Words like “uncharted”, “unprecedented”, “surreal” and “crazy” are inadequate to capture the current reality but amid the rapid changes, distress and uncertainty I am so humbled to tell you that our teams (Teachers, Counselors, Navigators, Leadership, IT, Finance, Human Resources, Facilities, Communications and Development) are working very hard, meeting the challenges and implementing our mission to support student and family success. Nearly all staff are working remotely, only those involved in basic needs support and other essential supports are onsite.
How we are helping:
The Norman Howard School
On day one of school building closures, The Norman Howard School transitioned to online learning. Online instruction was prepped and tested by students and faculty on Monday and fully implemented on Tuesday! Amazing faculty, students, family, leaders and IT are making this happen. From their own homes, our 110 students are continuing valuable class time with their own teachers and staff. Faculty and counselors are being asked today what they need to continue to make online instruction successful and we will do our best to ensure they have what they need.
Praise and appreciation from parents is profuse:
All staff are mobilized and teams are tackling challenges with students and families– both directly and remotely. With limited resources and existing barriers many of our families have been scrambling to address child care issues, others are now unemployed or are facing reduced work hours, and many are seeking guidance on how they support their families basic needs, academic needs and emotional needs.
Across our whole organization, out front and behind the scenes, staff are on point and amazing. Creativity and commitment seem boundless and we are supporting teams with what they need to equip students and families, to forge new pathways and to make connections that strengthen all of us as we meet whatever comes tomorrow.
Many have asked how they can help, and we thank you! As you can see our work continues and is even more critical than just one week ago-
Thank you for being a part of the Education Success Foundation family and for your support, your good wishes and your commitment to student and family success!
Joe Martino, CEO