April 16, 2020
With many students and families adjusting to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is especially important to find ways to cope and relax. Counseling staff and school social workers at many schools within the District created online spaces to find tools and strategies for managing their social-emotional health.
“Our hope is that students, staff and families will use this site as a resource for support during these difficult times and even after we return to a new ‘normal,’” said Laura Ritter, Cooper High School counselor. “It's a ‘one-stop-shop’ to find soothing music to listen to, fun games when a break is needed, yoga and stretching to get the body moving, and includes links to find helpful community resources,” she continued.
- Social-Emotional/Mental Health Resources
- Educational Resources
- Food Banks and Food Resources
- Technology and Internet Access Resources
- Housing Resources
- Other Resources
(Updated on 7/16/2020 at 12:14 p.m.)
- Fraser Hope Line: Can support student social-emotional health, incorporating sensory supports into the home environment, accessing care coordination and other community resources and managing parent mental health. 612-446-4673 (612-446-HOPE), and the email address is FraserHopeLine@fraser.org. Calls are answered live between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- CDC Coping with Stress During COVID-19
- CDC Support for Teens and Young Adults During COVID-19
- The Jed Foundation: Tips for Self-Care and Managing Stress
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health - Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- SAMHSA: Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 ( English, Spanish and Chinese versions available)
- Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- Piggy & Bunny and the Stay-At-Home Plan - Story for children surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. You also view a video of the story being read at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-yQgt3bycw&feature=youtu.be
- Crisis Text Line: The 24/7 emergency service is available if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis. Text MN to 741741
- Minnesota Warmline: Are you an adult needing support? Talk to a specialist who has firsthand experience living with a mental health condition. Call 651-288-0400 or text "Support" to 85511
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The 24/7 lifeline provides support when in distress, has prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: Offers crisis counseling and support if you or a family member us experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990.
- Disability Hub MN provides free, statewide information, referral and assistance service to help people with disabilities, chronic illnesses and their representatives connect to community services.
(This list was updated on 5/1/2020 at 4:32 p.m.; Robbinsdale Area Schools does not sponsor or endorse any of the activities or resources listed below.)
- Learning A-Z
- Brain Pop
- PBS Learning Media
- Nat Geo 4 Kids
- Fun Brain
- Highlights Kids
- Storyline Online
- ABC Mouse
- Phonics Hero
- Switcheroo Zoo
- Boom Learning
- Kids Discover
- Time for Kids
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- ParentMap Educational Resources for Kids and Families
- Actively Learn
- Illustrative Mathematics
- Lee & Low
- Math Antics
- 120 Digital Educational Resources
Dual language resource
Library E-cards available
Hennepin County Library has now made library eCards available for patrons to get immediate access to downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and videos. Access to online tutors and homework help is also available. More information and an online application is available.
Hennepin County Public Health has compiled a quick-list of movement resources: SHIP Classroom Activity Breaks
Khan Academy Learning Plans
Grade 3 learning plan
Grade 4 learning plan
Grade 5 learning plan
Grade 6 learning plan
Grade 7 learning plan
Grade 8 learning plan
Geometry learning plan
Algebra 1 learning plan
Algebra 2 learning plan
English Learners Success Forum
(This list was updated on 4/7/2020 at 11:31 a.m.; Robbinsdale Area Schools does not sponsor or endorse any of the activities or resources listed below.)
Food Banks and Food Resources
Find your local food bank here.
FARE FOR ALL: www.fareforall.org or 763-450-3880
Quality, affordable grocery packages, including meat and produce. Warehouse store in New Hope (8501 54th Ave N) is open every other Monday from 9:30am-7:00pm, accept cash, credit, debit, EBT cards. Open to everyone (no income requirement).
HUNGER SOLUTIONS/MINNESOTA FOOD HELPLINE: www.hungersolutions.org or 1-888-711-1151 or 651-486-9860 HelpLine Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Will assess the caller’s situation and provide solutions to their food needs.
PRISM: www.prismmpls.org or 763-529-1350.
Social service agency that helps people meet their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. Call or check the website for hours. Serves residents in Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale, Crystal, Plymouth (East of 494)
NEAR: www.nearfoodshelf.org or 763-533-2836.
Provides emergency food relief to residents of northern Robbinsdale, Crystal and New Hope who live between 42nd and 62nd Ave N. Call or check the website for hours.
CEAP: www.ceap.org or 763-566-9600.
Provides food support, clothing and resource referrals. Call or check the website for hours. Serves residents in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, East Champlin (East of Hwy 169)
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) 651-431-4050.
Helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for nutritious and well balanced meals. The program provides support to help stretch your household food budget. Income requirements apply.
