Dear HEDP Families,
We hope this email finds you all safe and healthy.
As we end our 4th week of Public Schools of Brookline ("PSB") and Heath Extended Day Program ("HEDP") closures, we would like to touch base and provide all of you with an update. We are continuing to follow the MA state and federal guidelines. As of today, they are still maintaining that all public schools will re-open on May 4th. I think we will all be thrilled if that happens.
In the meantime, the HEDP Board members unanimously voted to continue to pay our smart, talented and valuable teaching staff through the end of the 2019-20 school year, regardless the return date. Our expectations of our teachers are to continue to be in contact with your children, providing them with activities, projects, and zoom times to connect as a group each week. Your teachers should be reaching out to you, if they have not yet done so, with a survey asking what else you would like to get out of your virtual HEDP experience. Please try to complete this survey as thoroughly as possible, as we are all learning and trying new things and your input is invaluable to us.
The HEDP has also applied for the Payroll Protection Plan offering small businesses loans to continue to pay employees and cover other fixed business expenses during the COVID-19 crisis. We hope to learn whether we have been approved within the next 1-2 weeks. Within that time frame, should the return date to school be extended again, the Board will reconvene to discuss tuition options for the remainder of the school year.
We know this is a challenging time for everyone. We hope that you are all doing well and will continue to update you as we gather new information about the program. Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of our Staff or Board members directly with any questions and/or concerns. We are all working hard to ensure your children continue to be cared for as best as possible.
Heidi Liss, Co-Chair
Wilson Liu, Co-Chair
Christopher Weeks, Treasurer
Mona Kelly, Secretary