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Registration Deadline for Emergency Child Care

Registration Deadline for Emergency Child Care
Posted on 03/16/2020
Emergency Child Care

South Washington County Schools is opening Emergency Child Care at no cost to families who qualify. Emergency Child Care is open to currently enrolled students (K-5) for parents or guardians who are defined as an emergency responder that is crucial to the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

Parents or guardians who qualify should provide proof of their employment through (1) a letter from their employer or (2) an employment badge.

  • Home care workers
  • Personal care assistants
  • Ambulance/emergency
  • Direct care and treatment
  • Other emergency staff, including:
    • 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
    • Or any county staff in emergency management or health and human services

If you are interested in Emergency Child Care, your child is a currently enrolled student (K-5), and you are employed in one of the fields listed above, you may register here. Registration for Emergency Child Care is required by 6 a.m., Tuesday, March 17. Students cannot attend without registration.

If you do not qualify for Emergency Child Care but are interested in receiving free meals for your child, please complete the questionnaire. Meals will be offered at no cost to anyone under 18 years of age or if they are enrolled in our Next Step program (upon request).

Once registration is complete, you will be assigned to one of three sites throughout the district by the end of the day Tuesday, March 17. Child care will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, beginning on Wednesday, March 18. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to students at no cost. Please be prepared to provide a letter from your employer or an employee identification card or badge to verify your employment as an emergency responder.

With the latest developments across the country, we wish to share recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you prepare for the potential of longer-term closures and cancellations in our community. The CDC recommends creating a household plan of action for you and your family. The links below will take you to the specific recommendations from the CDC.

  1. Plan Ahead and Be Ready
  2. Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
  3. Checklist to Get Your Household Ready
  4. What To Do If You Are Sick
  5. CDC Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for all you do for our community. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. For the latest information, please review sowashco.org/covid19.