Staying Healthy, Being Prepared

Updated as of March 23, 2020

COVID-19: Health and Safety is Our Top Priority

Clarke takes the threat of COVID-19 seriously and is dedicated to ensuring proper protocols are in place to protect staff, students and family. Updates and CDC resources are posted here for the Clarke community.

All Clarke locations are working to offer virtual services and programming where and when possible. Details will be shared with families as they become available.

Resources for Clarke Families

Clarke Location Updates

Updates from Clarke Boston

  • March 16, 2020 - Clarke Boson is closed Monday, March 16 until Monday, March 30 to protect the health and safety of our students, families and staff.
  • March 14, 2020 - Clarke Boston will be closed to students and families on Monday, March 16 as we continue to work with state and local officials to assess our options. There are no known, confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Clarke. We advise families to plan ahead for potential longer-term closure.
  • March 12, 2020 - Out of an abundance of caution, Clarke Boston Early Intervention and school-based programming are closed Friday, March 13, for one day only, due to the Canton Public School closure. Additional information about the week of March 16 and beyond will be available as soon as possible. There is currently no known evidence of exposure for Clarke Boston students, families and staff. The health and well-being of you, your child and our team remains our top priority.
  • March 10, 2020 - You may have heard that an employee of the Canton Public School District notified the district late Monday afternoon of possible indirect exposure to COVID-19 from a family member and has entered into a self-quarantine. The family member is NOT showing symptoms. The employee will be staying home strictly as a precaution and will follow the guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the local Board of Health. There is no evidence of exposure for Clarke Boston students, families and staff. The Board of Health has stated that the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Canton remains low.

Updates from Clarke Jacksonville and Clarke's Preschool Classroom in Orlando

  • March 23, 2020 - On Wednesday, March 25, Clarke's preschool classroom in Orlando will begin its online classroom and individual telepractice speech sessions. Parents should expect to hear from their teacher and SLP on March 23 or 24.
  • March 18, 2020 - March 23 - 27 will be taken as spring break. School will resume Tuesday, March 31. At that time we will resume our tele-practice or return to our school location based on the situation with the spread of COVID-19. Information will follow alerting families to packet pick-up of materials to be used beginning March 31. There will be no school on April 10. School or tele-practice will continue April 13 - 17 (originally scheduled a spring break).
  • March 15, 2020 - Clarke Jacksonville and Clarke's preschool classroom in Orlando will temporarily close for two weeks from March 16 through March 27. (From March 16-March 20 Clarke Orlando is on their scheduled Spring Break.) ALL Clarke center-based programs, services and events will be postponed during this hiatus. Virtual school is in session starting Tuesday, March 17 in Jacksonville. Virtual school will begin on Monday, March 23 in Orlando. Please expect a return to your usual school/program schedule on Tuesday, March 31, in Jacksonville unless you hear otherwise. At this time, your previously scheduled Spring Break remains as noted on the Clarke Calendar. We will continue to evaluate all contingencies. Orlando will return to a regular schedule on March 30.
  • March 12, 2020 - Clarke and our event and medical partners are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. To maintain this commitment to well-being, the Kilwins Ice Cream Run scheduled to take place on March 28, 2020 at the St. John's Town Center will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for the new date and more details! For now, race registration is closed and the packet pick-ups are postponed. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

Updates from Clarke New York

  • March 20, 2020 - If your NYC public school student needs a device for remote learning, please visit: coronavirus.schools.nyc/remotelearningdevices
  • March 15, 2020 - The Clarke New York location is closed to students and families through April 17.

Updates from Clarke Northampton

  • March 13, 2020 - Following the direction of the Northampton School District, Clarke's K-8 Program at Leeds Elementary School and the Clarke Preschool Program will be closed to students for two weeks, March 14 -28. There is currently no known evidence of exposure for K-8 Program or Preschool Program students and staff.
  • March 13, 2020 - The Parent-Child Group scheduled for March 27 will take place virtually. The March 19 Parent Workshop and Guest Panel will be rescheduled for May. The March 30 Constituent’s Day and Awards at the MA State House will be rescheduled for a future date.
  • March 12, 2020 - Following the guidance of Northampton Public Schools under advisement from the Northampton Health Department, events with 25 or more people and field trips occurring on or before April 30 are canceled. We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and share information about rescheduled activities.

Updates from Clarke Philadelphia

  • March 18, 2020 -Home-based early intervention sessions have been suspended in all counties across Pennsylvania.
  • March 14, 2020 -The City of Philadelphia announced where to find free meals and safe spaces for students while schools are closed.
  • March 13, 2020 - In alignment with the School District of Philadelphia, Clarke Philadelphia will temporarily close for two weeks from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.
  • March 13, 2020 - Clarke Philadelphia has paused Mainstream Services support for Montgomery County Schools. Home-based support for Montgomery County families in the Early Intervention Program is also paused. These updates follow the two-week closure of all Montgomery County schools, community centers, gyms and entertainment venues beginning March 13, 2020.

General Updates and Resources

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How the Virus Spreads

There is still more to learn about how this virus is spread but at the present time it is believed that COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person via close contact with the person carrying the virus. Specifically, similar to the flu, it can be transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, person-to-person or by surface contact. Current studies also suggest that transmission can also spread when a person is not openly displaying symptoms of the condition.

If a student or staff member exhibits any of the symptoms listed on our health guidelines for COVID-19, they will be encouraged to stay home to protect the health and wellness of all.


What Clarke is Doing

  • Following universal precautions and protocol for early childhood care
  • Performing routine environmental cleaning
  • Emphasizing respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Encouraging greeting waves versus handshakes and high-fives
  • Following district protocol for Clarke school program closures, if needed
  • Preparing to separate sick employees: CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately

What Clarke Families Can Do

  • Hand washing is the most important step in preventing the spread of this and any virus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, scrub thoroughly under nails and between fingers, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Hand sanitizers with 60% or more of alcohol are an alternative when handwashing is not an option
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Follow the CDC's prevention health recommendations
  • Remain home if you or your child is sick
  • Stay informed about CDC and health department recommendations for travel and safety
  • Notify Clarke in advance if someone in your family is ill and you have a home visit scheduled