March 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

I hope that you and your families are doing well during this very difficult and unprecedented time.  School has been closed for a week now and we want to provide you with an update on what the district is working on.

The district’s meal distribution program launched Monday and is serving about 350-400 kids per day. Each day, kids can visit one of the six schools providing meals or one of our four mobile delivery sites. Each child that participates is provided a grab and go breakfast and lunch.  As time progresses, we anticipate that the need for lunches may increase so we are preparing for that likelihood.

On Wednesday, the district launched our “Learning Resources” web page that provides information and web links to English, Math, Science, Social Studies and History lessons for our students. Though participation is optional, we urge you to take advantage of these ongoing learning opportunities for your students.  The resources provided will be updated periodically as we identify other quality resources that will be of value to our students during the school closure.

For parents of our youngest learners, reading aloud to your child is an incredibly valuable activity for you to engage in.  For all of our students, it is very helpful to provide as many reading opportunities as you can.  Encouraging your child to write about a variety of things is also quite helpful.  Keeping a journal of the experiences of the day is an excellent strategy that can help maintain the reading and writing skills your child has already acquired.

We have received some inquiries about the fulfillment of Governor Inslee’s request that school districts address the childcare needs of First Responders and Medical Professionals.  Longview Schools has partnered with Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) and Childcare Aware to support families of First Responders and Medical Professionals seeking childcare options.  Visit Childcare Aware at bit.ly/CCAWAOnlineLookup or call the Family Center at 1-800-446-1114 to search for available child care centers during the mandatory school closures due to Covid-19. You will receive an updated list of open child care programs in our area that can meet your child care needs.

We continue to be in close contact with state and local officials and will send out periodic updates as things change.

Please keep checking the district web site at longviewschools.com for updated meal distribution schedules, learning resources and other information related to the school closure.  Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding.

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools