COVID-19: An Unprecedented Crisis

Washington’s charter public schools – like all public schools – are facing an unprecedented crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to statewide closure of schools until at minimum the end of April 2020 and likely through the end of the school year, if not longer.

The Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction has started contingency planning should closure last through the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

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Our students need distance learning support

WA Charters is working to gather resources we can deploy across our operating and planning schools.

The most important and urgent needs that schools are currently experiencing are tools to ensure access to high-quality distance learning.

  • Laptops so that ALL students have access to online learning
  • Telemedicine platforms so that students with disabilities can continue their education

Your gift enables WA Charters to immediately respond to schools’ computer and telemedicine needs.

Your gift makes an immediate difference for students

Washington’s charter public schools serve more low-income than the state average, meaning that many students have access to fewer resources than their better-resourced peers.

When it comes to distance learning, this most often takes the form of access to technology learning tools – like laptops – and access to the internet.

Charter public schools serve hundreds of students who qualify for special education services.

Telemedicine and other secure platforms make it possible for schools to continue to offer services to students with disabilities. This population is at risk for being more deeply impacted by this crisis than students who don’t due to the need for specialized supports that are Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) compliant.

 

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Schools have individual needs

Every school has its own unique model and individual needs. Give directly to schools through their donation or campaign pages.

Rainier Prep is seeking support to allow staff to provide remote instruction during the crisis: https://www.rainierprep.org/give/

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is seeking support to respond to urgent student and staff needs: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rvla-covid-response-fund

 

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