We hope this finds you and your family well. It is a scary time, and The Childcare Network wants you to know that we are still here for you. Our office will only have people in there periodically, but you can reach us by email or phone. We did want to clear up some questions that you might have.
1. What should I do with my menus?
USDA providers still need to turn their menus in on time. You can still mail them in. If you usually drop them off, you can only enter the building between 8:00 and 5:00, Monday through Friday. You will not be allowed to go upstairs, but you can put them in our mailbox in the downstairs lobby. The building is closed on weekends.
2. Who is considered Essential Personnel?
According to the Governor, essential personnel include:
- 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 houses, designated agencies and emergency medical services;
- Essential government employees including public health employees and employees who oversee or support all the other functions included in this list;
- Criminal justice personnel including those in law enforcement, courts, and correctional services;
- Police, firefighters, and military;
- Employees who operate shelters or other essential services for adults, children and families;
- Employees who ensure continuity of basic services such as electricity/gas, water, internet, plumbing, sanitation and garbage removal;
- Employees who ensure essential transportation including public transportation, trucking, and health care-related transportation;
- Employees who ensure essential food, pharmaceutical and supplies access (e.g., grocery, food bank, feeding programs, drug store, hardware store); and
- Staff and providers of childcare and education services (including custodial and kitchen staff and other support staff) for children of other essential personnel.
This list does not include every single occupation, but it does give you a general idea.
3. What do I do if a parent wants to bring a child, and they are not essential personnel?
Refuse the child! The Governor has ordered everyone to stay at home if they are not essential personnel. I know that we are a profession that likes to help others, and parents want to work from home in peace and quiet, but when parents bring their child to care right now, they are endangering their child. They are exposing him to other children and adults that are exposed to other people. While it does hurt your income, you are helping to keep that child safe, and your family safe. If parents don’t know how to keep their children busy, give them suggestions...
Please be advised that while there has been no requirement for Virginia child care programs to refuse children at this point, the Governor has issued a Stay-at-Home order. Therefore, we are encouraging you to reference Executive Order Number 55: Temporary Stay at Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and use your best discretion when admitting children of non-essential personnel into your center or home. Should you decide to continue your regular services, we encourage you to comply with the limitation of group size to 10 people per room, including all supervising adults. We have enclosed a few links below for your consideration and information. Please stay safe.
4. Who do I contact if I have a question or just need to vent?
Please remain safe, and let us know how we can help you. We are keeping you all in our thoughts.
The Childcare Network