Teaching Tolerance; a collaborative platform for teachers to borrow, adapt and create lessons on diversity, equity, and justice
Anti-Racism Resource Kit, part of the Anti-Racism Curriculum and Mentoring Project
Resources for Talking To Children About Racism And Racialized Violence from Roots ConnecEd
Facing History and Ourselves; Educator resources for developing students' critical thinking and engaged citizenship
Teaching for Black Lives; teaching materials & resources
Zinn Education Project; racism & racial identity teaching materials
nationalgeographic.com/family/ in-the-news/talking-about- race/
- Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: https://www.prettygooddesign.
The Minnesota Department of Education has provided various resources (see below) to help all of us. We must continue to be part of the solution, facilitate discussions, and make changes where and how we are able in order to best support our students, families, and each other.
You matter and we are in this together!
Please contact your child’s school should you or your student be in need of support. Summer staff will be on hand to assist you.
Resources for supporting students and each other (Provided by the Department of Education):
org/sites/default/files/ resources/educating- traumatized-children.pdf
Great for families with ADHD students
How to talk to teens about Coronavirus - Harvard
Businesses offering free lunches for students
Managing Stress and Anxiety - CDC
Make a plan, Minnesota - MDH
As Minnesota perseveres through the COVID-19 public health crisis, we know that more people will become sick and require hospitalization. We need families to be prepared. In other states, countries, and communities in Minnesota, there have been parents who have become too ill with COVID-19 to care for their children for short periods of time. These circumstances present a need to identify alternate caregivers who can step in to help care for children – who have likely been exposed to the virus. Unfortunately, this virus doesn’t always leave time for people to make plans.
We’re urging all Minnesotans who are responsible for the care of a child to make a plan now for alternate short term care for their children in the event parents or guardians become ill. To support families in this process, we’ve developed Make a Plan, Minnesota. Make a Plan, Minnesota helps guide families through a process to identify possible caregivers, gather vital family and child information, and share their plan with others. A fillable form is included to help families gather information that an alternate caregiver might need to know while caring for their children.
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is now offering additional funds for the families of children ages 5 to 18 who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. This new program, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), will provide $325 per child that families can use to purchase nutritious food for their household. Families with children who received free or reduced-price meals at school, and who were between the ages of 5 and 18 on Sept. 1, 2019, may qualify. Benefits are available to two groups:
- Families receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on March 18, 2020. Benefits for these families were issued automatically and appeared on their EBT balance on May 30, 2020.
- Families receiving free or reduced-price school meals, but not SNAP or MFIP benefits. These families need to fill out a short application for a P-EBT card. Families can apply between June 8, 2020, and June 30, 2020. If approved, families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail, which will arrive with the funds preloaded.
FREE MEALS FOR KIDS Mobile AppFree Meals for Kids app helps families and kids locate free healthy meals across Minnesota during the pandemic. Let's work together to ensure hungry kids don't miss a meal during the summer. The app is powered by GPS and shows locations of schools and other sites that are providing meals and meal packs, with days and hours for distribution. It also shows the distance and directions to the nearest site from your location. The app is updated daily. The app is free at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store
Free covid testing
Many of us are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress. We want to provide you a few resources that can help with managing your stress and mental wellness needs, as well as local resource support.
MN COVID Cares Support Services is here to support you whether you’re a teacher, a parent balancing work and children, working in a hospital or farm field, responding to emergencies, or cleaning and stocking shelves. We’re here for you. Free confidential, anonymous mental health support. 7 days/week, 9am to 9pm. Call 833-437-3466 or Click Here for more information.
COVID Wellness Pocket Guide can assist you in day to day management of physical and emotional wellness needs.
The holidays may not be the same this year. We may have to manage hard conversations with families, or focus on developing new traditions while we grieve the temporary loss of some of our most cherished traditions. For tips on managing changes to holiday plans Click Here.
United Way provides free and confidential information on health & human services needs. Please call 2-1-1 or click on the link below for more information.