IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19:

July, 2020

FIND FREE SOCIAL RESOURCES

Dear Green Dot Families,

Schools serve as the cornerstone of every community. We believe that schools are foundational to the intellectual and social development of our children - and we know that students learn best when they are in school.

COVID-19 has challenged our health, financial security, and emotional wellness. It has further challenged us to rethink how we do our core work of educating students when they cannot be in school. We’ve spent many weeks in learning mode - listening to health experts, studying virtual education models, gathering feedback from stakeholders, and collaborating with peers across the country to design a Re-Entry Plan focused on student
learning and community safety. We’ve learned that there is no perfect plan. We’ve also learned that our plan will undoubtedly change as we learn more about the realities of this pandemic. Most importantly, we’ve learned that we can create academic programs that are rigorous, nurturing, and engaging - whether at home or in our school buildings.

The Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee (GDPST) Re-Entry Plan details three scenarios for student learning:

  1. Distance Learning: If schools need to be closed for safety reasons, all students will participate in Distance Learning. Full days of instruction will be provided live by our teachers, using our pre-pandemic curriculum.
  2. In-Person Learning: When it is deemed safe to return to school, in-person learning will resume with significant safety measures in place that include limited movement, masks, and cohorting of students into small groups.
  3. Homeschool Learning: When it is deemed safe to return to school, students may choose the Homeschool Learning model, where they will receive live-streamed, interactive instruction from their teachers’ classrooms.

This GDPST Re-Entry Plan will illustrate the process for returning to learning. Before you dive into the details of our plan, we want to share the following key messages:


  1. School will begin on August 10th using our Distance Learning Model.
  2. Each student will be assigned a laptop for the first day of school. Additionally, we will work with families in need of internet access.
  3. We will NOT require you to commit to an option (In-Person or Homeschool) for the entire semester. We will work with you to find an option that best suits your child’s needs. We further recognize that your needs may change during the course of the semester, and we will honor your decision to change whether you choose the In-Person or Homeschool model.

The mission of Green Dot Public Schools is to transform public education so ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership and life. Now more than ever, our organization is committed to making this a reality for students by focusing on rigorous academics while maintaining health and safety policies that meet the immediate needs of our school community.

We will continue to update you with information about your student’s education as well as resources for you and your family. If there is anything else we can do to help during this challenging time, please contact us at 901-730-8160 or contact your principal directly. 

All the best,

Megan Quaile 
Executive Director
Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee

GDPST Virtual Community Meeting Series

You're Invited!

Our next virtual community meeting will take place Thursday, July 23 at 5:30 pm, and will focus on planning for Distance Learning. We will also host a meeting on Saturday, July 25 at 11:30 am to recap Thursday's Distance Learning meeting for those families who are unable to attend.
Click the images below to register. A link to join the meeting will be emailed to all registered attendees.

Community Resources

Food

Mid South Food Bank

If you are unable to access food during the COVID-19 shutdown, Mid-South Food Bank is assembling food boxes for families in need. Visit their website to find a location near you. https://www.midsouthfoodbank.org/coronavirus-response.

OUTMemphis
892 S Cooper Street
Food kits and hygiene kits will be distributed to LGBTQ+ individuals in need. Call in advance to secure your pick-up.

Levi Branch Library (via YMCA)
3676 Third St
Monday-Friday 11am-1pm

Charles Powell Community Center (via YMCA)
810 Western Park
Monday-Friday 11am-1pm

Mitchell Community Center (via YMCA)
602 W. Mitchell Rd
Monday-Friday 11am-1pm

Riverview Community Center (via YMCA)
1891 Kansas
Monday-Friday 11am-1pm

Pearly Gates (via YMCA)
532 South Parkway E
Monday-Friday 11am-1pm

South Brook Mall (via YMCA)
1212 E. Shelby Dr.
Monday-Friday 11am-1pm

Abundant Grace (via YMCA)
1574 E. Shelby Dr.
Monday-Friday 11am-1pm

All McDonald's Restuarants
Sunday-Saturday

YMCA
The YMCA is distributing FREE student meals at dozens of sites across Shelby County. Please visit the following website to find a location near you. https://www.scsk12.org/coronavirusfacts/studentmeals. 

General Assistance

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA)

  • Apply online for emergency assistance 

Nextdoor App

  • The Nextdoor app now has a Help Map where people who are homebound or high-risk can request help from neighbors.

Housing

Homeless Hotline

MIFA - Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association

Emergency Shelter Placement ProgramThis program helps families in Shelby County with minor children secure temporary shelter if homelessness cannot be avoided through mediation. Click Here to apply for Emergency Shelter placement. 

Homeless Hotline: This 24-hour hotline helps connect homeless families with minor children in Memphis and Shelby County to shelter and/or other resources. For more inforamtion, call (901) 529-4545

LINC

You can also dial 2-1-1 from any phone for LINC assistance

MIFA

 

 

Unemployment and Wages

Emergency Cash Assistance 

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making essential financial resources available to families that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Beginning 10 A.M. CST Thursday, March 26, families can begin applying, online, for up to two months of emergency cash assistance if they were employed as of March 11, 2020 and they’ve lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income as a result of the pandemic. 

Unemployment Claim

The fastest and most efficient way to file an unemployment claim is to go to www.Jobs4TN.gov. Due to the high volume of claims because of the COVID-19 emergency, if you file with any other method you could significantly delay the processing of your claim.

Memphis Food Industry Emergency Worker Assistance

TN Unemployment Assistance

COVID Testing & Medical

Christ Community Health Services

  • Appointment only. If you are experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever and cough, please text "Test2020" to 91999.

Women's Health Care Associates (9005 Highway 64 Suite 101)

  • Appointment only. (901) 383-7446

University of TN Health Science Center (Tiger Lane at the Memphis Fairgrounds)

  • Appointment only following consultation with UTHSC-affiliated physician (must be referred by medical provider)

Shelby County Health Dept.

  • Call the Shelby County Health Department to be screened for testing eligibility. 1-833-943-1658

Mental Health

YOUTH VILLAGES

Fairley High School, Hillcrest High School, Wooddale Middle School and Kirby Middle School students and families seeking group or outpatient services from Youth Villages should contact their school counselor for a referral.

STREETER AND DO

Bluff City High School students and families seeking group or outpatient services from Streeter and Do should contact their school counselor for a referral.