Coronavirus-COVID-19

KairosPDX is monitoring the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of government agencies and our Portland Public School district. Please see below for our community updates which include community resources. We are asking all staff, students & families to please use the email covid19@kairospdx.org for any communications related to Coronavirus COVID-19. 

KairosPDX Community Resource – COVID-19

March 31, 2020

Greetings KairosPDX Families,

In response to COVID-19 developments, some internet providers are offering free services to low-income families and households with students. 

Free Comcast Xfinity internet

Comcast Xfinity is currently offering its Internet Essentials program free for two months to new customers. The internet provider is also automatically increasing speeds for all Internet Essentials customers.

Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots are also open and free to use by anyone.

Free internet for students from Charter Spectrum

Households with students K–12 or university students can sign up for a new Charter Spectrum internet account to get the first two months of internet with speeds up to 100 Mbps for free. Installation fees will be waived for those who qualify for the offer. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.

Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots are also currently open and free to use.

Free low-income internet from Cox

Until May 12, 2020, Cox is offering the first month of it’s low-income internet program, Connect2Compete, for free. The internet service is also providing free phone and remote desktop support for technical support during that time.

KairosPDX Community Health Update – COVID-19 March 17, 2020

Greetings KairosPDX Families,

As a community we are in unprecedented times, Governor Kate Brown announced an extension of the statewide school closure today; releasing an Executive Order for public schools to remain closed through Tuesday, April 28, 2020. 

Kairos Staff will be working over the coming days to determine how we can put learning supports in place for our Kairos Leaders to stay connected to our community and their learning during this school closure. We will continue to update you as we add news and resources to this website at, http://kairospdx.org/coronavirus/ , we will be using this dedicated webpage as the primary place we will communicate news and updates on this Coronavirus COVID-19 and how it impacts Kairos. Please note Mr. Graham & the Wellness Committee provided some resources around meals and food for your reference below.

As an organization, we will continue to observe a Spring Recess the week of Mon. March 23rd  through Fri. March 27th and staff will not be available during this week. Please note to ensure we can streamline all communication, we are asking all staff, students & families to please use the email covid19@kairospdx.org for ALL communications related to Coronavirus COVID-19.

Please continue to take care of your families and yourselves!

Warmly,

The KairosPDX Leadership Team

KairosPDX Community Health Update – COVID-19 March 16, 2020

Greetings KairosPDX Community,

As we navigate through these closures, we recognize that they may cause unexpected hardships when it comes to food and meals.  Many students rely on school meals for up to half of their weekly calorie intake. Unfortunately, KairosPDX is not able to operate as a School Meal site during the state mandated school closures starting March 16th- March 31st, but there are options available in the Albina/Humboldt neighborhoods, as well as across the Portland metro area.
 
One of our generous partners, Hopscotch Foundation, has been providing supplementary snacks for families over the weekends.  Hopscotch will be giving out food at Jefferson High School Tuesday March 17th and Friday March 20th from 1-3 PM.  We will send another update if Hopscotch decides to continue this service next week.
Below are some resources to help you access prepared meals and other food during school and other business closures.  Please note that many of these resources are subject to change- especially as restaurant dining rooms see mandated closures as per Gov. Brown’s order on Monday, March 16th.
Emergency Food Resources and School Meals:
Restaurants that are offering free meals to students:
 
 
We are working on keeping these resources as updated as possible so you have the most current information here on our website.
If you need another copy of your approval letter for Free/Reduced Meals for any reason please email Mr. Graham at wellness@kairospdx.org or if you need more specific support for your family please contact Ms. Richarnae at familyconnect@kairospdx.org.
We are here for you through these unprecedented changes. Be safe and patient with each other. We are a community that has proven time and time again to show up for one another, and there’s no better time to demonstrate it. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Best,
KairosPDX Wellness and Nutrition Team

Meals from PPS : https://www.pps.net/Page/15080

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to children in the community ages 1-18. Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, and Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31. Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations:

