Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve the CACPCS Board of Trustees and school leadership are closely monitoring the situation. As a New York City charter school, CACPCS's response to COVID-19 is informed by the Centers for Disease Control, the New York State and New York City Departments of Health, the New York State Education Department, the New York City Department of Education, and the policies and procedures of Children's Aid.
We had to make the difficult decision to close our doors on March 16, 2020 and will remain closed until May 15th. We have transitioned to remote learning through May 15th. While there had been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among CACPCS students, staff or school community members as of March 16th, it was clear that this COVID-19 situation was an evolving and ever-changing public health emergency. While it was a difficult decision, it was the right thing for us to do as a school community for the safety of our scholars and their families, our staff and our neighbors here in the Bronx and throughout NYC.
We know our scholars and families rely on CACPCS’s doors to be open to provide the educational experiences necessary to ensure our scholars’ success, but many families also rely on the additional services and supports we provide as a Children’s Aid community school.
In order to continue to support our scholars and families, we will be doing the following:
- Communicating with families and children through phone calls and emails;
- Creating regular opportunities for scholars, parents and caregivers to communicate with staff and opportunities for staff to remain connected to one another in support of scholars and families;
- Providing distance learning and materials to support learning at home for our scholars;
- Updating the CACPCS website regularly;
- Providing useful information for families to get what they need here;
- Providing information for student meals for pick-up at pre-designated sites here.
- Providing online workshops and support to parents and caregivers regarding topics like remote learning, coping with the changes and potential stress caused by this COVID-19 pandemic and accessing city and state services and resources;
- Providing information about locations for student meals at pre-designated sites here; and,
- Connecting the families of first responders, health care workers and other qualified essential employees to the NYC DoE’s Regional Enrichment Centers for child care support during this school closure.
The health and safety of every member of the CACPCS community is our top priority, so please take a look at some useful resources here:
- CDC Fact Sheet
- CDC - Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
- CDC - Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (schools and childcare settings)
- World Health Organization (coping with stress)
Children’s Aid has also posted resources on its website that you may find helpful – visit www.ChildrensAidNYC.org/coronavirus.
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