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COVID-19

 Please check back regularly for updates.

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. 

 

Changes to City-supported Food Sites:

  • Philabundance will continue to provide food boxes at 12 sites throughout the city on Thursdays from 10 am – 12 pm. Share will be providing food boxes at 15 sites throughout the city at various dates and times, including weekends. All information is updated on https://www.phila.gov/food/

SDP serving meals at over 100 sites on Fridays:

  • Starting Friday 1/15, school meal boxes will be available at 102 SDP locations and 28 charter schools. SDP will continue serving on Fridays from 9 am – 2 pm and will be giving out meal boxes with 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches plus milk and fresh fruit. People can receive one box/student and adults can still pick up the boxes for students without needing any form of ID. For updated sites visit https://www.phila.gov/food/
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Nutritional Development Services (NDS) Updates

  • NDS will be providing 7 Day Meal Kits at our emergency meal locations.  We are also planning to offer at least three Saturday family food distributions between now and Easter which will include student meal kits and family meals.  
  • The NDS website has a searchable map of food pantries and youth meal sites: http://nutritionaldevelopmentservices.org/covid19/

Coalition Against Hunger Updates

  • In the most recent COVID-19 assistance bill, Congress approved a 15% bump to the SNAP maximum benefit for the first six months of the year (Jan. 1- June 30. 2021). The added benefits amount to about $27 more SNAP benefits per person per month, or just over $100 per month in food assistance for a family of four. Please see this flyer and video for more information about the SNAP boost and when people will see this increase on their EBT card. Please share this information widely through your networks!
  • With this 15% boost, SNAP has more value than ever! Please encourage those who may be eligible to apply – including those who may have had their SNAP case closed or were denied assistance due to the “extra” unemployment benefits issued in the spring and summer. While the relief bill again provides additional unemployment benefits, this time that income does not count as income for SNAP purposes. 
  • Finally, an important reminder that families with mixed immigration status can and should apply for SNAP benefits if the children are US Citizens. These children are eligible regardless of the immigration status of their parents. 

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.