Coronavirus Update: Free Meals for Students, Frequently Asked Questions, Guidance for Talking with your Children
Dear Snoqualmie Valley families,
Thanks for your efforts to keep your families safely at home, and following the guidance of Public Health officials to help prevent the spread of illness. This week our district is focused on planning around essential services needed in our community during the extended school closure.
Lunch/Breakfast Service for Children
Starting Wednesday, March 18, the Snoqualmie Valley School District will offer free “Grab and Go” lunch and breakfast meals for children. This free service will be provided weekdays (M-F) through April 24.
Who is eligible? All children up to 18 years of age, and special education students through age 21. Families do not have to be registered through the Free and Reduced Price School Meal Program to receive these meals, and no paperwork is needed.
Dates: March 18 through April 24, 2020 during the school closure. (The Food Services program will not serve meals on weekends, or during Spring Break, April 13-17.)
Pick-up Times: From 12-12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Cascade View Elementary School (34816 SE Ridge St., Snoqualmie, WA 98065)
Fall City Elementary School (33314 SE 42nd, Fall City, WA 98024)
Opstad Elementary School (1345 Stilson Ave. SE, North Bend, WA 98045)
Snoqualmie Elementary School (39801 SE Park St., Snoqualmie, WA 98065)
Curbside delivery will take place in the student drop off zone at each building (in the bus lane at OES). Food Service staff will deliver meals to your vehicle. NOTE: Children MUST be present to claim their meals. (Adult meals will not be available.)
What: All meals will be prepared for “Grab and Go” service, as a sack lunch. Breakfast items for the next morning will also be available with lunch. Meals are intended to be picked up and taken off campus. Recipients will not be permitted to stay on-site to eat.
IMPORTANT: If you have children who need food assistance, but you cannot access these school locations, please email email@example.com with details about your specific situation, number of children, address, etc.
SVSD is partnering with other local services to help ensure Snoqualmie Valley families have support for essential needs. While the district is able to offer mid-week breakfast and lunch for children free of charge, two other organizations are ready to help with food for dinner and weekend needs:
Special thanks to our neighbors who have asked how they can help during this time. Since the federal student meal program will help fund the district’s lunch/breakfast service during the closure, we suggest directing offers of support around food service to other organizations helping local families such as: Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, Weekend Backpack Program, or the COVID-19 and the Snoqualmie Valley website. Monetary donations are especially helpful, since they can purchase food at a discounted rate, and target support where the needs are greatest.
Internet Connectivity or Device Needs?
Last Friday, the District pushed out a survey to all SVSD parents and guardians, to assess the potential needs of our families during the extended school closure. If you missed the survey… please let us know if you do not have internet connectivity at home, or if you are an elementary school family without a device that your student could use to access educational content. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Internet/Tech Student Support” with your student’s name, grade level, school, whether internet access or device support is needed, and include a parent’s name/phone/email. (If you already answered this in the survey, no action is needed.)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Given the quickly evolving nature of the public health situation we’re in, we are all seeking answers to new questions, and learning as we go. If you have questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions link, located on the district’s Coronavirus Update webpage. We will continue to add to this list as more information becomes available so be sure to check back occasionally.
Guidance for Talking with Children about the Coronavirus Disease:
Given the uncertainties and angst associated with this pandemic, please be mindful of the impact and stress this may have on kids. Below are some resources from child psychology experts that may be helpful as you discuss current events with your students: