Anacortes Cares

Wrapping Our Arms Around the Whole Child and Family

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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

High School

Last Names: A-G
  • Kara Fox

Last Names: H-Pa Last Names: Pe-Z

Middle School

Elementary Schools

Help from the Social Workers

Melanie Engman |

Nicole Mortimer, Family & Student Outreach Specialist, call or text: 360.333.9960 |

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:

  1. Set some simple rules, such as "be respectful" and "take turns."

  2. 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.

  3. Have a "record keeper." Think of how adorable those "problems" will be when your kids are grown.

  4. 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 the Food Services Team

For questions or concerns with meal delivery:

Paula Lindbo | 360.503.1328 |

Juanita Maltsberger | 360.503.1377 |

Help from Outside Agencies

WA Community Resource Hub

*Employment-related questions & concerns

WA State Employment Security Dpt

*Local housing resources

Anacortes Family Center

YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter

*Medical insurance

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.

WA Health Plan Finder

*State benefits (food, child care, Medicare savings, etc.)

Washington Connection