A Letter from Imagine Leadership
Dear Imagine Community,
Welcome to a new year at Imagine Early Learning Centers!
The children, parents and staff of Imagine have been through a lot together during the past eighteen months of the Coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, we found ourselves figuring our way through two pandemics at once, the Covid-19 virus and our society’s struggle with racial bias and injustice. Informed by our regulatory agencies and the CDC, as well as collaboration and input from our entire Imagine community including parents and staff, we continue to update evolving safety protocols in our Covid-19 Safety Plan and expand our Kids for Kids curriculum platform to increase our focus on teaching our children about health and safety, kindness, diversity and inclusion. For those of you who have been with us throughout this challenging time, thank you for your cooperation and collaboration. For those just joining us, Welcome! We look forward to having your children with us, getting to know your family and welcoming you into our Imagine community.
Though the times have been challenging, Imagine has also had exciting opportunities to expand during the pandemic. This is especially exciting news as Imagine is an employee owned company, and all of our employees benefit from these additions. We have welcomed two centers for the General Services Administration, Fedkids at 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Child Development Center in Metro-Tech, Brooklyn and on September 7th, we will open the Child Development Center at The City College of the University of New York. Also on September 7th, we are so pleased to welcome back our staff, children and families to Jamaica Kids, which is finally reopening at the Social Security Administration building in Jamaica, Queens.
In 2021, we all hoped for a return to normalcy with the availability of vaccines. Imagine embarked on a pro-vaccine campaign providing educational resources and support to our staff, many of whom had reservations about taking the vaccine. I want to thank everyone at Imagine: directors, teachers, parents and administrators, who have helped provide resources and support to our employees regarding vaccination. These efforts led to a 95% vaccination rate among staff. With this small percentage of staff remaining unvaccinated, Imagine has voluntarily implemented a mandatory Vaccinate or Weekly Test policy for staff in all classroom age groups as of September 2021.
Although we had hoped to welcome families back into our center environments this school year, as Covid cases continue in our region and the Delta variant is an additional threat, we will continue this practice as recommended by our licensing agencies and other stakeholders. While parents will continue to drop off and pick up children at the entrance of the centers, we will continue to connect with parents through daily entries on the Tadpoles app, weekly memos from the Director, Zoom meetings and other virtual center events. You can also always feel free to call the center Director or your classroom teachers. They are always available to you.
We will also continue with daily Covid screenings for both children and staff. Please make sure to self screen your child before arriving at school on the Tadpoles app. Please consult your Director if you need any assistance in using the app.
Masks will continue to be required inside the center for all staff, and masks must be available to and suggested for children 2 years and up.
Please note all symptoms below now require that children be excluded from school, and a negative lab based PCR Covid test or 10 day quarantine/isolation and a doctor’s note will be required to return to school, once symptoms have subsided, without medication, for 24 hours. If a child is being tested for COVID-19 due to symptoms or exposure they must not return to the program until they have a negative lab PCR test.
1. Fever (100.4 degrees or higher) or chills
3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
5. Muscle or body aches
7. New loss of taste or smell
8. Sore throat
9. Congestion or runny nose
10. Nausea or Vomiting
In addition, any enrolled sibling of a symptomatic child who is being tested for Covid-19 must also remain out of the center until the symptomatic child’s result is returned. If the symptomatic child’s Covid test is positive, the sibling will be required to quarantine as per our exposure protocols. If the symptomatic child’s test is negative both children may return to the center if symptom free for 24 hours.
Please be reminded to consult and adhere to the Imagine Covid-19 Safety Plan.
Your Director will inform you of any updates as they occur. There may be additional Covid Safety requirements specific to your center location that must be followed. If applicable, these will be communicated to you by your Director.
We appreciate your cooperation with all requirements of the Imagine Covid-19 Safety Plan and the Imagine Family Handbook.
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!