Since K-12 Schools are Closed in Lansing. Now What?!
What’s next?! This is the question many are asking as Coronavirus is here and Michigan K-12 schools are officially closed until April. What’s next and how can we be diligent to protect and provide for our families during Covid-19?
Although there are so many unknowns and rapid changes are occurring daily, our team is hard at work to prepare, connect, and provide helpful resources, as well as communicate with high reverence, “we are in this together!”
This is why below you’ll find community, homeschool/educational, food and lunch, childcare, telemedicine resources plus things to do at home and non-germy options.
This Article Will Frequently Update Daily
If you have links, updates, and information to add to this list, please comment below. Together we can communicate to help and inform our communities.
Thank you in advance for your help and support!
With so many feeds, posts, and places to gather information it can be hard to know which ones will truly be helpful. Some we may not know even exist.
If you have sources you love and ways to help our community stay informed please comment below so we can continue to bulk up this list for each other. This article will be updated and added to daily.
Live updates from Lansing WKAR.
Michigan.gov has some helpful links and Q&A for families, childcare providers, teachers, and more.
Working from home is our wheelhouse. These tips can help you work remotely.
Coronavirus Closures and Cancellations: Lansing, Michigan
A Helpful way to explain Coronavirus to our kids.
Schuler Books is offering curbside pick up if you’re interested in getting books, puzzles, games etc.
Homeschool it is! We’re gearing up in our household for 3 weeks of at-home-learning and I’m so thankful to say that some of our team are teachers and educators. I’m gleaning from them and we’re passing these great at-home learning options along.
If you have ideas or are already homeschooling, we’d love your helpful tips, please comment below! This article will be updated and added to daily.
Khan Academy a free education platform.
Education Companies offering free subscriptions.
Go Noodle for free educational and active games.
Capital Area District Libraries offer digital or streaming options.
PBSkids.org offer digital or streaming options.
10 FREE learning websites from BSC Teacher Education.
Language: Is your child in one of the immersion schools or interested in learning another language? Duolingo is a FREE educational source.
Free Printable Math worksheets by Sylvan Learning.
Study for the ACT and the SAT with The Olive Book.
Scholastic is offering fun learning challenges.
Food/Lunches for Kids in Need
As our city’s kids are home until April many will be in need of lunches and meals. Lansing is amazing and we have many options for this in our area. As more and more options pour in we’ll continue to update this list.
If you know of a place that’s offering food for families please comment below. This article will be updated and added to daily.
Lansing Catholic Central offering free meals for any school-age student beginning March 16.
Lansing School District partnered with many local organizations such as YMCA and SodexoMAGIC providing 20 grab-n-go food locations around Lansing.
Charlotte Public Schools is offering a grab-n-go lunch service for ages up to 18 with NO student ID required.
DeWitt Public Schools will be distributing food at churches and pantries.
East Lansing School District is offering free meals to all students up to 18 years old.
Holt Public Schools will be deploying their mobile food bus on a regular basis.
Lansing and Ingham County Food Banks and pantries.
St. Johns Public Schools is offering a free meal schedule to all kids up to 18.
Waverly Community School’s free meal availability.
The Bread House is providing prepackaged lunches from 11 am – 1 pm Monday – Friday.
Eastside Community Action Center is providing free lunch for all kids for the duration school closings. M-F 12 pm – 1:30 pm, 1001 Dakin Street Lansing, Michigan 48912
Evoke Productions and Everything is Cheesecake are teaming up to provide meals for Lansing families. Reach them by messaging on their FB page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiddler’s on the Grand is offering FREE pick-up only breakfast for kids.
Saddleback Barbeque is offering meal options for kids and donations.
Places you can get a Telemedicine Visit
It’s allergy season, other sicknesses are going around, and the coronavirus is in Michigan it will be so helpful for us parents to have a doctor readily available. For now we have one options listed but this list will be added to as the days and weeks go on.
If you know of a place offering telemedicine appointments please comment below. This article will be updated and added to daily.
98.6 offers Telemedicine appointments.
Family Doc Direct in Okemos is serving the Greater Lansing Area and vicinities. You could reach them at 517-220-0603.
Things to do at Home With Kids
I’m sure you’re probably already whipping out all of your arts and crafts, games, movie choices, books, and more. If you need some extra ideas, here are some awesome ways to get through these next few weeks at home.
If you have ideas of things to do at home please comment below! This article will be updated and added to daily.
Every day at 10 am on the LFF Facebook page and LFF Instagram page we will be posting fun interactive videos from team members and other exciting people around Michigan starting Monday, March 16th. We love giving your kids something to look forward to!
Try These At-Home Activities
Free online family yoga through MSU MI Stronger Family.
Watch and hear stories read from actors with Storyline Online.
Do ‘Lunch Doodles’ with Mo Willems!
Join Daily FB Live art videos with McHarpor Manor.
Make art with these sweet painting tutorials.
Try these Indoor activities from BuzzFeed.
Take a Virtual Tour around 12 Famous Museums.
Take a Virtual Tour of national parks.
Make playdough with Martha Stewart’s homemade playdough tutorial.
Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
Have a bed time story read to you by Josh Gad.
Play board games without the board.
Try out some new recipes for baking and meals and have the kiddos help.
Follow along during the LIVE drawing with Ben Clanton in “Let’s Draw and Eat Waffles on March 20.”
Disney Plus is making Frozen 2 available starting March 15th.
Try a FREE art class with Raising Wonder.
Printable 101 at home activities from Hip2Save.
Non-germy Out-of-the-House Fun With Kids
We are limited in where we can or want to go during this time but thankfully it’s starting to get warmer and nicer out each day. This means getting outdoors is an option and Lansing has many places to do this.
If you have ideas and places that are non-germy please comment below! This article will be updated and added to daily.
Walk or Hike:
Lansing area Trails and Paths
Meridian Township Trails
Nature Center’s Trails
Go on a bike ride through the above trails or in your neighborhood.
Go on a walk in your neighborhood or around your own backyard.
Visit a Garden while taking precautions to stick to trails, paths, and areas without objects to touch.
MSU Rivertrail and Gardens and Greenhouses
We are working to find more solutions available in the Lansing area. If you have leads or information on childcare please leave a comment below.
CrossPointe Kids in the Perry school district has 20 open spots each day for the next three weeks.
Ways Your Family Can Help
Asside from the health department’s helpful tips such as staying home when you’re sick and washing hands, please comment below with your tips and ways families can help during this time.
The Red Cross is asking the healthy people give blood through this time.
Eastside Community Action Center is providing free lunch for all kids for the duration school closings and are taking donations.
We’re Going to Get Through This – Together!
Wow, Lansing! What a crazy couple of days we’ve had, and weeks to come. I’m so thankful our community is not only known for how caring, friendly, and our let’s-get-to-it attitudes, but it’s actually true!
Thank you for helping our community by sharing your ideas, resources, and support!
We’re going to get through this – together!