Important Safety Information- Asymptomatic Testing Program

Dear AFCHES Families:

We鈥檝e 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鈥檚 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 

What’s Happening at AFCHES- September 馃尋

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鈥檚 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鈥檙e 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鈥檚 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 educaci贸n de su hijo durante este a帽o escolar 煤nico 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 oto帽o, y estamos ansiosos por asociarnos con usted en el pr贸ximo a帽o.

A medida que nos acercamos a este vital a帽o escolar 2021-22, estamos enfocados en:
鈥eguridad. Esta ser谩 siempre nuestra prioridad n煤mero uno. Este a帽o aprendimos c贸mo operar el aprendizaje en persona de manera segura y estamos trabajando arduamente para preparar los edificios para el pr贸ximo a帽o. Mantendremos una variedad de protocolos de seguridad, que incluyen maximizar el espacio y la distancia, aumentar la ventilaci贸n y garantizar el uso de mascarillas y una limpieza frecuente de la superficie. Proporcionaremos informaci贸n m谩s detallada sobre nuestros procedimientos de seguridad en las pr贸ximas semanas.
鈥onestidad y transparencia. Sabemos que probablemente tenga preguntas. Estamos comprometidos a dar respuesta a todos y cada uno de ellos. Pronto compartiremos informaci贸n adicional y no dude en comunicarse con la oficina principal despu茅s del 15 de julio (todo el personal de la escuela estar谩 de vacaciones hasta esa fecha) con cualquier pregunta que tenga sobre el regreso de su estudiante al aprendizaje en persona.

Gracias por su colaboraci贸n y apoyo continuos. Le deseamos a usted y su familia unas maravillosas y seguras vacaciones de verano. 隆Esperamos darle la bienvenida el primer d铆a de clases en agosto!

Sinceramente,
Dr. Johnson and Ms. Cantave