Covid-19 Update: March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020

Dear St. Michael’s community—

There clearly is no protocol for the disaster we all are facing.  I have been hoping for swifter action from the Governor and policy makers around the safety issues of child care centers and have been on several telephone calls with DOE, OEL, DHSS, DPH, the Governor’s staff, and legislators.  His latest statement concerning school closures is The new mandate of “Stay-at-Home” status goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24 until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated.”  For now, St. Michael’s will continue to follow school closings.

In the past two days, the concept of Emergency Child Care Centers has been loosely discussed; I say “loosely” as many specific details—such as funding—have yet to be outlined.  Please know this care would only be for essential personnel—health care workers, first responders, etc.

There are so many layers of consideration here, but perhaps the very first should be–why would we risk further contagion by having children cared for in groups?

So we are all in a wait and see situation.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.  My email is

I pray for us all and when all is said and done, I hope that St. Michael’s has been true to its mission and continued to care for the children and families in our community.


Lucinda Ross, Executive Director