Hello Bridge Families,

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Please read this update:

MEALS

Meal pick-up is available for all Bridge families.  You may come to Bridge to pick up meals for your students on the days and times below.

If you come after 4:00 and no one answers the front door buzzer you will need to go to the kitchen doors on the railroad overpass side of the building and knock!

In order to ensure that we have enough food prepared, it is important to let us know when you plan to pick up meals. For this reason, please email Rachel Majlak at rachel.majlak@bridgeacademy.org the day before you come in.

Mondays: 11am  to 1pm

Tuesdays: 11am to 1pm

Wednesdays: 3pm to 5pm

Thursdays:  3pm to 5pm

You only need to come in once a week at which time we will give you breakfasts and lunches

for every day we have school that week.

All Bridge Academy families may also access meals through Bridgeport Public Schools.

Here is the BPS link with more information:  https://www.bridgeportedu.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=16157

HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH ONLINE LEARNING

We continue to be impressed with your children’s hard work and perseverance; they are truly remarkable!

We will continue to remind families of our online learning expectations. Doing these things will help students grow and progress in their learning:

  • Get online and go to all of your classes every day; we miss you when you are not here!
  • Keep your camera on.
  • Be a contributor to your class, rather than just a bystander: ask and answer questions, do the assigned work, stay focused and allow others to focus as well.
  • Remember that we are still in school; avoid running errands, doing chores, going to work, sleeping, showering, etc. during the hours of 7:45 to 1:15. 
  • Attend the extra help sessions offered you.

BOOK CLUB!

Join Us!

Bryan Stevenson: Author of Just Mercy

We are hosting a Book Club for parents, students and staff.  We will be reading the young adult version of the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.  This book is a memoir detailing the author’s work as a lawyer for inmates on death row.  

The New York Times said this about Just Mercy: “The message of this book, hammered home by dramatic examples of one man’s refusal to sit quietly and countenance horror, is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made.  Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.”

We will discuss the book at a virtual community meeting on Monday, January 4, at 6:00 PM.

Please let me know if you and your child are interested in participating in the Book Club. 

All participants receive a FREE copy of the book, just come to Bridge to pick it up any day between the hours of 8:00 to 4:00!

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

We are living through crazy times right now and we know how stressful life can be.  Please know that the Bridge Academy is here for you. If you or your child are having challenges with anything from academics, to food or housing issues, social emotional challenges or just confusion about what your child is supposed to be doing in school, please reach out to us.

You can contact staff members through this link on our website: https://bridgeacademy.org/staff-2/

AFTER SCHOOL

Please let me know if you or any family member would like to be registered for the next session of free swim lessons.  Lessons are held on Saturdays from 11:00 to 11:30 and from 11:30 to 12:00.  Our next package of six lessons begins on January 8 and ends on February 13.  

Our latest Parent Computer Class has begun!  Computer Class takes place for 7 Tuesdays.  Let me know if you would like to be put on the waitlist for the next session which begins on Tuesday, February 2 and runs until Tuesday, March 16. Participants earn a free chromebook!

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Even though we have moved to remote learning, it is still important to know what is going on in our community in terms of Covid transmission.

For this reason, we ask that you continue to inform us if your Bridge Academy student, or anyone in their immediate family, gets a Covid test due to illness or tests positive for Covid.  

That said, today we learned about a fourth case of Covid in our community.  Below, please find the letter informing you of this case, how to avoid Covid transmission and how to get tested if you have been exposed to Covid or have health concerns.

Thank you!

Rachel

Dear Bridge Families,

Even though students are now learning remotely full-time, we still want to keep you updated on the health of our staff and students. 

For this reason, I am writing to let you know that today, Wednesday, December 2, we learned that a fourth member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and has been provided additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school.  Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested. 

The last day this person was in school was Friday, November 13.  Anyone who is considered a “close-contact” with this person has been contacted by school or local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take.

School is still in session online.

COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person.  As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:

  • Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid coughing and sneezing into your hands or in the air.  Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside your elbow.
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Wear a mask whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.
  • Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside your home.

Below is a list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor their family members:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Chills or shaking chills
  • Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell

For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office or hospital. 

There is a list of testing sites in Bridgeport at the end of this letter. 

For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and-Educators/Addendums-and-FAQ’s

We are closely monitoring this situation and working with the Bridgeport Department of Health and will provide you with updates as we know more.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Rachel Allison and Tyrone Elliott

IN SPANISH

Estimadas familias de Bridge:

El Wednesday, December 2, Bridge Academy se enteró de que un miembro de nuestra comunidad escolar dio positivo por coronavirus (COVID-19). Se le ha indicado a la persona afectada que permanezca en casa en autoaislamiento durante 10 días y se le han proporcionado instrucciones adicionales a seguir antes de regresar a la escuela. Los miembros de la familia también han recibido instrucciones de ponerse en cuarentena y hacerse la prueba.

