Staying Healthy, Being Prepared
COVID-19: Health and Safety is Our Top Priority
Updated as of July 27, 2021
Clarke takes the threat of COVID-19 seriously and is dedicated to ensuring proper protocols are in place to protect students, families and staff. Updates and CDC resources are posted here for the Clarke community.
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 program site(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.
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 Site Reopening Guides for the 2020-21 School Year
State plans for reopening have emerged and are posted below by site. Clarke Program Directors will update team members and families directly regarding any changes.
- April 5, 2021 – All students return to a full-time, in-person learning schedule.
- August 14, 2020 – The Clarke Boston Preschool / Early Childhood Program reopening plan can be found here .
- April 2021 – A week of virtual learning follows spring break. Resuming April 19, we continue to offer a hybrid schedule for in-person learning for preschool through first grade. On-site toddler services resume April 22. Virtual services are available for families in our Birth to Age Three Program.
- November 12, 2020 – The Clarke Florida reopening plan can be found here . Please note speech services can be in-person or virtual. A virtual Mommy/Daddy/& Me Group and on-site toddler group are also available.
Clarke New York
- July 27, 2021 – Clarke New York’s Preschool Reopening Plan can be viewed here and aqui en Español. (updated July 2021).
- April 2021 – We continue to offer a range of learning models for preschoolers: fully in-person, fully remote and blended. Our Early Intervention/Birth to Age Three services are available via teleservice. Audiology and evaluation services are available via teleservice, with some in-person availability.
- View more detailed Clarke New York updates at: clarkeschools.org/covid19NYC
- August 13, 2020 – Clarke New York’s Preschool Reopening Plan can be viewed here and aqui en Español. (updated 12.28.2020).
- April 2021 – The Clarke Northampton Parent-Infant Toddler program is providing virtual home visits (tVISITs), and a weekly virtual friendship Group for parents and children. Preschool resumed full in-person classes.
- August 14, 2020 – The Clarke Northampton Integrated Preschool Program Reopening Plan can be found here (updated 10.21.2020).
- August 14, 2020 – Clarke’s K-8 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 (updated 9.11.2020).
- April 2021 – We continue to offer full-day, in-person learning for preschoolers. Virtual services are available for families in our Birth to Age Three Program. In-person and virtual services are available for mainstream students.
- August 14, 2020 – Clarke’s Preschool Program for students will begin virtually 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.
- 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.
General Updates and Resources
Clarke Policies for Families During COVID-19
Daily Health Maintenance
We can proactively keep our community healthy by:
- Monitoring and watching for symptoms daily
- Reporting symptoms and staying home if you or your family members have symptoms
- Completing Clarke’s daily health form (Clarke NY families only)
- Taking your child’s temperature before leaving home
- Wearing a mask
- Following state travel and gathering advisories
- Maintaining good hand hygiene. 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.
- Using hand sanitizers with 60% or more of alcohol are an alternative when handwashing is not an option
- Cleaning and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces Following the CDC’s prevention health recommendations
- Staying informed about CDC and health department recommendations for travel and safety
Clarke’s Quarantine Policy Due to Exposure of Someone with COVID-19
Clarke follows the quarantine policies of the states in which we operate. Clarke’s Health and Safety Manager will provide guidance to Program Directors and families on a case-by-case basis.
Returning to In-Person Learning after COVID-19 Diagnosis
Clarke requires students to be symptom-free and to have completed a quarantine to return to in-person learning. It’s important to verify there’s no continued exposure, especially in the student’s household. This could lengthen the quarantine period. Completing Clarke’s daily health attestation is critical. A negative PCR test is not required to return following a quarantine and a non-medicated, symptom-free 24-hour period.
Exposure Protocols for Individuals Who Had COVID-19
Individuals who are recovered from COVID-19 are considered immune for at least three months. Individuals who had COVID-19 and are exposed again, within three months of their diagnosis, only need to quarantine if they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Managing Symptoms Related to Vaccination
Individuals who develop COVID-19 related symptoms following receiving the vaccine should stay home until resolution of symptoms and consult a medical provider as necessary. If the symptoms last 48 hours or less, it will be presumed to be vaccine related. If the symptoms last longer than 48 hours, the individual should be tested to rule out COVID-19. If it is a household member with symptoms following vaccination, the student or staff member should remain home for 48 hours.
Out-of-State and International Travel
Clarke follows state guidance for domestic travel (when applicable) and CDC guidance for international travel.
Resources for Clarke Families
- Strategies for deaf and hard of hearing communication (videoconferencing, captioning and more)
- If you are experiencing anxiety or stress, resources are available from the CDC and a Disaster Distress Helpline is available at 1-800-985-5990.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has launched the statewide Support & Referral Helpline to counsel state residents struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources. The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is available at 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.
- Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings
- Grab and Go Meals for Families
- Clarke LSL at Home Resources
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (coronavirus): A Parent Resource
- CDC video with basic information
- Florida Department of Health
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- New York Department of Health
- Pennsylvania Department of Health