Important Safety Information- Asymptomatic Testing Program

Dear AFCHES Families:

We’ve had a wonderful start to the school year, and it has been incredible to have so many of our students back in school buildings, learning in person! As you know, keeping our school communities safe is a top priority this year. We wanted to share some updates to our school community as it relates to safety mitigation strategies for the school year.  You can always find additional information on our website. 

Asymptomatic Testing Program 
In keeping with the CDC guidance, all Achievement First schools will begin an asymptomatic testing program the week of September 13th.  All unvaccinated staff members will be required to be tested weekly. Additionally, we encourage all students and vaccinated staff members to sign up for the testing program as well. Testing will allow our school to identify outbreaks early and take the proper precautions to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in our schools. To learn more about the testing program and sign your scholar up to participate, please complete our Consent Form. Families who opt in will be asked to register with our testing partner, Affinity, in the next two weeks.

Masks outdoors 
Given the CDC guidelines shared in early July, we started the year off mandating that masks are worn at all times indoors, and during arrival and dismissal outdoors. With the spread of the Delta variant, we are adding an additional safety approach. Beginning on September 9th, masks will be worn by students and staff at all times, while both indoors and outdoors on school grounds. Mask breaks will be incorporated into the day – especially during recess periods.

Quarantine Protocols 
As we have previously shared, for the 2021-22 school year we are following local district guidelines for positive cases within our schools. You can review the DOE’s policies on quarantining here.

Stay Home if Sick and/or a Close Contact (remember to use the daily Health Screener!)  As a reminder, please remember to complete the Parent Square Health Screener before leaving for school each day. The screener helps us ensure that everyone coming into our building is symptom-free and has not been exposed to COVID-19. One of our top safety mitigation strategies is encouraging anyone who is feeling sick to stay home.
 
If your child is experiencing symptoms or has been in close contact with a confirmed positive case, please contact us immediately so we can discuss appropriate next steps. We encourage everyone who is feeling ill to get tested for COVID-19 so they can safely return to school.
 
Thank you for all that you are doing to support a healthy and safe return to school this fall.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Johnson and Ms. Cantave 

AF Crown Heights Elementary: Now accepting applications for 2021-22 school year!

Great News! Our 2021-2022 school year application is now open and we are still also enrolling scholars for this school year as well! 
We urge you to share this amazing opportunity with your friends and family in need of a school community such as AF! 
As a reminder, current AF scholars do not need to reapply to AF and enter the lottery again.

Whether you have incoming siblings that you would like to send to Achievement First or if you have family or friends interested in our schools, we encourage you to submit today to take advantage of upcoming virtual events and opportunities! To apply, simply click here, create an account or log into your SchoolMint account, and complete the application by April 1, 2021.

What’s Happening at AFCHES- September 🌤

Hi Families, take a look at some exciting events coming up in the next few days:

Monday, 9/6: No School (Labor Day Observed)

Tuesday, 9/7: Spirit Day- It’s Carnival!

Thursday, 9/9: Back to School Night (check google classroom for teacher meeting ID and password)

Friday, 9/24: Whole school REACH Assembly (virtual)

Tuesday, 9/28: Spirit Day: Color Wars

Wednesday, 9/29: AFCHES Family Night- Zumba Night (Virtual)

End of the Year Communication Regarding Next Year

Dear AFCHES families,

Thank you for trusting us with your child’s education during this unique and unprecedented school year. We cannot wait to welcome your child – and all of our scholars – back for in-person school in the fall, and we’re looking forward to partnering with you in the year to come.

As we approach this vital 2021-22 school year, we are focused on::

  • Safety.  This will always be our #1 priority. This year we learned how to operate in-person learning safely and we are hard at work getting buildings ready for next year. We will be upholding a variety of safety protocols — including maximizing space and distance, increasing ventilation, and ensuring mask-wearing and frequent surface cleaning. We will provide more detailed information about our safety procedures in the weeks to come.
  • Honesty & Transparency. We know you likely have questions. We are committed to answering every single one of them. We will be sharing additional information soon,  and please feel free to reach out to the main office after July 15 (all school staff will be on break until that date) with any questions you have about your scholar’s return to in-person learning.


Thank you for your continued partnership and support. We wish you and your family a wonderful and safe summer break. We look forward to greeting you on the first day of school in August!

Sincerely,
Dr. Johnson and Ms. Cantave

Estimadas familias de AFCHES,

Gracias por confiar en nosotros con la educación de su hijo durante este año escolar único y sin precedentes. Estamos ansiosos por darle la bienvenida a su hijo, y a todos nuestros estudiantes, de regreso a la escuela en persona en el otoño, y estamos ansiosos por asociarnos con usted en el próximo año.

A medida que nos acercamos a este vital año escolar 2021-22, estamos enfocados en:
•Seguridad. Esta será siempre nuestra prioridad número uno. Este año aprendimos cómo operar el aprendizaje en persona de manera segura y estamos trabajando arduamente para preparar los edificios para el próximo año. Mantendremos una variedad de protocolos de seguridad, que incluyen maximizar el espacio y la distancia, aumentar la ventilación y garantizar el uso de mascarillas y una limpieza frecuente de la superficie. Proporcionaremos información más detallada sobre nuestros procedimientos de seguridad en las próximas semanas.
•Honestidad y transparencia. Sabemos que probablemente tenga preguntas. Estamos comprometidos a dar respuesta a todos y cada uno de ellos. Pronto compartiremos información adicional y no dude en comunicarse con la oficina principal después del 15 de julio (todo el personal de la escuela estará de vacaciones hasta esa fecha) con cualquier pregunta que tenga sobre el regreso de su estudiante al aprendizaje en persona.

Gracias por su colaboración y apoyo continuos. Le deseamos a usted y su familia unas maravillosas y seguras vacaciones de verano. ¡Esperamos darle la bienvenida el primer día de clases en agosto!

Sinceramente,
Dr. Johnson and Ms. Cantave