Monday, June 15, 2020

"some quite frankly won’t be coming back"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Some local child care providers are daunted by the state’s reopening guidelines, saying that while they understand the need to be safe during the pandemic, the new regulations will limit their ability to serve families.

At least one center operator said she can’t envision reopening under the new rules, which were announced by the state earlier this month.

“No one’s going to be able to do it – there’s no way,” said Ann Latino, director of Miss Betty’s Step in Time Daycare Center in Worcester, who added the regulations for older students, who cannot be in groups larger than 10 and must remain with the same staff members each day, is particularly challenging. “That means no floaters – (staff) won’t even be able to go to the bathroom.”

Like schools and colleges, child care centers and preschools in Massachusetts had to shut down to most families in mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the state. The only exceptions were children of emergency workers, who were still allowed to attend specially licensed centers."
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