Riverways Education Partnerships

COVID-19 Response Page

Riverways Education Partnerships continues to be devoted to our mission during these times as a K-12 outreach program that connects undergraduate students from the University of Washington with educational and service opportunities in local and regional schools and community organizations through tutoring and mentoring). However, we are also devoted and committed to keeping our students, staff, partners, and communities safe. In light of that, we have rolled out several plans and notices to our partners throughout this time. As the situation develops, needs change, and our relationship with our partners change, this page will be updated with any messages that we send out.

In addition, please make note that Mary Gates Hall is closed and accessible via Husky Card to UW students, staff and faculty who have been given access to the building (for example, people who work in the building during normal operations). The building will remain secured until further notice. Our services and staff are available online and by phone.

For updates on the University’s response to COVID-19 as well as information for students, please visit www.uw.edu/coronavirus. Please click on the following subjects to see more info.

LAST UPDATED: 4/10/20

Riverways Messages to Communities

3/31/20 - EDUC 401: Updated Procedure for Credits, Tutoring, and Hours

Hello EDUC 401 Tutors,

Thank you so much for participating with Pipeline this Spring!

As we all know, this Spring will be very different from any quarter in Pipeline history when it comes to tutoring and community engagement in the Seattle area. Here is a link about our response to the situation happening in Seattle: https://expd.uw.edu/pipeline/coronavirus/.

There have been many questions if there will be any opportunities to help students this quarter, so we are writing to clarify how tutoring will be done this spring:

All EDUC 401 Seminar students will create one tutoring video for every credit they are signed up for in Spring 2020. (For example, if you signed up for 3 credits, then you will do 3 tutoring videos. 5 credits equals 5 videos.) Students will create a minimum of 3 videos in total; if you signed up for fewer than 3 credits, you are still required to do 3 tutoring videos. Videos will be at least 5-10 minutes long and will cater to a certain age group or subject, depending on the type of video the teacher wants for their students. 

———4/10/20 edit: we have updated our credit load requirements. You can see them at: Spring 2020 EDUC 401 Pipeline Seminars

We understand that this is a new type of tutoring practicum, so during orientation during week 2 we will go over some resources that you can use to create your videos and show an example of an online tutoring video, in addition to guidelines and procedures. Pipeline is not organizing any in-person tutoring this spring, but creating this hub of online videos can create a learning environment for any student in SPS and beyond at their home. 

The Pipeline Project team is still fleshing out the details of how we are going to best share videos after they are uploaded. They will be on Vimeo, accessible to all. You will know more next week, but we wanted to share our plans with our tutors before orientation begins! 

Have a great day and email us if you have any questions! 

– Pipeline Project

UW tutors will be creating pre-recorded educational video tutorials based on your requests!

Hello K-12 teachers, community organizations, students and families,

The UW Pipeline Project is a tutoring program where UW students tutor K-12 students in schools across Seattle, working toward our mission of reducing inequities in public education.
Typically, 600 UW volunteers tutor in Seattle Schools each year.

While the COVID-19 crisis has made it difficult for us to continue in-person tutoring this spring, UW tutors will continue to support K-12 learning while maintaining safe social distancing practices. 

UW tutors will be creating pre-recorded educational video tutorials based on your requests! Videos will be about 5-10 minutes in length and will cover a variety of topics.

If you, or someone you know has a particular topic for K-12 learning that you would like a UW tutor to cover, please fill out our Video Topic Request Form. Topics can include anything students would ask in a personal tutoring session. We will be accepting video requests until May 15th, but requests received before April 6th will have the fastest turn around.

All completed videos will be available for free download at tinyurl.com/UWPipelineOnline

If you are a teacher who works at a school with at least 40% of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, we would be happy to set up ongoing online tutoring through zoom for your students. Please email Sarah Bishop directly at srbishop@uw.edu. For all other questions, please email us at pipeline@uw.edu

Please feel free to share this email with others, as we have many UW tutors that are looking forward to making educational videos based on your needs.

Thank you for your patience as we work to adapt to our new circumstances! We appreciate you, and wish you all good health! 

In solidarity,
The Pipeline Project

Inner Pipeline Seminars (EDUC 401): Updated Procedures

Hello EDUC 401 Students,

We at the Pipeline Project hope you are healthy and taking all necessary precautions during this sensitive time in our communities. Please look out for yourself and your family/friends!

Regarding EDUC 401 seminars for Spring 2020: We are looking forward to your participation in Pipeline Spring quarter! All instruction will happen online until we hear otherwise from Ana Mari Cauce, the UW President. Please check Canvas regularly, since your facilitators will be posting announcements, zoom meeting links and online assignments in the weeks to come.

