Reopening Communication to Families
January 4, 2021
We hope this message finds you well and prepared for a great 2021. As you know, we have been working closely with NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) to monitor COVID-19 rates across New Orleans and ensure we are playing our part to keep our students and teachers safe. After a recent review of COVID-19 numbers across the city and a very concerning spike in positivity rates, NOLA-PS has instructed all PK-12 public schools to transition to virtual instruction, at least until January 21.
Since we have reopened schools in-person, our mitigation efforts have been effective and we have had no instances of COVID-19 transmission in our buildings. Schools continue to be among the safest places because of all the safety measures in place. The shift to distance learning is due to intense community spread-we are hopeful that the spread will slow over the next several weeks and we can return to in-person learning once the data is reevaluated in two weeks.
Our schools have been preparing for such a shift since the beginning of the school year and we are confident that we will deliver a quality education to our students over the next several weeks, similar to how we operated in August of 2020. Over the next two days we will be implementing our plans for a full virtual start later this week.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 8TH GRADE:
There will be no in-person or virtual instruction on Tuesday, January 5th and Wednesday, January 6th. On Thursday, January 7th, virtual instruction will begin for all PK-8th grade students.
Technology and learning packets/materials will be available at your school for pick-up on Wednesday, January 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be no in-person or virtual learning on Tuesday, January 5th. On Wednesday, January 6th, virtual instruction will begin for all 9-12th grade students.
For students who need technological assistance and/or need to pick up technology, please reach out to your schools for more information.
For families in the AFS program, more detailed information will come from your school about continued in-person instruction.
On Wednesday, January 6 at our PK-8th grade schools, we will distribute breakfast and lunch for one day to families that pick up technology and materials.
Moving forward, we will distribute food every Friday from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at BTW, Leadership, Morial, and Believe. These distribution days will include food for five days.
The BTW Health Clinic will remain open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed daily for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
As always, KIPP New Orleans Schools is committed to ensuring your child’s safety and providing the strongest possible instruction, regardless of learning model. Thank you for your ongoing partnership. We will need to continue to work together over the next few weeks to ensure your students are engaged and completing all assignments as we transition to virtual learning. Working together is how we keep our schools and city moving in the right direction.
We will keep you updated on any further changes.
KIPP New Orleans Schools