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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs – KIPP Newark

Updated March 17, 2020

SCHOOL CLOSURES

How long will schools be closed?

Are school activities and sports cancelled?

What actions are the schools taking to reduce the spread of germs?

REMOTE LEARNING

I am a parent or caregiver who is not familiar with the remote learning system. Does my child need to be logged in at the same time each day? Do I need to follow a school schedule at home? How can I get more information on how this works?

How will my child be graded?

What if I don’t have wifi at home?

What if I have to work during the day?

NUTRITION PLAN

What if my child received breakfast and lunch at school?

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Where can I find additional information about community resources?

ABOUT COVID-19

What is a “coronavirus?”

I’ve heard this virus referred to as a “novel coronavirus.”  What does that mean?

How does COVID-19 spread?

What are the symptoms of the novel coronavirus?

How can I protect myself and others against the novel coronavirus?

What should I do if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19?

Should people wear masks to protect themselves?

What is social distancing?

How will I be informed of any confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in our school community?


SCHOOL CLOSURES

How long will schools be closed?

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 out of an abundance of caution we have decided to close our schools in Newark and Camden for an extended period. Our schools will now be closed through our scheduled spring break (April 13-17) reopening on Monday, April 20, 2020.  Please note, we are monitoring the situation and may need to extend this closure as things continue to rapidly evolve. 

We understand school closures can be disruptive and costly for families. We are grateful for the continued support and patience of our families and staff during this evolving situation. We want to do our part to ensure we are protecting the public and mitigating community spread of infectious disease. As we monitor the spread of the coronavirus and receive further guidance from public health organizations, we will provide timely updates to families.

Are school activities and sports cancelled?

This closure will continue to affect all programming at the school, including before-and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and weekend events. 

What actions are the schools taking to reduce the spread of germs?

During school closures, we are deep cleaning and disinfecting school buildings in accordance with New Jersey Department of Health guidelines.

REMOTE LEARNING

I am a parent or caregiver who is not familiar with the remote learning system. Does my child need to be logged in at the same time each day? Do I need to follow a school schedule at home? How can I get more information on how this works? 

Families will get very specific information via email on how the remote learning plan will work. Schedules vary by grades. Specific information that we provide will include instructions for you and your child to ensure successful remote learning.

Visit our Remote Learning site to learn more and your child’s teacher is also available to answer questions. 

 

How will my child be graded?

Here’s how the remote learning assignments will factor into your student’s grades, upon the reopening of school:

  • Elementary students will receive grades for completion.
  • Middle school students will receive grades in the Formative Assessment category of the gradebook, in each course in which they are enrolled.
  • High school students will receive grades in the Homework category of the gradebook, in each course in which they are enrolled.

Your child is always encouraged to reach out to his or her teachers for support with these remote learning assignments during school hours. Our teachers will remain in regular contact with students, even while our schools are closed, and you can expect responses from your child’s teachers within 24 hours. Our teachers will also be reaching out to check in on you approximately once a week, to make sure you and your family are doing well.

What if I don’t have wifi at home?

  • During the COVID-19 crisis, low-income families can get free high-speed Internet from Comcast. This starts on Monday, March 16th and lasts for two months. This includes a modem and router, and there’s no contract or credit check required. Details available here.
  • Spectrum is offering free wifi and broadband service for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To receive this service, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • Internet Essentials is offering an internet package with two free months. Click here to learn more. 

What if I have to work during the day? 

We understand that this is a stressful time and that many parents work outside the home. Please share information about your child’s Remote Learning with whomever is caring for your child while you are at work and let your child’s teacher know so they know whom to contact to speak and support your child.  We are all in this together and we’re here to help!

 

NUTRITION PLAN

What if my child received breakfast and lunch at school?

We are happy to confirm that services will continue to offer breakfast and lunch to students during remote learning. Please click below for more information on our nutrition plans in Newark.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Where can I find additional information about community resources?

The spread of COVID-19 has already caused significant hardships for many people, and is likely to continue to do so. Although our schools will be closed, KIPP staff will still be working during the closure to ensure that our students and families are healthy and safe. Project Ready, a Newark community advocacy group, has put together a list of organizations and resources ready to help support families with a variety of needs. In addition, if you or your family experience hardships during this closure and need help, please contact kippnewarkhelp@kippnj.org or call/text 973-679-7199. 

ABOUT COVID-19

What is a “coronavirus?”

A coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory illness.  Among humans, coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes before handwashing.  There is no cure for a coronavirus, but many of the symptoms can often be treated.

I’ve heard this virus referred to as a “novel coronavirus.”  What does that mean?

There are different types of coronavirus. A “novel coronavirus” means that this coronavirus hasn’t been seen before. It’s new.

How does COVID-19 spread?

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

People are thought to be most contagious when they are the most symptomatic (the sickest).

It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

What are the symptoms of the novel coronavirus?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever 
  • cough 
  • shortness of breath

At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

How can I protect myself and others against the novel coronavirus?

Do the same things you would do to prevent getting or spreading the common flu.  These include:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • People who have been sick should be fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) before returning to school or work. 
  • 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. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Limit close contact, like high-fiving, hugging, kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands). 
  • Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.

What should I do if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. 

Should people wear masks to protect themselves?

No, masks are not recommended. They are not an effective method of general prevention. Handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is a practice recommended by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of contagious diseases. It requires the creation of physical space between individuals who may spread certain infectious diseases. The key is to minimize the number of gatherings as much as possible and to achieve space between individuals when events or activities cannot be modified, postponed, or canceled.

How will I be informed of any confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in our school community?

If the New Jersey Department of Health confirms a case of COVID-19 in our community, we will be notified and will work closely with them to identify nexts steps. We will communicate with all families regarding potential exposure to COVID-19.