Following the lead of Shelby County Schools, MAM will be closed March 14 – 29 to protect our students and their families and our staff from the spread of the coronavirus. To help our families prepare for this extended closure we will be open Friday, March 13, from 10 am – 6 pm. Over the next two weeks we will monitor the situation, and MAM may reopen earlier than March 29 if things change.
Our Spring Basketball League that was scheduled to start March 28 will instead start April 4.
Our Amplify Mentor Program classes will resume when MAM reopens, and the college tour AMP students were planning to attend has been cancelled.
During this time MAM staff members are happy to answer any questions. We will be monitoring the MAM gyms and cleaning them carefully while they are closed. We will be listening to the students and families we serve. MAM will continue to pay all our employees to minimize the impact of the closures on the people serving in this ministry. While our gyms are closed, our staff will continue working to ensure we provide the best programming for sports, literacy, mentoring, and the gospel when our kids return to MAM. Exciting plans are in the works for MAM Summer Academy. We will pray for MAM kids and their families during this challenging time.
Please watch MAM social media sites for updates on when we will reopen. Be cautious using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites for information regarding the coronavirus. Use established news sites, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov) and the Shelby County Health Department (ShelbyTNHealth.com) for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Other ways you can protect yourself and those you care about:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Keep your cell phone away from your face. Disinfect your phone frequently.
- Do not eat or drink after anyone else.
- Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then immediately throw it in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Anyone who is sick should stay home. If you experience flu-like symptoms such as severe cough, fever, dehydration or difficulty breathing, contact your health provider immediately. You should be free of fever without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before you return to work or kids return to school.
Remember our hope is in Jesus. Do not let fear dominate our thoughts and actions. Our faith and trust is in the Lord.