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HCDE Head Start Back-to-School In Person with Small Classroom Sizes, Social Distancing, CDC Protocols

A detailed orientation for back-to-school made the first day of in-person school smooth-sailing for HCDE Head Start Compton Center Manager Merevonna Daniel, her staff, students and their families. “We only had one crier,” Daniel said. View video: https://youtu.be/wBw6HAIvHRc Children at all the HCDE Head Start and Early Head Start centers and childcare partnerships are now attending school in person. All centers are following CDC protocols. Students and staff are met at the door and checked for temperatures. An emailed questionnaire checks for COVID-19 symptoms prior to class. Personal protection equipment such as masks, sanitizer and gloves are used. Classrooms are split in two with a divider with two teachers to accommodate small class sizes. “We are also practicing social distancing in the classroom,” Daniel said. HCDE Head Start staff were working with their students and parents virtually beginning in September. Parents chose one of three daily time slots for virtual classes with their children. Families picked up student work packets along with drive-by meals for their children. “The process for back-to-school in person was easier because they were able to see us online prior to coming into the building,” Daniel said. Staff at Channelview Head Start provided a “soft launch” last week as several classrooms of students returned and practiced the new safety protocols. The experience provided valuable feedback as staff worked out minor kinks. Daniel said most Compton Head Start Center parents and children are excited about returning, especially after receiving information about detailed safety procedures being used. “We look forward to an outstanding school year and we hope everyone remains safe,” said Daniel. Head Start is now recruiting students for enrollment. Go to http://www.hcde-texas.org/head-start to learn more. Source: HCDE