June 17, 2020:
We hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and finding ways to support and stand-up for each other and our community during this time. As we prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we want to keep you informed about what we know about the beginning of the year and our COVID-19 health & safety planning.
We are currently preparing for students to return to our remote education platform on Monday. August 24, 2020 and anticipate having in-person school at some point later in the year. We are committed to planning ahead for a school environment that prioritizes the safety of our entire community using the available guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) guidelines, city and state recommendations.
Below is an update on our COVID-19 health & safety planning.
- Risk Mitigation: Our strategy is to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within our school communities by balancing a number of factors related to the spread of COVID-19 transmission, including managing time and exposure across different groups of people, batching students and implementing health monitoring.
- Facility Readiness: Our regional facilities team is working to ensure that all buildings are in good condition, sanitized, and have satisfactory air quality and ventilation.
- Family Feedback: As we plan we will continue to reach out to you to get a better sense of your preferences and concerns about returning to school, how the coronavirus has affected your households, and how we can continue to adapt our remote learning model.
Additionally, KIPP NYC staff will take all possible precautions to ensure the social & emotional safety of the students. These precautions will include ensuring that school structures such as circle time, advisories, and classrooms will address any student social & emotional needs. Additionally, all social workers and counselors will continue to be available to students who will need continued and additional support.
Ultimately, whenever we are able to access buildings and gather in schools again, we will do so in a way that takes into account the needs of our families and staff and reduces transmission risk across the entire school community.