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The COVID-19 virus has spread exponentially and continues to impact us all in many ways.  We are closely monitoring these developments and adhering to the guidelines provided by health officials and local and national government officials.  Therefore, Imani will remain closed to students K-8th until April 10.   Our teachers and staff returned to work on Monday and have been working overtime to ensure that the switch from traditional to remote classrooms proceeds as smoothly as possible.   We have been testing the program with a few students and parents, and so far, things are going well.  We will implement remote classes/distance learning for grades K-8 on Monday, March 23.   It will be necessary for your child to have access to either a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer in order to connect with his/her teachers each day.   You will be receiving further information about scheduling before the end of the week.  

 

We are keenly aware that the decision to close school has caused you to experience great concerns, inconvenience, and additional questions.  We are diligently trying to navigate this unprecedented situation, keeping the health and wellness of our children, our staff and our families at the forefront of all decision making.  

 

It is our goal to continue to provide the very best learning experience for all.  

We appreciate your patience as we continue to work out specific logistics for each grade level.  

 

THE INFANTS, TODDLERS AND PRE-K CLASSES WILL REOPEN MONDAY, MARCH 23

As of today, the Texas DFPS has issued guidelines that allow preschools and Infant and Toddler School will stay open within specific guidelines.   Therefore, the Infant, Toddler, and preschool classes will reopen on Monday, March 23 with some modifications.

Hours:  6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Hours will be shortened in an effort to avoid having a change in staff and

Teachers will work extended hours to limit the number of people in the learning environment

Disinfecting regimen and handwashing practices will be intensified as recommended by CDC

Parents will be required to pick up and drop-off children outside of the operation, unless it's determined that there is a legitimate need for the parent to enter the facility 

It is imperative that a parent be available to pick up the child if  he/she exhibits any symptoms of illness

 

The following protocol, provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, will be implemented:

 

Effective immediately, all current child care providers will implement the following guidance, consistent with new requirements in accordance with state law, federal guidance, and Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent disaster declaration:

Prohibit any person except the following from accessing an operation: operation staff; persons with legal authority to enter, including law enforcement officers, HHSC Child Care Licensing staff, and Department of Family and Protective Services staff; professionals providing services to children; children enrolled at the operation; and parents or legal guardians who have children enrolled and present at the operation.   

Require pickup and drop-off of children outside the operation, unless it's determined that there is a legitimate need for the parent to enter operation.  

Before allowing entry into the operation, screen all individuals listed above, including taking the temperature of each person upon arrival at the operation each day, and deny entry to any person who meets any of the following criteria:

 

A temperature of 100.4°F or above;

Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and low-grade fever;

In the previous 14 days has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; is under investigation for COVID-19; or is ill with a respiratory illness; or

In the previous 14 days has traveled internationally to countries with widespread, sustained community transmission. For updated information on affected countries, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/travelers/index.html.

Ensure that each child is provided with individual meals and snacks. Do not serve family-style meals.

This is certainly a time where we need to support one another as a community, remain informed, and adhere to basic recommendations such as hand washing, social distancing, etc.  Hold strong to your loved ones and continue to trust and have faith in Him.