Head Start Beginning 2022 with Virtual Weeks

posted 12/29/21 -- LCCAA Head Start students will receive virtual instruction for two weeks in January with students returning in person on January 24.

"Due to rising COVID case numbers, we believe it is best for our students to provide virtual services for the first couple weeks of the new year," said Head Start Director Shauna Matelski, Ed.D. "We will have an opportunity to sanitize our centers and be certain everyone is healthy and ready to learn."

Matelski held two parent meetings Dec. 29 to discuss the decision with families.

“We want to get back to normal but we have to make it safe for everyone,” she said. “We are trying to meet families’ needs and we understand it’s tough for you too.”

Virtual instruction is provided through ClassTag and includes recordings of teachers reading stories, conducting lessons and more. Families also have access to Ready Rosie and Hatch to continue their child's learning experiences.

Program enhancements such as Viva Spanish, Kindermusik and Tae Kwon Do will also be provided by video on ClassTag. Meals will also be provided.

Parents who have questions or need assistance with technology are encouraged to contact their teacher, family service worker or home visitor. Family service workers will also work to connect parents with alternative daycare solutions.

“I do appreciate everyone’s patience,” Matelski said. “We want to continue to provide services.”

Matelski also reminded parents that Head Start classes will be extended through June 10 this year.