IMPORTANT MESSAGE CONCERNING COVID-19


05-19-2020

Yesterday the State of Texas announced that child care centers are permitted to re-open. We are excited to share with you that the Lena Pope Early Learning Centers will resume operations on Tuesday, May 26th with slightly modified operating hours.  Your child’s safety along with their social and emotional health remains our top priority and when the Centers re-open next week, we will be following the most stringent guidelines recommended by the CDC and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for operating child care facilities under current circumstances.
These measures include but are not limited to:

  *   Implementing a new curbside drop-off and pick-up process.  More information on this to come, but all drop-offs/pick-ups will occur in the circle drive and staff will bring your child into the building.
  *   Conducting health screenings daily to make sure staff and children have not had symptoms in the previous 24 hours, and have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  *   Taking your child’s temperature during drop-off as well as taking all ELC employees’ temperature before they enter the building.
  *   Utilization of portable hand washing sink outside of building to wash all children and employees hands before they enter the building.
  *   Serving individual meals and providing individual supplies for children.
  *   Ensuring the same staff members remain working with the same group of children throughout the day so that contact can be traced.
  *   Cleaning toys and surfaces in all classrooms regularly throughout the day and removing any toys or other items that cannot be easily disinfected.  Our on-site custodian will also be disinfecting high-touch surfaces throughout the day.
  *   Having staff wear masks, as well as smocks that will remain at the ELC and be washed daily.
  *   Enhanced disinfecting/cleaning of the ELC every evening.
  *   Temporary operating hours of 7:00 am to 5:45 pm.  This slight change in hours helps us to ensure classrooms are sanitized and additional staff are present to help with drop off and pick up.

We take the responsibility of children’s health and well-being seriously, and will continue to closely monitor recommendations from local, state and federal agencies as operations resume. Our staff and teachers are excited to continue working with children on their social, emotional and cognitive development.


05-18-2020

Beginning Monday May 18, 2020, Lena Pope will begin a phased reopening of some of its in-person and on-site operations mirroring the guidance and recommended safety procedures from the Governor, local officials and the CDC.  We will resume some in-person mental and behavioral health services and some of our administrative support staff will resume on-site work schedules at our main facility in west Fort Worth.  At this time, current community restrictions do not allow for us to reopen our Early Learning Centers. Chapel Hill Academy will complete the academic year with virtual learning.


03-27-2020

New Helpline Counters Impact of Self-Isolation on Local Family Well-Being

 Fort Worth, TEXAS – Tarrant County is less than 2 weeks into increasingly restrictive social-distancing guidelines, which officials believe may be responsible for a sudden increase in local child death, child abuse and domestic violence cases. Lena Pope, a local nonprofit that improves child well-being in Tarrant County, announces a new helpline that aims to help counter the stress and challenges felt by many families during shelter-in-place. 

 “The ‘stay home’ mandate is designed to protect our physical health and the well-being of our community,” said Dr. Ashley Elgin, CEO of Lena Pope. “Unfortunately, long-term social distancing that’s necessary to flatten the curve of coronavirus in our community can have an adverse psychological affect by creating or exacerbating family stressors. We created the helpline to help families stay strong while staying home.”

 Starting today, parents and caregivers can receive immediate support for the emotional, mental health or behavioral challenges that can arise during quarantine by calling the Stay Strong helpline at 817-806-9920. Lena Pope’s credentialed mental and behavioral health professionals will take calls from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

 “Prolonged isolation, coupled with ancillary issues arising from mass quarantine such as income loss, can lead to negative feelings and experiences,” said Elgin. “Lena Pope saw a need in the community to create a vehicle for emotional support from counselors who can provide the tools and resources to support struggling families.”

 The helpline is offered free of charge for anyone who is overwhelmed with the stress of caring for children amid school closures and limited social interaction. Experts will provide critical emotional support, an outlet for parents wanting to decompress, and guidance on behavior management such as how to deal with challenging behaviors from children.

 “Fear, anxiety, depression, anger, frustration and irritability are all expected responses to the type of collective-trauma facing our community right now,” Elgin said. “We can provide strategies for people to manage stress and stay positive at the same time they are staying home.”

 About Lena Pope: Lena Pope is a nonprofit that believes that investing in the well-being of children today creates happy, healthy and successful adults later. The organization’s 90 years of experience in child and family services guide its efforts to improve child well-being in Tarrant County through research-tested programs focused on prevention and early intervention services that support child development and improve the behavioral and mental health of children.

Basically, we invest in kids!  From infants to teens, Lena Pope offers services that improve child and family resiliency, decrease problematic behaviors and improve school readiness and success!   Lena Pope’s counseling, educational and behavioral programs serve nearly 4,000 children and families every year. 


03-25-2020

To do our part ensuring the health and well-being of the community, Lena Pope is extending the closure of our on-site and in-person operations as a result of the increasing governmental restrictions on public gatherings that are in place through at least April 6th. We continue to support our behavioral and emotional well-being clients with remote sessions, and distance learning opportunities are being provided for children enrolled in Lena Pope’s intellectual well-being programs. Events scheduled at the Amon Carter Center and the Marty Leonard Community Chapel are being rescheduled. Our faculty and staff will also continue operating virtually until further notice.

We remain committed and able to continue our investments in children.


