UPDATES FROM THE COMMUNITY

  • Kennett Consolidated School District
  • LCH La Comunidad Hispana
  • KACS – Kennett Area Community Services – Food Bank 
  • The Garage Youth Center
  • Chester County Hospital 

Kennett Consolidated School District

March 2020

 

March 17, 2020

Dear Kennett Community,

A warm greeting on the second day of closure, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well. I anticipate this will be the final “daily” update email until we have received further guidance from the state, but I wanted to highlight a few very important reminders:

  • Reminder– Food distribution for students under the age of 18 will begin tomorrow, March 18, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, at three convenient locations. Grab-and-go lunches will be available Wednesday through Friday this week. Distribution will continue next week Monday through Friday.
  • Reminder– If you need printed copies of assignments, click here to submit a Printed Packet Request Form and kindly allow 24 hours for your request to be processed. To reduce in-person contact, requested materials will be labeled with the name of the student and can be picked up at the District Office vestibule at 300 East South Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (the administration building to the left of the high school) between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. These materials will be left outside of the office for pick-up after hours.
  • Reminder– Please contact your teacher(s) by email with any questions about school assignments during the closure.
  • Reminder– Please see the updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the District website. Remember that many answers are either changing or unknown at this time. We promise to keep you informed with any and all updates as soon as they become available.
  • Families in need of food and other basics may contact the Kennett Area Community Services (KACS). For further information on services offered and hours of operation, please click here.
  • Click here for a list of resources for families in need of community or health-related services. For emergencies, please call 911.

Lastly, the District Office will be reducing its hours to comply with the latest recommended safety guidelines. Beginning Thursday, March 19, a limited staff will be available to assist you Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until further notice. Please remember that all schools will continue to be closed to everyone except essential personnel. Email remains the best way to contact staff for all non-emergency questions and concerns.

As always, thank you for working with us as we navigate this unprecedented situation together.

Respectfully,
Dusty Blakey, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Marzo 17, 2020

Querida Comunidad de Kennett,

¡Un saludo cálido en este segundo día de cierre y Feliz Día de San Patricio! Espero que al recibir este correo usted y a su familia se encuentren bien y seguros. Preveo que este será el último correo electrónico de actualización “diaria”, hasta que hayamos recibido más orientación del estado, pero quería resaltar algunos recordatorios muy importantes.

  • Recordatorio – La distribución de alimentos para estudiantes menores de 18 años comenzará mañana, 18 de marzo de 2020, entre 11:00 a.m. y 1:00 p.m, en tres lugares convenientes. A partir de la próxima semana, estos almuerzos estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes.
  • Recordatorio – Si necesita copias impresas de las tareas, por favor use este enlace y amablemente permita 24 horas para que su solicitud sea procesada. Para reducir el contacto entre personas, los materiales solicitados serán etiquetados con el nombre del estudiante y podrán ser recogidos en el vestíbulo de la oficina del distrito entre las 10:00 a.m. y 2:00 p.m. de lunes a viernes. La oficina está localizada en el 300 East South Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (el edificio de administración a la izquierda de la escuela secundaria). Estos materiales se dejarán afuera de la oficina, para recogerlos fuera del horario de trabajo.
  • Recordatorio – Por favor, póngase en contacto con su(s) maestros(as) por correo electrónico, con cualquier pregunta acerca de las tareas escolares durante el cierre.
  • Recordatorio – Por favor vea las Preguntas Frecuentes (FAQs) actualizadas en la página web del Distrito. Recuerden de que muchas respuestas están cambiando o son desconocidas en este momento. Nos comprometemos a mantenerlo informado de cualquier y todas las actualizaciones tan pronto como estén disponibles.
  • Las familias que necesitan alimentos y otros elementos básicos pueden ponerse en contacto con Kennett Area Community Services (KACS). Para más información sobre los servicios ofrecidos y las horas de operación, por favor haga clic aquí.
  • Haga clic aquí para una lista de recursos para familias que necesitan servicios comunitarios o relacionados con la salud. Para emergencias, por favor llame al 911.

