Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Effective March 16: NYC Public Schools are closed through at least April 17

The Mayor has announced that all schools will be closed through at least April 20th.

Information about Learn-at-Home and other resources is available on the city’s 311 website and on the NYC DOE website.

Effective March 11: Read Ahead’s in-school program is suspended

The Read Ahead team has been continuing to monitor the news and guidance around the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) very closely. Based on the latest information available, we have decided to suspend all Read Ahead in-school programs and external activity, including our weekly mentoring program in schools, beginning Wednesday March 11.

We arrived at this decision after considerable thought and consideration, and conversations with many of our partners and stakeholders. At this time, we are not aware of any confirmed cases of coronavirus in any of our schools, but we are mindful of the guidance from the city around increased social distancing, especially for vulnerable populations. Thus, we are putting this temporary suspension into place out of an abundance of caution and concern for our mentors, mentees, and entire Read Ahead community.

We are working with our schools to communicate this pause to all of our mentees, and our hope is that we will be able to resume programming later this spring. We will continue to monitor this situation closely, and mentors will be contacted directly with more updates in the coming weeks.

While we are disappointed to have to pause our program temporarily, our commitment to our students and schools is unwavering. We strongly encourage all members of the Read Ahead community to continue to follow the World Health Organization’s advice for the public on protective measures.

Any questions regarding this policy can be directed to Read Ahead’s Executive Director, Kristen Baldwin.

Helpful Links:

Please note that the links below are being updated on a daily basis by city and state agencies. We encourage members of the Read Ahead community to check this guidance frequently for updates. You may also sign up to get official updates from city government on the latest developments with coronavirus in New York City by texting COVID to 692-692.

New York City Guidance and Updates

Coronavirus Prevention and NYC Updates [NYC Department of Health]


What You Need to Know About COVID-19 [NYC Department of Health]

Press Releases and Updates on New York City Preparedness [NYC Office of the Mayor]

NYC Department of Education Guidance and Updates

NYC DOE Coronavirus Updates [NYC Department of Education]

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) for NYC Schools and Families [NYC Department of Health]

CDC Information for Travelers

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

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