Dear Head Start & Early Head Start Families,

 

We are facing some uncertain and anxiety producing times.  Last Friday Governor Evers announced a mandatory closure of all public & private schools in the state of Wisconsin.  As a result, CESA 11 Head Start & Early Head Start centers will also be closed for the duration of the mandate.  While centers may be closed, staff will still be available for support.  We are asking our staff to refrain from going into homes at this time.  Services, support and resources will be provided through phone calls, text messages, and/or FaceTime if possible.

Many school districts are working on ways to continue providing meals for children, understanding that finances could be tight.  The program will be working with districts to support these efforts and share availability with our families. 

The CDC website has information that may be helpful to you and we encourage you to visit that site for the latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

We also encourage you for follow best practices including:

            *handwashing at least 20 seconds

            *coughing/sneezing into your elbow

            *practicing social distancing

            *staying home when you are sick

We continue to monitor this situation and remain committed to keeping you, your family, and our staff healthy and safe. If you have concerns about sending your child to school before the official closing, this is a family decision that we will respect.  School closing is one way to help slow the spread of this virus.  While it may not be life threatening to most, it can be to those whose immune system is compromised and the elderly. 

We are all in this together!

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