As we end our fifth week of the statewide Stay at Home Order in the fight against COVID-19 I hope that you and your families are all safe and healthy. I have been monitoring the daily news briefings from Governor Pritzker each day looking for information about any changes that are coming and I know that you, like me, have been anxious to find out if we would be back at Toddle Towne on May 1st.
At the news conference today, however, the Governor announced the extension of the Stay at Home Order until Saturday, May 30, 2020. He announced some modifications but none of them would allow us to open back up before Monday, June 1, 2020.
I have already contacted our amazing teachers and let them know that TTLC can guarantee that they will continue to get their pay for the next two paychecks; we stand committed to doing everything in our power to help our staff through this very difficult time.
That being said I also wanted to let you know that all of us really miss all of you and we think of you each day and hope that you are safe and healthy. Please tell the kids how much we miss them and can’t wait to see them again in June.
I heard that a lot of the kids really got a kick out of the video I posted of the school so in the coming weeks I plan to stop by and make some more videos for the kids to watch and maybe even read some of their favorite stories for them on video so stay tuned to our Facebook pages and Website. If you have ideas for things that they children would enjoy seeing that we could post please let us know.
As parents with young children at home I can’t even imagine how difficult this time must be for you, my grown sons both agreed that it would have been a disaster for me to have tried to homeschool them! If you need help, whether it is connecting with resources, advice, ideas for activities please feel free to reach out to us on social media and we will try to help.
Just for your own information some of the modification that the Governor made to the Stay at Home order today include allowing elective surgeries, opening greenhouses and gardening centers, allowing small retail businesses to sell items on the phone or online for curbside pick up, opening state parks for hiking, fishing, and boating in groups of not more than two and requiring that everyone wear a mask when out in public.
TTLC remains committed to the health and safety of our teachers and families in this difficult time. Please stay safe and healthy. We can’t wait to all be together again soon.