5 Things: May 5, 2020
1. Tune In Thursday
The Future of Education: Distance Learning, Childcare, & Equity
Presented by Puget Sound Energy
May 7 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm
As schools move to accommodate home-based learning many working parents face a tough balancing act. Hear from Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Ivan Duran, Superintendent for the Bellevue School District, and Ross Hunter, Secretary of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families as they explore the new normal in education.
2. Return of the Nine to Five
As the state begins moving through the phases for reopening outlined by Governor Inslee, companies are now deciding between bringing employees back to the office or allowing them to continue working remotely. Several major employers, including Amazon and Microsoft, have given their employees the option to work remotely through the foreseeable future and other companies are likely to follow their example. This slow return to work affects small businesses and merchants in downtown Seattle and Bellevue that depend on business from office workers.
3. Spring for Schools
Every day this month, Bellevue Schools Foundation is celebrating the ways students are staying connected to one another. Technology plays a primary role, but they’re also using music and the arts to learn, play, and relieve the stress these days can bring.
Through it all, the Foundation has continued to support students by providing food vouchers to students in need, supporting the counselors who remain on the job, and funding support for staff caring for children of healthcare workers and first responders.
4. Environmental Stewardship Initiative
The city is in the process of updating the Environmental Stewardship Plan, to help chart the course for our future environmental stewardship efforts. The planning process will include multiple opportunities for residents to share their priorities and concerns related to the environment in Bellevue. Opportunities to engage with staff and make your voice heard can be found on the ESI Update Page.
To share your opinions about steps you think Bellevue should take to achieve its environmental goals, take the Actions Survey by May 15 >
5. Call of the Wild
Many Washington parks are reopening for day-use today. The governor stressed that all outdoor activities must be done with appropriate social distancing for the safety and security of participants and the people who work in outdoor recreation.