Coronavirus News & Resources
This page was last updated on January 12, 2020.
Continuity of Operations
Our staff are working remotely and available by email, during regular school hours while the school building is closed. Our central phone line, at (202) 588-0370, is answered Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
The front-desk team will review and forward to the appropriate staff members all voicemail messages left after hours. Please email us with any questions at email@example.com.
Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness
Families experiencing homelessness or housing instability are protected by a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This law remains in full effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn more about the rights of students experiencing homelessness. If you have questions or need assistance, please fill out and submit this form or contact the Creative Minds homeless liaison, Miriam Kahn, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that we respect each family’s right to privacy and will keep shared information confidential.
Creative Minds: We’re offering weekly deliveries of seven breakfasts and seven lunches to students enrolled in our meal-delivery program and to any other children, younger than 18, in their households; registration is required to receive meals. Find more information and registration links at our Nutrition & Wellness page.
DC Public Schools: Lunch and a shelf-stable breakfast are served to ALL students 18 and younger, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Find more information here.
DC Food Project is gathering information about free meals for students on its Emergency Food Access page. Included are DCPS sites and restaurants that are allowing children to eat for free.
The FoodFinder web and mobile apps show organizations that offer food assistance throughout the country.
Martha’s Table is increasing its distribution of groceries to families in need. Learn more at this webpage.
The Creative Families Association has established a food-ambassador program to assist families in our community. Please email Heather Hesslink at email@example.com if you’d like to receive this assistance for your family.
The CFA welcomes family volunteers to the food-ambassador program. Email CMIfamilies@gmail.com for more information.
Resources for Immigrants & Undocumented Individuals
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services has instituted exceptions to the public charge rule in order to encourage immigrants to get tested and treated for COVID-19 without fear of negative impacts on their visa extensions or green-card processes. Please see this webpage for more information.
Many undocumented individuals cannot access public benefits or health insurance. See this map from DC Health for locations of free, low-cost, or community healthcare centers.
Visit the United We Dream website to learn more about accessing healthcare as an undocumented individual.
Los Servicios de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de EE. UU. Han instituido excepciones a la regla de penar al publcio para alentar a los inmigrantes a hacerse la prueba y recibir tratamiento para COVID-19 sin temor a impactos negativos en sus extensiones de visa o procesos de tarjeta de recidencia (verde). Por favor, consulte esta página web para más información.
Muchas personas emigrantes no pueden acceder a beneficios públicos o seguro de salud. Vea este mapa de DC Health para conocer las ubicaciones de los centros de salud gratuitos, de bajo costo o comunitarios.
Visite el sitio web de United We Dream para obtener más información sobre cómo acceder a la atención médica como una persona emigrante.
Our Student Wellness Team has compiled resources that will help parents and caregivers practice self-care and address the challenges of parenting in this unusual time:
- 8 Tips to Reduce Parenting Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Young Children at Home during the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Importance of Self-Care
- Parents Need Stress Relief, Too
- Just Give Them the Screens (for Now)
- Parenting During Coronavirus: You Are Enough
Online Activities & Read-Alouds
These authors and illustrators are posting read-alouds and activities online:
- Carson Ellis is sharing daily prompts for drawing, on Instagram. Share your children’s drawings by using the hashtag #quarantineartclub.
- Jarrett J. Krosoczka is posting “Draw Every Day with JJK” videos to YouTube.
- Debbie Ridpath Ohi is sharing read-alouds and art activities on her YouTube channel.
- Mo Willems and the Kennedy Center hosted daily “LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!” episodes in 2020. Watch the videos on YouTube.
These organizations are sharing free resources for learning or physical activity:
- DC Public Library: With your library card, access online resources that include e-books and audiobooks for children and streaming video for students of all ages. Residents may apply for and receive a library card online.
- First Book: Family activities.
- Inspired Teaching is posting learn-at-home activities to its Twitter feed, Facebook page, and .
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Science activities for children of all ages.
- Open Phys Ed: Movement activities for families
- The Smithsonian Learning Lab: Online resources from the Smithsonian’s museums and education and research centers.
- Urban Adventure Squad: Do-at-home activities on a variety of topics—from arts to science to engineering.
Other Links & Resources
- American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 webpage: Includes tips for talking with children about the coronavirus.
- COVID-19 Testing: Find information about getting tested for COVID-19 at the DC coronavirus website.
- COVID-19 Fact Sheets: English and Spanish.
- Conscious Discipline: Strategies for helping children to feel safe and connected.
- DC Health Coronavirus website.
- Affordable Internet through Connect.DC—Digital Inclusion Initiative
- Mary’s Center: Mental-health counseling, in English and Spanish, online and over the phone. Visit the Mary’s Center website or call (844) 796-2797. Mary’s Center is accepting new patients, regardless of insurance.
If you have any questions about our COVID-19 response, please email Heather Hesslink and her team at firstname.lastname@example.org.