Child care facilities across the state have been closed since March, when Kentucky was put on a Safer at Home order because of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Gov. Andy Beshear’s phased reopening plan, center-based, license child care programs were able to open Monday with the necessary precautions in place.
At its regular meeting Thursday, the Trigg County School Board discussed how to reopen Trigg Tots child care center when school resumes in the fall.
When the center reopens, there will be several new rules for parents and caregivers in the facility to meet the Healthy at Work restrictions.
Students will not be allowed to be in groups of more than 10 at a time. The school will be installing temporary walls in the three current classrooms to give the center five classrooms.
In addition, parents will be required to drop off their students with their teacher outside of the building and pick them up outside after school.
“The teachers will be wearing masks when parents drop off and pick up their children,” said Trigg Tots director Molly Oliver. “Parents will not be allowed to enter the building unless necessary and they will be required to wear a mask inside the building.”
Due to budget constraints in implementing the new regulations, the center will not be providing meals to children each day. Parents will need to send all food with their children daily. Oliver said the money normally used to provide food will be used to cover staffing costs.
Parents will be given a specific drop-off and pickup time for each classroom because students will be required to enter and exit the facility by classrooms to maintain the 10-student limit in each area.
The board voted to approve the reopening of the facility with the changes. The center is mostly used by teachers and staff at the school. Parents pay a weekly fee to send their children to the center.
In other news:
The board voted to approve the new student Code of Conduct for the 2020-21 school year. A copy of the Code of Conduct and new student fees will be sent home at the beginning of the school year with each student.
The next meeting of the Trigg County School Board will be at 6 p.m. June 25.