UPDATE: March 26, 2020

Communication Regarding Continued Closure

Dear OYN/LEAD Community,

We are collectively doing our part, as we face an unprecedented public health crisis to overcome the impact of COVID-19. In accordance with the guidance prescribed by the State of New Jersey, The Newark Opportunity Youth Network/LEAD Charter School will remain temporarily closed until further notice and continue to provide instructional programming and other services remotely. We anticipate being closed through April 17, 2020. We will pay close attention to the directives of the Governor, State Department of Education, and State Department of Health to determine a re-open date that ensures the safety of our community. We encourage everyone to continue communicating with OYN/LEAD via email at health@oyn-nj.org and most importantly, being safe.

UPDATE: March 16, 2020

In response to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our community, LEAD Charter Charter School will be closed at 12 p.m., Monday March 16 through Friday, March 27 (tentatively).

LEAD Charter will be providing meals for those students in need between 10 a.m – 12 p.m. at 201 Bergen Street, beginning Tuesday, March 17 to Thursday, March 19. Demand and continuation of meal service will be determined through that time period.

UPDATE: March 15, 2020

During school closure all LEAD students are required to complete the attendance form each day to capture their remote attendance. The attendance is also on LEAD’s website.

UPDATE: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Visit the Resources tab to access the LEAD Virtual Learning experience, where students’ lessons will be populated, in the event of a temporary closure.

UPDATE: Friday, March 13, 2020

To prepare for possible temporary closure, OYN/LEAD Charter School will have a 1 p.m. dismissal for all students, Friday, March 13. All after-school programs will be suspended until further notice. LEAD will be open on Monday, March, 16, 2020.

March 12, 2020

Dear NOYN/LEAD Community,

The safety of our students, staff and families is a top priority at The Newark Opportunity Youth Network (NOYN) and LEAD Charter School (LEAD). With growing public health concerns and implications of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), NOYN/LEAD and its school leaders are taking necessary procedures and guidance according to our safety policies, Board of Trustees, local agencies, and State agencies to ensure that our community is proactive and responsive to COVID-19.

On March 9, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in New Jersey, which essentially qualifies the state for federal funding to handle an outbreak. An emergency declaration is a required step to receive financial assistance from the federal government. The state of New Jersey will be able to employ more resources to help municipalities respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The state has asked and reminded the public to be prepared, but not to panic. NOYN/LEAD asks our community to do the same. For more information on COVID-19, call 1(800) 222-1222 or go on nj.gov/health.

To date, there are no direct or indirect health concerns related to COVID-19 in our community. Over the last week, our emergency and health response team has put in place additional cleaning procedures, posted signs, purchased additional sanitizing supplies, and instituted policies that require members of our community to stay home if they feel sick, in order to protect our community.

While we have taken steps, we continue to prepare – as other local and neighboring institutions are – for the possible temporary school/program closure. There are many decision-making factors that will be considered before temporarily closing our schools. Decision-making factors include, but are not limited to, guidance from local and state agencies and student and staff safety.

If a temporary closure must occur, students will receive academic work in both digital and hard copy to complete. We will communicate with parents and families via email, phones, text messages, and our website if temporary closure is determined. Continuity of academic experience is a core priority for NOYN/LEAD.

NOYN/LEAD values communication with our stakeholders. We anticipate that members of our community (students, staff, parents, etc..) may have valuable information, questions, feedback, and/or concerns to share with. Therefore, we have created a dedicated health email address (health@oyn-nj.org) that will be actively monitored by key emergency response personnel. We ask that our community use this resources to share information with us. We will also actively post updates to our websites at newark-oyn.org and leadcharterschool.org. Last, please call LEAD/OYN at 862-772-1724 or 973-297-0592 between operating hours (8:30AM-5:00PM) to speak with someone.

We ask that our community continues to be prepared and not panic. Our team is actively working to ensure that our community is abreast of the most accurate and current information.

As a community,

The Newark Opportunity Youth Network/LEAD Charter School


Additional resources:

COVID-19 Fact Sheet – English

COVID-19 Fact Sheet – Spanish

COVID-19 Essex County Health Department

Guidance Regarding Requirements for Public-Health Related School Closure

Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus Disease

Stop The Spread of Germs