The main priority of NCS during these challenging times is the health and safety of our children, families and staff. Following the recommendation of the Governor and Public Health officials, NCS centers will continue to be closed until further notice. NCS management will continue to evaluate the need for closures, the opportunities to support staff, and how we can best provide services to children and families based on relevant guidance.
NCS staff will continue to be paid their regular wages until June 30, unless funding is rescinded by the State Department of Education or the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Pay will be based on program need and scheduled vacation & layoffs. We continue to develop plans for providing services to families during this time as well as develop program plans for the 2020-2021 school year. In this time of uncertainty, we want to assure you that we are eager to have you back to work when normal operations can resume.
While this current public health crisis has brought many challenges to both staff and families and the running of our programs, it has also brought unforeseen opportunities. As school closures have disrupted the learning of many children we serve, we are exploring an opportunity to provide summer services. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed by Congress, allocated $750 million for Head Start programs across the country. $500 million of that is intended to fund summer programs for children transitioning to kindergarten and those with an IEP to help mitigate losses of educational experiences.
We are asking staff to complete a survey about your availability to work during the summer in the event that some of our year round programs begin to open and/or we have some summer programs. These programs would be designed to provide limited services with flexibility in the many Head Start requirements. We are exploring plans to operate some 4 day a week ½ day programs throughout our service area for a 4 week period from mid-July to mid-August. Please complete the survey through this link: Survey for Summer Availability
NCS will continue serving families to the extent possible throughout our planned 19/20 program year schedules. Supervisors will be continuing to maintain contact with staff about reporting to work during this time. We recognize this is an extraordinary time and reporting to work may not be advisable. Some of the reasons you should choose to stay home are:
- If you are ill, especially if you have symptoms of the Coronavirus including fever, cough or shortness of breath
- If you are over the age of 65
- If you have an underlying health conditions that puts you at a higher risk including a compromised immune system, heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.
- If you need to stay home to care for a child or ill family member.
Please feel free to reach out to your supervisor if you have any additional questions. If you are unable to reach your supervisor, please contact our Main Office at 822-7206, or email email@example.com and we will connect you with a staff person who can assist you.