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We have a variety of resources available for families who are in need. Please feel free to contact your child's school with any specific questions.
Whether your school district is opening in a remote learning model or with a hybrid plan for both online learning and some in-person learning, one thing is for sure: Something is bound to go wrong at least once.
The technology won’t work. Or maybe it will, but you and your child will forget how to use it. Your internet service will flicker for no reason. You won’t have all the information you need at the time you need it. The kids will be stressed. The teachers will be stressed. You will be stressed.
It’s okay. Focus on showing your kids how to manage that stress and be flexible and generous through a difficult moment. Tell them how proud you are that they are strong enough to do hard things. The bugs will get worked out. And in the meantime, the kids will learn resilience and how to overcome challenges.
Here are some things we can do to help the kids get the school year off to a good start:
- Structure. Set up a fun place for them to learn. Even if it’s just the kitchen table, find a way to make it special for school. Maybe they can color a special learning placemat to set the stage. Set up a schedule for each day, with predictable mealtimes, snack times, family time, outside time, learning time, and fun playtime.
- Sleep. For kids who haven’t had a bedtime or wakeup time since March, the start of the school year means it’s time to start revisiting some bedtime structure. Like all of us, kids will sleep better with a regular, calming bedtime routine, and if there are no screens in their rooms.
- Healthy, nurturing foods. The kids can help plan what healthy foods they would like for meals and snacks. Make sure to offer a fruit or vegetable, protein, and carbohydrate at each meal to power them through.
- Exercise. Exercise will help with almost everything. Nerves, too much energy, nothing to do. Exercise is good for the brain, and helps with learning and managing our emotions. And with enough exercise, they just might sleep and get hungry enough to eat those vegetables you put in front of them.
And if all else fails, read to them. Cuddle. Tell them how proud you are of them.
Numbers. The latest numbers are on our webpage. As of 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 74,939 people in Washington have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 6,787 people had to be hospitalized, and 1,931 people (or 2.6%) have died of the disease. More COVID-19 data can be found on the DOH website and in the state’s risk assessment dashboard.
Practice compassion. Connection with loved ones will help you and your kids stay grounded. Just a phone call or FaceTime chat can make a big difference.
Difficulty with the internet?Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.Still, need help? Xfinity offers a low-cost internet solution. Free for two months and just $9.95 after that for qualifying families. Check out their internet essentials page.
Getting Internet From Your Cell Phone
Did you know you can get the internet from your cell phone? Yes, it's called tethering or it's also referred to as a personal hot spot. Your phone uses your data and sends out a Wi-Fi signal for electronic devices to log onto. Most carriers are offering personal hot spot use for their customers at no additional cost. Please visit with your cell phone carrier prior to using a personal hot spot.
How to Turn Your Phone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
Instructions for Android Phones and iPhones can be found below.
Financial supports are available to help families impacted by increased childcare needs/school schedule changes. This is time-limited, so families will need to complete a referral as soon as possible (by mid-September at the latest) to complete the process in time. Costs through the end of October can be supported (They would apply for September-October all at once).
The referral can be found at https://www.cognitoforms.com/IslandCounty1/COVID19ReferralForServices or call the Housing Support Center at 360-678-8284
Island County has a variety of resources for families in need, including child care, free lunches, mental health, housing assistance, utilities, etc. The resources page can be found here: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Individuals.
BECCA Program Coordinator
Island County Juvenile Court
501 N. Main Street / P.O. Box 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239