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Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE
During this challenging and rapidly evolving situation, we would like you to be informed of the procedures currently being taken at all of our MAB divisions to maintain the safety of our participants, staff, visitors and members of the general public. Everything we are doing is in conjunction with our State agencies, such as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Department of Developmental Services, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and MassHealth. The health and well being of our clients, staff, students, and the communities we serve is of the upmost importance. We are taking several measures on how we deliver our programs and services and interact with each other, adhering to the latest guidance from state and federal officials to ensure everyone’s well-being.
While these measures are currently precautionary in nature, it is anticipated that in due course as the virus spreads, they will become more necessary and additional measures will be taken.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement from Executive Director, Joel Rosenhaus (March 16, 2020)
I want to start by thanking you all for your patience as our school’s leadership team has developed a thoughtful response based on the ever-evolving Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The health and safety of our students, staff and families remains our top priority.
It is important to start by communicating to you all that to date, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 among any of our students, staff or student family members at Ivy Street School. However, our leadership team has determined it is necessary at this time to join the aggressive actions being taken across our city and state in an effort to prevent the continued spread of this virus in our community.
With that being said, and in an abundance of caution, we will be implementing a closure of our Day School Program as a preventative and prudent measure against COVID-19 given the continued inherent risk of exposure to our students and your children. Specifically, we will be closed as of Tuesday,March 17th, 2020 through Friday, April 10th, 2020. We will keep you posted if any extension beyond that is needed and will continue to make decisions based on what is best for our school community and students.
Our Director of Education, Leah Salloway, is already in the process of coordinating efforts for teachers to send out materials to each student/family in order to provide remote opportunities for continued growth and learning. Individual classrooms teachers will begin disseminating these materials this week.
During this challenging time, we are asking our school’s parents and guardians to partner with us and support our team’s efforts in continuing to keep our community healthy and virus free. If you are a parent of a day student, please do not send them to school as of Tuesday March 17th, 2020.
In light of our Day School Program closure and in service of taking a collective approach towards keeping our community safe and healthy, if you are the parent or guardian of a residential student who has an acceptable housing option, we are asking for your cooperation and strongly encourage you to make arrangements to pick up your student on Monday March 16th, 2020 in the evening or Tuesday morning March 17th, 2020.
Please notify Ashley Constantine, Clinical Director firstname.lastname@example.org in writing via e-mail of your plans as soon as possible.
It is important to also note in an effort to maintain the health and well-being of our community, we will be restricting visitor access at this time. For residential student pick-ups and drop-offs, one parent/guardian may enter the main entrance vestibule of Ivy Street and your student will be brought to you with the expectation that you then exit campus.
This decision was not made lightly, and I realize this is a serious inconvenience for our parents and families. Ivy Street is a small school and constant close contact is inevitable with over one hundred students and staff working at any one time. Our leadership team feels that it is necessary to prioritize the health and well-being of our collective student and staff body in light of the unique and continually evolving health crisis that COVID-19 has presented to our community.
These are very unsettling times and I am very appreciative of your help as we both work our way through the crisis. If you do have any questions about the closing process please feel free to reach out.
- A message to our staff from Barbara Salisbury, CEO, MAB Community Services
- MAB Community Services Statement on Covid-19
- The most up-to-date and accurate information on Coronavirus can be found at the Center for Disease Prevention (CDC) website: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health website: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.
- Up to date information and guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can be found on their website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/emergencyplan/covid19.html
- Massachusetts residents can now call 2-1-1 for real-time #COVID19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages.
The Ivy Street School holds a number of events annually for our students and their families to celebrate our students, to raise funds for our programs, and to thank our partners. These include Suzanne and John Pratt Lecture, Graduation, Prom, and Extravaganza!
For more information about any of our events please contact us.