Family Resources

Hi AFCHES families, 

As we continue to process the events that took place in Uvalde, Texas– we as the social work team wanted to provide you all with more resources and extra support on how to navigate the day and week. We know that you are your own experts with managing your feelings and implementing coping mechanisms, so these are extra tips in case you are feeling stuck.

We want to encourage you all to take time to process and honor your own feelings and emotions even before you navigate through a potential conversation with your scholars. This is important because we want to ensure that our scholars are not exposed to our own anxieties and can feel reassured and safe with our thoughts and feelings that we can verbalize in an age-appropriate manner. 

Know that you are not alone, and we encourage you to lean into your support systems as you continue to navigate and process this most recent event. Below are some resources that we hope can be helpful to inform next steps including having age-appropriate conversations with your scholar. 

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/articles/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-school-shootings

https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/coping-tips

– AFCHES Social Work Team

Ms. Park and Ms. Williams

What’s Happening at AFCHES- June 🔆

Hi families! take a look at some exciting events coming up next month:

Friday, 6/3: Spirit Day- Wear Orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Thursday, 6/9: Whole School Field Trip: Bronx Zoo

Friday, 6/10: Whole School REACH Assembly

Tuesday, 6/17: Spirit Day- Black, Red & Green Day

Monday, 6/20: Juneteenth observance- No School

Tuesday, 6/21: KG End of Year Celebration

Tuesday, 6/21: Thursday 6/23- Half Day for Scholars

Friday, 6/24: Last Day of School- 4th Grade Graduation

Now Accepting Applications for the 2022-2023 School Year!

Great News! Our 2022-2023 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, 2022.

COVID-19 Safety Policy Update

New York Families,

Since the start of the pandemic, safety has been our top priority. Our collective hard work of consistently following CDC guidelines resulted in successfully minimizing the spread of COVID-19 within our schools. Today, I am writing an important update about Achievement First’s approach to masking in our schools.

The CDC recently shifted it’s COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools, no longer  recommending mask requirements for schools in communities with low to medium risk of COVID-19 spread and severity at the community level. New York State’s Governor Kathy Hochul lifted the state-wide school mask mandate earlier this week, and the New  York City Department of Education announced earlier today that beginning on Monday, March 7th, the school mask mandate will be lifted.

Given the CDC guidance and the DOE’s announcement, our AF high schools will shift from “masks required” to “masks highly recommended”  beginning on Monday, March 7th. We will support staff and families in the choice they make for themselves and their families, and continue to provide high quality masks for staff and students who choose to wear them.

Our AF elementary and middle schools will implement the district policy one week later, on March 14.  We will ask all elementary and middle school families to send their scholars to school with a mask until March 14, and we will have additional masks available for those who may not bring them. We will continue to provide high-quality masks for all those who wish to use them through the end of the school year.

If you would like your scholar to continue wearing a mask, we ask that you ensure your scholar is clear on your expectations for them keeping their mask on all day. While masks will be highly recommended, our staff will not be tracking or managing family preference on student masking as we focus on implementing our other safety measures.

Please note that once the mask mandate is lifted, masks will still be required in the following situations: 

  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, is asymptomatic and returns on Day 6 of infection, they must wear a high-quality mask for days 6-10. 
  • If a staff member has a vaccine exemption, they must continue to wear a high-quality mask to school daily. 

It is also our expectation that students/staff members who have been exposed to COVID-19 wear a mask while at school for 10 days after the date of exposure. 

Masks may also be required in the following situations: 

  • When COVID-19 Activity Level is elevated in our communities, we may reinstate universal masking.
  • During an outbreak or general increase in cases, universal masking in affected classrooms may be required. 

All of our other safety mitigation strategies, including ventilation, social distancing, hand hygiene, and staying home while sick, will continue to be in place. Our website includes information on all of our updated policies.  

If you are interested in opting your child into the weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program please fill out THIS FORM

With Gratitude
Achievement First