Distance Learning at McDowell
While our school year did not end as we had all hoped and imagined, we still made great memories together to finish off 2019-20. Thank you for helping keep our community safe, for sticking with us through our first try at distance learning, and for supporting students throughout the spring. We miss your students, we miss you, and we hope you all take care and stay safe throughout the summer.
Please make sure you complete the "Student Placement Audit" from Petaluma City Schools, as this will help our district and our school plan for a successful 2020-21 school year. Keep checking your emails from our district to hear more information as we have it.
School Meal Resources
1) Starting on Monday, September 28th, Petaluma City Schools will be able to provide 7 days worth of breakfast and lunch meals for students every week. Find the latest information on School Meals on the District website.
2) Redwood Empire Food Bank: drive into McDowell Elementary parking lot using the entrance on McGregor Ave. 1:15-2:30pm Fridays. Do not get out of your car. Service will continue through June.
Petaluma Bounty has listed many resources for food in our county!
WiFi and Internet Access
Petaluma City Schools has provided resources for getting free and affordable internet access.
To participate in distance learning, we want all students and families to be connected to the internet. Many companies are offering free or discounted internet options:
1) During the COVID-19 outbreak, Sonic is offering three months of free internet access and unlimited nationwide home telephone service to households with K-12, college students, or senior citizens 60 or older. Based on location, service is available through our fiber-optic network, with symmetric speeds of up to 1Gbps (1000Mbps/1000Mbps download, and upload) or our copper network, with speeds up to 50Mbps. There are no data caps, so it is ideal for students who are streaming distance learning during the coronavirus crisis. Check for availability here: https://www.sonic.com/availability For financial assistance for current customers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020. https://apply.internetessentials.com/ . Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
Family Resource Center (707) 778-4697
The Family Resource Center is answering calls to their phone number. Please contact them if your family needs assistance of any kind. Their help is free and confidential.