L.E.A.P. Remote Services Update

(This blog post was initially published 12/14/2020, was updated 1/6/2021, and has now been updated again 2/2/2021)

 

Due to the increase in community cases of COVID-19, L.E.A.P. will continue our remote program services until February 22, 2021, and will re-evaluate at that time.

With an abundance of caution and a deep sense of responsibility for the health and safety of clients and staff, the agency has made the difficult decision to advise staff to work remotely, for any services that do not necessitate in-person interaction, effective Monday, December 14, 2020 through January 8, 2021.

Please also note that from 12/24/20 through 1/3/2021, L.E.A.P. will be closed for the holidays, to return to remote services Monday, January 4, 2021.

The Food Pantry, Coat Program, and Emergency Assistance will be providing services by appointment–please call (518) 409-5199 Monday through Friday 8:30am-3:30pm.
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All other Career & Family Services programs: call (518) 746-2391- (listen to the message which will direct you to the specific program/staff. This is our main number, staff will check their voicemail throughout the day; they can also be reached by email or their work cell phone).
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Whether it be by phone, via Zoom, Google Meet, or by appointment, we are still providing our programs and services of Transportation, Employment Counseling & Training, Food, and Emergency Assistance during this challenging time!
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Effective Monday, December 14, 2020, L.E.A.P. Head Start will be PAUSING ALL IN-PERSON SERVICES THROUGH JANUARY 8, 2021. All Head Start/Early Head Start services will be provided remotely.
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Please read the following letter from Patricia Salvarezza, L.E.A.P. Head Start Program Director:
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Dear Parents,
The past several months have been very challenging. The ability to operate the Head Start program, whose very mission is to provide services to children and families, has been greatly affected by the public health crisis that our nation is facing. During recent weeks, the Warren and Washington County area is seeing daily increases in positive COVID cases. Public Health guidance has required the program to close classrooms intermittently; children and staff who are awaiting COVID test results have had to isolate. We recognize how difficult these inconsistencies in services have been for families.
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The holiday season is upon us and despite the guidance to do otherwise, families across the country and within our local area, will gather and visit. Unfortunately, we now see increased cases as a result of Thanksgiving gatherings. With an abundance of caution and a deep sense of responsibility for the health and safety of children and staff, the agency has made the difficult decision to PAUSE all in-person services EFFECTIVE December 14 through January 8, 2021.
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All Head Start / Early Head Start services will be provided remotely. Staff will stay in touch with you and commit to continuing to support you with services and resources delivered during this remote period. Families will have access to weekly meal/grocery deliveries, holiday assistance deliveries, learning activity packets, virtual classroom activities, hygiene supply deliveries and access to other needed resources. LEAP’s food pantry will be open by appointment throughout this period as well.
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Nationally, Head Start programs are being recognized for the outstanding health and safety protocols that have been implemented. These protocols, though challenging, have demonstrated the lowest infection rate in any school-based environment nation-wide. The health and safety of your children and program staff is very important to us. The protocols adapted by Head Start programs are being used as models for schools and day cares throughout the country. Parents can read more about a recent study that is being conducted by following the attached link. https://www.nhsa.org/…/cdc-report-highlights-head-start…
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We deeply regret the difficulties that the PAUSE has on your family and will do what we can to support you during this time. We thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Please reach out to your family advocate/home visitor/teacher should you need anything. We wish you safe and healthy holiday season!
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Warmest regards,
Patricia Salvarezza
Program Director