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WHAT IS THE ART COOPERATIVE SCHOOL?

ART is a safer in-person school for children from immune-compromised families. We are currently preparing to launch proof of concept phase to develop an immune-attentive approach to an enriching learning environment with financial support available to ensure affordability.

WHAT IS AN IMMUNO-ATTENTIVE APPROACH?

  • Small cohorts

  • Grouped by risk tolerance

  • Rigorous infection control from design choices to daily practices

  • Screening for fitness to attend

WHO CAN ATTEND?

Children who are UNABLE to attend regular school because of primary or secondary immunodeficiency for themselves or a member of their household
e.g. child undergoing cancer treatment, sibling of child with a B-cell deficiency

WHY NOW?

Lessons learned so far during COVID-19

  • How to reduce transmission of viral illness: effective strategies include infection control practices, cohorting, reduced contacts

  • Many at-risk families have experienced a significant drop in illness, ER visits, and admissions

  • Social interaction is vital to a child’s mental health and development

Post-COVID-19 we aim to

  • Offer a middle way between high-risk in-person schooling and isolating/home-based schooling

  • Ensure safer in-person learning opportunities are available to all who need and qualify

WHY IS ART A COOPERATIVE?

As a co-op, ART is organized and governed by parents of the students who attend. Co-ops are owned and operated by the people who use their services, which means it is parents who make the decisions that will impact the health, safety, and education of ART students.

If you’d like to learn more about co-ops, click here