UPDATED 4/30: Many schools are still closed for the #REDforED walkout, and it is uncertain how long the walkout will last at this point in time.
Click here for a list of school closures. You can also visit this site for an interactive map detailing walkout plans from various districts. Click here for a phone directory containing contact information for all Arizona school districts. Many schools will continue to provide meal options for students. For the most up-to-date information, and to learn about options for meals during the walkout, please refer to your school’s website or Facebook page.
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance will continue to help ensure children have food to eat during the school closures. Beginning Tuesday, May 1, the food bank will go mobile and deliver meal kits to families across the Valley. Click here for a map of food banks and other resources.
The Valley of the Sun YMCA will continue to provide emergency child care throughout the state, including Yuma and Flagstaff.
Boys and Girls Clubs will continue to be open from 8 a.m. 6 p.m. for families who need care for their students during the school day. Space is limited. Please contact your local club for more information.
Click here to view a list of childcare options provided by the REDforED organizers. More childcare and meal options can be found here, but be sure to check with the individual organizations to confirm. The Children's Action Alliance also has a list of childcare options and other resources.
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Original post (posted 4/24):
Will schools still be offering meals?
Many kids rely on school breakfast and lunch for meals each day. If your child’s school will be closing for the #RedforEd walkout, check with your district’s website or Facebook page to see if they are one of the many schools still offering meals.
Here are details on a few schools and districts in the area:
Mesa: Food service operations will be closed, and there is no information yet on where students can receive meals during the walkout
Chandler Unified School District: Breakfast and lunch will be available to all students (regardless of their home school), 18 years old and younger free of charge. The District will serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:
Scottsdale: Scottsdale Unified will be providing meals at select campuses during the walk out.
Gilbert: District staff are working with food banks to ensure extra food is delivered to Gilbert schools today (Tuesday) and Wednesday for pickup by families. A resource list will be sent out to families and staff with locations where they can get food during school closures. Click here to learn more and for updates.
Tempe Elementary School District: All schools in the Tempe Elementary School District will be closed on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 and will remain closed until further notice.
Tucson Unified School District: The district plans to offer breakfast and lunch at all schools. If a school is closed due to a lack of staffing, parents will need to accompany their children for meals.
Madison School District: Breakfast and lunch will be provided for student. Meals will be served from the Madison Park Commons on Thursday and Friday.
Flagstaff Unified School District: Childcare for registered FACTS students will be available at Kinsey Elementary from 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on any day school is closed. For more information see the FACTS website or call 928-527-6180. Designated school sites will offer free breakfast and lunch to any person age 18 or younger on days school is closed: Cromer, Killip, Kinsey, Leupp, Marshall, Thomas, and Sinagua Middle. You do not have to be a student at that school to participate in this meal program. Breakfast will be served 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and Lunch from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the designated sites.
Washington Elementary School District: Breakfast and lunch will be served at all 32 schools on Thursday, April 26 as well as on any day that school campuses are closed. Any child, ages 1 to 18, can receive free breakfast and lunch at any WESD school. Children do not have to attend a WESD school to receive food. Adults may purchase breakfast or lunch for $3.50. The WESD is also working on an amended childcare plan for WESD students during school closures. Check with the school for detailed information regarding childcare.
Glendale Union High School District: Cafeterias will be open at all district schools and free-and-reduced breakfast and lunch will be served to students participating in this program. Transportation will not be provided.
Peoria Unified School District: All schools in the district will be closed. Students and families will not have access to buildings or fenced areas during regular school hours.
Payson Unified School District: Breakfast and lunch will be available to all students under the age of 18. Breakfast and lunch will both be “grab and go” type meals, and will be served at Julia Randall Elementary School and Rim Country Middle School. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
What about other needs, like day care?
Some community centers are also offering free meals and low-cost child care for students and families. Click here to see an up-to-date list of these resources. Additionally, St. Mary’s Food Bank will be increasing food donations by 25% during the walkout, and 500 other food banks across the state will open their doors to any students or families who need a meal.
The City of Phoenix will extend the hours of their recreation centers, providing a safe place for children ages 6 to 17 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday. The centers will also provide lunch for those who pre-register here.
Oasis Community Church in Scottsdale is offering a free kids camp on Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited to the first 300 registered kids. Click here to register.
Check here to see a list of other providers across the state providing childcare.
Educators are also collecting food to feed hungry families during the walkout. Learn more about efforts in your area:
- Educators collecting food for hungry students ahead of teacher walk-out
- North Phoenix community organizes food drive ahead of teacher walkout
For teachers and working parents who need care for their children during the walkout, many places are offering free or reduced cost care options, such as the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. Check out this list for additional options:
- Teacher walkout: Where parents can take kids around Phoenix for camp, daycare
- Free Co-working Kid-friendly space
- Family resources for the teacher walk out
- The Springs Church
- Valley Life Church is offering free child care
- Free Day Center for Students at Guardian Angels Catholic Community and Tempe Interfaith Fellowship
- Discounted rates for Gymnastics Academy Day Camp
Pinnacle Prevention supports our Arizona teachers 100 percent, and we believe this statement is an important step toward a brighter future for all. We will continue to provide updates and resources throughout the week and during the walk out.