Memo From San O, SEAC Program Director
Thank you all, very much, for the concerns on how to deal with this unprecedented and challenging situation that everyone is facing.
In general, child care providers are trained on how to handle sanitation and public health issues and are required to follow steps to avoid germ spreading.
Providers have to follow those steps stipulated by Public Health officials on a regular basis, whether it’s the cold or the flu. With the existence of the Coronavirus, we have gone over the precautious steps publicized by IDPH, CDPH and CDC with staff and parents. We’ve also done some research on the situation with children.
Please refer to UNICEF’s statement about COVID-19 and children. Also, for most of our families, if child care services are not available, the children will be most likely taken care of by their grandparent(s) who are the most vulnerable population of this virus. In addition, our funder, Department of Family and Support Services sent out an email clarifying that the Governor’s directive to close schools is for schools only and not for child care centers.
In any case, our child care stays open for now. New developments (external and internal) keep coming.
Memo from Peter Porr, Bridge International School Director