New Hope Church Food Shelf
SECOND HARVEST SNAP OUTREACH : Specialists are available for application assistance and food resources. Use online screening tool or call 651-209-7963.
GROCERY DELIVERY WITH METRO MOBILITY: Certified Metro Mobility customers and existing Transit Link customers can now order groceries online and have them picked up and delivered to your home.
(This list was updated on 4/21/2020 at 1:08 p.m.; Robbinsdale Area Schools does not sponsor or endorse any of the activities or resources listed below.)
Spectrum Internet: offer begins MONDAY 3/16/2020. If you are interested call 844-488-8395 (for k-12 and college aged individuals).
Xfinity Comcast: Xfinity is offering hotspots in out-of-home locations for free, including non-Xfinity internet customers. For more information visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Xfinity Comcast is also offering Free to two months Internet Essentials for new qualifying customers. For more information call 1-855-846-8376 or visit internetessentials.com
PC's for People: a non-profit organization that offers low cost computers and wireless hotspots. Learn more at www.pcsforpeople.org
City of Minneapolis Wifi: City of Minneapolis wireless internet is temporarily free right now. Learn more at www.minneapolismn.gov/wireless/index.htm
Update: the following carriers have eliminated data caps for mobile devices, please verify with your carrier if unsure before using a mobile device to set a wifi hotspot (Comcast, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Cox, Verizon, etc.).
Minnesota Office of Broadband Development:
- For assistance identifying broadband service options or connecting with broadband providers, please call 651-259-7610 or email Deed.firstname.lastname@example.org
- K12 Connect Forward Program
Minnesota Afterschool Advance:
Assists qualifying families with obtaining a Chromebook for 75% off to assist with accessing distance learning materials. Apply at www.mnafterschool.org/apply
Allows residents to view providers in their area and compare options based on their needs. Learn more at https://www.allconnect.com/internet/cheap.
(This list was updated on 5/12/2020 at 10:24 a.m.; Robbinsdale Area Schools does not sponsor or endorse any of the activities or resources listed below.)
People Serving People (PPL) 614 3rd Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Phone: 612-332-4500.
Community Mediation & Restorative Services, INC. Phone: 763-561-0033 Espanol: 612-629-6058. Email: email@example.com. Webpage link: https://smrsmn.org/ (Foreclosure prevention and support).
Youth Services Network: https://ysnmn.org/
Online resource of services for homeless youth including available shelters, drop in centers and medical care, etc.
Youth Resource Line: 763-493-3052 - operates from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily - For any youth that is homeless or is at risk of homelessness. Youth can leave a message and a outreach worker will contact them to assess needs and connect youth to needed resources.
Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County: 952-933-3052 - provides resources for renters, homeowners and those facing homelessness.
EAP: 1-800-657-3710 - provides energy assistance to renters and homeowners who are struggling financially.
ACER: 612-430-8678 - provides housing resources and support for tenants.
(This list was updated on 5/12/2020 at 10:29 a.m. Robbinsdale Area Schools does not sponsor or endorse any of the activities or resources listed below.)
- Minnesota State Hotline for School & Childcare Phone: 651-297-1304.
- Child Care Aware of MN: 651-290-9704
- Parent Aware: 888-291-9811
- Salvation Army: Bus cards and gas cards
- Transit Assistance Program (TAP): $1 dollar bus fare.
- The Lift Garage: Very low cost auto repair.
- Bridge to Benefits
By answering a few simple questions, you will be able to see if you are eligible for public work support programs. Also find the nearest food shelf by entering your zip code.
- Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County
952-933-9639. Provides services to individuals through outreach; energy assistance programs, housing, food support, free tax assistance, legal services, employment counseling, and financial counseling. The Community Resource tab has a guide to other resources.
- WIC (Women Infants and Children)
612-348-6100 Hennepin County WIC office helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. Provides nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and referrals to health and other social services. Income requirements apply.
- Low/No Cost Healthcare Information (MN Dept of Health)
763-529-1350. Provides food, clothing and housing stability resources.
- United Way COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund
800-543-7709 or 651-291-0211. Provides free and confidential health and human services resources.
- Coalition of Asiam American Leaders
Partners with Asian Minnesotan Organizations to support vulnerable segments of our communities. In addition, you have the ability to report discrimination to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights through this site.
- Apply MN
This website application can connect you with state and county services to help meet your family's basic needs. Use it to apply for cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, child care assistance, and Emergency Assistance. Call 651-431-4000 for questions.
Providing mini emergency funds for individuals, call 612-314-5586. They can also assist with completing unemployment applications, please call 612-217-0282.