CIS of Mid-America Shares Update Regarding School Closures, Continued Support for Students and Families

To Our Communities In Schools of Mid-America Friends,

As COVID-19 spreads across our country, I hope that you and yours are and remain healthy and well.

I’m writing to share important updates regarding the efforts of Communities In Schools of Mid-America to address and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are using a community health perspective to determine our approach.

We are an organization whose mission literally brings community members and professional staff into our schools to form meaningful relationships. So you can imagine the challenges of balancing our mission to serve children, teens, and families with the need to support not only their health and well-being, but also the health and well-being of our staff members, school partners, and community volunteers.

As of today, most of the schools in the Communities In Schools of Mid-America network are closed, while a few remain open. Kansas school buildings are now closed for the remainder of the academic year. Where closed, our Site Coordinators are working remotely. Our Field Operations leadership staff are finalizing remote-work plans for Site Coordinators, so that they can still be engaged in meaningful and necessary work while schools are closed. Their work will include consistent connection with CIS families via technology and working with partners to address critical resources such as food and other basic needs. 

Additionally, all of our non-site staff will have transitioned to remote-work status by end of day today. A small crew of staff will stagger restricted hours at our main office to manage necessary functions that cannot be conducted remotely. Our operations will still function at full capacity.

We will further support any staff who become ill with any of the major COVID-19 symptoms by not charging missed time against their PTO or Reserve. Additionally, to protect the health of all, both internal and external meetings will either be conducted virtually or postponed. 

I know these are challenging and often confusing times, with information and circumstances changing rapidly. I know that we are very dependent on our public health officials to guide us through territory we’ve not traveled before. However, I also know who we are and that we are able to rise to this challenge.

Please feel free to reach out to us, and I promise we will all stay connected during this time. Our connections are more vital than ever amidst social disruption.

As always, thank you for all you do. Stay well.

Malissa Martin, President and CEO