Seattle School Board resolution on COVID Vaccination Access, Acceptance and support for Board of Health Mandate for Students 

November 1, 4pm, Families of Color Seattle, Christine Tang, Directors Hampson, Rivera-Smith

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November 2, 6pm, Students of Color, Directors Hampson, Rankin, Rivera-Smith

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This is a School Board led engagement on Resolution on State Board of Health Vaccine Mandate process. Staff are extremely busy setting up vaccine clinics (~48!) in the coming weeks. 

Description: Seattle School Board resolution on COVID Vaccination Access, Acceptance and support for Board of Health Mandate for Students 

Purpose: As significant disparities exist with respect to information, access and impact of COVID we are now, a month and a half in to the school year, seeing how those disparities impact our students in SPS. Seattle Public Schools has become the frontlines for Public Health management and, until such time as the virus is controlled with sufficient community immunity, expends precious educational resources on managing cases, quarantines and contact tracing and less time supporting students. Seattle Public Schools is considering a resolution that would ask the State Board of Health to being the evaluation process (the same process as every other vaccine mandated for school attendance). 

While vaccines are the most effective way to combat the disease and keep our students and staff safe, we also know the aforementioned disparities mean the impact of a prospective mandate for students would also create additional disparities. Before we vocalize our support, we would like to hear from community members what they believe we need to know, what they need to know from us and our partners and how SPS can best use its education and partnership resources to mitigate disparities. 

Prospective questions for attendees (completely open to changes with these): 
1 The state department of health mandates many vaccines for school attendance, once fully approved by the FDA, how do you feel about the state Department of Health potentially including approved COVID mandates? 
2 What has the impact of testing and quarantining been on your and/or your child’s school experience. 
3 What would be the impact of a vaccine mandate on your family? 
4 What role do trust and lack of information from trusted sources play in your feelings about vaccines for students? 
5 How has COVID impacted your relationship with SPS in general?k 
6 What could SPS do or collaborate with partners on that would support you and your family with respect to COVID and public and student health concerns in general? 

Important articles from edweek: https://www.edweek.org/leadership/fda-says-vaccine-benefits-outweigh-myocarditis-risks-here-are-the-facts/2021/10?utm_source=nl&utm_medium=eml&utm_campaign=eu&M=64189905&U=&UUID=adb1899dbfe10387c4fb8e942c884b6b

Bussing Suspended Starting Monday

Hi Wolfpack Families

Unfortunately, due to the labor shortage and vaccine mandate, Seattle Public Schools’ bus vendor does not have enough drivers to operate the busses for our general education students starting this Monday. They are doing their best to hire more drivers to reinstate the bus routes. You can read more from SPS here.

In the meantime, we need to work together to get our kids to school.

We need volunteers for these three jobs:

  1. Parents/guardians who can drive carpools
  2. Parents/guardians who can walk with kids to school
  3. Parents/guardians who can work as crossing guards and traffic control near school

If you can volunteer to help in any of these ways, please complete this Google Form.

If you need help getting your child(ren) to school, complete this Google Form to provide day, time and location information.

This should help us connect families who can work together and support each other.

Also remember that the Hall of Fame Team Camp (HOFTC) provides afterschool care for days when it’s difficult to get your child home. Scholarships are available. You can check out the options here: Hall of Fame Team Camp at Hazel Wolf K-8

Looking for other ways to connect with wolfpack families in your hood and coordinate driving? Some have had luck with this app. https://karpoolclub.com/ Subscribe to the Hazel Wolf School group.

Want to let someone know exactly how you feel? You can reach Governor Inslee here. If his office is flooded with requests it may help move them to bring in the National Guard to get the kids to school. It’s not just for your kid(s) sake but for all the kids who don’t have other options.  

We’re sorry this is hard and frustrating. We’re right here with you and know that if we pull together we can get all these kids to school. We GOT this wolfpack!

