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Flood? We can handle it. Drought? Been there, done that. Snow? Sure, everybody loves a snow day!  Global pandemic?  Wait. What?

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetimes, presenting a cascade of issues that seems to morph several times a day. It is easy to get inundated with information, yet difficult to find practical resources that help our local families navigate these uncertain times.  Fortunately, there are local community resources that are ready to help.

The Riverview School District has always met many needs for its students, and is striving to continue those services as much as possible while staying within the state-imposed restrictions for safety.  The District has launched Engage, engage.rsd407.org, a new website with resources for Riverview families on student engagement, food services, IT support for students, and more.

Families can reach the District by email stayengaged@rsd407.org  or the new COVID-19 Support and Engagement Line at (425) 844-4544.  Their goal is to answer questions within 24-48 hours.

King County Library System is another local resource to consult. Along with an impressive selection of ebooks, streaming video, online databases and magazines, they have developed a new webpage, K-12 Educator, Parent, and Caregiver Support, https://kcls.org/k-12/  with links to social services as well as student enrichment activities. The buildings may be closed, but the library’s mission to share information is as strong as ever.

Finally, our beloved Wilderness Awareness School is here for you, to remind you of the healing properties of nature during difficult times. They are providing some free e-courses that will take you outside and deepen your appreciation of the natural world.

https://wildernessawareness.org/adult-programs/ecourses

Best wishes to you and your families during this challenging times.

~ Kathleen O’Keeffe, Librarian, King County Library System

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