COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources and Updates and the Washtenaw I S D Logo

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and under Executive Order by Governor Whitmer, all WISD student programs and offices are closed through 4/13/2020.

Thank you to our WISD community for your continued patience and understanding as WISD administration continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it rapidly evolves. Like all of you, we are concerned about the impact it will have on the health and safety of our students, families, staff, and broader community. The decision to close our WISD programs was not made lightly, but one based on the fact that WISD’s students are more likely to be medically fragile and/or immuno-compromised. WISD serves a high-risk population for whom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD), and Governor Whitmer strongly recommend staying at home.

If you have any questions or concerns about coronavirus, please contact us via our COVID-19 Let’s Talk portal so we can ensure all questions and concerns are addressed.

 

Stay Updated on COVID-19:

WISD staff can click here for internal communications. Please note that staff will need to log in using their WISD Gmail address to view this folder of material on Google Drive. (Gmail Login Instructional Video)

How is WISD keeping our commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice at the center of our decision-making and processes during the COVID-19 school closure? Click here to read our WISD Justice Leaders Network's recommendations for our school community.

 

Please continue checking this page as new updates become available.

Información en español.

 

Looking to help?

  • Donate to the United Way of Washtenaw County to ensure vulnerable people have access to resources in the weeks and months to come.
  • Learning about volunteer opportunities in Washtenaw County in this United Way Volunteer Portal.

  • Donate to Food Gatherers:

    • Funds: Food Gatherers will continuously assess the emergency food needs in our community. In this unprecedented situation, financial donations provide Food Gatherers the most flexibility to best respond to these emerging needs. Donate now: www.foodgatherers.org/donate or 734-761-2796.

    • Donate Food: We are accepting food donations during our regularly scheduled hours. For more information visit www.foodgatherers.org/givefood

    • Donate Lunches with Love: These pre-packed meal bags are a great way to provide ready-to-eat food to our community. Learn more: www.foodgatherers.org/lunches

    • Volunteer: Food Gatherers relies on volunteers to support our operations. For the safety of staff and volunteers, we are implementing additional food safety and sanitary measures in our warehouse and Community Kitchen. Learn more: www.foodgatherers.org/volunteer.

 

Caring for Your Physical and Mental Health

Basic Need Assistance

  • The Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority (AAATA) public bus service has temporarily suspended fare collection so all bus rides are free. They have also reduced their route service. More information is available here.
  • Request assistance with basic needs by visiting United Way's 2-1-1 website to chat, email, or search their database, or call them on you phone by simply dialing "2-1-1."
  • Washtenaw County Government's essential services web page.
  • Personal finance tip sheets in English and Spanish from United Way of Washtenaw County.

 

Unemployment

You can file a new claim for unemployment benefits by visiting: www.michigan.gov/UIA 

 

Crowd-Sourced Resources and Supports

 

Internet Access

A list of free/low cost internet options.

 

Educational Resources

 

Child Care Resources

 

School Food Distribution Options: Due to limited resources at this time, please only utilize these options only if you are truly in need of food. 

There are several school districts and youth serving organizations working together to ensure that our community is provided support and resources during this current pandemic. I will update as further details are confirmed.

Washtenaw ISD

Washtenaw Intermediate School District will provide meals for students in our special education programs with specific dietary needs. The district will reach out directly to students and their families. All other students should utilize meal services provided by the district in which they reside. All Washtenaw County public school districts' meal distribution plans are listed below. 

 

Ann Arbor Public Schools
AAPS COVID-19 website

Food distribution will occur at the following sites to ensure students continue to receive meals while AAPS buildings are closed.  Full details available on Ann Arbor Public Schools' website.  Pick-ups are 11am to 12:30pm.
 

AAPS Food Distribution Plan - March 16 - April 3, 2020
AAPS, working with Chartwells Food Service, is pleased to provide “to go” meals available for pick-up between 11am – 12:30pm on:

  • Friday, March 27 (for Friday, Saturday, Sunday meals)
  • Tuesday, March 31 (for Tuesday and Wednesday meals)
  • Thursday, April 2 (for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday meals)

Pick-up at the locations are listed below.

These meals are intended for children up to 18 years old and any child with special needs up to 26 years old. AAPS will distribute these meals to children, and parents/guardians. The meals will contain a balance breakfast and lunch.

Because we are practicing social distancing we ask that you pick-up your meals and take them home to eat.

AAPS Food Service Hotline – If you have food allergy needs or cannot make it to a pick-up location please call 734-994-2265. Arrangements will be made.

