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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

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(Last updated 4:45 p.m., May 15)

The safety of our students and team is a top priority here at Achievement First, always and especially now. All Achievement First school buildings and offices are closed. As of the week of March 30, we have launched our remote learning program for students to continue school work from home.

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 – Updated 5.15

All Achievement First schools in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island are closed for the rest of the school year, and we will continue our remote learning program during this time.

Unfortunately, due to the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19, we don’t yet know when we’ll be able to return to our schools. We will continue to work in close coordination with state and local authorities, including public health officials, to determine when our school buildings will re-open, and we will share that information with you as soon as possible.

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 sites will be open during April Break, April 13 – 17.
    • 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 Friday, April 3, grab-and-go meals for all New Yorkers will be distributed Monday – Friday at more than 400 meal hub sites across the city. Click here to search for a grab-and-go meal site near you.
      • Meal pickup will still be available for children and families from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Additionally, adults may pick up from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
      • Halal and vegetarian options will be available.
      • Meal pickup will continue during AF’s Spring Break. Please check the location finder or call 311 to confirm the site you have been using will be open.
    • Families will be able to take one breakfast and two lunches per person per visit.
    • 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 is serving grab-and-go breakfast and lunch to all students 18 and younger.
    • Starting Monday, April 13, meal sites are open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 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. Parents can share their students’ ID numbers, and children are no longer required to be present to receive meals.
    • Starting on Tuesday, April 7, meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find your site here (note: new sites added).
      • Tuesday meal pickup will include three breakfast and three lunch packages. Fridays will include four breakfast and four lunch packages.
    • 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. Find more information here about free dinner pickups available at Providence Recreation Centers.

Remote/Distance Learning

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 the school year from home, starting the week of March 30. Your school sent an email on Friday, March 27 with information about our comprehensive distance learning plan and how to access Google classroom. If you did 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

The New York state test, SBAC, RICAS, and Regents exams have all been canceled for this spring.

The College Board has released updated information about AP and SAT exam schedules. Find the latest information here (AP) and here (SAT).

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 the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask/cloth face covering.
    • 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

    • 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.
      • Beginning April 20, Hartford Public Schools will provide TeleHealth services for any Hartford Public Schools student, regardless of insurance status. Parents, guardians, or families can call 860- 937-6223 on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Learn more here.
      • Find more information from the Department of Public Health here.
    • New York
      • Call 311 or 1-888-364-3065 with questions.
      • 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.
      • Domestic and gender-based violence survivors can visit nyc.gov/nychope or call NYC’s 24-hour Hotline 1-800-621-4673 or 911 for emergencies.
      • 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

  • Benefits and Financial & Housing Resources – UPDATED 5.15

    • 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.
    • Connecticut families who have experienced the loss of a job or income may be eligible for SNAP benefits. The Department of Social Services is providing additional benefits to nearly half of CT SNAP participants, and many application interviews are being waived. Check the state website to apply or learn more.
    • Connecticut is launching the Pandemic-EBT Program, providing households with an EBT card containing the cash value of one school breakfast and one lunch for each day that schools are closed due to COVID-19 ($5.70 per day per child).
      • Cards can be used for food items anywhere SNAP/EBT benefits are accepted. All families are eligible for this benefit due to their enrollment in an AF school. More information can be found in the flyer here.
      • AF Families should expect to receive a P-EBT card delivered to their home address on file with your school. P-EBT cards will be delivered by the following schedule:
        • Late May: Students in households receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
        • Late May: Students in households who receive benefits through Medicaid (Husky A).
        • Mid-June: Because Achievement First are CEP schools, all students can expect to receive a card due because of their enrollment.
    • Rhode Island families can find more information about the P-EBT program here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
      • As of April 9, Comcast has temporarily lifted the debt requirement for Internet Essentials. Applicants who have an outstanding bill to Comcast are now eligible for the program if they sign up by May 13.
    • 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

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