Preparing for Reopening Arizona Schools
As COVID-19 continues to impact daily life, the Arizona Charter Schools Association aims to provide as much helpful information as possible to support schools and families. We remain in constant communication with the Governor’s Office, the Arizona Department of Education, and other stakeholders to assist our community. As this public health emergency evolves, we will continue to provide virtual services, frequent communications, and important news updates and hope you will consider this page your one-stop shop for information and various resources available at the federal, state, and local level. We encourage you to share with your colleagues, families, and friends.
Please reach out with any questions or concerns – the Arizona Charter Schools Association is here to help in any way we can. We wish you and your loved ones safe passage through these challenging and uncertain times.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Cleaning Resources
Our list of resources below is in no way exhaustive of all of our corporate members who can help during these challenging times. If your school or community is in need of assistance in any area please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our Association staff. We are here to help!
- The U.S. Department of Education website has created COVID-19 guidance for schools. You can email questions to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
- The Arizona Department of Education continues to develop and share guidance to schools regarding instructional time, statewide testing, provision of special education services, school meals, and more. Click HERE.
- Visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website for up-to-date information on the spread and precautions to take against the disease and where to get a text. Click here. Hotline – 1-844-542-8201
- The Governor’s office website includes more resources, including a frequently-asked-questions documents, the latest news from state officials, and video messages from Gov. Doug Ducey and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. You can find more information here.
- Special Education (Federal Guidance) -The U.S. Department of Education has released Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak
- Osborn Maledon has also issued Legal Guidance related to serving students with disabilities during School Closures.
- The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and The School Superintendents Association has released a new resource about the two options — the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option —available for schools to receive funding to serve meals and snacks when schools are closed.
- ExcelinEd is offering a map and databasewith state-by-state updates on actions education systems have taken in response to COVID-19
- The PIE Network is providing Rapid Response Resources.
- Continuously being updated, the Arizona Department of Education has compiled a Virtual Learning Hub – a resource database for teachers and families to assist them as they plan for at-home instruction.
- National School Choice Week has compiled a list of online resources to assist schools and parents.
- Learning with Khan Academy during School Closures – Kahn Academy offers online self-paced, interactive content, exercises, videos and articles for students in all grades and most content areas at no charge. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the company is offering daily learning schedules for 4-18 year olds that can be used or adapted for your school.
- Google Hangouts Meet enables teachers to give live lectures and schedule meetings. There are also chat options for interactions with students.
- Zoom is offering free unlimited meetings for teachers and students during the COVID-19 crisis. To take advantage of this offer, students and teachers must complete this form with their school email addresses.
- Discovery Education – Explore website for Free Access to Discovery Education Experience
- BrainPOP is offering free access to schools. This group of educational websites provides short animated movies for students with quizzes and materials for science, English, social studies, math, engineering and technology, art, music and health.
- Kahoot, a distance-learning platform, is offering free access to self-paced challenges, ready-to-play games and reports to assess learning.
- National School Choice Week has compiled a list of online resources to assist schools and parents.
- Schools and families can link to free virtual museum tours around the world.
- ASU For You includes many learning tools at no cost such as virtual field trips; library access; video lessons, labs and simulations in K-12 subject areas; badge and certificate programs in areas such as health and well-being, smart cities and environmental science; tutoring, online courses and training videos for teachers or parents teaching from home; and courses for college credit.
- SchoolHouse Connection has a resource page to help schools address the needs of students experiencing homelessness.
- FASTalk – Families can sign up to receive weekly curriculum-aligned activities sent via text in their specified language from FASTalk This research based tool offers lessons to help children continue their daily learning during these challenging times. Any caregiver with access to a cell phone can participate. The activities are engaging and easy for busy families to do anywhere.
- Sponsored by Unite for Literacy, Digital Library allows families to build one of the most critical skills we can teach our students in today’s economy while they are at home. The library has hundreds of books to choose from.
- Parenting During COVID-19
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Keep the learning going with special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a story or video.
- Zearn: Online math lessons customized for grades K – 5, including 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers.
- Most Mathnasium Math Learning Centers in the greater Phoenix area, will be offering live, face-to-face instructions over an online platform. Parents can visit Mathnasium.com to find the closest learning center and get more information.
- Free Resources to Help Students Understand Coronavirus
- ASU For You includes training videos for parents teaching from home.
Housing, Food, and Necessities
- Visit the AZ Department of Economic Security (DES) Services online. They have created a COVID-19 page with information and phone numbers. Please note that information for unemployment insurance benefits are provided on this website. Services include: unemployment insurance benefits, services for the developmentally disabled, the Arizona early intervention program, cash, medical and nutrition assistance (food stamps), child case assistance, short-term crisis service and mortgage assistance.
- Health-e-Arizona PLUS – Click HERE for the online application for nutrition assistance (food stamps), Medicaid (AHCCCS) and cash assistance. Call 1-855-432-7587 for assistance with the application.
- Community Action Agencies (CAA) offer a wide variety of services including rental assistance and general casework. Click HERE
- The Senior Help Line – top resource for Arizona’s seniors and elderly. 24/7 Hotline Number: 602-264-4357 Visit online
- Food Banks – Directory of food banks provided through the Arizona Food Bank Network. Click HERE
- Assistance with Utilities and Bill Pay – Utility companies are offering assistance with bills including delayed shut offs for people who cannot afford to pay. You will need to call each specific company and inquire about what may be available to assist you. (SRP 602-236-8888 or APS 602-371-7171)
- Eviction assistance – The Arizona Department of Housing offers limited eviction assistance in certain zip codes, please visit this website for further information.
