HEALTH AND SAFETY
As I’m sure you are aware, the number of positive Coronavirus cases continues to grow in our city. While our health care leaders continue to work to slow the spread and find ways to combat this disease, it is important that we take the following key steps to avoid infection:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water (for at least 20 seconds);
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
As a community, we must all engage in the practice of social distancing, as it is a proven method to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Some tips include sheltering in place and limiting close contact with anyone. For more information and a list of frequently asked questions on social distancing, please check out this NPR article.
Anyone with virus-like symptoms should be checked out by a health provider immediately. Please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information about the virus.
Dr. Stephen Jones and his team are now providing Telehealth Services for ALL KIPP New Orleans Schools staff and families. You can now schedule a time to video conference with a health care professional between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please visit lahclinics.com to schedule an online visit.
At this time, our school buildings are closed to non-essential staff members.
The City of New Orleans is providing text alerts related to the crisis. You can sign up for texts by texting COVIDNOLA to 888777.
Support services available for staff include:
- Louisiana Department of Health Hotline: 855-523-2652 or 211
- LCMC Health/Children’s Hospital: 504-962-6202
- Ochsner’s COVID-19 Nurse Care Line: 844-888-2772
- Severe Medical Emergencies and Crises: 911
Mental health resources available for KIPP employees:
For a list of frequently asked questions related to KIPP New Orleans Schools, please click here.
We will continue to provide weekly updates to the staff section of kippneworleans.org/coronavirusupdates.
HUMAN RESOURCES INFORMATION
For any questions or concerns about retirement market volatility, please visit the Voya website.
According to the IRS, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the due date for filing federal income tax returns and making tax payments has been postponed April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. For more information, click here.
For more information on the 24/7 Life Assistance Program, please call 800.538.3543 or visit www.cignabehavioral.com/cg.
STUDENT LOAN INFORMATION
Please see the below communication shared by the U.S. Department of Education.
On March 20, 2020, the Department of Education announced terms for student loan relief for tens of millions of borrowers in response to COVID-19. For more information and to follow subsequent potential rule modifications, visit the federal student aid website.
UPDATED COMMUNITY FEEDING PROGRAM SITE INFORMATION
According to NOLA Public Schools, in an effort to better serve and protect the health of students, families, food service providers, and staff at community feeding sites, the weekly schedule for the Citywide Feeding Program sites are being condensed by providing multiples days of meals during specific daily time frames. Families wishing to access information on child nutrition resources should visit the District’s webpage at https://nolapublicschools.com/covid19/nutrition.
Citywide Feeding Program - Condensed Schedule:
- Starting on Monday, March 30 – every Monday, meals will be provided for two days.
- Every Wednesday, meals will be provided for three days.
- Moving forward Community Feeding sites will NOT be open on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
- Service Hours remain the same: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
DonorsChoose Keep Kids Learning
Keep Kids Learning: In an effort to help teachers and students during this unprecedented time. DonorsChoose has established a way to let teachers in highest-poverty schools send their students personalized education care packages, with Keep Kids Learning. This fund will be used to provide teachers $1,000 in funding credits to use on select categories of education-related items. Teachers will use these credits to order learning resources and distribute them to students — with the option to ship resources directly to students’ homes.