During May and June, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) hosted COVID-19 pop-up vaccination clinics for students ages 12 years and older with parental consent at school sites citywide. Parents, guardians and family members were also invited to receive vaccines at select school sites to provide accessible options to get vaccinated before school was dismissed for summer. Each participating school hosted at least two clinics to help families receive both their first and second doses of the vaccine. These school-based clinics resulted in a total of 8,049 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered to students and families before the end of the 2020-2021 school year.[Read more…]
Following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) emergency authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for use on 12–15 year-olds, the City of Seattle has partnered with the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to every public middle and high school student at school sites and youth-focused community vaccination clinics before the end of the school year. These vaccination clinics do not require an appointment, and all students 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated at each clinic with a guardian’s consent. Walk-ups are encouraged and welcomed!
Upcoming School-Based Vaccination Pop–Ups[Read more…]
A brand-new DEEL newsletter has launched! This department resource will provide a closer look at the investments the City of Seattle is making in education—from early learning to postsecondary.
In this first issue, we’re covering how our investments and our partners are pivoting for a school year unlike any other we’ve known. As our city continues to navigate COVID-19 and build toward recovery, DEEL is working with our partners to adapt to the challenges before us with innovation, collaboration, and a sharp focus on racial equity.
Here’s a closer look at what’s in the Fall 2020 issue:
- Director’s Welcome Letter
- Investment Features
- Seattle Preschool Program
- K-12 Investments
- School Based Health Centers
- Kingmakers of Seattle
- Community Partner Features
- ACE Academy
- Seed of Life: Emergency Child Care Provider
- Department Features
- DEEL Director Dwane Chappelle Reconfirmed
- Staff Spotlight: Communications & External Affairs
- Student and Family Resources
- Home Learning Resources for Early Learners
- School-Age Child Care
- Teen Resource Hubs
- Seattle Public Schools Resources: Student Meals, Technology Support, and Drive-Thru Flu Clinics
- Remote Learning Resources from Seattle Public Library
- Calendar and Events of Interest
- Upcoming Trainings for Preschool Teachers and Providers
- Upcoming Funding Opportunities for Seattle Preschool Program
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School Health investments provide critical medical, dental, and mental health services to help support student health and academic success.
Early this month, Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) announced that 29 School-Based Health Center (SBHC) services will be available to Seattle Public Schools students this fall, including 8 elementary schools and 21 middle and high schools campuses. This announcement included the opening of two new centers at Lowell Elementary and Nova High School.
SBHCs are part of the K-12 Health investments under the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) levy passed by voters in 2018. These investments offer comprehensive medical and mental healthcare, including routine primary care, vaccinations, counseling, and some dental services. SBHCs are designed to promote early intervention, prevention, and treatment of health-related barriers to learning and life success and increase the number of students graduating prepared for the post-secondary pathway of their choice.
The school district’s decision to implement 100% remote learning this fall hasn’t changed the health care needs of students and, if anything, many students may be missing out on the sports physicals or routine immunizations they would typically get in the fall. As such, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) made the decision to open their buildings for SBHC access, and families should know that students enrolled in SPS can receive services at any of the open SBHCs, not just at the school where a student is enrolled.[Read more…]
When the first COVID-19 cases were discovered in early March, the City of Seattle mobilized for quick and comprehensive response across all its departments, from opening up additional shelters for people experiencing homelessness, to protecting residents from evictions and utility shut-offs, to standing up emergency child care for Seattle’s essential workers and first responders. These efforts, along with countless others in partnership with state, public health, and community organizations—as well as the critical role played by residents in stopping the spread—helped Seattle became a model for the rest of the country in how to save lives and protect our health care system from becoming overwhelmed.
But the financial impact of COVID-19 is significant. Dramatically reduced City revenues due to business closures and reduced economic activity in Seattle, combined with increased spending on a variety of fronts to fight the disease and mitigate its effect, have resulted in a shortfall of over $200 million. As the City Budget Office (CBO) and City departments have evaluated the financial impact of the pandemic, departments have been asked to reevaluate discretionary spending and identify budget reductions for 2020.[Read more…]
Seattle is facing an unprecedented challenge and currently taking drastic measures to slow and respond to the spread of COVID-19 in our region. The City is working diligently to support our residents as well as our partners at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) in this response.