3.19.2020

Chapel Hill Academy

Today Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide executive order to temporarily close all schools in Texas through April 3. This means the suspension of classes at Chapel Hill Academy is extended beyond the original two weeks previously communicated.

Our faculty and staff remain committed to providing our CHA family with as much resources as we can to continue their child’s learning at home. A special edition newsletter was distributed today with links for online work as well as several additional resources. Also today, paper homework packets were provided to families that do not have access to the internet and/or a device to work on. Parents have been asked to monitor their emails and phone calls from CHA regularly for ongoing updates and additional resources.

We will continue to monitor developments from the state, as well as recommendations from Texas Education Agency, regarding future operations. The well-being of our CHA students is our top priority. Parents are encouraged to contact Chapel Hill Academy staff with any specific questions or concerns.

Lena Pope announces temporary closure of all services and operations. Get the latest updates! https://www.lenapope.org/lena-pope/about-us/latest-news/latest-news-update-covid-19/


3.13.2020

Early Learning Centers

The Early Learning Center will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 for a period of at least two weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19.

This decision was made in careful consideration for the safety of your children and our staff and based on recommendations by Tarrant County, and State officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Tarrant County Public Health Department, and University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

The purpose of this closure is to increase “social distancing” on campus. We are unaware of any presumptive positive or positive students or staff at this time.  As recommended by public health officials, social distancing provides guidelines through which individuals avoid group settings and mass gatherings, maintain a safe distance from others and follow good personal hygiene practices whenever possible.

COVID-19 represents a serious public health concern. Our Early Learning Centers are committed to the well-being of our students and staff. Our goal is to slow the spread of the coronavirus while also supporting our students’ developmental goals and the needs of staff during these challenging times. Social distancing will help us accomplish these aims. Additionally, we have already taken extra measures to disinfect the campus in preparation for operations resuming.

We are aware that closing the Early Learning Center may present more specific challenges for you and your family and we are currently looking at ways we may be able to help with these situations.

You will receive more details from the Early Learning Center during the coming days but rest assured you will not be charged tuition for the weeks we are closed.

We continue to recommend following recommendations by the CDC for taking personal measures regarding COVID-19. If you are sick or become sick, you should stay home and avoid close contact with others. Call ahead to your doctor, an emergency room or urgent care center. Additional recommendations include washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and avoiding shaking hands and other physical contact.

We are aware that this will have a significant impact on your family and we appreciate your cooperation as we navigate the coming weeks.


3.13.2020

Organization-Wide Temporary Closure Announced

Lena Pope announces a temporary, two-week closure beginning tomorrow of all its programs and operations in response to the spread of COVID-19.  The safety of our clients, customers and staff remains Lena Pope’s highest priority. We will continue to follow guidance from city, county, state and national officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tarrant County Health Department and other relevant agencies to make determinations regarding program operations.


3.13.2020

Chapel Hill Academy

Chapel Hill Academy is suspending instruction in response to the spread of COVID-19 for at least two weeks.

This decision was made in careful consideration of recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Tarrant County Public Health Department and the Texas Education Agency. The purpose of this closure is to increase “social distancing”.   We are unaware of any presumptive positive or positive students or staff at this time.  As recommended by public health officials, social distancing provides guidelines through which individuals avoid group settings and mass gatherings, maintain a safe distance from others and follow good personal hygiene practices whenever possible.

COVID-19 represents a serious public health concern. Chapel Hill Academy is committed to the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to slow the spread of the coronavirus while also supporting our students’ educational goals and the needs of staff and faculty members and students during these challenging times. Social distancing will help us accomplish these aims. Additionally, we have already taken extra measures to disinfect the campus in preparation for classes resuming.

We are aware that closing Chapel Hill Academy may present more specific challenges for you and your family and we are currently looking at ways we may be able to help with these situations.

Students, faculty and staff will receive more details from Chapel Hill Academy during the coming days.

We continue to recommend following recommendations by the CDC for taking personal measures regarding COVID-19. If you are sick or become sick, you should stay home and avoid close contact with others. Call ahead to your doctor, an emergency room or urgent care center. Additional recommendations include washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and avoiding shaking hands and other physical contact.

We are aware that this will have a significant impact on your family and we appreciate your cooperation as we navigate these difficult weeks.

ADDED NOTE: Information related to other Lena Pope programs and services will be released throughout the day.


3.12.2020

IMPORTANT MESSAGE CONCERNING COVID-19

 Lena Pope is monitoring the occurrence of COVID-19 (previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”) in our community. As always, the safety of our clients, customers and staff remains our highest priority. We also maintain our commitment to continue supporting the community. Our business operations will continue as normal until otherwise necessitated. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tarrant County Health Department.

 We recommend following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Tarrant County health officials: if you are feeling unwell, stay home and call ahead to a healthcare provider’s office, emergency room or urgent care center. Please contact us to reschedule your appointment.

 Routine hygienic measures are the suggested best practice for the prevention of viruses such as COVID-19:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover mouth and nose with the inside of the elbow during cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

You can follow this link for additional information about COVID-19 from Tarrant County Public Health Department: http://www.tarrantcounty.com/content/main/en/public-health/disease-control---prevention/coronaviruas.html

Please contact us with any specific questions or concerns that you may have.