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An Important Message from Alan van Capelle Regarding COVID-19 Preparedness

Update: March 11th, 2020

From the MCC Staff

As a precautionary measure, the following programs have been suspended until further notice:  

  • Group Fitness classes at MCC Fitness,  
  • All WCBL classes,  
  • Seated meal service for older adults,  
  • ESOL and Citizenship Classes 

Educational Alliance has been monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in NYC and has been in regular contact with city, state, and federal agencies. At this point, all recommend “social distancing” as an important part of the effort to limit the spread of COVID-9. At Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center, this means limiting the number of gatherings at the agency. 

As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our area, the safety and health of the MCC community is our top priority. Our staff and executive team are committed to adapting our programming and cleaning practices in ways that minimize the transmission of germs within our building, and to ensure sanitation procedures for our building are up-to-date and effective. Here is a rundown of our currently policies: 


General Health + Safety 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.


Sickness Policy 

  • Please stay home, and keep children home from school and programs if anyone in your household is feeling sick. All children exhibiting symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, heavy nasal discharge, cough or fever of 100.3 or above must stay home until they are symptom free for 24 hours.  
  • Children exhibiting these symptoms in our programs will be sent home. We are grateful to you for responding quickly in these instances. 
  • If you, or your child is sick, please call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history. 
  • Children who are absent from school for 3 consecutive days or more will need a cleared doctor’s note to return to school.


  • Handwashing frequently prevents the transmission of germs. Make it a practice for yourself, and to model and reinforce with your children washing hands several times during the day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. All children and adults should wash their hands thoroughly upon entering MCC each day, before handling food, and after toileting or handling bodily fluids. Teachers will also work with children to wash hands throughout the day. 


Cleaning and maintenance of MCC

Our Cleaning and Facilities teams are working hard to ensure our building is regularly cleaned and disinfected, including: 

  • Frequent wipe downs throughout the day of all hard surfaces and frequently touched items (i.e. door knobs, elevator buttons, etc). 
  • Deep cleaning each evening of all surfaces and all rooms 
  • Our cleaning team is currently using a combination of diluted bleach and solutions commonly used for doctor’s offices and clinics to sanitize the building. 
  • Please note that while we did add more Purell dispensers throughout our building, the most effective way to control the spread of germs is through diligent handwashing with soap and water. 


We will continue to update this page as new information and guidance about coronavirus prevention and responses roll out. We will be following guidelines and recommendations from the Department of Health. Here are the most recent links to help you stay informed: 


If you or member of your household is diagnosed with COVID-19 please contact us immediately at info@mannycantor.org. Thank you for helping to keep the MCC community healthy and safe. 


Update: March 5th, 2020

From the MCC Staff

We are aware of the COVID-19 cases affecting our area. We continue to work diligently with state a local authorities to stay up to date on preventative measures.

Message from Alan van Capelle

CEO and President, Educational Alliance

Dear Educational Alliance community,

As concern grows about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want you to know that Educational Alliance is closely monitoring this situation to ensure that our community and our programs are prepared for whatever steps we may need to take.

Although there has not been an outbreak of coronavirus in New York City, officials at all levels of government are actively engaged in prevention measures and are developing a coordinated response. Educational Alliance’s leadership will remain in contact with city, state, and federal agencies and officials to ensure we understand how our programs might be affected and can quickly and effectively enact any recommended action steps.

At this time, however, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City and no plans to close programs at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will only be at the direction of public health experts. If at any point we need to close facilities or suspend programs, we will communicate that information through all means available, including via phone, email, our website, and social media.

In the meantime, it’s important to remember common sense guidelines for good health and safety, such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
  • Do not send children with fevers and flu-like symptoms to school.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve.

We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with information about COVID-19 so that you can make informed decisions about how best to protect yourself and those in your community. We recommend the following resources:

We are deeply committed to keeping everyone at Educational Alliance safe and healthy and will share any additional information as soon as it becomes available. Thank you for your support.


Alan van Capelle
President and CEO