Update Regarding COVID-19 Virus
July 22, 2021: Update
We have just been alerted to a recent outbreak of Covid-19 in East Hampton. Although most of our families surveyed have had the vaccine, we are following an abundance of caution and will return to following the CDC guidelines starting Monday, July 26. All adults will again wear masks and only staff will be permitted to enter the Center. The safety of the children, families and our staff is of primary importance to us. Thank you for your understanding.
January 18, 2021: Moving Forward with Safety and Grace
On this beautiful Martin Luther King Day we have a lot to be thankful for. We have the wonderful support of our Board, parents and community during this difficult pandemic and national transition. Our children deserve our best and the Eleanor Whitmore Center is a big part of their learning and growth.
Right now, we have to be safe! Our Center has experienced the effects of COVID-19 and we will continue to address those effects with thoughtful and proven procedures to maintain our safety record. This week, classrooms 1,6,7, and 8 will be closed until January 25th, due to Department of Health (DOH) protocols and procedures. All parents/guardians/affected staff have been informed. The DOH is contact tracing in order to keep us informed about testing.
Our Center is being throughly cleaned and disinfected so that we can continue to provide child care and schooling for our children. Susan and I are actively pursuing a local process for vaccination for all staff ASAP. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do, to support you, as we continue this process.
Enjoy this day and all that it has to offer us as a Center, Community and a Nation. We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward.
November 18, 2020
We are happy to report no further cases since the single case in October. We remain cautious and continue to follow strict protocols. Be well. Stay Safe.
October 17, 2020:
Dear Parents, Caregivers, Supporters and Friends,
On Friday, October 16, 2020, we were notified by the Springs School District that a Pre-K student has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. We immediately notified the Department of Health and the CDC and are following their very specific protocols and guidance for containment.
As of Friday afternoon, the affected class will quarantine for 14 days. Every family in the affected classroom has been notified. If you have not yet been notified, your child’s classroom has not been affected. We are following all protocols with an abundance of caution. Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of the children, staff and families.
We are working closely with the custodial staff from the East Hampton School District to disinfect and follow the same cleaning protocols used at John Marshall, following their temporary shutdown.
The Center has been following strict cohort procedures, keeping each classroom separated and isolated from each other. Please know that we are taking this case very seriously and are acting with a sense of urgency around containment and notification.
All other classrooms, as of the writing of this email, will remain open while the affected classroom follows the proper quarantine procedures. Please feel free to contact Susan or me with any questions or concerns. Our emails are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep you appraised of all updates as we receive them.
Stay safe and healthy,
Tim Frazier, Executive Director