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August 19, 2020

Good Afternoon,

I hope you and your families are well and have been able to enjoy the summer. Understandably, we have had several requests from parents about childcare for essential workers. As you know it is extremely difficult to determine who is an essential worker per the guidance from our respective states. When I reviewed the regulations, it would appear that 80% of our workforce could claim to be essential, which makes it difficult to establish guidelines for us to follow as a school district. Therefore, we have established our own criteria listed below. If you feel like you meet these criterion please send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The following criteria need to be met to qualify for our essential care program:

  • Both parents when applicable must be deemed essential workers.
  • Childcare options for the respective state you live in must be explored and ruled out because of logistics and or availability. Vermont residents should contact the Family Place at 802-649-3268 and ask for a childcare referral. New Hampshire residents should do the same through their state agent, NH Childcare Aware at 603-578-1386. They most likely will refer you to Care.com if you wish to skip the formalities.
  • Your employer must provide a written statement that indicates the need for you to be physically at work.
  • Must be able to drop off no earlier than 8AM and pick up no later than 3PM.
  • Essential worker care is no longer a reimbursable cost for the school district and therefore will require us to charge a fee of $45 per day per enrolled child. Your payment will need to be received prior to your child’s first day of the week.

 

Thank you for being patient as we work to find a solution for essential worker families during this difficult time. My hope is to begin offering care within the district starting September 8th. Please contact your building administrator if you have specific questions related to your childcare needs.

Best regards,

Barrett Williams
Superintendent
Rivendell Interstate School District

August 19, 2020 Superintendent Letter about childcare for essential workers

 

March 24, 2020

Essential Employees Childcare Coverage Guidelines and Expectations

Dear RISD Families,

You have indicated that you need childcare as an essential employee. We are happy to share that starting tomorrow we will begin offering this service. I have outlined below the program expectations and requirements. I would ask that you return the last page when you drop off your child/children on the first day. Please don’t hesitate to reach me if you have questions or concerns.

ATTENDANCE:
Parents must sign kids in when they arrive and out when they pick up at the end of the day. You should use the emergency exit door as your entrance to the building. We will take every child’s temperature when they arrive. Students with a fever will not be admitted to the program that day and should not come back until fever free for 24 hours!!!

FIELD TRIPS:
We do plan to take kids on field trips to experience some outdoor learning. We will inform you when and where we will be going. Unless we hear otherwise from you as a parent, we are going to use the blanket field trip form we have on file at the school.

SOCIAL DISTANCING:
This is so hard for kids to understand especially after being away from friends and teachers. Please have a conversation about what this means when interacting with adults and other kids. For younger kids often it is helpful to roleplay or model a few scenarios that might occur in a school setting.

PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS:
Daily Schedule
Academic morning with lots of movement breaks (work assigned by classroom teacher)
Snack/Lunch
Recess/Free Play
Academic games in the afternoon, projects, specials – art, music, PE

GENERAL GUIDANCE:
The Agency of Human Services, Department for Children and Families and Agency of Education provide the following emergency operating guidelines for schools and childcare providers:

1. Children must be kept in small groups, not more than 10 children in a classroom; there must be absolutely no large group activities. Social distancing practices should be in place for all.

2. Childcare programs must follow childcare regulations regarding handwashing. Specifically, programs must engage in frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially when:

Upon arrival at school

  • After going to the bathroom
  • Before eating
  • After blowing one’s nose
  • When visibly dirty teachers should help young children do the same.


If soap and water are not readily available, we will closely supervise (to avoid ingestion) use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

3. Programs should engage in frequent thorough cleaning each day. Childcare programs shall follow regulations regarding cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. Follow the program's routine cleaning and disinfecting practices. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as:

  • All surfaces especially where children eat
  • Bathrooms
  • Frequently used equipment including electronic devices
  • Door handles and handrails
  • Items children place in their mouths


This is happening 2x per day by our custodial staff.

4. Staff should monitor themselves for symptoms and stay home if they are sick. If we have 2 or more staff members sick on the same day, we will have to close the program for the day.

5. Parents/guardians must be instructed and required to keep children home if they exhibit symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If a childcare provider observes symptoms in a child, they should send the child home.

6. There should be no outside visitors and volunteers except for employees or contracted service providers for purposes of special education services, as authorized by the school or district.

7. As part of routine measures for the respiratory season, existing signs should be visible that remind staff and children to perform hand hygiene (sneeze/cough into their elbow, put used tissues in a waste receptacle and to wash hands immediately after using tissues). Avoid close greetings like hugs or handshakes.

8. Breakfast and lunch are available to all families who would like to have their child participate in the program. Both meals are bagged, meaning the main meal consists of cold cereal for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch.

9. We are not charging for the program but will accept donations to offset the cost associated with operating a childcare program.

10. All families must provide accurate contact information so that we can contact someone who can pick up in the case of an emergency. In addition, we must have a list of people who have permission to pick up from the program. We will provide parents with direct extensions to the classrooms we will be using.

SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION (PLEASE RETAIN)
Samuel Morey Elementary Phone: 802-333-9755
Kindergarten Extension – 3109
1st Grade Extension – 3103
5th Grade Extension – 3130

Childcare for Essential Employees (March 24, 2020)

 

March 18, 2020

Childcare for Essential Persons

Good Afternoon,

In the executive order from Governor Scott, school districts were ordered to provide childcare services to all essential employees living in our communities and beyond. As such, I am writing to staff and families to better understand the childcare needs of those in our communities who have been designated as essential personnel.

Essential Persons are defined as including:

  • staff and providers of childcare and education services (including custodial and kitchen staff and other support staff) for children of other Essential Persons;
  • providers of healthcare, including but not limited to, workers at clinics, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs); nursing homes, long-term care and post-acute care facilities, respite house, VNAs; designated agencies, emergency medical services;
  • criminal justice personnel including those in law enforcement, courts, and correctional services;
  • public health employees;
  • firefighters;
  • Vermont National Guard personnel called to duty for this response;
  • and other first responders;
  • and state employees determined to be essential for response to this crisis under the State Emergency Operations Center.

It should be noted that both parents would need to be considered essential employees to qualify for the childcare program. If you qualify based on the information above and have a need for childcare, please contact us via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We will need to know what your need is (days and times), the ages of the children, grade level and school of attendance. Once we have assessed the needs within our communities, we will work to connect families to services. Thank you for your continued patience during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Barrett Williams
Superintendent
Rivendell Interstate School District

Childcare for Essential Persons (March 18, 2020)