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Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay’s response to the COVID-19 virus

Following  The State Department of Education, and local school districts, Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay will continue to postpone physical programming until schools return. Our virtual learning resources still remain accessible for students, parents, volunteers and teachers.

Here are the actions JA Tampa Bay is taking immediately:

The Bill Poe Family Junior Achievement Campus, the home of our two capstone facilities; JA BizTown and JA Finance Park will be closed. Schools and volunteers will be notified and dates rescheduled.

All in-person and volunteer-driven Junior Achievement programming in schools or in after-school settings will be postponed, or delivered virtually.

JA ACE at Embarc Collective will be closed until further notice. Schools, volunteers, and speakers, to be notified or rescheduling.

If you are a volunteer, educator, parent, or business partner who has an event, meeting, or commitment to JA Tampa Bay, feel free to reach out and we will address your concerns with direct communication from our team.

We are still determined to prepare our future generations to own their economic success through our programs and will continue to develop innovative ways in which we can best serve our community. Your continued support of our students is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates concerning Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay activities.

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Junior Achievement Hall of Fame 2020 postponed until further notice

Junior Achievement Hall of Fame 2020 postponed until further notice

In light of President Trump’s address to the nation this evening, and protocol and advice from the CDC and health officials, we regret to inform you that Junior Achievement Hall of Fame 2020, due to take place on Thursday, 12th March 2020, is postponed until further notice.

We fully appreciate your support of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, and do not take the decision to postpone the event lightly. However, due to the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the event for the safety of our attendees.

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay prioritizes the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our staff, volunteers, partners, stakeholders and friends. CDC and World Health Organization recommendations are to enact protocol of avoiding mass gatherings and public events. Therefore, we want to ensure that precautionary measures are taken to prevent any additional spread of COVID-19, and we do not wish to pose any unnecessary risk to your wellbeing.

Our Hall of Fame means a lot to us as an organization, therefore, we will be working diligently with our event organizers to reschedule the celebratory occasion for a later date. This will be communicated to you as we understand more information regarding health and safety measures for the current situation.

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JA Tampa Bay Health and Safety Update

Last updated: 3-10-2020

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay’s primary focus is keeping our students and volunteers safe, healthy and able to enjoy their visit to our campus. To do so, we are working closely with Hillsborough and Pinellas County Schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With both school districts consistently monitoring the situation, we are continually in communication with the necessary authorities to ensure our students, volunteers, and staff are safe and healthy.

Any students, staff, teachers or volunteers feeling sick or unwell, should not visit our campus and should remain at home. We have been in consistent communication with our volunteers and partners to assure them that our campus is following the strictest of health and safety guidelines.

Currently, the risk to the Tampa Bay area remains low for the general public, yet Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay are proactively maintaining our high standards of sanitation, disinfection and cleaning. We are currently employing the following best practices:
• Campus facilities, electronics and technology, chairs, door knobs/handles, and any touchable areas are being disinfected daily.
• We are ensuring soap, paper towels and hand sanitizers are available in all facilities, including hand sanitization stations at all major points of entry on campus.
• Staff have been instructed that if they feel unwell, they should remain at home.
• Staff, students and volunteers are all instructed to frequently wash hands to prevent the spread of germs.
• We continue to emphasize good hygiene practices with flyers posted on campus.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers, corporate partners, and friends of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay for their continued faith in our mission of empowering students to achieve their dreams.

We ask parents, families, employees, volunteers and companies to stay up-to-date on information, employ disease-prevention strategies, and trust only reliable sources including those found below:

www.floridahealth.gov
www.cdc.gov/
www.pcsb.org/pcsb
www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/

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