March 13, 2020
Dear ImpactTulsa partners,
Thank you for all that you are doing to keep yourself, your family and our school communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are writing to update you on the status of ImpactTulsa’s in-person programs and sessions during this crisis.
To protect the health of our partners, staff and community, all ImpactTulsa meetings will be hosted virtually or postponed through the end of April. We will assess at the end of April which events in May and future in-person programs will continue as planned.
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic challenges every organization and institution to plan in uncertainty, while protecting the health and safety of our communities. ImpactTulsa staff will continue supporting our partners throughout this time. We look forward to providing virtual sessions, professional development offerings, and resources in the interim as many in the community practice social distancing and remote work.
We encourage everyone to follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines regarding keeping your home, school and workplace safe. These tips for schools include:
Practice good hygiene
- Stop handshaking–use other non-contact methods of greeting
- Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals
- Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
- Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
Consider rearranging large activities and gatherings
- Consider adjusting or postponing gatherings that mix between classes and grades
- Adjust after-school arrangements to avoid mixing between classes and grades
- When possible, hold classes outdoors or in open, well-ventilated spaces
Handle food carefully
- Limit food sharing
- Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
- Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene
Stay home if…
- You or a member of your family is
- They are feeling sick
- They have a sick family member in their home
For more information, visit the CDC website.
Please look forward to regular updates including opportunities for ongoing training, collaboration and development as you’ve come to expect from our organization. We appreciate your partnership and look forward to continuing to support you as we all find ways to navigate this evolving situation and time of uncertainty.
Carlisha Williams Bradley