EduCare - COVID-19 Update
Butler EduCare Families,
In everything we do, the safety of our children and staff is our top concern. In light of that, as concerns about the Coronavirus continue to grow, the Butler Critical Incident Management Team has been monitoring the situation closely and taking direction from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
Henceforth, after much consideration, the Butler Critical Incident Management Team has decided to close EduCare as of Friday, March 20th, temporarily. We deem this to be a highly precautionary emphasis. We know this will place tremendous hardship on our families and staff, and for that, we do apologize. This was a difficult decision to make; one the administration did not take lightly. Challenging times require difficult decisions. As a nation, we haven't encountered anything like this before, so we thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.
The closure will last until at least April 10th, unless it is deemed otherwise to remain closed. We will continue to communicate with you during the closure and informing you of the latest information we are receiving from local and state leaders. We want to encourage you and your family to stay healthy during our closure.
Beginning Monday, March 23rd, no additional tuition will be charged for the duration of the closure. For those that have already paid through the month of March, a credit will be applied to your account for those days. No one will lose their spot here at EduCare unless you choose to withdrawal your child.
Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you and your family during this COVID-19 pandemic. There may be staff who would be willing to babysit for you during this period of time. We will provide you a list of those individuals in a separate email.While this is not ideal for any of us, we also know it is necessary to reduce the spread of the virus.
We encourage you to stay in touch with us during the closure as we will continue to communicate with you regarding a reopening date and other information relevant to you and your child(ren).We love you and your children and will miss seeing you all during this mandated closure.
Sue Barrientos, Administrator
Susan Duncan, Director
Butler Community College is housing updates and information regarding COVID-19 at https://www.butlercc.edu/coronavirus. Please remember that this is a fluid situation and we will update you as soon as we know anything new. For right now the below information is what we know.
Please rest assure that EduCare will remain open and running normally (with all current policies remaining in effect) until a time is determined that we can’t –this will most likely come from the
Kansas Department Health and Environment OR if the college goes into a mandatory shutdown. I can assure you that we are taking EVERY STEP possible to be sure that we are proving the cleanest
environment for your children. Please ensure that you start formulating a backup plan in the event that we are required to close. In the event that the college does close, tuition would be waived
for those days.
Payment is required regardless of attendance or absence of a child. Tuition pays for the child’s budgeted space. Our cost remains the same regardless of attendance. Exceptions can be made for serious illness or accidents. If a child misses more than ten consecutive days, a 50% refund on those days will be credited with documentation or justification.
We are doing daily health checks throughout the day that include:
- Overall wellness of the children-we will be doing daily health checks
- Checking temperatures on anyone who we suspect does not feel well
- Continuously washing children’s hands-Please wash your child’s hands upon arrival to the classroom and each time you enter a classroom (please feel free to use the lobby bathroom or the classroom sinks to wash your hands at any time).
- Sending home any sick children with cold or flu like symptoms
However, we need your help …yes parents! If your children are sick, please keep them home. We need to work as a team to keep this environment free of contagious viruses. Additionally, we are:
- We are emphasizing staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees. We know the importance of children and staff washing their hands on a day-to-day basis. Using soap and water to wash for at least 20 seconds and providing alcohol-based sanitizer (containing at least 60-95% alcohol) when soap and water isn’t available.
- We are reinforcing to make sure children and adults are using proper coughing and sneezing techniques as well.
- Environmental cleaning. This is second nature and done regularly, so we are already doing this. We are making sure that all of the surfaces are cleaned then sanitized EVERY time the children us them. Cleaning frequently touched surfaces is key!
While handling the spread of a serious contagion like the COVID-19 is primarily a job for public health agencies, I want to assure you that we are closely monitoring information coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and continuing to seek regular updates from KDHE.
The CDC reports that person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to occur mainly by respiratory transmission. KDHE advises the following steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
- Social distancing-staying away from large crowds
Additionally, we would like to be notified if you or anyone in your immediate household has traveled overseas or to states that have several cases in the last couple of weeks. We would also like to know if you plan on traveling to any of these regions. Finally, we would also
like to know if any immediate family member has COVID-19 like symptoms. As always, the health and safety of your children and staff remain our number one priority, and as such we will continue to communicate information as the situation develops.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Christy Streeter, Dean HEP
Sue Barrientos, Administrator Susan Duncan, Director