Dear Lafayette Community:
We hope you are all remaining safe and healthy during these challenging times. We have been inspired by our community: many of you are bravely fighting this pandemic on the front lines as first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential employees. Others are doing their part by staying home or organizing efforts to help where you can. Many of you have asked about needs within our community and jumped at the opportunity to help.
With that spirit in mind, the HSA has decided to reallocate funds within this year’s budget to aid Lafayette staff whose income has been disproportionately affected by the extended school closure, starting with eight educational aides and dedicated nurses who work on a contract basis. These funds were allocated for events that can no longer occur or for events where we were able to stay below budget, specifically Science Night and the JustMe Performance. We made this decision by following the lead of the many parents who have expressed a desire to do something positive from the crisis and expressed concern for staff members whose income is dependent on school hours. We are happy to share more details about the fund reallocation, so please do not hesitate to reach out.
Thank you specifically to our Lafayette Gives Back team who has offered to mobilize with any other needs that arise within our community. We will continue to assess needs and respond as we can.
Finally, we know many families are interested in the DCPS community beyond our walls. We are looking for organizations that may be able to have a greater impact across the city so that we can share those with you for your consideration. More to come! In the meantime, stay well, and as always, reach out with questions or concerns.