Latest news regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
July 6 – LPC reopens! Everyone is thrilled to be back together again. The primary goal is keeping the LPC community safe and healthy, and many changes have been made to fully comply with all COVID-19 specific requirements for health and safety as mandated by the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).
June 1 – Massachusetts releases its health and safety requirements that apply to the reopening of all child care programs. LPC gets to work preparing plans to reopen!
May 2 – LPC receives approval for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan under the CARES Act.
April 21 – Governor Baker announces that non-emergency child care programs will remain closed until June 29.
Mar 27 – The CARES Act stimulus plan passes and becomes law. Chris meets with Citizens Bank and confirms they are participating in the program. The Board of Directors virtually meet over the weekend to discuss and await further details from the bank as they unfold.
Mar 25 – Governor Baker extends school closures until May 4.
Mar 19 – The Board of Directors votes to reduce tuition payment for April and confirms any payments during the closure will be tax deductible. As government support options or other cost-reduction measures become clear, the Board is committed to passing the savings directly on to parents as further tuition reduction. Relief planning will continue over the upcoming weekend.
Mar 18 – Governor Baker issues an Executive Order requiring all early education centers and family childcare providers to close, starting Monday March 23. No change to LPC’s closure policy.
Mar 15 – Gov. Charlie Baker has announced all public and private K-12 schools in Massachusetts will be closed for 3 weeks due to the coronavirus crisis. LPC’s Board of Directors is continuing to follow the same guidance received by Lexington Public Schools in order to slow down the spread of the virus and keep our families and teachers safe and healthy. Closures will remain through April 6.
Mar 12 – The Board of Directors votes to close LPC at 1:00pm, following the closures of Lexington Public Schools and neighboring districts, and remain closed until the schools reopen (at least through Mar 27).
Together, let’s try to minimize anxiety in our children regarding this outbreak. We’ve already seen some of our young children knowing too much about this without really being able to understand it. This type of situation is completely out of their control, and leads to a lot of worry and preoccupation during all times of the day.
- Protect your child from the news, from overhearing adults discussing it and about how scared or worried you might be.
- DO share information on how they can take good care of themselves – by washing hands with lots of soap while they sing a song (Happy Birthday twice!), by sneezing or coughing into their sleeve, by eating healthy fresh foods and by getting a good night’s sleep!
- DO respond if your child overhears parts of this – by reassuring them “There is a new cold that people are getting. But we know what to do – right?! Wash hands, eat good food, sleep lots…”
- Definitely share how proud we are of them – and how proud they should be of themselves!
“We can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.” – World Health Organization