I hope this finds you safe and healthy. I just wanted to touch base with you to let you know what’s going on in the midst of this crisis.
Like all of you, I have been following the news closely. I have also been following up with the state website and the office of childcare for direction and guidance.
I am aware that the virus is spreading rapidly, and that a young child has also contracted the disease, so we now know children are not immune from this virus. I am also aware that we MUST practice social distancing and maintain groups no larger than 10. In addition, we MUST practice good hygiene and that MTA has gone to a limited restricted schedule.
I mentioned all of the above because while we are trying to stay open and to accommodate our working parents, we are faced with a huge dilemma. HOW DO WE COMPLY WITH THESE MEASURES AND KEEP EVERYONE SAFE AND HEALTHY!
I received an email this morning from the office of childcare expressing the same concerns. In fact,they are waiting on guidance from the Governor. In the mean time, my staff and parents need direction so that they can best plan for their families.
After much consideration, we’ve made the difficult decision to:
- Restrict our services to Emergency and Medical Personnel parents only. This includes, CNA/GNA’s and hospital staff.
- The center days of operation and hours will be: Monday – Friday, 7 am to 3 pm (No exceptions)
- There will be NO transportation
- Parents MUST sign their child(ren) up for childcare the day before services are to be rendered so that we will know how many children to expect, how many staff are needed and to determine if we will open.
- TO SIGN UP FOR THE WAITING LIST, PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING LINK: https://www.waitlistr.com/lists/582a5806/emergency-childcare-sign-up
- We will only accommodate 24 children per day: 18 children between the ages of 2 to 14 years old and 6 children between the ages of 6 weeks to 23 months. Remember, we can only have groups of 10, including the teacher, so therefore each class will have 9 children and one teacher making it 10 per classroom, except for the infants and toddlers, who will have 3 children per classroom (we will have two classrooms) and one teacher in each classroom, making it 4 per classroom.
- [PLEASE NOTE THAT IF THE RATIO DROPS BELOW 24 WE MIGHT BE SUBJECT TO CLOSE]
- We will only occupy 4 classrooms in the entire building. Three (3) classrooms on the main floor – (1 room for mix ages 2 to 4 years old, and two infant classrooms, one infant room for walkers ages 12 to 23 months and the other infant room for infants 6 weeks to 12 months) and one (1) classroom on the third floor for school-age children ages 4 to 14 years old.
- We will only employ 5 education staff during this time – one for each classroom (4) and one staff for breaks and back up as needed.
- Office staff will be limited to a front desk person and the director or a designee.
- Any child or staff with a runny nose, cough, or fever WILL BE SENT HOME IMMEDIATELY
- Any help you can give with soap, paper towels, disinfectants and cleaning supplies will be greatly appreciated
- PARENTS MUST PROVIDE AN UP TO DATE EMERGENCY CONTACT IN THE EVENT THAT WE ARE INSTRUCTED BY THE STATE TO CLOSE OR IF WE MUST CLOSE FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN AND STAFF.
- Please be aware that many of our staff use public transportation, which may also affect our ability to operate.
We understand that this may be an inconvenience for some of you and we wish we could do more, but given the magnitude of what’s going on right now, it’s the best we can do to make sure the front line people can protect us and serve those affected by the Coronavirus.
God Bless – Stay Safe and Healthy,