Food Pick-Up Locations from 11:00 am-12:30 pm (unless specified otherwise)
1.) Peace Neighborhood Center (distribution only 12:00-1:15 pm)-  Peace Maple Meadows Satellite – West Arbor Satellite - 1111 N. Maple Rd.                   
2.) Arbor Club Apartments - 1100 Rabbit Run
3.) Avalon Housing - 701 Miller, 1500 Pauline (and continue to serve Carrot Way)
4.) Coachville off Carpenter
5.) Arbor Meadows on W. Michigan

6.) Community Action Network (CAN):

  • Arrowwood Hills Community Center - 2566 Arrowwood Trl.
  • Bryant Community Center - 3 W. Eden Ct.
  • Green Baxter Court Community Center - 1737 Green Rd.
  • Hikone Community Center - 2724 Hikone Dr.

7.) Pinelake Village Coop - outside the clubhouse - 2680 Adrienne Dr.
8.) Lakestone Apartments - outside the clubhouse - 4275 Eyrie Dr.
9.) Scio Farms - outside the clubhouse - 6655 Jackson Rd.
10.) Orchard Grove - outside the clubhouse - 2835 S. Wagner
11.) Carpenter Elementary – outside the school - 4250 Central Blvd.
12.) Scarlett Middle School – outside the school - 3300 Lorraine

Additional resources available: AAPS Community Resources webpage.

Chelsea School District
CSD COVID-19 website
For students in need of food, Chelsea School District Food Service will provide sack breakfast and lunch student meals during the school closure. The pick-up times will be as follows:

  • Meals for 3/30 - 4/3 - Friday 3/27 from 10am to 12pm

The pick-up location will be the Chelsea High School Commons Entrance.  There will be signage to direct you to the curb side pick-up.

If you do not have transportation, contact the district at 734-433-2208 ext. 6082 to discuss alternative plans. 

Faith in Action will also be supporting families, as well.  You can reach them at (734) 475-3305.

Dexter Community Schools

DCS website.
DCS is offering breakfast and lunch to any child 18-years of age or younger who attends DCS or lives in the community. This includes children who are younger than 5-years of age. Special Education Students under 26-years of age with a current IEP also qualify. Meals will be distributed as bagged meals with multiple days of food.

Drive-up pickup is located in the Mill Creek Parking Lot. Drive-up pickup will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays until April 6th. Each pickup will include breakfast and lunch for 5 days worth per child. If demand for food exceeds our estimates, we will host additional pickup days/times. Families can pickup on both Tuesdays and Fridays each week.

For families who cannot come in to pick up food or have special dietary needs, we have established a hotline number to call - 734-424-4186. Children do not have to be present with their parents to pick up food.

We are able to offer up to 2 meals per day for every child in our district through specific funding from the State of Michigan and the US Federal Funds. Please do not hesitate to participate in this opportunity. We will not deny any kids food and are prepared to support ANY child with at least two meals per day from now through April 6th. Please do not feel as if you are taking resources from someone else. This is a special program to support ALL kids at a challenging time for all families.

 

Lincoln Consolidated Schools

LCS website.
During the school closure,  Lincoln will provide food service meals (breakfast and lunch) to ALL students in the District, free of charge:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am-1:00 pm noon: Drive thru grab & go meals behind LHS East Cafe in the bus loop. Meals will be provided for 3 days at a time. Meals are available for all students in the district, free of charge.

If you or someone you know has transportation issues and cannot pick up needed meals, call the Lincoln hotline at 484-7072 to discuss.

Lincoln COVID-19 updates and resources:

 

Manchester Community Schools

MCS website.
MCS, working with Chartwells Food Service, is pleased to provide "to go" meals available for pick-up on the following dates from 11am to 1pm:

  • Friday March 27th - (for Friday 3/27, Saturday 3/28, Sunday 3/29 and Monday 3/30)
  • Tuesday March 31st - (for Tuesday 3/31, Wednesday 4/1, and Thursday 4/2)
  • Friday April 3rd - (for Friday 4/3, Saturday 4/4, and Sunday 4/5)

Pick up location is Manchester Jr/Sr High school bus loop. Meals will be distributed as bag meals for the days outlined above.

For families who have food allergies, special dietary needs or cannot make it to the pick-up location for food please call 734-428-9711 Ext. 1120 or email schoolclosuremeals@mcs.k12.mi.us and arrangements will be made. These meals are intended for any child 18 years of age or younger - this includes children that are younger than 5 years old, and any child with special needs up to 26 years old. NOTE - Please fill out this form as far in advance as possible to help us obtain accurate numbers for each distribution day

 

Milan Area Schools
MAS website.
If you are in need of food service from Milan Area Schools, you can access these resources using one of the two following methods:

  • On Tuesday, bus drivers will drive their regular afternoon bus runs.  Students and/or parents need to be at their bus stop at your student’s regular drop-off time. Volunteers will hand-off the meals.  Interaction with these volunteers should be minimized for safety and scheduling purposes.
  • On Tuesday, a drive-through site will be made available for all district families in need of food at Paddock Elementary between 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Families should not exit their vehicles.

