Meal Service Letter

April 27, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

Over the last several weeks we have seen an increase in the demand for meals at our distribution sites. To better serve those in need, Longview Public Schools will be expanding the grab and go meal delivery service starting Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Last week, we sent a meal survey to families of students who take the bus to school. From the survey, we created seven bus routes that will be stopping at existing bus stops, to serve a grab and go breakfast and lunch. Families that requested meal service will be contacted by the transportation department with pick up times and locations.

Interested in meals, but didn’t respond to the survey?   Please contact the transportation department at 360-575-7866 or email infoteam@longviewschools.org.  Please remember, any child, from birth to age 18, can pick up a grab and go breakfast and lunch each weekday. You don’t need to qualify or register to receive meals – the kids just have to show up.

As always, be ready at the bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.  Students must be visible at the bus stops to receive meals and please remember to practice social distancing. Routes will be posted to the school district website with the times and locations. Be sure to check the longviewschools.com web site for updates as the needs may increase. Bus delivery meal service will continue through June 19, 2020.

Thank you.

2020-04-27T15:16:19-07:00April 27th, 2020|

COVID-19 Update 4/24/2020

April 24, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

 

I want to start off by thanking all of you for getting your kids engaged in the remote learning process. In the first two weeks of remote learning, students attended video-conference lessons, completed assignments in on-line and print formats, and interacted with teachers and classmates.  Overall, it is going pretty well.

Looking ahead, we hope students get into a regular routine that will allow them to have an effective remote learning experience. If you need help with this, reach out to your teacher or principal.  We want to be sure we are doing all we can to meet your needs during this difficult time.  We know you are doing the best you can under this unique circumstance and appreciate your continued support of the learning we are providing during the closure of our schools.

For those of you with students taking high school classes, who are wondering about grades and graduation, we posted grading and graduation guidelines on the district web site.  These guidelines are consistent with the direction provided by Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction and are being shared by your school principal.  As I’ve said in the past, any high school senior who was on track to graduate before the school closure – will graduate this year.

The district is experiencing increased demand for meals. The number of kids showing up at our meal distribution sites keeps growing. To meet the demand, additional meal distribution options are under consideration. Please remember, any child, from birth to age 18, can pick up a grab and go breakfast and lunch each weekday. You don’t need to qualify or register to receive meals – the kids just have to show up.

Thank you for supporting our schools, take care and stay safe.  Please let your school principal or me know if you need any assistance.  We will do our best to get you the support you need.

 

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools

2020-05-01T14:32:36-07:00April 24th, 2020|

Longview Schools Recognized for Growth

This week, three of our schools were recognized for growth by the State Board of Education, the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC), and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). These schools included Mt. Solo Middle School, Columbia Valley Gardens Elementary and Northlake Elementary.

Northlake was recognized for Closing Gaps for All Students and Growth for students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program, students identifying with Two or More races, and students identifying as White.

CVG was identified for growth for students identifying as White.

Mt. Solo was recognized for growth for students identifying as Hispanic.

Congratulations to these schools and their amazing staff and students! To read more please visit the Washington State’s Board of Education’s website in the link below:

https://www.sbe.wa.gov/our-work/accountability/2018-19-school-recognition-program

 

2020-04-24T08:50:52-07:00April 24th, 2020|

Wednesday Porch Concerts

Longview Public School students are incredibly talented in many ways. To celebrate music and choir students, we are starting a “Porch Concert” series. Every Wednesday, at 3pm, we will feature one student singing or playing music. Please join us, Wednesday, April 22, at 3pm, for a Facebook LIVE performance. Let’s celebrate our students together! #musicconnectsus

2020-04-21T14:21:13-07:00April 21st, 2020|

Remote Learning Begins April 13th

April 10, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

While school facilities are closed for the remainder of the school year, we are excited to get teacher driven remote learning started. Our focus is to work closely with you to help students learn and grow.

On Monday and Tuesday, April 13-14, teachers will be finalizing plans for providing remote learning for our students. Throughout the week, teachers will be contacting parents and families to discuss learning plans and needs. Please look for phone calls, and/or emails.

