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Resources and updates during school closure

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Last updated: March 27, 2020 – additional resources listed

Our schools have been called upon to serve our community in ways we’ve never before imagined. In responding to this call, we are working incredibly hard to navigate in such a way as to balance the personal concerns of the amazing individuals who work and serve our students with the call to continue to serve our community as we face a global health pandemic.

What makes Blessed Trinity special is our teachers. There are a ton of resources out there to help us learn. The primary tool for our students is our teachers. Right now, our teachers are working on choosing the right resources for our students.

These times call for a monumental shift in operations and the variety of services we provide as a school. We are asking you to complete this survey as a way for us to determine the needs of your family, how we connect you with resources relevant to your family and anticipate any challenges for your family during this school closure.

Academic needs

Learning has shifted from in person to distance learning delivery, with the potential of this service lasting for an extended period of time.

Food for families

  • The YMCA is partnering with The Sheridan Story to provide free, nourishing food to families in the community to ensure youth have food during this unprecedented pandemic. Find more information on their website.
  • VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People), 9600 Aldrich Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420, 952-888-9616, veap.org
    • 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
    • 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursday
    • Drive-up food distribution model starting March 23. VEAP is doubling the number of times a household can receive food each month. Home delivery available to seniors and those with limited mobility in our community.
  • Good in the Hood – food pantry for anyone in need, Cedar Valley Church, 8600 Bloomington Ave., Bloomington, MN 55420, 612-217-4003, Email: info@goodinthehood.org
  • Ruby’s Pantry, Bloomington Lutheran Church, 9350 Portland Avenue S, Bloomington MN 55438,www.rubyspantry.org
    • First Tuesday of each month
    • Doors open at 4:30 p.m.,Distribution from 5 – 6:30 pm
  • Richfield and Bloomington Residents only: Saint Bonaventure Church,  The Activity Building south of the church, 901 E 90th St., Bloomington, MN 55420, www.saintbonaventure.org
    • Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Fridays from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Loaves and Fishes, Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S, Bloomington, MN 55431, 952-948-0746, www.loavesandfishesmn.org
    • Monday – Friday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Serving free, nutritious meals to those in need living in Bloomington
  • Hunger Solutions: Meals for Kids During Covid-19 Closings, www.hungersolutions.org
  • El Tejaban in Richfield has extended their offering of free meals to kids. The new age is 18 years and younger, 11 am to 5 pm, through May 1.
  • People’s Organic in Edina – offering free meals for kids
  • Pog Mahome in Minneapolis – offering free macaroni and cheese for kids
  • The Sheridan Story has provided 700 bags of food which is available to pick up at Richfield High School during breakfast and lunch starting Tuesday, March 17th
  • Grab and Go Meals from Richfield’s Nutrition Services can be picked up outside the main entrances at STEM, Centennial, Sheridan Hills, Richfield Middle, and Richfield High School between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (times will change to 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm starting March 30)
  • Minneapolis Food Distribution for Students – You do not have to be a Minneapolis student but do need to be present to pick up meal

Internet access

  • WiFi Access: Xfinity WiFi hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit http://www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
  • Comcast has free mobile hotspots over the metro – just click to connect
  • Charter has free internet for students
  • Spectrum has free internet for students

Mental Health resources

Additional resources

  • Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County has many resources for energy assistance, rent, crisis, multi-cultural resources, among others.
  • We’ve created a new page with a list of ways to stay active and keep moving!
  • We’ve created a new page with a list of screen free activities to stay busy!
  • NCEA has a recorded webinar to support parents as families transition to distance learning
  • MN Council on Latino Affairs website has links to a number of community resources
  • The USA Mental Health First Aid website has great online resources
  • The Down Dog app is now free for students and offers yoga and other move your body videos
  • Confident Parents Confident Kids has a lot of parenting tips for social emotional learning, easing into a new routine during the pandemic, and family activities
  • Talking to Children about COVID-19 article
  • CDC website
  • MN Department of Health website
  • Information on unemployment insurance
  • Access statewide resources through the United Way – call 211, text your zip code to 898-211 or visit the 211 website

 

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