In the several weeks since COVID-19 reached our community, so much has changed. School buildings, government offices and many businesses are closed. Many people have lost their jobs or had hours cut back and face uncertain times. Meanwhile, adults may be working from home while also caring for their families and trying to help children with online school. Admittedly it’s a lot.
What hasn’t changed is the Marysville Tulalip community’s support for our residents and families. Here are just a few resources that may help you stay active, engaged and socially connected as we all continue to work together to fight the COVID-19 virus.
City of Marysville
The city website is frequently updated with a list of available community and home resources ranging from food and charities to assistance with utility bills and housing payments. Visit https://www.marysvillewa.gov/1049/Community-Support-and-Resources
Our Parks, Culture and Recreation Department is also gathering all sorts of ideas for having fun at home. Activities include creative crafts for kids, physical activity suggestions, and games to play. Look for the city parks Word Search, coloring pages to thank essential workers, and new video virtual tours of Jennings Park and the Ebey Waterfront Trail. You can find them all at https://www.marysvillewa.gov/1060/Activities-for-Home.
Marysville School District
The Marysville School District knows this is a challenging time for families and the community. We also know that everyone is doing their best to #StayHomeStayHealthy to help prevent the spread of the virus. Since the closure of school buildings on March 13, the district is providing free meal service across the district for all youth ages 1-18 and those enrolled in the 18- to 21-year-old program. In addition, childcare for first responders and healthcare workers is being provided through a partnership with the Marysville YMCA and Boys & Girls Club.
Distance (online) learning is well underway with students and families connecting with teachers and schools through various online and communication platforms. To support this effort, learning resources webpages were developed along with special services resources and social-emotional and mental health resources with information and ideas for a healthy body and healthy mind. Go to https://www.msd25.org/o/district/page/covid-19-learning-resource-page and click on the drop-down menu for each area.
We encourage our students and families to engage in healthy and fun activities while learning at home. Both the City and the Tribes also provide a variety of ideas, activities, resources, and support for families. The Marysville School District is proud of our students and families and we can’t wait to be together again.
Our tight-knit community has felt the impact of COVID-19 deeply. Our board of directors and leadership team work to ensure that our children and families are informed and supported. We have been fortunate to provide food distribution to our families on three different occasions and will continue to monitor and make adjustments to meet the needs of our community as we navigate this new world. Tulalip Tribal Government maintains a website to share facts and resources for our community https://covid19-tulalip.hub.arcgis.com.
We continue to encourage our families to stay home and enjoy the outdoors responsibly to get fresh air and spend quality time with the children. We have greatly appreciated the bus meal deliveries to our students and the special caravan by QuilCeda Tulalip Elementary staff who paraded our tribal neighborhoods to wave at our students. Thank you MSD!
This monthly column is jointly prepared by the City of Marysville, Marysville School District and Tulalip Tribes about topics of interest to the Marysville Tulalip community.