We expect all students to be engaged in learning approximately 11-13 hours per week. We understand this may be difficult for some, as each family has different challenges. In partnership with your child’s teacher/s, please do your best to set a learning schedule for your child.  Your help in assuring that your child is engaged in their learning for the remainder of the school year is needed and appreciated.

Teachers will be providing regular feedback to students to support learning.  At the high school level, grades will be assigned in a relatively traditional manner while at the middle and elementary level it may look a bit different.  For those of you with high school seniors, if your senior was on track to graduate before the school closure – they will graduate.  As we get deeper into our remote learning delivery, you are likely to see some adjustments in our grading practices so that we meet the needs of our students during this unique circumstance.  The goal is to help your child learn and grow.

Understandably, you will have questions. Please reach out to your teacher, principal or me with any questions, we are here to help and support you.

While we would rather see you in school, we are excited to get remote learning started. Our teachers and support staff are fantastic and will find the best ways to help students learn.  It will take some time for us to establish the best ways to deliver instruction remotely but know that we will make it a successful learning experience for your child.

I hope you are enjoying time with your family, reading with your kids and staying healthy.

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-04-10T15:12:55-07:00April 10th, 2020|

Thank You Food Service & Transportation Staff

We would like to give a huge thanks to our nutrition services and transportation teams for getting food to kids in need. The Longview Public Schools team serves an estimated 400+ kids a day and will continue to do so during the school closure. We cannot thank you all enough for the wonderful work you do for the students in our district.

2020-04-07T13:47:55-07:00April 7th, 2020|

School Closure Update

April 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

I’m writing to share some important news. Today, Governor Inslee made the decision to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  Instruction will continue, however.  This closure is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy. During this closure extension, all schools and facilities in the district will remain closed.

We understand that the continued closure of schools presents many challenges for students and families. It also raises many questions. The information outlined below is what we know now. We will continue to share further guidance as information becomes available.

  • Remote Learning: Remote learning will be expanded to include regular engagement with teachers on April 15 and continue through the remainder of the school year, now scheduled to end on June 19. Your teacher(s) will be contacting you next week to answer your questions and get our teacher directed remote learning started. Please be patient as this evolves.
  • Meal Distribution: We will continue to provide meals Monday through Friday at the same locations and times. Once the school year ends we will start the summer time meal program as in years past.
  • High School Seniors: The Department of Education is meeting this week to make decisions about high school graduation. As this information becomes available we will send it to you. If your student was on track to graduate before the school closure – they will graduate as planned.
  • Graduation Ceremonies: In-person graduation ceremonies are likely to shift to virtual ceremonies and/or be delayed. A final decision related to graduation ceremonies will be shared soon, so families can make plans.
  • School Activities: All school events, including sporting practices and matches, field trips, dances, etc. will be canceled during the extended school closure. We plan to engage with our employees and students to come up with creative alternatives to celebrate milestones. We will keep students and families updated on these decisions, so you can plan your participation in advance.
  • Summer School: We are awaiting information from Governor Inslee on whether school facilities will be open to provide summer school this year.

Please visit the district web site and Facebook page as updates are being posted regularly. If you have questions please reach out to your school principal.

Please continue to take good care of yourselves and your families. This is a difficult time for all of us, but we will get through it together.

Sincerely,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-04-10T15:18:36-07:00April 6th, 2020|

Longview School District Meal Service Locations and Times

The school district meal service program is helping serve kids in need during this challenging time. Please see some recent changes to the meal program below.

*During the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, Longview Public Schools will continue providing meal service for anyone under 18 years old* Meal service will continue during spring break, as well.

Please note, as of Friday, March 20, a new meal distribution location has been added in the parking lot behind Community House on Broadway. Also, starting Monday, March 23, meals will no longer be served at Roy Morse park due to low turnout. Those receiving meals at Roy Morse park have been redirected to other convenient locations.

Longview Public School Meal Service Locations and Times:
Meal Offering: Grab n’ Go breakfast and lunch served on weekdays to any person 0 to 18 years of age.

