Health & Safety

Select Y.A.L.E. Campuses Moving to 100% Remote Learning Beginning Monday, November 30, 2020

Dear Parents & Guardians:

Throughout the fall, Y.A.L.E. School has conscientiously adhered to the COVID-19 protocols required by state public health and education officials.  Despite these precautionary measures, a decision was made earlier today to switch to 100% remote learning at several of our campus locations.

The decision to do so was a difficult one requiring careful consideration of many factors including trends in counties where students and staff reside, holiday travel plans, staffing, and behavioral challenges that may require closer student/staff proximity.  Consequently, we will act with an abundance of caution by transitioning several programs to 100% remote learning as noted below.

Effective November 30, 2020, the following campuses will become 100% remote with an anticipated return on Monday, January 11, 2021.  100% remote hours are 8:45 am – 2:30 pm.

  • Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill
  • Y.A.L.E. School Ellisburg
  • Y.A.L.E. School Standard 9 at Camden County College
  • Y.A.L.E. School Standard 9 at Rowan College of Burlington County
  • Y.A.L.E. School CLiKS/Bridge Program at Y.A.L.E. Vocational Annex, Cherry Hill
  • Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia
  • Y.A.L.E. School Mansion Ave., Audubon

At this time, the following campuses will continue to follow the hybrid model, with both in-person and remote learning options:

  • Y.A.L.E. School Evans, Marlton (Hours are 8:30 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Y.A.L.E. School Medford (Kirby’s Mill & Medford Memorial) (Hours are 9:00 am – 1:30 pm)
  • Y.A.L.E. School Northfield (Hours are 8:30 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Y.A.L.E. School Mullica Township (Hours are 8:30 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Y.A.L.E. School Project SEARCH at Jefferson Health (Hours are 8:30 am – 2:30 pm)

Y.A.L.E. will continue to monitor community health conditions and strive to make the best decisions possible with the information available in the coming weeks.  The status of this situation is fluid and our campus plans may need to be revised further based on state announcements or other considerations.

As always, we appreciate the support and cooperation of our Y.A.L.E. School family. We especially acknowledge your patience and understanding as we make these weighty decisions.  Should you have questions or concerns, or need technical support for remote learning, our homeroom teachers will direct your request to the individual on the Y.A.L.E. team that can best assist you.

We hope you and your family stay well over the holidays and find new opportunities and traditions to make the season a meaningful one.   We look forward to reuniting our staff and students as soon as safely possible.

Sincerely,
The Y.A.L.E. School Administrative Team

C:  District Case Managers

Holiday Travel

November 16, 2020 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches, we would like to say a most sincere “Thank You” to our parents and students.  The Y.A.L.E. community has truly come together to keep our schools as safe as possible by following health and safety protocols.

Realizing that the holidays are traditionally a time for travel and visiting, we would like to remind Y.A.L.E. families of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Travel Information to share with anyone who may be planning a visit this season.

  • All individuals traveling from states with a significant spread of the COVID-19 virus are asked to follow PA-DOH recommendations that they not travel to Pennsylvania.
  • If your family travels to any of the states at the link above, the PA-DOH recommends that you stay at home to quarantine for 14 days upon your return.
  • In addition, the PA-DOH discourages non-essential travel to the neighboring states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia, which also meet travel advisory criteria.

Should a student need to quarantine, Y.A.L.E. School enables that student to transition to 100% remote learning during that time period by contacting the Y.A.L.E. School secretary at the Philadelphia campus.

Families may also want to refer to the information offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for hosting or attending holiday gatherings.  Although the holiday season will be different in many respects this year, we hope that families find new and rewarding ways to celebrate and connect with loved ones.  We also thank you again for your ongoing efforts to contribute to the health and safety of our school community.

Sincerely,

The Y.A.L.E. School Administrative Team

Current Campus Notification

Notification of Positive COVID-19 Case at Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia

October 29, 2020

Dear Parents & Guardians:

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This does not affect in-person instruction at any other Y.A.L.E. School campus.  The Y.A.L.E. School Administrative Team is working closely with public health officials and following federal, state, and local health department guidance to ensure the health and safety of our community.

If your student is determined to have had close contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19, you will be notified directly via email or a phone call. We ask for your patience as we complete our investigation and outreach. No further action is required if you do not receive additional notification.

Cleaning and disinfecting of all exposed areas is underway.  In addition, our campus takes systematic precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and other germs through air purifying equipment installed in common areas and nurses offices.  Y.A.L.E. schools are also cleaned on a regular schedule by professional services using processes and products advised by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to mitigate COVID-19 transmission risks.

The status of this situation is fluid, and we are monitoring it closely.  We encourage parents, guardians and students to continue following the safeguards promoted by the CDC, such as:

  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues
  • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils
  • Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart)
  • Wearing a face covering while out
  • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms

We appreciate the support and cooperation of our Y.A.L.E. School family. The health of our students, staff and their families is our number one priority. Please assist us by remaining vigilant, but sensible, in your approach to dealing with this health concern. Below are some resources that might be helpful to you.

Resources

Should you have any questions about this situation, please feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher who will direct your inquiry to the appropriate Y.A.L.E. staff.

Sincerely,

Y.A.L.E. School Administrative Team

Campus Notification Archives

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