Wrapping Our Arms Around the Whole Child and Family
Stay Calm, Care On.
The Anacortes School District community of educators and support staff are extremely concerned for the well-being of students and their families. This site serves as a means to collect the resources that are available to you, at school, in Anacortes, and in our greater community.
Please check back often, resources will be updated daily.
If you have an urgent mental health need, please contact the Skagit County Crisis Line for immediate support at 1-800-584-3578 or visit the Skagit County Behavioral Health website. Other options for 24/7 support include the 24-hour Crisis Line 866-427-4747 or the Crisis Text Line - Text START to 741741 (Free, 24-7, confidential). If you are already connected with an outside counselor/therapist – please connect with them.
The Anacortes School District Counselors are available to support students and families as we all navigate through these unprecedented times. Please contact us via email with questions and/or concerns.
Help from our Counselors
Joyce Binschus firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Lahey email@example.com
Ashlee Poggie firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Elementary Parents and Students
Here are links to YouTube read-alouds of some of our favorite counseling stories!
Books About Feelings
The Color Monster (2min 17s)
In My Heart (4min 46s)
Glad Monster, Sad Monster (3min 22s)
My Many Colored Days (3min 10s)
Books About Hope & Connection
The Invisible String (5min 24s)
Emmanuel’s Dream (7min)
Maybe Something Beautiful (7min 19s)
What You Do with a Problem (8min 42s)
Say Something (4min 12s)
Just Ask (7min 28s)
Wherever You Go (4min 28s)
Books About Kindness
Resources for Secondary Parents and Students
The Benefits of a "Family Meeting"
A "family meeting" is a great way to come together as a family, improve communication, and problem-solve any issues that may be arising due to all of the recent changes due to COVID-19. A once a week "family meeting" at dinner time is a great way to accomplish all of these things. This article gives a number of tips, and here are some highlights:
Set some simple rules, such as "be respectful" and "take turns."
Allow children to participate as much as possible. Encourage them to come up with the agenda, and even give them opportunities to lead the meeting.
Have a "record keeper." Think of how adorable those "problems" will be when your kids are grown.
Listen. This is not about letting kids run the show, it's about listening to their concerns.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any child ages 1-18 (and any child receiving special education services up to age 21) living on Fidalgo Island. Additional information and sign up can be obtained here.
Help from Outside Agencies
*Employment-related questions & concerns
*Local housing resources
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has opened a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals. This special enrollment period runs through April 8, 2020. Call 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 1-855-627-9604, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
*State benefits (food, child care, Medicare savings, etc.)