Statement released March 16, 2020
Friends of Literacy First,
While we closely monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), our top priority remains the health and wellbeing of our students, tutors, staff, partners and supporters.
Literacy First continues to adhere to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The University of Texas at Austin, as well as follow the guidance of our partner organizations, Austin Independent School District, Austin Achieve Public Schools, and Del Valle Independent School District. To that end, our response has included, but is not limited to the following measures:
Following school cancellations prior to the start of districts’ regularly scheduled spring breaks.
All Literacy First staff members working remotely as of Friday, March 13th, with the return timeline to be adjusted based on guidance from the CDC and UT-Austin.
Suspension and reassessment of all in-person gatherings, including the 3rd Annual Literacy Luncheon, previously scheduled for April 22, 2020. More detailed information regarding adjustments to this event will be shared in the coming days.
As circumstances regarding COVID-19 rapidly evolve, such will our response as an organization. In light of extended school closures, Literacy First staff are working to develop plans for our 90+ tutors to continue their service experience in a safe and impactful manner. Wherever and however possible, we will work with our partner organizations to continue to provide literacy education, as well as new forms of support that may be needed for students in Central Texas.
Now, as much as ever before, we believe in the importance of literacy and education as catalysts for a stronger, brighter future. We are tremendously grateful for your continued support as we navigate this situation, and look forward to collaborating together in new and creative ways as a community. Thank you.