COVID-19 Response & Resources
During the pandemic, the work of the Alliance only intensified, as we have rallied to support SPS during the COVID-19 crisis. In many ways the pandemic was a clear demonstration of the critical nature of the Alliance’s role in supporting Seattle Public Schools. Alliance staff continue to be hard at work, and are more dedicated than ever to supporting students and expanding our programs so we can deliver on our mission of advancing educational justice and racial equity in Seattle Public Schools.
In March of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down and required an immediate shift from AFE to support the district in new and targeted ways. Since March 2020, Alliance leadership worked directly with the SPS executive team to understand the most critical district needs – childcare, food distribution, and continuous learning – and in turn communicated those opportunities for investment to concerned donors. This engagement resulted in remarkable community engagement on behalf of SPS students, including the donation of 10,000+ laptops to students and families, enhanced offerings at SPS meal distribution sites, consulting support to prepare teachers to teach remotely, and much more. As part of this work, AFE launched an Education Equity Fund, a standing fund donors can contribute to to support the remote learning needs of SPS students and educators during the pandemic. To date, AFE has raised more than $3M to support students’ academic and social emotional needs during this global crisis. In the 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to partner with SPS and local philanthropy to generate creative and innovative systemic solutions for today’s challenges, with a particular focus on helping students successfully return to school.
THANK YOU, for being a part of the AFE community, and for all your support for the students and families of Seattle Public Schools. We will continue to update this page with other resources as they come available, and welcome input from our community.
Alliance staff continue to be hard at work, and are more dedicated than ever to supporting students and expanding our programs so we can deliver on our mission of advancing educational justice and racial equity in Seattle Public Schools.
Education Equity Fund
The Alliance for Education and Seattle Public Schools created the Education Equity Fund to support students furthest from educational justice in accessing the technology, technical support and additional learning resources required to continue to learn during the COVID-19 crisis. Seattle Public Schools is offering continuous learning to all students while our schools are closed. But many SPS students lack the resources and access to take advantage of this support. This fund will help students overcome technology barriers and allow all students the opportunity to continue learning from home during this global pandemic. Learn more and donate here.
The Right Now Needs Fund
The Right Now Needs Fund provides immediate support to address the unmet basic needs of any Seattle Public School student and their family. The Fund can be used to address basic needs including food, shelter, clothing and medical care. All 103 SPS schools have a Right Now Needs Fund, and this fund is absolutely still available during school closure. To utilize the fund, please reach out directly to your school principal or staff. For more information on the fund, go to the AFE Right Now Needs Fund webpage here.
On Monday, March 16th, the District began offering lunches for all SPS students, Monday through Friday, 11a.m. to 1p.m., for the duration of the school closure. Beginning April 27th, the District began providing student meals by bus Monday through Friday. To see the locations of the lunch distribution sites and bus routes, please visit the SPS Student Meals page.
Starting the week of March 23, SPS opened child care facilities at 16 Seattle school sites in tandem with local child care providers and the City of Seattle. Per Governor Inslee’s request, these providers will prioritize students experiencing homelessness, children whose families qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch supports, and children of essential workers, including medical personnel, hospital/clinic personnel, EMTs, firefighters, essential SPS staff providing meals, child care workers, grocery store staff and pharmacy workers. Child care is available to both pre-school and elementary age children. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided at each site. For more information on site locations and how to enroll, please visit the SPS COVID-19 Child Care Resource page.
SPS has begun providing remote learning in a variety of formats, including printed materials distributed at food distribution sites and online, videos available on YouTube and SPSTV, and teacher outreach via Schoology. More detail on the District’s approach to remote learning, resources, and information on what families and students can expect is available on the SPS COVID-19 FAQ page.
Technology Supports for Families
SPS students and families who need technical assistance with the Amazon-donated computers or other personal devices used for continuous learning outside of school during the COVID-19 school closures can now access a team of dedicated volunteers who will provide customized support over the phone. For more information, please visit the SPS Tech Support page.
SPS is aware that COVID-19 will have multiple impacts on our students and families, and we are working together to provide additional supports. Follow SPS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and check back for forthcoming plans here or on the SPS Coronavirus Update webpage.
Seattle Teacher Residency
The Seattle Teacher Residency is up and running to every degree possible given school closures. Instructors are being guided on virtual instruction and current Residents are attending classes held online. The SPS hiring process continues and modifications are being made to internship plans as needed. Selection Day for next year’s residents will be done virtually on March 26 and March 27. Similarly, upcoming info sessions will take place online until further notice. For more information, visit the STR webpage or reach out to Michael Nguyen at MichaelN@alliance4ed.org.
We are continuing to provide fiscal service support for school accounts and education-related organizations during the school closures. Account advisors will receive additional information about the impact of the situation on our services directly. For questions about making a deposit or requesting a disbursement, please contact Jim Molloy at Jim@Alliance4ed.org.
All AFE events scheduled for March and April have been cancelled or postponed, including our 25th Anniversary Community Luncheon. As we explore possibilities for rescheduling the Luncheon, please consider showing your support now by making a gift.
Staff & Office Operations
Alliance staff are still hard at work full time. Whenever possible, we are telecommuting. To reach individual staff members, please find their email on our staff page.
- Reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, especially to protect those who are most vulnerable, by following guidelines from the King County-Seattle Public Health.
- Spread the word about the Right Now Needs Fund and SPS free lunches! We want to ensure all families are aware those resources are available. Let your networks know via social media posts and email.
- Keep yourself up to date via the SPS Coronavirus Update webpage. SPS Public Affairs will send a regular communication every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the duration of the six-week closure or until further notice.
- Donate to the Alliance. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community to support those who are most impacted by this pandemic. If you can, please consider making a gift so we can continue to provide critical support to Seattle students.