IPUL's E-News for April 3, 2020
Here are the highlights of our recent activity online. Not all everything is included due to timeliness. If an advertised event already took place, we've left it off.
IPUL is still working!

The best method to reach us is through our website request form:   

We are still monitoring our   intake phone line   several times a day, and will try to respond to any request there within 24 hours. 

For questions that are  not  about something in our  scope of work , you can still leave a phone message as above, or send us an email at  parents@ipulidaho.org   - this account will be monitored daily, but is not as heavily monitored as the main intake systems.
Also, we've added a Covid-19 information and resources page to our website, with links to general information, as well as education resources for your kids, and links to all Idaho School District websites.

Meals For Kids - Updated Information
Dear families, we received this information confirming that parents do NOT need to have their child present to pick up a meal for them:

On March 25, 2020, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) issued a nationwide waiver to allow parents and guardians to pick up meals for children at Child Nutrition sites operating National School Lunch Program, including Seamless Summer Option, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program. Idaho State Department of Education elected to operate under this national waiver.

To operate under the waiver the district or sponsor is required to receive approval from the state agency allowing non-congregate meal distribution during COVID-19-related operations and to distribute meals to a parent or guardian to take home to their children. The district is required to have a system in place to ensure the parent or guardian is picking the meals up for eligible children.
West Ada Announces Plan for Future
We shared the plan from West Ada - Idaho’s Largest School District.

If your school district has a plan, send it to us and IPUL can share it on our Instagram page @idahoparentsunlimited
The West Ada Plan
Highland High School in Pocatello - Chromebook Checkout Monday, April 6, 2020
We are sharing this information as well - In Pocatello, the Highland School District is checking out Chromebooks to any student in K-12 who attends a PCSD 25 school and is in need of a computer for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES is eligible to check out a chromebook. For full information, call 208.232.3563
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And in a similar vein, we bring you the following information:
Find Your Local School District's Website and COVID-19 Information
In addition to many other resources on our website, IPUL has compiled a complete list of all of Idaho school districts' web pages that include their latest information about school closures and educational services due to COVID-19.

Please let us know if you have additional resources that you would like us to share or if there's anything we may have missed. Thanks!

Wide Open Schools - Free Content and Learning Materials
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Wide Open Schools is a new on-line, one-stop educational curriculum supplement for activities and extensions that our students use in the classroom.

Prior to the pandemic, the listed and vetted partners required subscriptions for some of their content and extra learning materials but now they are ALL FREE for teachers and students nationwide. A great gift for home access and learning. Hosted by Common Sense Media.

Most of the content partners are /were already being used in the brick and mortar schools prior to this new wave of on-line learning or learning at home.

The best part is that it is all free and already cohesive with the content our students are learning. 

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist
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We shared this information from FEMA about things you should have in an emergency preparedness kit.

What to Expect From A Telehealth Visit
We shared this great video from the Hawaii State Department of Health Genomics section - With the current Pandemic, many are suggesting telehealth visits. If you are wondering what that means, or what the process of Telehealth is like, this video should help to answer any questions you'd have.

And to see if Telehealth is available, check with your insurance provider.
Click the above image to see the video or click here.
Idaho State Board of Education to Hold Special Board Meeting Monday, April 6, 2020 at 3PM MT
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LIVESTREAM WILL BE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/idsboe/

The Idaho State Board of Education will be meeting to consider extending its soft closure directive to public school districts and charter schools.

The Board will consider waiving rules defining semester credit hours, and requesting the Governor consider suspending certain statutory requeirments to provide school districts added flexibility.
Statewide Training for April-
Planning For a Healthy Transition to Adulthood
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Adulting is Hard... But Planning Ahead Can Make It Easier!

This training prepares youth for transitioning to adulthood with a goal of independent health care management.
Topics include managing appointments, medication, oral health, mental health, and more.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
And Recorded for Future Viewing

Broadcast live from the Boise office and interactive via webinar from anywhere with an internet connection

Idaho Parents Unlimited
4619 Emerald St., Ste. E
Boise, ID 83706

Phone: (208) 342-5884