Static Sites
Meal Service 12:00pm -12:30pm, Monday through Friday

  1. St. Helens Elementary – Main Office Entrance
  2. Kessler Elementary – Main Office Entrance
  3. Monticello Middle School – Main Office Entrance
  4. Northlake Elementary – Main Office Entrance
  5. Columbia Heights Elementary – Main Office Entrance
  6. Mint Valley Elementary – Main Office Entrance

Mobile Delivery Sites
Meal Service 11:45am to 12:00pm, Monday through Friday

  1. Baker’s Corner Store parking lot – 5601 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview
  2. Archie Anderson Park – 22nd Ave & Alabama St, Longview

Meal Service 12:15pm to 12:30pm, Monday through Friday

  1. Youth and Family Link parking lot – 907 Douglas St, Longview
  2. Community House on Broadway = 1335 11th Avenue, Longview (in parking lot behind building by Evangel Christian Fellowship)

Children must be present to receive meals.

Other Resources for Families 

Food Resource Calendar
Community Resources

2020-03-31T14:41:16-07:00March 31st, 2020|

Chromebook Distribution

Dear Parents and Families,

Thank you for your great interest in the continued education of your children during the statewide school closure.

At today’s Chromebook distribution, the demand was much higher than we anticipated. On Monday, March 30 we will again distribute Chromebooks at the same locations and times (noon-12:30pm) to meet the demand we experienced today.

Due to the high demand, we will only be able to check out one Chromebook per family. This will allow more families to stay connected to learning during the school closure.  We also want to remind you that any computer that is able to access the internet is also able to access the learning resources available on our website.  A Chromebook is not required for this access. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Keep checking the district web site, Facebook page, and your email for updates. And, should you be checking out a Chromebook on Monday, remember to maintain social distancing. Stay healthy.

Thank you.

2020-03-27T16:03:44-07:00March 27th, 2020|

School Counseling Resources

Dear Longview Families:

During the school closure, our district wants to provide access to school counseling and behavioral health resources. Please access the links below for resources that are specific to your child’s needs.  We will be updating this information regularly as additional resources are identified to share with you. Click on the link for each category below to access the resources.

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Disasters and Other Traumatic Events: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-disasters-and-other-traumatic-events/index.shtml#pub5
A publication from the National Institute of Mental Health to serve as a resource to parents/guardians, rescue workers and the community.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
This is a resource from the Child Mind Institute to help families talk with children who are stressed about the Coronavirus.  In addition to this article, there are additional resources for families at this site.

Talking with Kids about the News:https://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/
This is a resource from Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) that has numerous resources supporting children with emotions and self-awareness to help children distress about the Coronavirus that can be accessed by grade level as well as information from parents and experts on how to establish new home routines when schools are closed.  Resources are available in English and Spanish.

How Teenagers can Protect Their Mental Health During the Coronavirus: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-teenagers-can-protect-their-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19
This is an article produced by Unicef that provides six strategies for teens facing a new (temporary) normal.

Character Treehttps://charactertree.com/
Kindergarten and 1st grade free resources (including videos)to learn character skills with a “Mr. Rogers” feel.

Centervention: https://www.centervention.com/
Interactive games for K-Middle school reviewing important social emotional skills including Zoo Academy (K and 1) Zoo U (2nd and 3rd), SS Grin (3rd-5th) and Hall of Heroes (5th-7th grade) great messages and skills to work on as a family!

Virginia Career View: https://www.vaview.vt.edu/
Career exploration games and activities for researching career paths at all grade levels.

O-Net Online: https://www.onetonline.org/
A tool for career exploration with detailed description of the world of work.  Best for 9th – 12th grade students.

Career One Stop: https://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/Learn/career-profiles.aspx
In depth information about 900 different occupations (best for 8th – 12th grade).

Career Bridge: http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Survey_Cluster.aspx
A Washington State Career exploration, college, and training options website.

