Elevate Works through Coronavirus Challenges
Friday, March 20, 2020
I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well considering the COVID-19 pandemic. We will all get through this, but these are challenging times in which we are living.
As you probably know, Duval County Public Schools will move to online instruction beginning on Monday, March 23rd, and continuing until at least April 15th. During this time, our Elevate Jacksonville students may find themselves in a vulnerable situation with so much free time. Some of them may not have sufficient food since they relied on school meals for nourishment.
I wanted to promptly let you know what we are doing to serve our students at this time:
I communicated with Superintendent Greene following her press conference on Wednesday, as well as a School Board Member and the principals at Raines and Ribault high schools. They are all thrilled that our teachers are participating in DCPS’ teacher training today and will be prepared to continue our character-based instruction online starting on Monday.
In conjunction with our national organization, Elevate USA, we are conducting professional development sessions for our staff every Wednesday and Friday via Zoom video conferencing. The sessions are designed to provide additional tools for supporting students during this crisis.
Our Elevate teachers are actively working to contact every student in order to determine what immediate needs they may have. As needs are discovered, we will direct students to local food distribution programs and other resources and community organizations who can meet the specific need.
This coronavirus situation presents some setbacks as we are currently unable to engage with our students face to face. However, it also presents a unique opportunity for our teachers to deepen their relationships with our students as they walk alongside them during this challenging time.
Let's keep one another in thoughts and prayers for protection from the virus and for wisdom going forward. Rest assured that we remain focused on our mission. Our heartfelt thanks to you for your ongoing partnership with Elevate Jacksonville.