At KIPP, we have always said that it takes a "Team and Family" to support our students—in these unprecedented times, those words mean more than ever. 
 
Last week, per Governor Ron DeSantis’ guidance, all KIPP Jacksonville Schools closed until April 15 as a precautionary measure and to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID19). We wanted to share how we are partnering with staff, families, and KIPPsters to support the KIPP Jacksonville community. Throughout the closure, we are committed to providing regular communication.
 
Now and always, the safety and health of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding throughout this evolving situation.
 
Your KIPP Jacksonville Team & Family
UPDATES
NUTRITION
Food insecurity is a serious issue in our community, and the health of our families is our top priority. Free "Grab and Go" meals are available at Duval County Public Schools sites 11 a.m. - 1 p.m, Monday through Friday. Students ages 5 to 18 are eligible to receive the breakfast and lunch meals. 
REMOTE LEARNING
We are committed to ensuring that all of our children are able to learn even when they are not physically in our buildings. We believe that learning can and must continue in spite of these challenging times. We have been working on a complete remote learning plan and ensuring we have answers to all questions. Our initial remote learning plan will be a combination of books, grade level packets, and Chromebooks to be distributed on the campus on Monday, March 23rd from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
COMMITTED LEADERS
Throughout this period of uncertainty and while remote learning plans are being finalized, KIPP Jacksonville staff have stepped up and gotten creative for their students this week. Teachers like Ms. Dobek have stayed connected and committed to student learning, implementing structures like a YouTube channel. Be sure to check out her videos here .
ALUMNI
Our KIPP Through College counselors have been in regular contact with our alumni in college to assess their needs as many schools have closed dorms for the semester. The KIPP Foundation has provided added funding to support those students in this transition period, and our KTC team is working hard to quickly identify and meet their needs. They have already assisted some students make their way back to Jacksonville. We are ready to support all of our alumni in high school and college in the coming weeks.
CLEANLINESS
We are taking the necessary precautionary steps by having our facilities team deep clean the buildings so that we return to clean, safe, orderly, and loving schools. Undoubtedly, our KIPPsters will have questions/comments about the Coronavirus. Here is a link to a printable comic strip that can help kids understand what the virus is and proper hand-washing techniques.
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