Staying Healthy, Being Prepared

Updated as of August 14, 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.

Reopening Plans

State plans for reopening are emerging as phased operations and if/when available, are posted below by site. Clarke Program Directors will update team members and families directly as reopening plans are made and important health and safety protocols are in place.

Notice/Disclaimer: Due to the 2019-2020 outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which is known to cause Coronavirus Infectious Disease of 2019 (COVID-19), Clarke is taking extra precautions in an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 at its school(s). These precautions include, but are not limited to, enhanced sanitation/disinfecting procedures, the use of Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”), student, family, patient and employee screening questionnaires, temperature checks, and other measures in compliance with and based on CDC guidance, the States in which we operate and other local and regulatory agencies. While Clarke has undertaken significant efforts to reduce transmission, no individual or entity can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, Clarke expressly states that it cannot guarantee the prevention of transmission of COVID-19 at its facilities and, therefore, makes no warranty, express or implied, to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Clarke will continue to follow the requirements and recommendations of the CDC, the States in which we operate, and other local and regulatory agencies aimed to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 at its facilities.

Teleservices

Some Clarke locations are offering remote and virtual services and programming. Details will be shared directly with families.

Clarke educators use Zoom and other teleconferencing technology to deliver teleservices. Clarke is following the FBI recommendations to keep teleservice delivery safe and appropriate for everyone.

Clarke Location Updates

Updates from Clarke Boston

  • August 14, 2020 - The Clarke Boston Preschool / Early Childhood Program reopening plan can be found here.
  • March 25, 2020 - The Governor announced that public and private schools in Massachusetts must remain closed for in-person instruction until Monday, May 4.
  • 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 Florida

  • June 17, 2020 - It is in the best interest and safety of our students and staff to keep our educational program services virtual for the July 2020 program. In Phase 2 towards reopening, Clarke is considering offering limited appointments on-site for one-to-one services in July. Priority would be given to families with children who are beginning listeners and have received their new hearing technology within the past 18 months or have listening, speech and language skills 12-18 months below their age level. If appointments are available after we meet the needs of this group, we will open on-site opportunities more widely.
  • 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

  • August 13, 2020 - Clarke New York's Preschool Reopening Plan can be viewed here. La versión en español del plan para abrir en Septiembre se publicará aquí pronto.
    • April 6, 2020 - Governor Cuomo has declared that school vacation be cancelled and that all schools will continue service and remain physically closed through 4/29. Therefore, the upcoming vacation scheduled for 4/9-4/17 is cancelled and Clarke will provide distance learning experiences and therapies.

      • The schedules on 4/9 and 4/10 will probably be different and some staff may be absent to observe their religious holidays.
      • We will send out information about schedules and schedule changes.
      • Yoga will start again this week!

    • 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

    • August 14, 2020 - The Clarke Northampton Integrated Preschool Program Reopening Plan can be found here.
    • August 14, 2020 - Clarke's K-6 Program will begin the school year on September 2 with remote instruction. Our hope is to move toward in-person instruction within eight weeks if it is appropriate to do so based on the status of Covid-19 in our community. At this time, families will continue to have the option to continue with remote learning. The program's reopening plan can be found here.
    • June 15, 2020 - Preschool & Early Childhood Program Update -- To ensure our students and families continue to have access to listening and spoken language education and support, we will be offering our summer programming virtually, via teleservices. Important Dates of the Clarke Integrated Preschool:

      • Monday, June 15 - Last day of Spring semester
      • Thursday, June 18 - Updated Individual Remote Learning Plans will be sent to families and districts
      • Tuesday, June 16 - Sunday, July 5 - School break
      • Monday, July 6 - Wednesday, July 29 - Summer Session Preschool REMOTE SERVICES RESUME
      • Wednesday, July 29 - Moving Up Ceremony (details to come later)

    • May 5, 2020 - The Clarke Hearing Center will be open by appointment for curbside dropbox services beginning June 15.
    • April 15, 2020 - All school-based programs will observe spring break on April 20, 21 and 22. No services will be offered during this time. All remote learning will resume on April 23 and 24.
    • March 25, 2020 - The Governor announced that public and private schools in Massachusetts must remain closed for in-person instruction until Monday, May 4. Bell Hall and the Clarke Hearing Center remain closed to the staff.
    • 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

    • August 14, 2020 - Clarke's Preschool Program for students will begin in-person, on-site on September 8. Clarke Philadelphia's Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan is posted here and will be updated as more guidelines become available from the CDC, state, and local agencies, and as more information becomes available.
  • May 26, 2020 - To ensure our students and families continue to have access to listening and spoken language education and support, we will be offering our summer programming virtually, via teleservices. Here are the details:
    • Early Intervention Services (Birth to Three) will remain virtual
    • Early Intervention Services (Friday Toddler Virtual Class) will remain virtual
    • Preschool program from July 6-August 7 including virtual classes and individual speech sessions (Monday through Friday) will remain virtual
    • Mainstream Itinerant services for ESY will remain virtual
  • April 9, 2020 (updated 4.23.20) - In accordance with the Department of Education's request, Clarke Philadelphia's continuity of education plan can be found here.
  • April 9, 2020 - Governor Wolf has extended school closure for the remainder of the academic year. Although schools are closed, teaching and learning may continue and schools are strongly encouraged to provide continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible. Clarke will continue with virtual preschool classrooms, preschool virtual speech sessions, early intervention teleservices and mainstream teleservices following Spring Break (April 14).
  • April 1, 2020 - Under Governor Wolf's directive, all schools in Pennsylvania are closed until further notice.
  • 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 and state protocol for closures

What Clarke Families Can Do

  • 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

Resources for Clarke Families