Responding to Coronavirus

Updated as of 3/16/2020

Responding to COVID-19

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Update as of 3/16/2020

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Last night Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that NYC’s public schools would be closed starting today through at least April 20 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Department of Education officials are focused this week on finalizing their plans for online learning, emergency food distribution, and childcare for essential service personnel, along with training their staffs on implementing those plans across 1800 schools serving 1.1 million students.

The closures obviously impact Thrive Collective’s program schedules and production timelines. We don’t expect clarity from the City this week about how they want to proceed with rescheduling our activities. Therefore, until further notice from the schools, our immediate focus needs to be:

  1. Stay calm and flexible. Our families, friends, and neighbors need the best of us. That means composure and courage to adapt as this rapidly evolving situation continues to unfold.
  2. Stay safe and healthy. Maintain social distancing and take every precaution recommended by the experts.
  3. Regarding our programs and projects: We will continue to monitor the situation, pursue clarity from the administrators, and keep our students and supporters apprised of any updates as they become available. We will also make every effort to accelerate our activities and production timelines whenever schools reopen.

Thank you for your continued understanding during these uncertain times.

Statement as of 3/14/2020

Regarding┬áCOVID-19 and the Coronavirus pandemic that concerns us all: as a NYC public schools vendor and partner, Thrive Collective aligns our practice and programs with the NYC Department of Education’s. We primarily serve public school students in public school buildings. If and when the DOE closes public schools, we will suspend our activities and adjust program schedules and project timelines accordingly. Unless and until the DOE makes that decision, we will continue to serve our students and take every precaution to protect our students and team. We will continue to monitor the situation, and adjust as necessary. Please visit our website for any updates in the weeks to come.

Thank you all for your understanding and flexibility during these uncertain times.

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