The Breakthrough Houston leadership team is carefully monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak. Our utmost priority as a program is the physical and emotional health of our students, teachers, and staff as well as our BTH families.
We will follow the following procedure if our program is to be canceled:
- *Program Closure* All Breakthrough related programming is canceled through April 10. Updates will be posted to the website and social channels regarding April programming and Program Directors will be reaching out to families also with updates. Stay safe and healthy!!
- You can check our website continually for updates on closures or other information as it becomes available to us.
- Please reach out to your Program Director specific to your location if you have any concerns:
SJS/ Episcopal : Program Director Morris Nwogwugwu
Gregory Lincoln Education Center: Program Director JoAnna Duncan
BTH at Connect: Program Director Jarvis Lundy
College Bound 11-12: Program Director Kurchi Basu
College Bound 9-10: Program Director Twenewaa Adu-Oppong
The transmission of the disease in the community is largely person-to-person. The virus is spread by respiratory droplets through coughing or sneezing and close contact (within three feet) of others. Another mode of transmission is through touching a contaminated surface followed by touching one’s face or mouth. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
We are instituting additional hygiene measures. It will be helpful if you review these practices with your children and diligently practice and model them yourself. The following additional hygiene measures are advised for our families:
- Emphasis on frequent and thorough handwashing
- The use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoidance of touching the face and mouth
- Frequent wiping of commonly touched surfaces with disinfectant
- Encouraging proper “cough and sneeze” hygiene by using tissues followed by handwashing
- Substitute “fist-bumps” for handshakes in social situations and following athletic competitions
- Staying home if sick
- Discouraging the use of face masks. There is no evidence that the use of face masks prevents healthy people from getting sick, and the use of face masks my limit the supply to people who are sick
Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we navigate this coronavirus situation. It is important to remain calm and not succumb to fear and anxiety while keeping informed and utilizing available resources. We will continue to monitor any recommendations from the CDC or health departments and will communicate any changes if they become necessary.
CDC – COVID-19 Situation Summary
CDC – COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment
Additional Links with Helpful Information
- Guidance for the workplace and the home (CDC) (Spanish Version)
- COVID-19 Myths Debunked (World Health Organization)
- Talking to Kids About COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute)
- Managing Stress and Anxiety during COVID-19 (CDC)
- COVID-19 Self Assessment Screening and Houston Testing Facilities