DREAM’s Ongoing Response to COVID-19
DREAM is continuing to adhere to city and state recommendations. Currently, the first day of school is scheduled for August 24, and DREAM’s offices will remain closed through at least August 1. We will continue to update this page with new developments, and families are invited to visit this site for more resources.
Additionally, DREAM remains firm in our commitment to deliver virtual summer programming to our youth and to explore the possibilities of safely using our fields for small group play. Summer is a crucial time at DREAM – for preventing summer learning loss, leveling up reading skills, and securing valuable work experience. Despite the City’s April announcement regarding cuts to summer programming funding, DREAM will ensure that those experiences still happen for our youth, even if they’re remote. We will keep our families informed as more information becomes available.
Read on for more details about our response, the first month of this transition, and how we’re continuing to make sure that the needs of our scholars and their families are met in these unprecedented times. And if you need a smile, check out our first #ApartButUnited video, documenting our journey to distance learning.
As we know, our students, families, and communities rely on DREAM for a range of essential services. Here are some of the highlights of our first few weeks transitioning to a distance learning model:
- 99% of our families were supplied with food, learning materials, and laptops;
- DREAM Charter High School scholars achieved 93% attendance and an overall increase in school-wide GPA;
- Student meals have been made available for pick-up at pre-designated sites;
- Small group and 1:1 sessions with social workers and special education professionals are continuing remotely;
- Scholars in transitional housing are receiving additional support in the form of assigned case managers;
- Ongoing supports are in place for our DREAM legends in college and beyond;
- DREAM has launched an emergency relief fund to continue to help meet the community’s basic needs related to food insecurity and health concerns.
We are diligently monitoring updates from the CDC, DOE, and New York City and State Departments of Health. Our buildings will continue to undergo thorough cleaning based on recommended guidance from the CDC.
Our priority continues to be in the health and safety of our DREAM community. As we move through this insecure time together, the maxim “DREAM Is Family” has never meant more. Thank you for being a part of our community, and for your continued support. Your generosity at this moment is both deeply felt and appreciated more than you know by our scholars and their families.
Some useful resources:
- New York State Department of Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Center for Disease Control: Coronavirus Disease 2019
- New York City Department of Health
- Talking with children about the coronavirus
Last updated Monday, June 29, at 12 PM