In the midst of the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 - as well as throughout the year - our number one priority is the health and safety of our students, families, and staff members. To that end, the Board of Directors (along with our Center Director and one of our Assistant Directors) met on March 14th to weigh the options we have before us. We have considered all feedback from families, staff, and a number of state agencies such as the Oregon Department of Education. We have come to the decision that, in order to protect our students, staff, and families, we will close the center temporarily beginning Monday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 31th.
With the center closed, our next top priorities are making sure that it is ready to reopen on April 1st, which means paying rent and other monthly bills, and making sure we still have staff upon reopening. We will be pooling together a collection of various resources to share with staff and families. If you have knowledge of any resources that might prove helpful, please feel free to send them to us to pass along by emailing us at email@example.com.
To facilitate this, as well as increase communication and support between our families and staff, we have created a private Facebook page. This will help us better support each other through this difficult time. We encourage you all to join to join us at this link.
During the week of March 16th, staff will be allowed, if they choose, to come in and clean, organize, prepare their classrooms, or work on curriculum for when the students return. If you need to come to the center to gather belongings - as I imagine with this short notice many of you will - please reach out to our Center Director, Elaine Warkel, to schedule a time next week to do so. In accordance with the social distancing guidelines, we are trying to avoid having large groups of people at the center at any one time. The center will be closed completely the following week.
The board will be meeting again next Thursday, March 19th. We hope to have more comprehensive information to work with at that point, as information is changing daily. Specifically, we expect more details from state officials on child care centers and potential support for early learning providers from the state and federal government. We will continue to reevaluate our situation based on the most current information available. After the March 19th board meeting, we plan to provide you with more information regarding tuition, reopening, and other related matters. We will continue to contact families through our email list and to put important announcements on our website and on the Facebook page. Please check these places for communication regularly.
We realize this closure will have an impact on your families economically, and we are working to take care of everyone as best as we possibly can. Again, thank you for your patience and for your support as we work with the frequently changing information and resources. We will reach out to you to make sure you have the information you need as soon as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and specifically those that you would like the Board to address at the next meeting.
Take care of your families and know that we are here to support one another as we all move through this together.
President of the Board
The Board of Directors
Eugene Child Development Center