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary – 620 N Fremont Ave
César Chávez Elementary – 5103 N Willis Blvd
George Middle School – 10000 N Burr Ave
Harrison Park School – 2225 SE 87th Ave
Lent School -5105 SE 97th Ave
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary – 4906 NE 6th Ave
Rigler Elementary – 5401 NE Prescott St
Rosa Parks Elementary – 8960 N Woolsey Ave
Scott Elementary – 6700 NE Prescott St
Sitton Elementary – 9930 N Smith St
Woodmere Elementary – 7900 SE Duke St
Markham Elementary – 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
Madison at Marshall – 3905 SE 91st Ave
Franklin High School – 5405 SE Woodward St

For more information about access to food for families, please call 211 or visitoregonfoodfinder.org.

KairosPDX Community Health Update – COVID-19 March 13, 2020
Greetings Kairos Community,

KairosPDX is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment as we serve our students, staff, families and extended community. We are monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of government agencies and our Portland Public School district.

Luckily, Kairos Learning Academy originally had our Spring Recess schedule for Monday, April 16th through, Tuesday, March 31st; therefore, we only have to adjust our schedule by one day to have students return to school, Wed., April 1st, to be in compliance with the Governor Brown’s school closure mandate.  We have extended our recess and look forward to seeing students back at school on Wednesday, April 1st

We are closing our building for a deep cleaning, effective 2:30pm, today, March 13, 2020, re-opening at 7:30am on Monday, March 30, 2020. Our staff who were scheduled to work next week Mon. March 16ththrough Fri. March 20th will be working remote and as an organization, we will be on recess the week of Mon. March 23rd  through Fri. March 27th. Staff will resume working, with our building open on Monday March 30th.

We will continue to follow PPS guidance and will send any updates on changes in schedule once they are available as well as communicate any resources that are made available to families during this recess. Please note resources highlighted in the March 3, 2020 KairosPDX Community Health Update below.

Warmly,
Zalika Gardner
Co- Founder, Education Director

KairosPDX Community Health Update – COVID-19 March 3, 2020

Greetings Kairos Community,

We have been closely monitoring the current community health situation.  First and foremost we are encouraging KairosPDX students and staff to wash hands frequently.  Students are certainly aware of the virus and we are working to keep them calm and conduct the business of learning as normally as possible.  Secondly we are observing a strict enforcement of sick policy: If you are hesitating to bring your child to school due to illness, please err on the side of caution.  Any child that acts sick will have their temperature taken and you will be promptly called to pick them up if they have a fever.  It should go without saying that a child must be fever-free without the use of fever reducers (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) .
Please read on to learn what our local health department is sharing with us regarding COVID-19.  

This page provides up-to-date coverage of the outbreak and how to prepare:
https://multco.us/health-officer/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

We will follow Multnomah Co. Health Dept., CDC, and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance in terms of school plans and closures. Their site also has links to the CDC and other resources.  If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in areas served by KairosPDX, we will be guided by Portland Public Schools’ response to the outbreak.
We are following the key recommendations set forth by OHA. 
Key Recommendations:

  • Deferring to local public health authorities to determine whether students should stay home if they suspect COVID-19.
  • Preventing stigma and discrimination by using only the guidance described by your local and state public health authorities.
  • Routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, counter tops, and doorknobs.
  • Emphasizing the importance of staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all students.
Public Health Recommendations and Resources
For complete recommendations, visit the CDC website and OHA’s website.
Everyone can do their part to help be prepared for this emerging public health threat:

  • It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season. Many of the everyday precautions we take to prevent flu are useful in protecting against the spread of COVID-19.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Additionally, build your body’s overall health resilience by eating well, exercising, getting plenty of rest, and staying up to date on vaccines. CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine each year and it is not too late to be vaccinated.
We will do our best to keep you informed of any actions we feel are necessary to keep our community healthy and safe.

Warmly,
Zalika Gardner
Co-Founder, Education Director