A Letter from Imagine Leadership

10/1/2021

Dear Imagine Families,

I hope this letter finds you and yours well and enjoying the start of the new school year. I wanted to take a moment to check in with you about Imagine’s continued operations in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After months of a hearty pro-vaccination campaign at Imagine, where our staff were provided with resources and support regarding COVID-19 vaccination, I am very pleased to share that we reached 97% vaccination status among our staff.  I want to thank everyone at Imagine: directors, teachers, parents and administrators, who helped provide resources and support to our employees regarding vaccination.

At the start of this school year, Imagine implemented a vaccinate or test policy for our staff. This was to align all of our centers with policies then in effect for all employees at some of our sponsored sites including CUNY campuses, DOE contracted 3k and 4k classrooms, and Mt. Sinai Hospital. 

Since then Covid-19 vaccine mandates have been implemented for all staff working in DOE classrooms, hospitals and for all federal employees, contractors and subcontractors.

In consideration of the update to a full vaccine mandate at four of our important stakeholders and sponsors, Imagine is moving forward with a Mandatory Vaccination Policy. 

All staff were notified in the past two weeks of the possibility of this mandate. We were awaiting the final word from the DOE which came in a court decision this week.  All Imagine staff have now received our policy in writing.  Imagine staff working in DOE contracted classrooms must receive a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine before reporting to work on Monday, October 4. We will follow the federal deadline for all remaining Imagine staff at all sites, requiring that staff be fully vaccinated before reporting to work on December 8th, 2021.

We are continuing to provide our very few remaining unvaccinated staff with resources for free vaccination and information on the efficacy of vaccines. We are encouraged that most of the remaining unvaccinated staff have indicated an openness to becoming vaccinated. Some may also qualify for a medical or religious exemption.   Please know if a staff member chooses not to be vaccinated and is not eligible for a medical or religious exemption, they are also choosing not to remain employed at Imagine and may depart from your child’s classroom.  We are working diligently to ensure appropriate classroom coverage if this occurs.  

Our continued Covid-19 Safety protocols include admitting children through an entryway door drop off, without parent entry into the center. While we had hoped to welcome parents back into the centers this Fall, due to the rise in positive Covid Cases and the threat of the Delta Variant, we will continue this practice as recommended by our licensing agencies and other stakeholders until further notice.

We will also continue with daily Covid screenings for both children and staff, which are completed on the Tadpoles App.

Masks must be worn by everyone 2 years and older, if medically tolerable. Thank you for your cooperation in helping your young child to wear a mask at school.

In addition, if there are any requirements specific to your center location they must be followed.

Please watch for communications from your Director.

Many of us have come a long way together in this pandemic. Others may just be joining us during this continued trying time. We appreciate your confidence, support and partnership 

in providing our Imagine children and staff with a nurturing, educational, healthy and safe early childhood environment.

On behalf of all of us at Imagine, our best wishes for a safe, healthy and fun school year!

Always Imagine,

Caryn