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TeamChild Partners with Local Legal Aid and Community Organizations for Know Your Rights Webinars

TeamChild has long addressed education access and equity for young people experiencing school discipline, enrollment and reengagement barriers, inadequate special education and related services, and discrimination. COVID-19 has intensified these issues for youth of color, youth with disabilities and youth with financial challenges.

In September, attorneys from our Know Your Rights workgroup collaborated with partner organizations to share information from our Education in the wake of COVID-19 Know Your Rights Manual. If you missed the webinars you can view them, and related resources, using the following links:

South King County Discipline Coalition – Back To School in COVID-19

Special Education in Washington – co-hosted with the Northwest Justice Project and Disability Rights Washington

The next webinar will be presented by The Every Student Counts Alliance, a coalition of parents in the Spokane region seeking to create equitable and inclusive school practices involving education, discipline and safety while amplifying the voices of diverse populations. Attorneys from TeamChild and Northwest Justice Project will present information regarding attendance, grading, special education, discipline, technology, and McKinney-Vento issues during distance learning. Following a short presentation, there will be time for questions and discussions of students’ issues that have arisen with the beginning of the school year. Save the date!

October 2nd, 2:30-4 PMBack to School in 2020 Know Your Rights. Pre-registration is requested. Register HERE.

See our calendar for additional upcoming training dates.

TeamChild’s COVID-19 Response

We wanted to let our community and partners know that TeamChild staff have set up remote offices to support our collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Staff will generally be working regular office hours (9-5) and are reachable via our phone numbers and email addresses. At this time, we are not having in-person meetings or walk-in client visits in our offices. Clients and partners, or anyone trying to request or refer a young person for services, should reach out via email or phone to our local offices to make arrangements to meet virtually or in a manner that follows CDC recommendations. 

Our staff are in the process of reaching out to current clients and new referrals to set up ways to communicate, to discuss the status of their cases/matters given court and school closures, and to identify any new issues that have come up as a result of the changes we are all experiencing.

We are coordinating with advocates across the country and in the state to ensure that youth who are incarcerated and detained are safe and protected. We are also coordinating around the loss of access to critical services like school, food, medical care, community support and shelter. In addition to food and shelter, our youth need social support every day to stay connected and safe. It will take intentionality, flexibility, creativity and resources to do this!

We welcome questions and calls from our partners as we all navigate day to day and encounter new or unexpected challenges. Let us know how we can help build a community of support around our children and families. We’re in this together!

“What do you do in times of despair?” Archbishop Desmond Tutu was asked. “You show your humanity.”

Quote from The Age of Overwhelm, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, 2018

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