So you’re thinking of joining Salmon in the Schools?
Participating in Salmon in the Schools is much more than having fish in your classroom. It requires time, teacher and principal consent, education about salmon, and funds for equipment and supplies. We’ve compiled this information to aid in your decision.
SIS-Seattle has the following priorities for adding schools to the program:
- Under-resourced schools (at least 37% low-income).
- Elementary schools. The program is primarily geared towards upper-elementary grades and the flexibility of the elementary school day. Middle schools and high schools may join if teachers give us a summary of how they intend to make the most of the program and how they intend to ensure the safe release of fry.
Does your school have funds to purchase new equipment and replace consumable tank supplies? Private schools and schools with less than 37% low-income students are expected to cover at least some, if not all the initial set-up costs (up to $1,900), as well as the full cost for annual consumable items. We suggest schools’ budget up to $250/year for supplies and the eventual replacement or repair of equipment. SIS-Seattle may be able to help; just tell us about your funding situation. Look at the list of equipment needed to set up a tank.
Application for permit must be submitted by at least the last week of April so that we can apply to the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife by April 30th.