DEEL and PHSKC are delaying release of the FEPP Elementary School Based Health Center (SBHC) Request for Application process in response to COVID-19. As the extent and duration of COVID-19 outbreak remains unknown, the City and PHSKC are taking immediate measures to help mitigate the impact of this crisis. The top priorities for the City and PHSKC at this time are to keep our workforce and members of the public safe and healthy, to maintain essential public services, and to address the needs of the City’s most vulnerable populations.
New information will be released as this rapidly developing situation continues to unfold. Organizations interested in applying for FEPP Elementary SBHC funds are encouraged to regularly check DEEL’s website for the most up to date information on this funding opportunity.
Department of Education and Early Learning
June 28, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Al Sanders, Department of Education and Early Learning,
Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy Funds
for School Based Health Centers
SEATTLE (June 28, 2019) The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) today announced that two health care providers, Neighborcare Health and Country Doctor Community Health Centers, will receive funding to open three new School Based Health Centers (SBHC) in Seattle Public Schools. School Based Health Centers connect the dots between health and education, providing on-site comprehensive primary care and behavioral health for students.
The awards, which will provide more than $700,000 in funding, are the first provided through the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy approved by voters in 2018. The seven-year FEPP Levy will invest over $51 million in School Based Health Centers serving elementary, middle, and high school students across the city.
The funds will go toward establishing SBHCs for the 2019-20 school year at Edmond S. Meany Middle School on Capitol Hill, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in north Seattle, and Lincoln High School in the Wallingford neighborhood.
“These funds are vital to the holistic approach the department has developed toward educating our young people,” said DEEL Director Dwane Chappelle. “We’re building and expanding a successful program that provides health care that some of the students may not have access to. The simple fact is, healthy students are better prepared to learn.”
DEEL partners with Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC) School-Based Partnerships Program to manage the K-12 School Health investment by providing support to community providers and Seattle School District. PHSKC School-Based Partnerships Program advances evidence-based and informed, high-quality, equitable, culturally relevant health care to support all students to be healthy and academically successful.
“School-based health centers are a proven strategy to improve both student health and academic achievement – by having access to care right on campus,” said Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health-Seattle and King County. “Removing even one health risk for a student can boost their achievement. Our centers are key to our efforts to close the opportunity gap for our youth who may not have easy access to care.”
Neighborcare Health, which has a 50-year record of providing primary medical, dental and behavioral health care services to low-income and uninsured families, senior and the homeless individuals in the Seattle area, has been providing school-based health services for over 25 years.
“Neighborcare Health has a long, rich history in school-based health, and we are honored to be able to expand our school-based network to include the students, families and staff at Lincoln High School and Robert Eagle Staff Middle School,” said School-Based Health Program Manager Alison Delateur. “Our ultimate goal at Neighborcare Health is for all members of our community to have equal access to quality health care. Funding school-based health centers is a long-term investment in the health of the community because it provides every child with a health care home in the place where they spend most of their time.”
The non-profit Country Doctor Community Health Centers, which has been serving the region’s underserved communities through the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center and Country Doctor Community Clinic, will use this award to open its first school-based clinic.
“Country Doctor Community Health Centers is delighted to be selected as the health care provider at Meany Middle School. This new school program comes right after we opened the Country Doctor Dental Clinic to expand dental services to our community,” said Raleigh Watts, Executive Director of Country Doctor Community Health Centers. “CDCHC’s multi-decade relationship with the Meany community includes an extensive list of CDCHC employees who either attended Meany or have children who go there. We are committed to providing SBHC service not just as a medical provider, but as a neighbor and a member of the school community. We have personal interest in the health of the school and its students.”
Both providers will be contributing a third of the operating cost of the centers.
Neighborcare Health and Country Doctor received the award through a Request for Application process from organizations interested in providing health services at the three schools. The application process was managed by Public Health with the applications being reviewed by a panel that included representatives from the community, Public Health, Seattle Schools and the principals from each school receiving the SBHCs.
DEEL’s mission is to transform the lives of Seattle’s children, youth, and families through strategic investments in education.