We continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and navigate new obstacles this situation presents as we support our students, their families, and our partners. We want to share an update on how we are meeting the needs of all we serve while keeping our community healthy and remaining committed to our mission.
Although our direct programming may be on a temporary hiatus, we assure you that it has not stopped us from serving our students and staying connected. During the past three weeks, our staff has been working hard to ensure that our students and families are being supported through the following ways:
- Collaborating with school social workers to call the parents of students in our program to update them on school closings, connect them to free food resources, and support their questions.
- Connecting with the IPS McKinney-Vento Liaison to assess which students impacted by homelessness in the school system have access to internet and technology and which do not.
- Creating and distributing grade-level aligned educational resource packets for PreK – 6th grade students to all shelter partners.
- Filling backpacks with necessary school supplies for school partners. These backpacks will be distributed with tablets to support at home learning for families.
- Individual text or phone call outreach to families to stay up to date on projects the kids are working on and address any needs that arise.
- Developing virtual tutoring opportunities for our staff to remain connected to our kiddos.
We are focused on the present and the future. When the highest threat of this pandemic passes, there will be even more families and kids who are experiencing homelessness who will need our direct services. We will be ready to support them.
Here’s how you can help School on Wheels continue supporting the needs of children impacted by homelessness:
Support our work and help us provide necessary resources to help keep our student connected remotely with a one time or recurring donation.
Follow us on social media to stay up to date on student stories, educational resources, and additional ways the community can support us. When you share our stories, you engage others and build awareness about child homelessness and how we can end it together.
When students return to school, we will need more volunteer tutors to meet an increased need. You can apply today to become a tutor for the fall 2020 semester.