El último día que esta persona estuvo en la escuela fue Friday, November 13. Cualquier persona que se considere un “contacto cercano” con esta persona ha sido contactada o será contactada por la escuela o los funcionarios de salud locales y se le proporcionará instrucciones sobre los pasos apropiados a seguir.

El COVID-19 se transmite principalmente a través del contacto de persona a persona a través de gotitas de aire contaminadas al toser y estornudar por una persona infectada. Al igual que con el control de la propagación de otros virus, instamos a todos a que analicen las siguientes medidas preventivas con sus hijos y familiares:

  • Lávese las manos con frecuencia, pero especialmente después de usar el baño y antes de preparar o consumir alimentos. Con jabón y agua caliente, lávese durante unos 20 segundos. Asegúrese también de lavarse las yemas de los dedos. Cuando no haya agua y jabón disponibles, use desinfectante para manos.
  • Evite toser y estornudar en sus manos o en el aire. Trate siempre de toser o estornudar en un pañuelo de papel, luego tírelo. Si no tiene un pañuelo de papel, tosa / estornude dentro de su codo.
  • En la medida de lo posible, evite tocarse los ojos, la boca y la nariz.
  • Use una máscara siempre que exista la posibilidad de que usted o los miembros de su familia estén en presencia de otras personas.
  • Mantenga una distancia social (al menos 6 pies) entre usted y los demás cuando esté fuera de su casa.

 

A continuación se muestra una lista de los síntomas de COVID-19 para los cuales todos deben monitorear a sus familiares:

  • Fiebre (100,4 grados o más)
  • Escalofríos o escalofríos
  • Tos nueva incontrolada (no debida a otra causa conocida, como tos crónica)
  • Dificultad para respirar o falta de aire.
  • Nueva pérdida del gusto u olfato

Para obtener información adicional sobre los síntomas de COVID-19, consulte:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

El personal y los estudiantes que presenten cualquiera de los síntomas anteriores, o que se sientan enfermos, deben permanecer en casa y llamar a su proveedor médico para informar sus síntomas y preguntar sobre las pruebas antes de buscar atención en persona en una clínica, consultorio médico u hospital.

Para obtener más información sobre qué hacer si usted o un miembro de su familia tiene posibles síntomas, un diagnóstico o exposición al COVID-19, consulte el Anexo 5: Guía provisional para responder a los escenarios del COVID-19 en los distritos escolares de Connecticut, disponible aquí:

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and-Educators/Addendums-and-FAQ’s

Estamos monitoreando de cerca esta situación y trabajando con el Departamento de Salud de Bridgeport y le proporcionaremos actualizaciones a medida que sepamos más. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo.

Sinceramente,

Rachel Allison and Tyrone Elliott

 

DAILY TEST SITES

(MUST CALL FIRST)

  1. VINCENT’S MEDICAL CENTER (HARTFORD HEALTH CARE)

2800 Main Street

Bridgeport, CT 06606

(860) 972-8100

9:00AM – 4:00PM, 7 days a week

By appointment only-PCR testing

 

BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL (YALE NEW HAVEN HEALTH)

226 Mill Hill Ave       

Bridgeport, CT 06610

(833) 275-9644

7:30AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Wednesday

7:30AM – 3:00PM, Thursday & Friday

PCR test only

 

223 Mill Hill Ave       

Bridgeport, CT 06610

(833) 275-9644

9:00AM – 3:00PM, Monday – Friday

By appointment only- PCR test only

Visit covidtesting2.ynhhs.org to schedule an appointment at a location nearest to you

SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER      

510 Clinton Avenue  

Bridgeport, CT 06605

(203) 330-6000

8:30AM – 4:30PM, Monday – Friday

9:00AM – 1:00PM Saturday

By appointment only 

PCR test only

968 Fairfield Avenue

Bridgeport, CT 06605

(203) 330-6000

8:30AM – 11:30AM, Wednesdays

PCR test only

Optimus Healthcare

982 East Main Street (parking garage available)

(203) 696-3260

9:00AM –4:15PM,Monday-Friday

Prefer – call first

PCR Test

URGENT CARE      

1677 East Main Street

(203) 612-7929

9:00AM – 6:00PM, Monday – Friday

Prefer – call first

Rapid Testing only as of 11/12/20

 

COMMUNITY POP-UP TEST SITES

(No symptoms· No referral · No appointment)    

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Yale New Haven Health

Hall Neighborhood House

52 George E. Pipkins Way, Bridgeport

9:00am – 4:00pm

PCR-test

Southwest Community Health Center

Southwest CHC

1020 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Southwest Community Health Center

Southwest CHC

1020 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport

8:30am – 11:30am

PCR only

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Yale New Haven Health

Islamic Community Center

703 State St, Bridgeport (corner of Park Ave.)

8:45am – 4:00pm

PCR-test

Southwest Community Health Center

University of Bridgeport- John J. Cox Student Center

244 University Ave, Bridgeport

8:30am – 12:00pm

PCR only