Jefferson County Head Start is going above and beyond to keep our children, families, and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the precautions we are taking for the 2022-2023 school year are:
- August, 2022 Update: The Office of Head Start (OHS) will not be monitoring programs regarding the use of masks by parents, children, or staff. Until a final ruling is made by OHS regarding a mandate for mask wearing, Jefferson County Head Start does recommend mask wearing but will also honor everyone’s choice in the matter.
- On August 16, 2021, Jeffco Public Health issued Public Health Order 21-002 for schools and child care centers. This order mandates that students 2+, staff, and visitors must wear masks at all times while indoors, unless eating and distanced, or napping. Masks are provided to children and adults if needed. Masking is not required outdoors.
- Public Health Order 21-002 mandates that all school and child care staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, or that they complete routine weekly COVID testing if they are unvaccinated. This order also requires any individuals with COVID-19 symptoms to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before being permitted to return to our facilities.
- Outdoor drop-off and pick-ups, reducing the number of people in our buildings
- New air purifiers in every classroom and workspace
- Touch-free faucets and toilets, minimizing the amount of contact people have with those typically high-touch surfaces
- Outdoor activities are encouraged as much as possible. Kids can learn so much by playing outside and experiencing the world around them!
- Online application process