Coronavirus COVID-19 and the Child Enrichment Center
March 23, 2020
Dear families of St Augustine Child Enrichment Center,
We have come to the time where we are being closed down by Governor DeWine. Therefore, services will be suspended until April 30, 2020. I wanted to touch base and let you know we appreciate all of you and your efforts to help us as we go through these times together. Even the phone calls from you checking in on us have been helpful. The staff and I do miss seeing our children on a daily basis and are looking forward to being together again.
I want to let you know that your child(ren)’s slot will be held and that we will reopen just as soon as the order is lifted and we are allowed by ODJFS. I will continue to use Flocknote as a form of communication when I have information to share. Flocknote only allows so many characters at a time, so I am asking you to go to www.staugministries.org/CEC, click on the coronavirus tab for updated information.
Please send me your email address so that I can also email updates as soon as we get them. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please stay safe and healthy so we can all be together again soon.
Director, Child Enrichment Center
March 18, 2020:
I wanted to reach out and share what we know at this point. We are continuing to operate daily to meet the needs of our families. We understand that some have notified the center that your child/children will not be attending during this pandemic. We thank you for your constant communication and do miss seeing you on a daily basis.
What we know as of today, the State of Ohio and Ohio Department of Job and Families are working on allowing centers to stay open for “essential staff”. We are currently in the process of applying for “Temporary Pandemic Child Care License,” defined as the following from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services “is a new rule which sets for the process and requirements of the temporary pandemic child care license. This temporary licensure will allow approved programs to serve children whose parents are employed providing health, safety and other essential services as defined by the Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in consultation with the Director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.” At this time we do not know what they consider “essential services” and are waiting for this information.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this together.
March 13, 2020: We know there is growing concern as the impact of COVID-19 evolves. St. Augustine Health Ministries continues to adapt our practices and respond to new information as it becomes available.
In alignment with guidance from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and as announced by President Trump at Friday’s national press conference, we are restricting non-employee, non-essential visits to our skilled nursing and assisted living residences, until further notice.
We acknowledge that this is a difficult situation for families and residents.
On Friday, we implemented a number of protective measures including screening of all employees prior to each shift with questions related to symptoms and exposure, as well as having their temperature taken. Large group activities and trips have been postponed and small group activities are being adjusted to provide for proper social distancing. Events and meetings held on our campus by outside organizations have been postponed or cancelled. Modifications to our dining service have been made, which include changes to our cafeteria to ensure enhanced risk reduction.
We will continue to respond to this situation as it develops, and we will keep you informed as our practices change.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this together.
March 12, 2020: Thank you for trusting us with your child(ren), our top priority is the keep the center open and the children healthy. With the change of events each day we want to inform you of what is happening and what our protocol is during this time of uncertainty.
COVID-19: We want to inform you of our plan of action is should we continue to see more cases confirmed and need to take further action such as close the center. We are following the updates and following any recommendations that are being issued by the Cleveland Department of Public Health, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and Ohio Department of Job and Families.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Students will be screened at their arrival. Staff will take your child(ren)’s temperature if warranted at the door as they arrive.
- Any child with a sign of a temperature 100 F or greater will be sent home.
- Children will be sent home if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- cold-like symptoms
If you child is sent home they will not be allowed to return to the center for 48 hours. They will need to be fever free with no fever reducing medication for 24 hours.
CENTER: Here is an update on the work we are doing to keep our children and staff healthy and safe, what you as parents can do to help us in our efforts, as well as topics that are in our focus and will be addressed in the coming days.
- We continue to disinfect after each class and before and after meals on all applicable surfaces.
- Staff and students are required to wash their hands prior to eating a snack, after using the restroom and any time they touch their face.
- We will continue to monitor student absences, as well as student health issues at school and send students home as warranted.
FAMILIES: Your child(ren) must stay home when they are sick. Students should not return to school for 48 hours and are symptom free. Again students must be fever free for at least 24 of the 48 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- If you or any family member has been asked to “self-quarantine,” please keep your child home during that time. Please notify the director, Stephanie, if this were to happen.
- If anyone in your family has coronavirus or has come in contact with anyone testing positive please notify us immediately.
- In regards to the nursing home we are suspending all intergenerational activities until further notice. The nursing home is following all recommendations that have been given by the CDC, CMS, and ODH and will continue to do so as needed.
- The nursing home has restricted all visitors. Only essential personnel will have access inside the building.
- Based on staffing or mandates from the state, the center may have to adjust the hours of operation and/or close, which we will do our best to avoid.
- Parents should use the childcare center entrance only.
Please understand that we are learning along with you all about the events taking place and doing our best to keep the center open. If we are informed that we need to close and/or that a staff/student has been in contact with someone or has contracted the coronavirus, the closure of our center will be discussed in collaboration with the administration of the nursing home and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
Thank you for your support and we will stay in communication with you as we continue to monitor this situation.
Stephanie Moore, Director
Elayne Newcomb, Assistant Administrator
Rick Meserini, CEO & President of St Augustine Health Ministries
March 10, 2020: Families, Residents, Staff, Volunteers and Friends,
We know that this is a time of high anxiety about the coronavirus, (COVID-19), the news about the potential spread of this new disease, and the risks it poses for those who become infected. Please know that maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our residents and patients is our number one priority.
Because of the nature of our work, St. Augustine Health Ministries is always prepared for a pandemic flu with emergency preparedness and infection control plans in place. This being flu season, our staff already have heightened awareness of the risks posed to our residents/patients by respiratory illnesses, are trained in the vital importance of effective infection control practices and follow established protocols based on that training. With COVID-19, we have reviewed our preparedness plans and are incorporating new information on coronavirus into those procedures as it becomes available.
We are actively educating staff, volunteers, residents and families on symptom awareness for coronavirus and have clear protocols for staff to stay home and not come to work if they are ill or symptomatic.
We are closely monitoring the latest information from the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we are working with state and local public health and emergency preparedness officials to strengthen our preparation for a possible outbreak of coronavirus. We may need to postpone activities, screen visitors or limit visitor access. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but we will keep you informed every step of the way should these or other steps become necessary.
You are a key partner in keeping yourself and others healthy – wash your hands often; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and if you are feeling ill or have been around others who have flu like symptoms, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.
Communication is key, and we will continue to update you on important news or emerging issues. Please visit www.staugministries.org for regular updates. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 216-634-7400 with any questions or concerns you may have.