Information regarding further food service distribution will be available Wednesday morning.

 

Saline Area Schools
SAS website.
Saline Area Social Services, 244 West Michigan Avenue, 734-429-4570.  Starting Monday, March 16th, all distributions will be pre-packaged and distributed in the SASS parking lot, during the hours of Monday 10-5:30pm, Tuesday & Thursday 10-2:30pm.  

Saline Area Social Services will provide each household with a week supply of groceries, which includes fresh produce, bread, protein, dairy items, non-perishables, healthy snacks, two rolls of toilet paper, and a bar of soap.  

In working with Saline Area Schools food service, we will also be providing additional food from food services, which will include fresh produce, milk, yogurt & additional items.  

Highest food donation list includes: healthy snacks, packaged boxed meals, yogurt, sliced cheese, cheese sticks, pasta, canned pasta sauce, (fresh fruit~bananas, berries), peanut butter & jelly, toilet paper, grocery gift cards. Volunteers call 734-476-7831.

 

Whitmore Lake Public Schools
WLPS website.
We will be providing grab and go breakfast and lunches for students in need during the school shutdown. The details are as follows:

  • When: March 16-March 27
  • Where: Front Doors of Whitmore Lake Elementary School
    • 1077 Barker Rd. Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
  • Breakfast: Pick up between 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Lunch: Pick up between 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.

We want to be able to provide food to all our students in need. To help us plan the right amount of food, please fill out this form

If your family is unable to pick up the meals, but still are in need of assistance, please fill out this form, and we will do our best to meet your needs.

 

Ypsilanti Community Schools
YCS website
Free breakfast & lunch program. Families are welcome to pick up food for kids and food is served on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-1pm and 4-6pm iat the locations listed below. Meal pickup for 1 week at a time and is free of charge to all children.

YCS has finalized food distribution sites for residents to get pre-packaged meals.

Food distribution sites are as follows:

11:00 am-1:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays:

  • A.C.C.E. (1076 Ecorse Road, Ypsi)
  • Christian Love Fellowship (1601 Stamford Rd, Ypsi)
  • Community Family Life Center (1375 S. Harris Rd., Ypsi)**
  • Strong Tower Ministries (134 Spencer, Ln., Ypsi)**
  • Parkridge Community Center (591 Armstrong, Ypsi)**
  • CRC Community Resource Center (2057 Tyler Rd, Ypsi)
  • ** designates a 4:00-6:00 pm pick-up option too.

Important Notes:

  • 7 meals will be provided each day.
  • Prepare for long lines and be kind to the volunteers.
  • If you are interested in volunteering please arrive at the sites at least 30 minutes prior however more information will be communicated throughout the day about volunteer opportunities and specific times.
  • All volunteers must be 18 years or older.

Visit www.ycschools.us for up to date information.

Other Community Food Distribution

Food Gatherers

During the coronavirus – as with other emergencies – Food Gatherers will continue its operations and distribute food to people in the communities we serve. Our services may be expanded and/or modified to best address our community’s needs as the public health situation develops, but we will continue providing food. Visit their website here for hours of operation.

Hope Clinic
Hope Clinic will be distributing hot meals to go in the evenings, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. They will have emergency groceries available during operating hours.

SOS Community Services
SOS has pantry days on Tuesday 1-6pm and Wednesday 9-1pm. Appointments are available by calling 734.484.9945 on Thursday and Friday prior to pantry day. Walk-ins will be accepted with limited pantry access. Emergency groceries are available as well.

Palm Palace

Palm Palace at 2370 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti is giving free meals to children while school is closed, including carry out. No purchase necessary.

Community Action Network
Just a quick update that we aren't allowed to keep our Brick Community Center open during this closure and will be updating our website and literature to reflect that. You are welcome to encourage folks to use our Bryant Community Center food program, which will be open and serves the county. We are also trying to cover non-school-aged youth/family needs. At our Bryant Community Center location, we are also offering sign-ups for home delivery of groceries prioritizing for seniors and those at high-risk of COVID-19. We have at least one group committed to helping with the deliveries.  See above with AAPS.

Peace Neighborhood Center
We have produce distribution on Fridays 10am-12pm at our main center 1111 N. Maple Rd.  See above with AAPS.

TeaHaus
Lisa McDonald, owner of TeaHaus in Ann Arbor will make free boxed lunches available for students and families who need them. Pick up will be between 11am-1pm, Monday-Friday at her sister store Eat More Tea, around the corner from TeaHaus: 211 E. Ann St. across from the Hands on Museum.  If you would like to help out, you can donate to TeaHause by sending Costco/Meijer/Kroger etc gift cards to us at Eat More Tea or TeaHaus. Feel free to share this and get the word out to folks who could use it the most. You can Venmo @Heather-Jencks, too, she’s coordinating the funds.