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Response to Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander Hate Crimes

Anti-Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the U.S. Unfortunately, anti-Asian and Asian American racism and xenophobia are not new phenomena. It has been part of our histories for a long time. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we have seen more harassment, discrimination, and even violence directed at these communities. Even before the horrific shooting in Atlanta, Anti-Asian and Asian American hate crimes have been on the rise including our own neighborhood of Pinehurst. The Hazel Wolf Parent Racial Equity Committee (REC) and the greater Hazel Wolf Parent, Student, Teacher Association (PTSA) stand in solidarity with our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to condemn harassment, racism and xenophobia.

The “Model Minority” myth and a shared value in many Asian cultures of respecting elders and authority have lead to many Asian and Asian Americans to not rock the boat and speak out about racist acts they have faced. Our Hazel Wolf community supports our AAPI families and we want our AAPI community to be seen, heard, and valued.  

Our Hazel Wolf family groups will host a listening session for the Asian American and Pacific Islander families on the evening of Thursday April 22ndZoom (Coming soon!)

Sponsored by: Family Engagement Team, Racial Equity Committee, PTSA and the Hazel Wolf staff.    

Here are some resources (we know there are many more!!) and things you can do to support:

Legislative Update: WSPTA Seeks Input on Priorities

What issues are most important to you? Your voice matters!

You have until Friday, Oct. 9 to complete the online Washington State PTA survey to have your say in selecting the top 5 legislative priorities for Washington.

The Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly will meet Oct. 24-25, 2020, to vote on the Top 5 Legislative Priorities for the next two years. Prior to the vote, there is an e-survey open to the entire Hazel Wolf K-8 community to provide feedback on what issues should be the top legislative priorities.

Please take a few minutes and complete the Hazel Wolf PTSA e-survey.

There’s a wide range of advocacy issues. The survey also includes other proposed positions that delegates will vote on to develop the WSPTA platform. The issues all support the health, education, and welfare of children and youth but the proposed platform covers a wide spectrum of advocacy positions and legislative policies from increasing access to mental health to preventing gun violence and suicide to closing the digital divide. There are also eight resolutions with topics ranging from access to recess and unstructured play to improving outcomes in special education to dismantling institutional and systemic racism. Plus one new principle against racism, discrimination, and oppression.

The WSPTA Voters’ Guide has all the details; the survey is titles only. Take a few moments to review that information as you take the e-survey.

But don’t delay, the e-survey closes on Oct. 9!

Pandemic Pods and More: A Message from our HW PTSA REC Co-Chair

by Ardel Jala, Hazel Wolf PTSA Racial Equity Committee Co-Chair

My colleague on a zoom call for work asked me, “Did you hear the news? Seattle Public Schools will be 100% online learning in the fall.”  With the transmission rates rising, I knew this announcement from Superintendent Juneau was likely.  It still felt like a gut punch.  What would we do?  I didn’t want a repeat of the spring.  It had been difficult to keep our boys focused and engaged in the virtual classroom.  When working at home this spring, I realized in my workday I was never fully present either as a parent or an employee.  It was frustrating and I know I wasn’t alone in that feeling.

It took me awhile to figure out that the online recommendation by the Superintendent was not a done deal.  Seattle Public Schools (SPS) still had to negotiate the terms of returning to school with the Seattle Education Association (SEA) – the union that represents Seattle Public School Educators.  The school district came up with draft recommendations for a return to school, including draft remote learning schedule, special education services, and grading policies.  Those teaching and learning recommendations must be voted on by the School Board on August 12.  More info planning for re-entry can be found on the SPS website here

It is almost three weeks before school and we don’t have the specifics about what school will look like when we go back to school.  Amidst all of this uncertainty, families are trying to figure out what is best for their child’s learning and family situation as a return to school.  As you look at solutions, ask yourself, is the solution you are considering equitable?  Covid19 is affecting Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other people of color the most. There is already an educational opportunity gap in this country.  What happens to that gap when students move to private schools or are provided learning opportunities that their peers do not have?  Who gets left behind?

Families may be considering private school or homeschooling.  Please reconsider. By withdrawing your child from Seattle Public Schools, that will directly take funds away from the school district.  Those funds are needed to keep as robust a learning experience as possible for all.  You may think that by moving your child from SPS, another student will have an opportunity to join this option school.  That is true.  However, why are you moving your student?  What are you solving? What access to learning is private school affording that public school is not?  While changing schools may make sense on some levels, is this solution equitable?

