justice Project – Legal Assistance with eviction: 253-234-4204
    Wifi hotspots or free internet for low-income families across King County available through these links.
     
    As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.  We will get through this together. 
     
    In partnership,
    Dorian Manza & Admin. Team