Our hearts continue to go out to everyone who was impacted by the series of storms that wreaked havoc across the Southeast Polk District. Thank you to all of the different organizations, local companies and good people of our community for your help and support!
Updated Tuesday Afternoon:
Polk County Emergency Management has set up a special hotline and webpage specifically for the families impacted in our district.
Caring Hands Food Pantry is open from 3:00-5:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays.
School counselors continue to be available to talk to students who are struggling with reactions to the aftermath of the tornadoes.
Families are also encouraged to seek out counseling and/or 24/7 phone consultations through our Student Assistance Program at 515-244-6090. Additional information and mental health resources are listed on the Southeast Polk website.
For more information on talking to your child about what has happened, see any of the following resources:
We appreciate the immediate outpouring of support and offers to help. Please go to the Polk County Emergency Management site to learn how to best help: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/emergency-management/recent-disaster-information/
If individuals or community groups are looking for immediate ways to help, the Red Cross has shared they would benefit most from cash donations. To donate cash, please follow this link: Redcross Donations. They are not in need of clothing or food donations at this time.
As SEP becomes aware of additional needs for students and families over the next few weeks, we will make that information available for community members or groups who wish to donate or organize.
We know several of our Southeast Polk families and staff members have been greatly impacted. We are here to support everyone with resources and information. We continue to try to provide a sense of normalcy and a consistent routine. Also, we continue to give students and staff an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about how they were personally impacted by the storm and to share their concerns for others. Our goal will be to normalize all feelings and also remind students that adults are here to help keep them safe.