DREAM’s Ongoing Response to COVID-19
We’re continuing to monitor the status of COVID-19 and its impact on the DREAM community. For this reason, DREAM is adhering to city and state recommendations and will continue to operate under remote learning and working models through the duration of the school year, per New York State’s announcement on May 1. Additionally, DREAM’s offices will remain closed through at least July 1. We will continue to update this page with new developments, and families are invited to visit this site for more resources.
Additionally, to promote the health and wellness of our students, families, and staff, please note that there will be no remote working or learning on the following Fridays: April 24, May 8, May 22, and June 5. We encourage the community to take these days to rest, recharge, and spend time with loved ones. And if you need a smile, spend a moment with our first #ApartButUnited video, documenting our journey to distance learning.
Finally, the City announced on 4/16 that it has made the decision to cut funding for all public summer programs and several key public amenities for youth. While this information is new to us and carries financial implications for DREAM, we want to reaffirm our commitment to supporting our youth through the summer, whether in person or virtually. We will keep you informed on this front as 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.
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 is launching 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, May 18, at 4:30 PM