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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

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(Last updated 4:00 p.m., March 31. Families, please see below for information on remote learning for the week of March 30)

The safety of our students and team is a top priority here at Achievement First, always and especially now. Out of an abundance of caution, all Achievement First schools and offices are closed until further notice. 

We will be sharing more information as the situation unfolds via this page, robo-calls, text messages, and emails to keep you updated. If you are not receiving messages directly from your school, please reach out to a member of your school’s staff to update your contact information or send us an email here.

If you or anyone in your immediate family has been tested for COVID-19, and you have had any physical contact with one or more school community members (scholar, teacher, parents, network team member, etc.) in the last 14 days, please complete the information in this link. We will keep your identity confidential, and this information will allow us to make sure your school community can take appropriate next steps.


Closures

  • Connecticut

    • Following our host districts, all AF Connecticut schools are closed beginning Friday, March 13 through at least Friday, April 17.
    • We will continue to monitor the situation and update this page with more information about reopening.
  • New York – UPDATED 3.27

    • All AF New York schools are closed starting Monday, March 16, through at least Friday, April 17.
    • We have rescheduled AF’s New York Spring Break. It will now take place from April 10 – April 17.
    • We will continue to monitor the situation and update this page with more information about reopening.
  • Rhode Island – UPDATED 3.31

    • Rhode Island’s governor has announced that schools will be closed through at least Thursday, April 30.
    • We will continue to monitor the situation and update this page with more information about reopening.

Food Distribution

  • Bridgeport

    • Bridgeport Public Schools Emergency Food Service Sites are open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You can find a list of sites here or use this app
    • All students 18 and under may receive a meal and must be present to receive their meal. Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult.
    • Services will continue while Bridgeport Public Schools are closed. Additional information is available here.
  • Brooklyn

    • Beginning on Monday, March 23, grab-and-go meals will be distributed Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at 439 meal hub sites across the city. Click here to search for a grab-and-go meal site near you. Please check the website because the location you’ve been using may no longer offer meals.
    • Families will be able to take one breakfast and two lunches per student per visit.
    • Meals are available for all students 18 and under. Scholars do not need to be present to receive a meal.
  • Hartford

    • Starting Monday, March 23, the district will provide breakfast and lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m – 12 p.m. at 15 sites throughout the city, including our AF Hartford building. All sites can be found here.
    • On Mondays and Wednesdays, scholars can receive two days’ worth of meals, and on Fridays, three days’ worth of meals. The meals are frozen and can be heated in a microwave or oven, and will include cooking instructions.
    • Meals will be distributed outside at the sites, and families will not be able to enter the buildings. Sidewalk and curbside pickup will be available for walkers/drivers.
    • All students 18 and under may receive a meal. Services will continue while Hartford schools are closed.
    • For all questions, call 860-695-8490.
  • New Haven

    • The New Haven Public Schools Food Service Department will serve grab-and-go breakfast and lunch starting Monday, March 16, to all students 18 and younger.
    • Meal sites are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. All locations are listed here, and a map is available here.
    • Services will continue while New Haven Public Schools are closed. For questions, call 475-220-1610.
  • Providence

    • Providence Public Schools is offering meals to all children under age 18. Children must be present to receive the meals. Each breakfast and lunch will be pre-packaged to take home.
    • Meal sites are open from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Find your site here.
    • Meal services will continue through the closure of Providence Public Schools. More information is available here.
    • The full list of Rhode Island meal distribution locations will continue to be updated.

Remote/Distance Learning – UPDATED 3.31

The primary focus right now is on your family’s health and safety. That said, we also want to support you and help bring some stability during these times, so we’ve created a plan for our students to continue learning from home. Your school will be reaching out to you via email on Friday, March 27 with more information about our comprehensive distance learning plan. Remote/distance learning is scheduled to begin the week of March 30. If you do not receive an email, please reach out to a staff member from your school to update your contact information.

Remote Learning Portal

Families can also use the above button to access technology resources and support.

