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COVID-19

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FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY, INDEPENDENCE CHARTER SCHOOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

ICS ADMINISTRATION WILL REMAIN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH FAMILIES WITH FURTHER INFORMATION AS IT DEVELOPS.

ICS’ Continuity of Education (CEP) plan ensures that all students have the opportunity to maintain and develop skills during the prolonged school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CEP will be implemented using a combination of planned instruction and enrichment and review. 

 

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): 

The Family’s First Coronavirus Response Act authorized a new benefit called Pandemic-EBT to help families with children who would receive free or reduced-price school meals if schools were open. 

This summer PA issued P-EBT benefits for school days missed from March – June. P-EBT benefits were either loaded onto existing EBT cards for children whose households receive SNAP or placed on a plain white EBT card (like a debit card) that was mailed to the household. The benefits can only be spent on food items at any store that accepts SNAP. For more information, scroll to the bottom of our COVID Response page or the DHS P-EBT resource page

If you have not received your P-EBT from the spring, please call the state resource line at 484-363-2137 and leave a voicemail with the following information:

  • Names of your child(ren)

  • Child(ren) date(s) of birth

  • School or school district they attend

  • Contact phone number

  • Contact email address

  • Current mailing address

  • A brief description of the issue

Reports with the details above can also be emailed to RA-PWPEBTQuestions@pa.gov(link sends e-mail) 

Congress authorized P-EBT to continue  USDA released guidance for P-EBT for the 2020-21 school year.  Pennsylvania’s P-EBT plan in development and must be approved by USDA. We cannot predict the timing of P-EBT issuance but will share details as they become available.

In the meantime, with many schools throughout the region closed and students participating in online learning, school districts have established distribution sites to provide pre-packaged meals to children. You can find information on:

  • School District of Philadelphia meal sites here

  • Sites in the five-county region supported by Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS) here; and 

  • Sites run by school districts throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties here (updated weekly).

 The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)Women Infants and Children (WIC)

For more information, visit:

https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-Pandemic-EBT.aspx

Online Resources:

Your child has a Clever portal that provides access to a variety of online resources. For most of the online resources, Clever will automatically log your child into the online service. For a few, there is an extra step, such as keying in a password.

Clever and Alma Login Instructions

BrainPOP:
BrainPOP is one of the most popular online services among students. Clever automatically logs students into BrainPOP:

  • BrainPOP for grades 3 to 8
  • BrainPOP Jr for grades K to 3
  • BrainPOP Español for grades K to 8
  • BrainPOP ELL for English language learners


Kids A-Z (or RazKids A-Z):
Kids A-Z is a resource to work on reading comprehension in both English or Spanish. Students in grades K to 4 have access to Kids A-Z. Also students working with T. Kaitlyn, Carolyn, and Tiia may have Kids A-Z accounts. Clever will take your child to the teacher’s page. Upon clicking their name, your child will need to key in a password.

IXL:
ICS has been using IXL as a primary online resource for mathematics for several years. IXL Math is available to students in grades K to 8. IXL ELA and Science is available to students in grades 3 to 8. The Clever portal takes the student to the IXl sign-in page for Independence Charter School. Your child only needs to click on “Sign in with Google” to log into IXL. If prompted, your child needs to supply their school G Suite (email) account.

TumbleBook Library:
TumbleBook Library is another online reading resource for students in grades K to 3. Clever automatically logs your child into a library of ebooks.

Community Resources:

P-EBT– The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the USDA to issue waivers to allow all schools to provide students with free meals through the end of the school year.

Philadelphia City Institute -We are running a drop-in Homework Help Lab through Zoom on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00- 5:00 pm. We have two adults and one college student available to help out with homework questions, and I am available for library card assistance and help with the catalog or other resources during that time. Parents can email Liz Heideman- HeidemanE@freelibrary.org for the information on joining the lab.

Resilience in the Era of COVID-19″ Fall Virtual Series for Girls – Women’s Campaign International (WCI) has been running women’s leadership development programs since 1998, and has had a domestic youth-serving program here in Philadelphia, Girls Advocacy and Leadership Series (GALS), since 2010. This fall, GALS is hosting virtual sessions and are inviting any girl-identifying teenagers to join. Workshops are every Wednesday at 4pm, and participants can join in whenever they like, no commitment. Please contact Brynn MacDougall at brynn@womenscampaigninternational.org for more information.

Philadelphia High School for Girls Open House | Admissions Information

Middle School Learning Pods in Center City- Spots available and it’s FREE!

Vetri Community Partnership is excited to bring Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables workshops to our school communities. JSY will be offered as a live cooking series for adults.

ICYMI: USDA Extends Free Meals for All Kids

The District, along with the City of Philadelphia, continues to provide grab-and-go meals to students at sites across the city.

Back to School “Care Package” from the Big Life Journal

Single Parenting During the Coronavirus Crisis

Age-Based Tips to Help Juggle Parenting & Working at Home