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Peninsula READS response to COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 in our region has greatly raised the level of concern in our community and here at Peninsula READS. These unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures by all of us to help protect the health of our families, neighbors, and friends. Therefore, in an effort to protect our staff, volunteers and adult learners, Peninsula READS is taking the following steps:

  • Effectively immediately, Peninsula READS Newport News and Hampton offices will be closed to the public for at least the next two weeks, re-opening on Monday, March 30, 2020.  If this date changes, you will be notified via email and all of our social media platforms.
  • Classes being held at the YMCA and adult education facilities across the region are suspended until further notice, when we can determine the safety of the learning environments.
  • Learner and tutor pairs who would still like to continue their sessions can do so. However, since Peninsula READS can not ensure the safety of off-site meeting places, they are encouraged to meet in public, uncrowded, and well-ventilated places. They are also encouraged to adhere to the CDC and VDH guidelines to protect themselves against possible exposure to the virus.
  • All activities planned for March have been postponed, with Eat Spell Laugh now scheduled for May 7th and the Open House new date to be announced.
  • Staff will remain available via phone and email to continue the support of our volunteers, learners and community.
  • Please stay informed with the facts about the coronavirus/COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself and those around you. 
  • For the latest updates, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Here is the latest information from the CDC about COVID-19 - what it is, what symptoms to look for, who's at greatest risk, how to prevent exposure, and more. 

Stay safe and healthy!
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