Author: Traci Chisholm
Published: Thursday, 12 Mar 2020
Dear Valued Junior Achievement Volunteers and Academic Partners:
The recent arrival of the COVID-19 virus in Wisconsin has compelled Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to reaffirm one of our highest priorities: creating a safe and inspiring place where students can explore their dreams and prepare for their futures. Our desire is to do our part to mitigate the spread of this virus so that we can get back to fully living out our mission as quickly as possible.
Consequently, this means that effective Monday, March 16 we are suspending all volunteer-led, face-to-face programs, including classroom programs, JA in a Day, JA Business Challenge, JA Job Shadows, JA Career Days, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park until at least April 30.
Volunteers: If you were scheduled to start a class or participate in a program, we will be in contact with you regarding other volunteer opportunities later this spring. If you have started a class, you will have to suspend it now. We will be reaching out to your teacher to request their support in completing any lessons on your behalf. Thank you for your understanding and for your support of Junior Achievement in your community.
Educators: Effective Monday, March 16 we are prohibiting any person who is not a member of your school’s faculty or staff from leading face-to-face programs, including classroom programs, JA in a Day, JA Business Challenge, JA Job Shadows, JA Career Days, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park until at least April 30.
Teacher/school staff-led programs in traditional and afterschool classroom settings will be fully supported. If your students were scheduled to start a class or began a class, we will be in contact with you regarding other options including teacher/school-staff-led programming, virtual volunteer-led lessons (via Skype or other similar platforms), or attempting to reschedule. Any out-of-of school JA programming is canceled until further notice and we will work with you to reschedule later this spring, if possible.
Thank you for your understanding and for your support of Junior Achievement. We look forward to working with you again—hopefully in the very near future. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your local JA team member.
President, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin