East Lake Initiative COVID-19 Updates

East Lake Foundation: All East Lake Foundation staff  will work remotely from home until Friday, April 10th.  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 on Friday, April 10th, and make a decision about the remainder of next week.

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 will work on the specific impact of this decision as it relates to considering alternatives to celebrate Drew’s Class of 2020 and to address the loss of comprehensive instructional learning time for the school year.  Once we have had the opportunity to consider all aspects of this closure extension, we will follow up with families and staff to communicate more details.

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 began working remotely on 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 closed March 17th with a commitment to reopen as soon as the health and safety of the community can be secured. The East Lake Early Learning Academy and East Lake YMCA Teen Center will remain closed aligned with Atlanta Public Schools. On March, 24th, the East Lake Family YMCA began 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: As of March 18, 2020, East Lake Golf Club and Charlie Yates Golf Course will be closed.  This includes the golf courses, driving ranges, practice facilities, and clubhouses.

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 current 2020 program’s in person sessions have been canceled; however the accelerator program continues virtually with mentors, entrepreneurs, and staff meeting and collaborating online. 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.