- Arizona landlord/tenant Advice Services – The landlord tenant program is provided through the City of Phoenix. Visit their website here
- Drivers License Renewal – Driver License renewal requirements are extended six months from the expiration date for all Arizona driver licenses and driving permits that expire between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020. Requirements to submit a medical clearance card for a commercial driver license are extended until September 1, 2020. Visit Arizona Department of Transportation for more information.
Business and Operations Resources
NOTE: Our Director of Member Services and Development, Amanda Patrie, is working with our corporate partners to identify resources to help schools navigate through these challenging times. Please reach out to her at email@example.com for any business/operations support you may need. We will continue to add to this list as information about resources becomes available.
Online Learning Support
- Imagine Learning is offering special pricing for online learning to our charter community in light of these unprecedented circumstances. For more information, please reach out to Cathy Yurchick at (480) 438-6251 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lexia Learning – During this challenging time, Lexia is offering options for
current users and new schools interested in using Lexia as part of their distance learning plans. Please reach out to Julie Back for more information: Cell:248.766.5533
IT Services and Set-up
- Cox is offering free hotspots around the Valley. Click HERE to view the hotspot map.
- Low/income families can apply directly for a free month of internet by clicking HERE. Schools can get students connected quickly by compiling a list of home addresses) who meet the Connect2Compete eligibility requirement and send to email@example.com.
- To learn more about free remote desktop support until May 15, please visit Cox Complete Care
- Please contact Liana Velasco-Doe at Cox with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Cleaning Resources During COVID-19
The list of resources below is in no way exhaustive of all of our corporate members who can help during these challenging times. If your school or community is in need of assistance in any area please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our Association staff. We are here to help!
IQ Total Source
IQ Total Source has been serving the Valley for over 12 years! While they offer a wide array of supplies, their primary focus is on office and janitorial supplies for multi-location businesses. With a focus on school cleanliness and health, they have sourced : KN95 masks, 3ply disposable masks, hand soap, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, paper towels, disinfecting solution and much more. They are able to respond to most special requests to meet the diverse needs of Arizona’s charter schools.
Fever Free by Wee Care
This HIPPA and FERPA compliant app allows families and staff to pre-screen at home, reducing the laborious and costly work of checking for fevers at the door. They even have a program to help supply families with thermometers. This app has been designed specifically for privacy and compliance and is used by schools and hospitals nationwide.
Director of Sales
Well known for their uniforms and laundry services, Cintas also offers PPE, cleaning products, and deepcleaning services. Specifically designed for schools, their School Program allows schools to only pay for the supplies they use and Cintas will replenish supplies weekly. Cintas offers a laundered face mask service that is half the cost of disposable masks.
Contact Information: Melissa Bruechert, Education Manager (702-338-0418)
Premier Copper Products Supply, LLC.
Premier Copper Products Supply has been distributing and sourcing goods since 2004 in the Phoenix area. To
support charter schools of all sizes, PCP Supply purchases in volume up front and passes the savings onto
schools. There is no need to meet minimum quantity orders to purchase PPE at reasonable costs.
Contact Information: Chris McCauley, Director of Sales (602)828-1108
Office Depot/Office Max
A long-standing corporate partner, Office Depot and the Arizona Charter Schools Association developed a group purchasing program especially for our members. In addition to office supplies, Office Depot offers a wide assortment of PPE gear and cleaning supplies. Whether you purchase in bulk or swing by the store for the occasional pick up, make sure to save money by using our group purchasing program. To register for the group purchasing program, email Amber Thomas to set up your account under our program.
Contact Information: Amber Thomas, Account Representative, Amber.Thomas@OfficeDepot.com (855) 337-6811 Ext:12847
CompuGroup Medical (CGM) is a leading provider of School and Organization based Medicaid Reimbursement and Third Party Liability payment services. Our software and Arizona-based billing solutions assist schools and organizations with capturing additional revenue associated with the fulfillment of IEP based services. CGM is publicly traded with a U.S. headquarters based in Phoenix and providing consulting services for charter school members.
Contact Information: Keith Jacobsen
Truce products are made to eliminate harsh chemicals and provide peace of mind for people by creating a safe environment for their homes, schools, and businesses. Truce has developed a family of non-toxic products that are both antiseptic and disinfectant, derived from traditional and familiar ingredients such as rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. Based in Tempe for over 11 years, Truce sources almost completely locally.
Contact Information: Matthew Witenstein VP Marketing & Patrnerships email@example.com 602-616-1638
Pro Clean Solutions
Pro Clean Solutions is a full-service janitorial company founded by first responders. Pro Clean Solutions uses evolving technology to combat Covid-19c, keeping clients and communities safe. The products they use are environmentally friendly and approved by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They primarily use Waxie products and EvaClean’s infection prevention purtabs. They specialize in cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting schools. they clean hard surfaces and food-contact surfaces with 100 percent full-room coverage. They are licensed, insured and all employees all have a fingerprint clearance card.
Contact Information: Jeff Ferrell, President, firstname.lastname@example.org 602-919-0512
Gold Hand Sanitizer
Working with a veteran-owned company, Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co., Gold Hand Sanitzer has ramped up production to bring Arizona charter schools much needed hand sanitizer at this time. Gold Hand Sanitizer is FDA approved, 70% alcohol gel and 80% alcohol liquid available by the gallon or in 8oz and 9oz bottles. Gold Hand Sanitizer has aggressively priced their products for our member schools.
Contact Information: Ryan McLauglin, Director of Sales email@example.com 602-910-0564
Ironwood, an RR Donnelley Company
Ironwood is well-equipped to help our members return to school safely with PPE and signage. They can print your school’s logo on their cost-effective face shields and on all signage. Make it clear where people need 6 feet of social distance, clear handwashing techniques, and where to pick up and drop of students.
Contact Information: Beverly Fowler, Director of Sales firstname.lastname@example.org 480-300-1900