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Childcare for Healthcare and Emergency Workers

Childcare for Healthcare and Emergency Workers
Posted on 03/16/2020
March 16, 2020

Dear Robbinsdale Area Schools Families,

We thank our students, families and staff for their understanding, patience and support during this unprecedented time navigating the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. As always, the health and safety of our students, families, staff and community is our top priority. Please carefully read through all items (below).

We understand the significant impact the statewide closure of schools and programming may have on your family. If you are in need of childcare resources, the State Information Hotline at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to answer questions about childcare resources and general questions during the time of school closure: 651-297-1304.

As this situation rapidly evolves, we are actively working with our seven cities, nonprofits and private organizations to provide additional assistance and resources to our families. We will continue to communicate with our families as new information and resources develop.

Childcare Information for Healthcare and Emergency Workers with School-Age Children
In compliance with Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-02, Adventure Club will only be open to children (grades K-5) of healthcare and emergency workers Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 2020. There is no cost for child care services during normal school hours for children of healthcare and emergency workers.

Spring Break for Robbinsdale Area Schools is Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27, 2020. In compliance with Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-02, no programming, including childcare for healthcare/emergency workers, will be provided during the District’s previously scheduled Spring Break.

Minnesota Department of Education’s Definition of Healthcare and Emergency Workers
Per the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), healthcare and emergency workers are defined as:
- First Responders;
- Firefighters;
- Personnel providing correctional services;
- Essential court personnel;
- Minnesota State Veterans Homes staff;
- State and local public health agency employees;
- MNsure navigators;
- County financial/eligibility workers;
- County case managers, any county staff in emergency management;
- Health and human services;
- Health care staff including health care providers and systems, hospitals and clinics;
- Staff in post-acute and long-term care facilities, including nursing and assisted living facilities, other health systems and organizations, such as: home care workers, personal care assistants, ambulance/emergency, and direct care and treatment.

Adventure Club Registration for Healthcare and Emergency Workers
If you have any questions, please call our Adventure Club office at 763-504-5320. Please follow the registration steps below, including current Adventure Club families:
- On Monday, March 16, 2020, after 1pm, go online to rdale.eleyo.com and click on Adventure Club Registration.
- If your student does not currently attend Adventure Club, please be advised there will be forms (emergency, health, etc.) you will need to complete. These forms are required for the safety of your student.
- You will be required to show proof of your status as a healthcare or emergency worker (based on the MDE definition) upon drop-off on the first day of attendance (such as an employee Work Badge or a letter from employer).
- Please indicate whether your child requires bus transportation to attend Adventure Club during registration.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe and healthy.


Sincerely,

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Robbinsdale Area Schools