Testing – UPDATED 3.31

Connecticut and New York have confirmed the SBAC and New York state test have been canceled for this spring. The Rhode Island Department of Education has also confirmed that they will not administer the RICAS exam. We’re waiting for more information regarding the Regents and SAT and will provide updates as soon as we have them.

The College Board has released updated information about AP exams. Find the latest information here.

Health Resources

  • CDC Information

    • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported coronavirus (COVID-19) illnesses come with symptoms that range from mild to severe and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If a member of your family develops these symptoms, and you have been in close contact with a person known to have coronavirus (COVID-19), or you have recently traveled from an area with widespread virus, the CDC advises that you call your health provider.
    • To learn more about COVID-19 and what to do if you are sick, please visit the CDC’s page here.
  • CDC Tips for Preventing Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    • The following recommendations come from the CDC.
    • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
      • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
        • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
        • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow recommendations for using a facemask.
      • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
      • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Good health practices reduce the spread of the flu and other illnesses, including COVID-19. You can read more about these practices here and how to protect yourself here.
  • Mental Health Support

    • For advice on how to talk to kids about coronavirus, PBS and the Child Mind Institute have shared articles.
    • Visit the CDC and American Psychological Association websites for resources to cope with anxiety and stress.
      • For anyone facing a mental health emergency, the CDC recommends contacting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
  • State-Specific Health/Mental Health Information – UPDATED 3.27

    • The CDC, and our three states advise that you call your healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms.
    • Connecticut
      • Call 211 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211 for questions and information.
      • Uninsured individuals can sign up for health insurance coverage through Access Health CT during the Special Enrollment Period from Thursday, March 19 – Thursday, April 2, 2020.
      • Find more information from the Department of Public Health here.
    • New York
      • Call 311 or 1-888-364-3065 with questions.
      • The New York State Department of Financial Services announced that uninsured, eligible New Yorkers will be able to enroll in insurance coverage during a Special Enrollment Period open through April 15. Visit NY State of Health for details.
      • New Yorkers can call the Department of Mental Health’ Emotional Support Line at 1-844-863-9314. The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. Learn more here.
      • The Department of Health has published a list of FAQs that can help with talking to kids and teens about social distancing.
      • Find more information from the Department of Health here.
    • Rhode Island
      • Call 401-222-8022 with questions related to COVID-19.
      • Find more information from the Department of Health here.

Other Resources

  • Childcare for NYC First Responders/Essential Workers

    • New York City will be opening Regional Enrichment Centers for city residents who are first responders, healthcare providers, and transit workers with no other childcare options. Eligible families can fill out this survey to begin the enrollment process.
  • Emergency Alerts

    • Connecticut: Click here to enroll in state-wide emergency alerts for Connecticut.
      • Click here to enroll in Veoci, the alert system for the City of Bridgeport.
      • Click here to enroll in the city of Hartford’s alert system.
      • Click here to enroll in New Haven Alerts.
    • New York: Click here to enroll in state-wide emergency alerts for New York.
      • Click here to enroll in Notify NYC alerts.
    • Rhode Island: Click here to enroll in CodeRED, the alert system for the city of Providence.
  • Financial, Benefits & Housing Resources – UPDATED 3.27

    • The New York Times has compiled a list of helpful articles here.
    • The United Way has housing and emergency resources here.
    • Find help in New York with food, money, housing, work and more on ACCESS NYC.
  • Food Assistance

  • Internet Access

    • Altice/Cablevision/Optimum is offering free broadband internet for 60 days to any new customer households with K-12 and/or college students. Call 866-200-9522 to enroll (Optimum) or 888-633-0030 (Suddenlink).
    • Comcast is offering two months of free Internet Essentials for new customers in response to emergency measures associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more details.
    • Charter Communications/Spectrum Internet Assist Program is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll or print and complete Spectrum Internet Assist Application.
    • AT&T and Verizon have announced that they will waive late fees and will not terminate service for the next 60 days (through mid-May).
  • School Social Workers/Counselors – NEW 3.31

    • You can find your school’s social worker/counselor and their contact information on this list.