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.
Dr. Johnson and Ms. Cantave 

AFCHES Updates 7/17 📑

We hope this message finds you all doing well. We know there are many questions surrounding what school will look like this Fall. We do not yet have all the answers, but hope to provide the updates we do have in this email. Please read through to the end and take a look at the attached documents and links, as there are some important updates about the beginning of the school year. You will find the following information:

  1. Intent to return form: survey to indicate if your scholar is returning to AFCHES
  2. How to retrieve student items from school
  3. Health Information
  4. First days of school
  5. Principal communication

Intent to Return Form: 

First, we would like to ask families to fill out the Intent to Return Form found here. We would normally share this with families throughout the Spring as we admit new families to our school. However, because of the great deal of uncertainty for many, we are sharing this now as a means to get any updated information from families. If you know that you will not be returning with us next year, please let us know on this survey and fill out our online withdrawal form. We do know that many are not fully decided on what their plans will be, and there is a space to reflect this in the survey and provide us information on your current situation. If you have any questions in regards to the intent to return survey please feel free to reach out to us at

Retrieving Scholar Items from School: 

If you believe any of your scholar’s items from the 19-20 school year are still in the building, please fill out this form so we may attempt to locate these items on your behalf once the school building is open again.

Health Information: 

In terms of updated health information for the 20-21 school year, please thoroughly review the attached “AFCHES Medical Letter 20-21” for detailed information. This document includes information on requirements for Immunization Records, Health Examination Forms, IEP and 504 Forms (for Diabetes, Asthma, Allergies or Medications). These forms are due by the first day of school on Wednesday, September 2nd and can be submitted in person on this day, via fax 718-504-4742 or via email to Please take time to review these documents as there is further important information about what these forms must include. (All forms can be found under the “20-21 School Year Resources” Post)

While we will have further, and much more detailed, information on health precautions in the weeks to come, we wanted to share with you what we do know at this point:

  • There will be thermometers for temperature checks of all people entering the building.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask in the building.
  • There will be hand sanitizer stations in every room and in all common spaces.
  • Face shields will be used by more visible staff members.
  • Social distancing will be in place, with no more than 15 bodies in a classroom.


We are still waiting on DOE and state guidance on what bussing will look like next year. Once we have that information we will be sure to share with you ASAP.

Principal Communication:

Finally, you will be hearing from our new principal, Dr. Sade Johnson, by Friday July 31st. She will be sending out a survey to ask parents about their preference for remote versus in person learning for their scholar.

We know that there are many more questions to answer and we will provide as much information as possible as soon as we can. To this end, Dr. Johnson will also be holding a virtual town hall the week of July 27th to discuss next year and what it will look like with families. The exact date and time of this event will be shared in the coming weeks.

If you have questions about any of the information shared and its attachments, please feel free to email us at

AFCHES Updates 5.15

Academics: If you have any questions about your child’s academics, your first point of contact should be the teacher who will be working closely with your child over the next few weeks. They should have reached out already.
● Food: For any meal related concerns please reach out to
● Technology: For any technology concerns please submit a ticket by using this link
● Other Concerns or Questions: Please email