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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Update Center

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Diya Slayton

Elementary School Principal, The Belair-Edison School

Tiffany Halsey

Middle School Principal, The Belair-Edison School

Sheila Adams

Principal, Tunbridge Public Charter School

May 15, 2020

School Building Closure Extended Through End of the School Year

May 15, 2020

Dear Families, 

As you now know, the State of Maryland has extended the closure period for public school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. During this time, our students will continue with remote learning. The district has applied to MSDE for a waiver to change the last day of school from June 22, 2020 to June 15, 2020. Stay tuned to communications from City Schools as well as your principal about the last day of school.

We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our families and community in support of the ABI Schools Family Emergency Fund! Phase I of this fund enables us to provide grocery staples once per week for 10 weeks to 30 families in need across our schools, safely delivered by members of our staff. We have begun to plan for Phase II, which will allow us to add additional hygiene and cleaning supply necessities to our weekly deliveries. Together we will continue to help each other through this challenging time. If you or a family you know at Tunbridge or The Belair-Edison School is in need of support, please reach out to your principal. 

Summer Camps will take place at Tunbridge, BE Brehms and BE Brendan in either a hybrid of online and in-person or strictly online capacity, depending on COVID-19 pandemic guidance we receive from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the Maryland State Department of Education. Programs will be free of charge for all families at all campuses. Principals will be communicating details via Friday Letters and email as we build our new Summer Camp offerings.

Please continue to check our website, Facebook pages, and your email for important information from principals.

Will McKenna
Founder and Executive Director

April 23, 2020

School Closure Extended Through May 15, 2020

Dear Families,

The State of Maryland extended the closure period for public school buildings through May 15, 2020. During this time, students at The Belair-Edison School and Tunbridge Public Charter School will continue with distance-based learning, including packets and online instruction. Principals and teachers continue to communicate with families daily about access to food and concerns related to technology. Helpful resources are available on our Remote Learning Center page and our ABI Schools Remote Learning YouTube Channel.

Meals: The district continues to provide grab-and-go meals at sites around the city, with additional locations added this week. 

District Packets: Hard copies available at meal sites for those unable to access technology and/or our school specific instruction.

We will continue to provide updates as we learn more. Please continue to check the ABI website and the City Schools website, as well as your email and our Facebook pages: ABI, BE Elementary, BE Middle, Tunbridge.

Will McKenna
Founder and Executive Director

March 25, 2020

School Closure Extended Through April 24, 2020

Dear families, 

The Maryland State Department of Education announced that public school closure will be extended through Friday, April 24. We will be ramping up our efforts to provide remote learning opportunities for students at Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School next week. Please continue to check the ABI website and the City Schools website for updates.

Will McKenna
Founder and Executive Director

March 21, 2020

Spring Break & Video from Mr. Morgan

Dear families, 

Our schools are on Spring Break through March 27th. Late next week, we will communicate out to families with updated next steps we will be taking with remote learning for students, should this be necessary. All of our buildings— both campuses of The Belair-Edison School and Tunbridge— are closed and continue to be deep-cleaned by our maintenance crew. 

Any family that was not able to pick up a remote learning packet can access them here on our website in PDF format to be downloaded and printed at home (see links below).

We have launched a new Vimeo channel to support us during this phase of remote learning. Check out our first video: Couch Workout with Mr. Morgan. Mike Morgan is a founder of our organization, as well as the Health & Wellness Director and Middle School PE Teacher at The Belair-Edison School. He, along with other staff members from across our organization, will periodically provide videos for our families as we all work to support our physical and social/emotional health during this challenging time.

These videos will also be available soon on YouTube, our website, and our social media channels.

Have a restful Spring Break.

Will McKenna
Founder and Executive Director

March 17, 2020

Remote Learning Work Packets

Dear families,

As we begin the first week of school closure due to COVID-19, we know our students, parents, and guardians have had their routines disrupted, many plans cancelled— including events that our students were really looking forward to and deserved— and are feeling the stress of this very serious situation. In our schools, as you know, we teach children to live healthy, balanced lives; what we call The Afya Way. In times like this, it’s especially important to take care of our social/emotional and physical health, in addition to our intellectual health and having our kids complete work packets.

We care about our students and their families, we want to do right by our kids through these challenging times, and we strive— as we always do— for balance. ABI, along with staff from The Belair-Edison School and Tunbridge, have created grade-level learning packets (approx. five days of work) that align well to what our students have been doing in the classroom. These packets are a small way to stay connected to the learning that will keep students on the path they’ve been working so hard on and to their classroom community.

Packets from Pre-K to 8th grade level are available:

  • In PDF form (to print at home) here on our website (see links below)
  • In hard copy form to pickup at our three school buildings on Wednesday 3/18 and Thursday 3/19 from 9am-3pm

ABI Schools Packet Goals: Our goal for the activities we’ve put together in these packets is to provide opportunities for our students to both keep engaged in relevant grade level work and keep their intellectual muscles sharp. Students of all ages thrive on routine. We encourage families to use this resource as a tool to give students consistent experiences reading, writing, counting, and problem-solving.

