Home School Plan and more resources
Good evening Brooklyn Brownstone Friends and Family,
We are in uncharted territory. The worldwide pandemic COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve on a daily basis and has impacted every facet of life. The best course is to practice an abundance of caution.
I STRONGLY encourage every Brooklyn Brownstone community member to practice social distancing. This includes not going to restaurants, bars, communal spaces including places of worship, even home gatherings with family and friends. People most at risk of serious illness or death have underlying health conditions and are over the age of 55. We must ensure they have adequate supplies AND limit or eliminate physical contact. For more information on how to protect ourselves and our loved ones, please click the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Though school closings may be shocking to you, Mrs. Richards and I have been closely watching the situation evolve and preparing as early as two weeks ago. Our mindset has been that if it doesn't feel too early, it's probably too late. At this time, some Brooklyn Brownstone families have already received a portion of our at-home learning materials. This weekend I have been collaborating with school staff to create our virtual platform, which is attached as a PDF included in this message. The plan is incredibly structured and it is our expectation that you tailor it to fit your schedule. This is a long break from school and children will need that structure and routine.
Tuesday through Thursday, Brooklyn Brownstone staff and central Department of Education staff will continue to collaborate and develop additional resources, to be launched in the following weeks to meet the needs of you and your child. For more information, please click the following link:
We understand that many families have needs beyond academic content. Beginning tomorrow morning, Brooklyn Brownstone School will be providing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch bags for all families in need. Unfortunately, children will not be able to eat at the school or linger on campus, though we do miss them already.
Some families may not have access to the internet at home or have adequate devices to engage in online learning. Many internet providers are offering their service for FREE including Spectrum. “To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.” We are working on a solution for those that need iPads, laptops, etc. Please message me directly if this is a concern for your family.
Finally, though schools are closed, the Brooklyn Brownstone School community is not closed. We are still a family. The staff are still working and available to support you. Make no mistake, this is not a vacation (trust me, we are hard at work). In many ways, adapting is going to be difficult, but we will all be much safer and that is the number one priority. Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.
A few thoughts on being contagious:
viruses are contagious
so is panic