How will I complete my tutoring hours for Spring EDUC 401?

We will be offering you online opportunities to complete your tutoring hours. There are two types of activities that will be available and are currently developing:
1) Researching and creating educational online activities for K-12 students, such as educational video lessons or games.
2) Online tutoring for elementary, middle or high school students. We have received requests for UW tutors to help students remotely via zoom or Google classroom. Another option might be providing homework help videos for students.

We will work hard to create meaningful and engaging ways for you to complete your tutoring hours, which will be beneficial to K-12 students and give you experience in the education world.

If you have any concerns, or your major requires in person tutoring as a graduation requirement, please reach out to us and we will help you find a solution. Please email us if you have any questions or concerns at pipeline@uw.edu!

Stay strong Huskies, and take it one day at a time. Have a great day!

General Volunteer Update for Spring 2020

Hi!

NOTE: If you are registered for an EDUC 401 Inner Pipeline Seminar for Spring 2020, please disregard this message. You WILL receive an orientation on the first day of class.

Due to the current situation regarding public health and campus operations, our staff has decided to prioritize placing tutors for spring quarter who are enrolled in our EDUC 401 Inner Pipeline Seminars and our Work Study program. We have, after careful deliberation, decided to not recruit volunteers for spring quarter at this time as we move forward, working with schools to see how we can best support them and their students.

Therefore, we will NOT be holding general volunteer orientations for Spring 2020.

If you are a student who was interested in the Pipeline Project for a Service Learning requirement, please refer to https://www.washington.edu/carlson/ for updates, and feel free to contact them about questions at serve@u.washington.edu.

You are welcome to sign up for one of our EDUC 401 Inner Pipeline Seminars as they will be offered to students Spring Quarter, online or otherwise. Tutoring Placements will continue to be offered through alternative methods for our EDUC 401 seminar students.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at pipeline@uw.edu

Alternative Spring Break Update (for Students)

Dear ASB Team Members,

It is with heavy hearts that we are writing you to let you know that we need to cancel the UW Alternative Spring Break (ASB) visits this year. We have heard from a number of schools whose district has a policy to not allow outside visitors into the school this month. In additional precautionary measures, the UW has asked us to avoid bringing large groups of people together (uw.edu/coronavirus). In order to exercise an abundance of caution for your health and the health of the communities we work with, we will not be doing visits to our ASB sites.

We know that you will be very disappointed about this, and the kids at your ASB site will be disappointed as well. But not being allowed to visit doesn’t mean we can’t stay in touch with the kids. We hope to find ways for you all to still engage with your students, through sending videos or setting up a zoom call. We can mail the program supplies to the school, so that they can continue the ASB activities. We encourage you to talk to your team about how you’d like to engage with the kids remotely.

We so appreciate all that you have done to prepare for ASB this year. We hope that you will continue to find ways to mentor with K-12 students this year!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at pipeline@uw.edu

Alternative Spring Break Update (for Partner Schools)

Dear Alternative Spring Break School Partners,

It is with heavy hearts that we are writing you to let you know that we are cancelling the University of Washington Alternative Spring Break visits this year. We have heard from a number of schools whose district has a policy to not allow outside visitors into the school this month. In additional precautionary measures, the UW has asked us to avoid bringing large groups of people together (uw.edu/coronavirus). In order to exercise an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the student visit for all ASB sites.

We know that your students, along with the UW students, will be very sad about this, and had been looking forward to the visit. We hope to find ways for the UW mentors to still engage with your students, through sending videos or setting up a zoom call. We also would be happy to mail you the supplies for the program, so that you can continue the activities at your school if you choose. We would love to hear your thoughts about the feasibility of a video or zoom call in the classrooms that had planned to host the UW students.

We so appreciate all that you have done to prepare for hosting the UW students. We are looking forward to collaborating to run the program next year!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at pipeline@uw.edu

ASB: Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough Fundraiser Update

Hello,

As public health guidelines and operations on University campus have developed, we no longer will be receiving and distributing the Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough in the second week of Spring Quarter as we initially planned.

Please rest assured that we are working with Cougar Mountain to choose a date that best works in the interest of public health as well as getting the cookie dough to you. While we know this is a huge inconvenience, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

If you are able, I would recommend reaching out to those you have sold cookie dough to about this update, in case they are unable to receive our email.

While we weren’t able to run ASB this year, all funds raised from the cookie dough fundraiser this year will go toward funding the Alternative Spring Break program next year.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at pipeline@uw.edu