ABI Schools Packet Grading: We will follow guidance provided by the school system with respect to grading: the work will be considered voluntary instructional activity for students, not graded work.

City Schools Packet: The district has also created a grade-level packet. This packet may not align exactly with what our students are doing in the classroom, but families are welcome to download and print this packet from the district website.

Please check the ABI website and school social media pages during this extended break for suggestions on how to take care of yourself and your student intellectually, socially/emotionally, and physically.

Thank you and please reach out to me or your school principal with any questions.

Will McKenna
Founder and Executive Director

Remote Learning Work Packet Links (PDFs to print at home):
PreK Work Packet | Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School
K Work Packet | Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School
1st Grade Work Packet | Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School
2nd Grade Work Packet | Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School
3rd Grade Work Packet | Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School
4th Grade Work Packet | Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School
5th Grade Work Packet | Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School
6th Grade Work Packet | Tunbridge
6th Grade Work Packet | The Belair-Edison School
7th Grade Work Packet | Tunbridge
7th Grade Work Packet | The Belair-Edison School
8th Grade Work Packet | Tunbridge
8th Grade Work Packet | The Belair-Edison School

To our families of students with disabilities: 
It is always our goal to provide rigorous grade level instruction to our students. Here are some resources and tools that will help your student access the grade level packets. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your school or your child’s teacher for additional guidance and support.
Students With Disabilities Resources ELA Upper grades (4-8) | Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School
Students With Disabilities Resources Math Upper grades (4-8) | Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School
 

March 13, 2020

Schools Closed March 16-27, 2020

As our families are well aware of by now, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has closed all public schools in the state effective March 16, 2020 to March 27, 2020. All school building activities including school day instruction, child care, health services, enrichment, professional development, athletics and club sports, and preschool are canceled during this time.

Baltimore City Public Schools will be providing grade-level learning packets for students, available on their website, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. ABI Schools will also be providing grade level learning packets for our families at The Belair-Edison School and Tunbridge Public Charter School, which will be available here on our website on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Hard copies of work packets will be available beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in our school main offices. Check back here to our Update Center early next week for specific times to pickup packets at each of our campuses. Our principals will also be communicating with families by email. 

City Schools will also operate an emergency food service program at at least eight sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 20, 2020. Students will be able to receive grab-and-go free breakfast and lunch meals. The sites will be announced by Sunday, March 15, 2020 and will be listed on the Health Updates webpage.

Will McKenna
Founder and Executive Director

March 12, 2020

New Update Center

A lot is happening, very quickly, in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). In a continuing effort to provide our families with current information, we have created this Update Center.

Please check back regularly to this page, our Facebook pages, and your email for updates.

Will McKenna
Founder and Executive Director

March 7, 2020

Message from ABI Executive Director, Will McKenna

As you’ve likely heard, Governor Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency after the first three positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Maryland. Our schools, and our whole organization, continue to take proactive steps to address readiness and responsiveness in regards to coronavirus. You will notice new, additional hand sanitizer dispensers and signage reminding everyone to wash their hands all around our campuses. Our cleaning crew continues to be extra vigilant in making sure all bathrooms remain clean and soap/paper towel dispensers are refilled. Teachers are talking to students about the importance of hand-washing, which is the best defense against the spread of coronavirus.

As always, if your child is sick, please keep your child at home until they are fever free, without having taken any medicine for 24 hours. Scheduled activities at our schools will continue until a change is deemed necessary by local and state health professionals.

Please continue to check for emails from the school and the district, visit the ABI website and the City Schools website, and check our school Facebook pages for more updates. 

February 27, 2020

Message from ABI Executive Director, Will McKenna

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are writing to you with an update about the coronavirus and our efforts to ensure the health and safety of all students in our buildings at Tunbridge and The Belair-Edison School (Brendan and Brehms Campuses). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that the risk to the general American public remains low. Furthermore, no cases have been confirmed in Maryland. With that said, we want to let you know about precautions we are taking in our schools and remind our families of best practices when it comes to the spread of germs.

In our schools:

  • We have a dedicated cleaning crew that cleans all rooms in all buildings each night. We’ll be taking extra action to be sure soap dispensers, paper towels, and hand sanitizer dispensers are refilled and readily available in our bathrooms. We will also be installing additional hand sanitizer dispensers around our buildings. We are closely monitoring classroom attendance and if we see multiple students absent for health-related reasons, we'll take action to clean that room with special care. Please email the school if your student is out sick and with any symptoms they are experiencing.
  • We’ll be providing extra disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues to all our classroom teachers. 
  • Reminders about hand washing and containing the spread of germs are currently in place around all campuses. We’ll be adding additional signage.
  • Baltimore City Public Schools will be sending home a fact sheet to all students, so keep an eye out for that in students’ backpacks. 
  • Check your email, our website and our school Facebook pages where we will share helpful information.

The Belair-Edison School | Brendan Campus
The Belair-Edison School | Brehms Campus
Tunbridge Public Charter School

Preventing infection:

  • As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination and engage in everyday, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed.

Helpful links:

Sincerely,

Will McKenna
Executive Director
Afya Baltimore Inc. (ABI)

Safety is our priority!

Student and staff safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please reach out to your school principal.

Additional resources

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention