WEA members continue to address student needs — from meals to health care, mental health services, and social services — while school buildings are closed.

This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Please send questions to WEA@washingtonea.org.
  • Vaccinations for PreK-12 school employees

    Many school districts have been partnering with locals and neighborhood pharmacies to host vaccine clinics to get WEA members vaccinated.

    Visit the state Superintendent of Public Instruction's Office's vaccine plan and the CDC website for information about the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program to see which pharmacies are participating and are now giving priority to school staff and childcare workers for COVID-19 vaccination during the month of March.

    Kaiser also has provided information for both plan members and non-plan-members for accessing the vaccine.

    • For non-Kaiser Permanente employees: 877-808-9230
    • For Kaiser Permanent employees: 888-901-4636

    Both numbers are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Many of the pharmacies found on the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program list are prioritizing educators right now.

    Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

    • Albertsons Companies, Inc. (including Osco, Jewel-Osco, Albertsons, Albertsons Market, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Star Market, Shaw’s, Haggen, Acme, Randalls, Carrs, Market Street, United, Vons, Pavilions, Amigos, Lucky's, Pak n Save, Sav-On)
    • Costco Wholesale Corp.
    • Health Mart Pharmacies
    • Rite Aid Corp.
    • The Kroger Co. (including Kroger, Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Ralphs, King Soopers, Smiths, City Market, Dillons, Mariano’s, Pick-n-Save, Copps, Metro Market)
    • Walmart, Inc. (including Sam's Club)

    Visit the state Health Department's vaccine locator, the VaccineFinder or COVIDWA.com to find locations. You also should check your local health district's website. 

  • Caring for your family during COVID

    The first weeks back to school is a stressful time even in the best of times. For tips on how to navigate stress, the pandemic, the challenges of spending more time at home, developmental milestones, etc., turn to this 15-page document from the state Department of Children, Youth & Families.

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  • School vaccine requirements during COVID-19

    Students do not need to meet school immunization requirements during distance learning but will need to be current when they are back on school campus for any reason, including small group learning or extracurricular activities.

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  • USDA extends summer programs for entire 2020-21 school year

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the extension of several flexibilities to allow free meals to be available to all children through the 2020-21 school year.

    It is still important that families fill out the free- and reduced-price meal economic survey that is sent out. State basic education funding depends on knowing how many students qualify for this program. If families do not fill out these surveys, school districts would see a reduction in state basic education funding next school year -- and eventually their federal funding may also be reduced.