The READ Center is taking every necessary precaution to ensure that staff, students, and supporters remain safe from the COVID-19 coronavirus. This is an evolving situation and READ is actively monitoring official recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and other leading health organizations. READ’s priority is the health of all people involved in the organization, and we will be vigilant and make informed decisions about READ Center activities over the coming weeks. We will regularly be updating and communicating policies to keep people as safe as possible. Please check this page for updates.

What You Should Know:

READ Center will resume classes on May 4 for the summer semester.

The READ Center will begin the suummer semester on May 4 for students who can continue in the program. Because of Governor Northam’s recent stay-at-home order that is effective through June 10th, instruction will be through distance learning, mailing education packets to students and the online reading app IXL. To learn more about how each READ class is “distance learning” please read the recent blog from READ Center teachers.

Use good judgment when meeting one-to-one.

One to one pairs can choose whether or not to meet as they usually do. If you cannot meet consider modifying lessons so they can be done over the phone or online. Please let READ staff know in your monthly reports if you have modified or canceled your meetings during this time.

New tutor orientations, observations, and trainings have been postponed.

Programs staff will communicate with prospective tutors. Please be flexible and understanding.

Student assessments and orientations will be rescheduled.

No student assessments or orientations will be scheduled prior to June 10 unless the current state-wide stay-at-home order is changed. Programs staff is contacting prospective students about the schedule changes.

Tutor Orientations and Training will be re-scheduled. 

We will continue to update registered volunteers on the status of orientation and training. No events will be scheduled prior to June 10 unless the current state-wide stay-at-home order is changed.

The Trivia Bee has been rescheduled to September 30th.

We will continue to update participants and volunteers on the status of the event.

Resources are available for all on READ’s website.

READ’s student page and tutor resource page are being constantly monitored and updated with resources during this time. The student page features community resources regarding employment, food assistance, and more. Other resources include:

What You Can Do:

Stay home if you are sick or at high risk of becoming sick. 

Students, tutors, and teachers should stay home if they are feeeling ill and seek medical attention if they are exhibiting the following signs: fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor immediately if you have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19.

Protect yourself.

The Center for Disease Control has released a guide to stay safe and protect yourself from the coronavirus. Make sure you are washing your hands thoroughly, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and take precautions when traveling to prevent spreading the virus.

Protect others.

If you have recently traveled out of the country, especially to countries designated as a level 3 travel warning by the CDC (Italy, China, South Korea, and Iran), please follow CDC guidelines about isolation.

The READ Center will continue to update this page as the situation evolves.