East Lake Initiative COVID-19 Updates

East Lake Foundation: All East Lake Foundation staff  will work remotely from home through Friday, June 12th.  As of now, all ELF operations are expected to continue remotely as they would if we were working in the office. The Foundation will reevaluate the conditions, and make a decision about any additional weeks.

Drew Charter School: At Governor Kemp’s directive, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has announced that the district will be closed through the end of the school year.  In keeping with APS’s decision, Drew Charter School also closed through the end of the school year.  Students and teachers will continue using e-learning platforms to keep students engaged in their studies. Drew’s last day of school was Friday, May 15th. Drew will celebrate Drew’s Class of 2020 with a Senior Car Parade, a virtual Decision Day and a virtual Senior Awards Day. A live graduation is planned for Saturday, August 1st, should conditions be favorable for a large gathering.

The Villages of East Lake: Management is restricting residents’ use of all amenity and common areas, including laundry rooms, playgrounds, the pavilion, community room and tennis courts. The Leasing Center will be available only for urgent matters. The maintenance staff will not enter occupied units unless it is an emergency until further notice.

Sheltering Arms East Lake: Sheltering Arms Centers closed indefinitely on March 13th. All administrative staff and center management teams have been working remotely since Tuesday, March 17th. Sheltering Arms will continue to assess the situation when determining when to reopen.

East Lake Family YMCA: The East Lake Family YMCA will reopen their facility with a phased approach beginning on May 15th. The East Lake Early Learning Academy and East Lake YMCA Teen Center will remain closed aligned with Atlanta Public Schools. The East Lake Family YMCA continues to provide high-quality childcare services for first responders, hospital employees, police department staff and other frontline workers. More information can be found here.

East Lake Golf Club and Charlie Yates Golf Course: East Lake Golf Club is open with limited access for members for walking golf only.  Charlie Yates Golf Course is now open with limited access for walking golf only. All tee times for Charlie Yates Golf Course are required to be made online via GolfNow.  The driving ranges, practice facilities, and clubhouses at both facilities will begin to reopen in phases starting on May 15th.

The First Tee of Metro Atlanta: All First Tee of Metro Atlanta programming has been suspended indefinitely. During this programming hiatus, they will meet as a staff and discuss our next steps with the intention of resuming programming when the pandemic has ended and it is safe to offer programming.

Start:ME East Lake: The 2020 cohort has concluded its 14-session program. Start:ME celebrated the 49 ventures completing this year’s program with its Entrepreneur Showcase on May 5.  They have set up a resource page to post small business support info (grants, loans, advice, tools, etc.). Find more info here.

More updates will provided when available.