4-Year Public Colleges in WA state: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/college-admissions

2-year Community or Technical Colleges in WA state: https://www.sbctc.edu/our-colleges/search-college-programs/default.aspx

4-Year and 2-Year Colleges (Out of state/Private) College Board’s Big Future: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

Peterson’s College Information Guide: https://www.petersons.com/college-search.aspx#/sweeps-modal

Apprenticeship Programs:  http://www.lni.wa.gov/tradeslicensing/apprenticeship/

Apprenticeship Program of Study: http://www.k12.wa.us/careerteched/pubdocs/ProgramsofStudyandApprenticeshipAlignmentGrid.pdf

Military Training:  http://todaysmilitary.com/

Community Behavioral Health Support 

Resources

If there is a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. Crisis Response Services provides a cohesive response system 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, serving people of all ages and cultures who are experiencing a crisis.

http://www.linkingcowlitzcounty.org

Website containing the resources (medical, dental, housing, and many more) available in our community for students, parents and families.

Please contact 2-1-1 Info for comprehensive information and referral focused on health and social services. By Phone: simply dial 2-1-1 from any phone.

If you have a current Provider One ID Card and are going to a covered medical service within your community, you may be eligible for Medical Transportation.  Phone lines are open Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm excluding the lunch hour and holidays. Please call at least 7-14 days in advance. Cowlitz County: 1–800-752-9422, Option 2.

Providers

Intake phone:  360.423.0203   720 14th Avenue, Second Floor, Longview, WA

Columbia Wellness has caring professionals who can assist with any difficulty that individuals or families may be experiencing. Staff are professionally trained, highly skilled, and eager to serve. This organization has provided quality service to this community since 1953.  Most insurance plans accepted.

Intake phone:  360-200-5419   748 14th Ave, Longview, WA

CORE Health’s mission is to provide comprehensive, integrated behavioral health services that promote the health and quality of life of our community members. They strive to create and maintain an environment that is warm and welcoming, values diversity and difference, provides safety, and promotes whole health by supporting individual’s and family’s along their recovery journey. Medicaid insurance accepted.

Intake phone: 360-353-9422   922 Fir St, Longview

The goal of the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Health Clinic is to provide a Holistic Approach to Health Care that promotes Disease Prevention, Treatment, and Education. Services include individual Counseling, Crisis Counseling, Grief Counseling, Psychological Evaluations, Medication Management, Youth Services, and Positive Indian Parenting Classes.  Any enrolled American Indian / Alaskan Native (AI/AN) of a Federally Recognized Tribe is eligible for services. Most insurance plans accepted.

Intake phone: 360-577-7442    309 Oak St, Kelso, WA

A First Place’s dedicated and caring staff provide co-occurring behavioral health services in a professional and friendly atmosphere. Our facility offers several different treatment options that work best for your student and your family.  Call us for more details on how we can help. Most insurance plans accepted.

Intake phone:  360-414-8600 945 – 11th Avenue, Suite B, Longview

Northwest Psychological Resources offers a wide range of mental health services provided by caring professionals with the highest qualifications. Each clinician is independent and sets his or her own fees without restriction or regulation by Northwest Psychological Resources. Most insurance plans accepted.

Intake phone:  360-414-2222      600 Broadway, First Floor, Longview

Peace Health Medical Group has a comprehensive system of care that serves children, adolescents, adults and seniors struggling with issues of chemical dependency and/or emotional distress. Our providers are experienced medical doctors, advance registered nurse practitioners, psychologists and social workers. Most insurance plans accepted, but not Medicaid.

Intake phone: 360-261-7020 1710 Allen Street, Kelso WA

Our providers use multidisciplinary practices to develop and maintain individualized treatment goals for each client. Our well-trained professional team consists of mental health therapists, chemical dependency counselors, psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioners and psychiatrists. Patients are encouraged to have their families and members of their social support system participate in treatment. We specialize in providing culturally competent services, and our staff members have received intense training on evidence-based practices to ensure that we provide the best tools to help our patients lead healthy lives. Medicaid insurance accepted.

2020-05-08T16:22:13-07:00March 23rd, 2020|