Dear Tribal Family,

RE: Humboldt/Del Norte Tribal Family Survey for Access to Online Educational Resources

Greetings. My name is Rain Marshall and I am the new Indigenous Education Advocate in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. This position is funded through a collaborative partnership between the Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (ACLU-NC) My offices are located at the NCIDC Office in Eureka and at the Del Norte Indian Education Center in Crescent City.

I will be working with local Tribes, public K–12 schools, parent committees and community members to create a climate in the school system that provides educational equity for Indigenous children. In response to COVID-19, we are ensuring that the school districts are continuing to provide services to the Native American students and families. We are monitoring various schools in the region as they transition to online learning, assuring that families have access to curriculum resources, internet access and technology. In addition, we are also following the state and federal responses to corroborate that students who are on Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and or 504 plans will continue to be receive those services.

I have included a Tribal Family Survey. Please take a moment to fill out this important survey, so we can help assist you in getting educational services for your children during the school closures. All information will remain confidential and will only be used to assist you in getting needed educational services, if you so choose.

Also included are a list of online resources for accessing Special Education resources during school closures and a sample letter to send to the District to specifically request an IEP meeting to discuss continued IEP services. If you have any questions about this survey or wish to give your answers over the phone please call me at (707) 498-6292.

Thank you for your time.

 

Respectfully,
Rain L. Marshall, J.D.
Indigenous Education Advocate
NCIDC/ACLU of Northern California