Families may be considering pandemic pods for their children.  Some families may need these for childcare.  They may be seeking them for social interaction.  Others see a potential gap in what the schools may be able to provide via virtual learning and want to provide supplemental learning.  Much has been written about the inequity of pandemic pods.  See articles here and hereIn some areas, public school teachers have been approached to lead these private pandemic pods.  Please don’t do that.  We need all our Hazel Wolf K8 teachers.

This article “On Covid 19 and Micro-schooling, Pods and More” by Integrated Schools shared these items to consider:  

  1. In thinking about my own childcare needs, am I thinking about solutions that do not further exacerbate existing inequities? 
  2. Am I clear on what is a need and what is a desire?
  3. Can I consider how I might be more focused on equity – on solutions for those with the most needs?
  4. Instead of thinking “how can I make sure my (privileged) kid doesn’t fall behind?” – can I ask myself, “how can I help to strengthen the public institutions we all depend on?”
  5. How can I channel my energy, fear, rage into demands that benefit ALL kids? Into supporting structures that will help my entire community?
  6. Are my solutions for my kids founded on a fear of missing out on what my privileged peers are getting for their children, or on what my kids truly need?
  7. Can I think about what’s best for my child in the same way we think about public health  – that is, as something where the solutions lie not in maximizing individual benefit, but in working together for the greater good, as a community?
  8. Can I lean into relationships in my community to inform my ideas about what may be needed for my community in the fall?   
  9. Can I consider giving my district a chance to offer support to the most vulnerable first – special education students, emerging English language speakers, kids who rely on school for meals, etc, before making demands that serve my kid?  
  10. Have I searched for local organizations (particularly those run by BIPOC) who are pushing for equitable approaches to these current situations and can I join with them? 

I don’t know that we will have a clear vision of what return to school will look like for our children until we actually return to school.  And even then, I think that vision will need to be fluid and adapt to changing student needs as school and family situations change during this health epidemic.  Throughout this year, I hope that we can come together as a community to figure out how best to adapt.  I hope that return to school and virtual learning doesn’t extend inequalities. I hope that we as a community find ways to support all Hazel Wolf K8 students, especially our English language learners, those with individual education plans (IEPs), those who are food insecure, our special education students and those students furthest removed from educational justice.

While the above reflects my personal opinion, I’ve posted it to this site with the agreement and support of the Hazel Wolf PTSA Racial Equity Committee.  Pandemic pods and withdrawing students from SPS are examples of the growing inequities surfacing as public schooling evolves during Covid19.  There is no single solution that will work for all.  Please feel free to send comments or questions to:  ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org We welcome all dialogue. 

Legislative Update: Two USDA Programs Help Kids Get Food Through Summer

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a nationwide extension of a program that has been helping to feed families. Local partners – such as schools and nonprofit organizations – have been serving meals to kids during coronavirus school closures. These partners will be able to continue serving free meals to all children through August 31. This extension is for a waiver of  area eligibility, allowing all children in all areas to receive free meals. Typically, USDA-funded summer meals sites are only for low-income areas. The nearest location to Hazel Wolf with this service is Olympic Hills elementary school at 13018 20th Ave NE.

In addition, a new USDA program called Pandemic-EBT provides food-purchasing benefits, equal to the value of school meals, to households with children who would qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school based on household income. To see if this can help your family, call the Lake City customer service center at 206-684-7526 or visit https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/basic-food

Families can also use Meals for Kids, an interactive finder with more than 60,000 sites to find free meals for children in their area.

Today at 5pm – Hazel Wolf Community Gathering – Support Black Lives

Hazel Wolf PTSA Racial Equity Committee invites our school community to join together to stand united in support of all Black lives and against racial injustice.

When: Friday, June 12 at 5pm

Gathering at two locations: Hazel Wolf K-8 School AND Lake City Way at 125th St. (SE Corner near Chase Bank)

Come rain or shine. Bring your Black Lives Matter signs. We’ll be practicing social distancing, so bring a mask if you have one. Any questions, please contact Zoe at communityoutreach@hazelwolfk8.org