Por último, la Oficina de Distrito reducirá sus horas, para cumplir con las últimas directivas de seguridad recomendadas. A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, un personal limitado estará disponible para ayudarle de lunes a viernes, de 10:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m. hasta nuevo aviso. Por favor, recuerden que todas las escuelas continuarán cerradas para todos, excepto para el personal esencial. El correo electrónico sigue siendo la mejor manera de contactar al personal para todas las preguntas y preocupaciones que no sean de emergencia.

Como siempre, gracias por trabajar con nosotros mientras navegamos juntos por esta situación sin precedentes.

Alentado por su apoyo,

Respetuosamente,
Dusty Blakey, Ed.D.
Superintendente

La Comunidad Hispana (LCH)
As a community health center, LCH is here for everyone.  Our health and social services are open during normal business hours, but please call us first so we can go through important screening questions and take needed safety precautions for those that have some symptoms.  We will refer patients to the appropriate testing center if needed and collaborate with the Chester County Health Department to provide the best care for our patients and our community. If you have an appointment at one of our health centers in the coming week or weeks, you will notice additional safety precautions, such as masks and hand sanitizer.  Every patient that is connecting with LCH for care will be asked screening questions.  These are important steps to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, and to keep our staff safe. For more information, visit https://lacomunidadhispana.org/ or call 610.444.7550. 

 

YOU can be a part of helping the community fight COVID-19. Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs!  Use hand sanitizer only when soap and water are not available.  And Social Distancing is important!  It is a way to help slow down the spread of an infectious disease, like COVID-19.  And it helps prevents healthcare systems from getting overwhelmed with sick patients all at once.  It also helps to buy time to create a vaccine.

Together, we can protect and strengthen our community.

In good health,

LCH

 

KACS – Kennett Area Community Services

 Dear Friends,

Please help us communicate that KACS is here to help. We are open for food distribution and by appointment, for emergency assistance. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unmet needs above and beyond the usual.

Now more than ever, low-income families are depending on KACS. Many families are facing financial hardship, particularly low-wage service workers and other hourly employees, due to the severe slowdown in business over the coronavirus spread.

Our Emergency Assistance Program is housed within the Resource Center located at 138 West Cedar Street in Kennett Square, next-door to the Kennett Food Cupboard.

The program offers the following services for those currently living in our service area:

  • financial assistance for rent, utility bills, and other basic living expenses, please call 610-925-3556 ext. 114.
  • housing assistance to those who are experiencing homelessness or about to be homeless, please call 610-925-3556 ext. 120.
  • microloan program, please call 610-925-3556 ext. 119.
  • connecting those in need with a partner agency that will best assist them, please call 610-925-3556 ext. 120.

For help with Emergency Assistance you must first contact us by phone or email. We are NOT accepting walk-ins at the Resource Center.

Our Food Cupboard is located at 138 West Cedar Street in Kennett Square and serves our neighbors living in the Avon Grove, Unionville and Kennett Consolidated School Districts who need help.

  • 5-7 day supply of food provided once a month
  • Current Hours: Monday 12pm to 3pm, Wednesday 12pm to 6pm  &  Friday 12pm to 3pm

At this time, we are unable to accept any food donations as we have suspended our volunteer corps during this pandemic.

COVID-19 is creating new needs while putting enormous financial pressure on all nonprofits. Contributions make it possible for KACS to continue providing much-needed help during this crisis. That is what would be most useful at this time. This is what we need your help with.

What you can do:

  • Make a donation. The best way to help us help others is to make an online donation on our website at kacsonline.net.
  • Share our information with your contacts, friends, and network on social media.  Be a voice for how people can help each other in this time of social distancing, while staying safe.

Even during a crisis that requires us to keep our distance from members of our community, we can support each other.  Speaking up for the needs that exist and sharing how you are helping can inspire others to act as well.

We need you now, more than ever.

Your help is greatly appreciated,

Leah

Leah M. Reynolds, M.S.P.L.

Executive Director

leah@kacsonline.net

The Garage Community and Youth Center 

The Garage has also set up a COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND

CHESTER COUNTY HOSPITAL