Hello OBEY families. We are writing to provide an update regarding OBEY’s response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
As you know, OBEY previously determined on March 18thto close its doors corresponding with the mandated Oak Bluff Community School closure from March 23rdto April 10th, 2020. In conjunction with that decision, the OBEY Director sent each family an email dated March 17, 2020, on behalf of the Early Learning and Child Care Program of Manitoba in which we asked parents working as Essential Service Providers or in Emergency Response Sectors to self-declare to the government for purposes of assessing childcare needs. With the help of our parents, OBEY identified within our families those who self-declared as needing care during the three week period.
The Government of Manitoba has asked childcare centres to do their best to help with the ongoing childcare needs of our community and province. Since that time, the government has sent out numerous communication regarding policies, best practices and procedures regarding childcare in the province. Based on the information presently available to the Board, we have decided to remain closed throughout the week of April 13. We strongly encourage our OBEY families to follow government recommendations of staying at home and maintaining physical distance from others, however, the situation has evolved to the point that the Board has determined the need to again reach out to parents to invite a dialogue regarding the ongoing needs of our families.
As such, if parents have been deemed an Emergency Service and/or an Essential Service and have current or potential future child care needs, we ask you to please send an email to Leanne in order to identify those current and potential future needs. With this information, the Board has plans to meet again in the near future and hopes to be better informed to aid in making future decisions for our families and staff.
Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding.
The OBEY Board of Directors