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We wanted to give you an update on NCS operations as we look forward to the quickly approaching 20-21 school year.  The priority of NCS is the health and safety of our children, families and staff.  The NCS management team continues to work on a reopening plan that aligns with Federal, State, and local guidelines from the CDC and Public Health, is responsive to the current situation and that also meets the needs of our staff, families, community, and program requirements.

NCS Management has developed plans for operating under 3 different scenarios; normal operation; hybrid operations of some in person and some virtual services; and all virtual services. At this time, we anticipate that all programs will operate under a hybrid or virtual model to begin the fall. Class sizes will be reduced to 10 children for preschool classrooms for the foreseeable future. The ERSEA team has been contacting families to determine family need and preference for program types.  Plans are subject to change as we receive new information from our funders and direction from Public Health based on changing conditions in our communities.

As we anticipate the reopening some of our NCS sites, there are several steps that we are taking in preparation.

  • An Operational Procedure to Prevent the Spread of COVID 19 has been developed
  • Necessary PPE and cleaning/disinfecting products have been collected
  • Social distancing guidelines are being implemented.
  • A training plan has been developed.

As NCS sites move to reopen, you will need to be aware of the following:

  • Prior to coming to work each morning, you will need to ask yourself a set of questions that are a “symptom check”.
  • All staff entering the site for the first time each day will proceed to a temperature check station, where you will take your own temperature prior to proceeding to your work area.
  • Facial Coverings will be required, except when a person is alone in room.

Training will be provided regarding the symptom checks, temperature checks, disinfecting procedures, and social distancing guidelines.

This is an ever-changing situation, and we will be continuing to make adjustments to meet Federal, State, and local guidelines and ordinances as needed.

In order to meet the needs of the program as we enter the new school year, NCS is reinstating the use of the EWS time card system for documentation of actual days and hours spent working for the pay period starting August 29th.  At that time, NCS staff members will also resume documenting their use of vacation, sick, and personal-day sick leave benefits. Please do not enter any work or leave hours in the EWS system prior to August 29.

NCS Management understands that the impact of COVID 19 has disrupted many of the typical schedules of our staff.  NCS staff will work with their supervisors to establish a work plan which may include a combination of work site and remote work in order to meet program needs and requirements.   However, not all services can be provided remotely, therefore this arrangement cannot be granted to all staff.  NCS will consider various factors including, but not limited to, the health risk and family care needs of the staff person, available workspace, number of staff in various buildings, mandated/essential service, and program requirements.

Last week, staff were mailed information about your right to take time off for certain COVID-19 related reasons.  These COVID-19 leave benefits are effective until December 31, 2020.  Other established NCS leave policies may also apply.  If you are unable to return to work or have questions about these benefits, please contact Pam Rex at 825-1304 or pam@ncsheadstart.org.

Please feel free to reach out to a NCS Director if you have any additional questions – Rodney Oien (845-9539), Dawn DeHart (845-2020), April Frazer (499-7890). If you are having trouble reaching someone, please contact our Main Office at 822-7206, or email info@ncsheadstart.org  and we will connect you with a staff person who can assist you.

We appreciate your commitment to serving children and families as we face this challenge together.

Kathy and the Management Team