LCCAA Head Start Suspending Service for COVID-19posted 3/13/20 -- In response to current circumstances related to the spreading coronavirus, Lorain County Community Action Agency today made the difficult decision to suspend its Head Start and Early Head Start programs through April 3, 2020.
“As we heard from our governor, disrupting services is never an easy decision,” said LCCAA President and CEO Jackie Boehnlein. “By all accounts, he grappled with his decision to close all public and private K-12 schools in Ohio. Ultimately, he closed schools to help contain community spread. For the health and safety of everyone concerned, we have made the difficult decision to close our centers as well.”
The decision affects the following Head Start centers:
Head Start Cascade, 233 Bond St., Elyria
Head Start Griswold, 631 Griswold Ave., Elyria
Head Start LaGrange, 12079 LaGrange Road, LaGrange
Head Start Hopkins-Locke, 1050 Reid Ave., Lorain
Head Start Firelands and Wellington were already closed by the Governor’s order to close all public schools as were LCCAA collaborative classrooms in Elyria and Lorain public schools.
All LCCAA Head Start events scheduled during this time frame are cancelled and will not be rescheduled, Boehnlein added. This includes the Wild About Health and Nutrition events scheduled for March 17 at Hopkins-Locke and for March 31 at Griswold.
“We have been following the guidance of our federal, state and local public health officials and working closely with our funders on how to best proceed, Boehnlein said. “At this point, we plan to resume classes when K-12 classes restart. Like other service providers, we are being responsible and responsive as circumstances change.”
Other programs and services are being evaluated and the agency remains open, including HEAP offices and the LCCAA Bike Shop. Residents are urged to watch the agency’s website and Facebook page for further updates.
For details on the virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control at ww.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.