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COVID-19 Resources for Students and Families

During this time of uncertainty, we want to provide as many resources to our students and families as we can. Please see below for trusted resources and information provided by federal, state, and local governments and organizations and gathered by our staff. 

Student, Family, and Community Resources
Student Support Resources-resources provided by our school counselors to assist students and families
Bagged Breakfast and Lunches Ordering Form: The District is offering free bagged lunches for students 18 and younger. To request a meal, please fill out the form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepy8tz_0FxJYlcsH-O4G19m7TijMY8N1PFSqAraM2fWX1wrg/viewform?usp=sf_link
If you do not have internet access, but you would like to order meals, please call (608)-786-5301 and a staff member will take your order. Please do not leave a message, but call back until you reach someone. 
West Salem Care and Share Food Pantry: 
Our Saviors Lutheran Church (359 N. Leonard St.) - Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
You will need to call the number posted on the door
Contact Judy Long at 608-786-1142 (may need to leave a message)
You will need to present 2 forms of ID and qualify within the income and location guidelines.
WAFER Food Pantry
WAFER serves La Crosse County residents.  They are located at 403 Causeway Blvd (behind the Causeway Kwik Trip and 608 Brewing Company) in La Crosse. 
WAFER is open to receive a food package and/or drop off a donation during these days and times:
Monday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 4:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

What would you need to bring to receive a food package?

  • A photo ID.
  • The names and birth dates of everyone in the household.
  • A piece of mail or document with the name and current address for all household members age 18 and older (utility bill, paycheck stub, social services letter, etc) for address verification.  For children under 18 address verification could be a document from their healthcare provider, school, crib card for newborns, or current insurance cards.  A current piece of mail will be required every 12 months or as requested by staff.

Bring your picture ID with you for every WAFER visit.

Hansen's IGA and Feed Our Children West Salem
Hansen's IGA has partnered with Feed Our Children West Salem to continue to provide one free bag of groceries per week to families in need during the COVID-19 "Safer at Home" closures.  
To pick up a bag you must first fill out this form.  There is a new form for each week, sign up time will close on Wednesday the week before pick up.  You will then be able to pick up your bag the following week on Wednesday or Friday from 3-7:00 on the week(s) you filled out forms.  Hansen's will choose family-friendly staples for your bag.  You will not be able to substitute any items.  You must also give the grocery staff the information that you provided on this form in order to pick up a bag.  Bags will not be distributed if you have not signed up.  You may call when you get there (608-786-1730) and they will bring it out to your vehicle OR you may come in and ask a store employee to get it for you.  PLEASE be patient, they are offering this as an essential service provider and donating their time to assemble these bags.  They are very busy right now.  *Hansen's will not be taking these orders by phone.  
Feed Our Children will continue to partner with Hansen's IGA to provide one bag of groceries per week for families in need during the month of May.  You may sign up by week or for the entire month.  Please see the links below to sign up if needed.  If you have a child/children under the age of 18 in your home, you are eligible.  Please be mindful of those who need a little extra help during the #SaferatHome closure.
Links for the May Pick Up options are below
If you have questions, please direct them to hemker.angie@wsalem.k12.wi.us with grocery in the subject line.

Sign up by 9:00 p.m. May 6 to Pick up on May 13 or 15
Sign up by 9:00 p.m. May 13 to Pick up on May 20 or 22
Sign up by 9:00 p.m. May 20 to Pick up on May 27 or 29
Or you can sign up to pick up one bag, one time per week, on Wednesday or Friday from 3-7 during the entire month of May by using the link below
One Bag per Week - May

Coronas Mexican Restaurant: offering free kids meal (12 and under)  with a parent or guardian 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Super Restaurant (Sparta) Free meals to children and seniors (M-F) 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Call 10 minutes before arrival (608) 487-8200
Charter Spectrum Free Internet Access for K-12 Students and Families-Click here to information on how to sign-up

Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs-Basics of Coronavirus

Informational Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet-available in multiple languages, educational fact sheet for the general public with information on transmission, signs and symptoms, and prevention.
About COVID-19-CDC webpage including information on symptoms, diagnosis, testing, and prevention.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions-Adapted from the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO)
COVID-19 Information for Travelers-CDC webpage providing information and guidance for those traveling internationally
Respiratory Illness, Protect Yourself and Those Around You-available in multiple languages: DPH Flyer promoting techniques to prevent the transmission of respiratory illnesses.
Social Distancing and Guidelines for Gatherings of Children and Youth While Schools are Closed (courtesy of King County Public Health Department, Seattle)
Washington Post: Visual on How to "Flatten the Curve"

How to Talk to Your Children about COVID-19
NPR Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus 
World Health Organization: How to Talk to Your Kids about the Coronavirus
Tips for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about COVID-19


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