Statewide Response to School Closures due to COVID-19
The AESD has been a critical conduit in connecting school districts with each other and supporting statewide communications structures in close partnership with OSPI during this COVID crisis.
What is AESD doing?
The AESD has partnered with state and local leaders to ensure consistent information flows, needs are met, services continue, and students and staff are served. Specifically, the AESD has established a statewide questions/concerns portal for school districts and statewide education associations to populate. Questions and comments are compiled daily through Regional Response Network Meetings and shared with OSPI to inform state-level communications.
Additionally, the AESD, through our nine ESDs, has been instrumental in supporting school districts across the state to organize and respond to the state’s established and evolving priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ensure the provision of school meals to students who need them
How we’re helping: The nine ESDs are gathering data from school districts on a daily basis as to the locations and types of meals available for students. This information populates a real-time, searchable statewide map so that families and communities know where they can pick-up meals.
Provide graduating seniors the content they need to meet their graduation requirements and to support their post-secondary transition
How we’re helping:
Within each region the ESDs have established Regional Response Networks of school district leaders, teaching and learning leaders, special education directors, fiscal officers, human resources specialists, and other job-alikes. These Regional Networks meet at least weekly to network and share resources. To learn more, contact your regional ESD.
Continue smooth fiscal and payroll operations
How we’re helping:
ESD fiscal officers have been essential in informing the statewide support system for district fiscal teams. In addition to convening regional networks of business officials, the AESD team works closely with WASBO and OSPI to deliver weekly statewide panel discussions for school district business officials. They have also been instrumental in collecting questions and informing the WASBO/OSPI Frequently Asked Questions document to assist districts navigate fiscal issues.
Support child care, especially for health care workers and first responders
How we’re helping: The AESD is working closely with DCYF, Child Care Aware, and OSPI to gather information about school district child care options for essential workers in their communities. Districts have been asked to share information regarding child care offerings with Child Care Aware at 1-800-446-1114 (press option 2). This information populates a real-time, searchable statewide map as to where open child care centers can be found.
Offer continuous learning opportunities for educators
How we’re helping:
- Regional Response Networks: Within each region the ESDs have established Regional Response Networks of school district leaders, teaching and learning leaders, special education directors, fiscal officers, human resources specialists, and other job-alikes. These Regional Networks meet at least weekly to network and share resources. To learn more, contact your regional ESD.
- Support for continuous learning: The nine ESDs have risen to the occasion in developing and delivering statewide professional learning for continuous learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more >
Provide ongoing and consistent communications support to school districts
How we’re helping: Communications leaders from across the AESD have been foundational in helping districts with key messages and communications tools for their various audiences. They have developed this Communications Toolkit for districts to assist with shared messaging, helpful resources, and templates for communicating with families and communities.
Washington ESD Resources
In addition to OSPI’s resources for continuous learning, several ESDs have resources on their Web sites to assist districts and educators with professional learning and instructional supports.
OSPI and the nine ESDs have worked closely to develop content-specific online learning for educators during this Long-Term School Closure. Check out pdEnroller to sign-up!