Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has deeply impacted Head Start and Early Head Start programs, enrolled children and families, and communities. This section is regularly updated with program updates and resources to help support children, and families during this challenging time.
COVID-19 UPDATE: October 29 , 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: October 22 , 2020
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert provided a COVID-19 update Thursday, October 22, 2020. According to the new index, the following counties in our service area are now considered high transmission: Carbon, Emery, Grand, Sevier, and San Juan. Uintah county’s transmission index is moderate. Actions for counties at high transmission levels include physical distancing, hygiene practices, staying home when sick, wearing a mask in public indoor settings, and outdoors when physical distancing is not feasible. For more information about Utah Health Guidance Levels, see the link.
COVID-19 UPDATE: October 14, 2020
Governor Herbert has issued a new public health directive. All services areas are currently in a moderate transmission state as defined by this new directive, except for Emery County.
As of 10/15/20, the Utah State Governor has issued changes to the state’s COVID-19 guidelines. These changes were based on the Utah Health Guidance Levels and will follow the COVID-19 Transmission Index. This index places counties in one of three transmission levels: High, Moderate, or Low. These levels correspond directly to case rates, positivity rates, and ICU utilization. The data helps us understand the real risk of transmission in our communities. Important health behaviors, based on epidemiology and medical science, are outlined at each level to protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19. The COVID-19 Transmission Index is a balanced approach intended to protect communities. It represents state and local public health officials’ collaborative work, the Governor’s Office, legislative leaders, the hospital industry, and business leaders. COVID data will be analyzed weekly, and counties will be placed into a transmission level depending solely on what their data show. Changes from a lower level to a higher level may occur weekly. Changes from a higher level to a lower level may occur every 14 days at minimum when thresholds are met. Please refer to the link provided.
Other items addressed in this new addition to Utah’s coronavirus updates include gatherings, mask mandates, physical distancing, hygiene practices, staying home when sick, and following the public health quarantine/isolation guides. This information can all be found on the coronavirus.utah.gov website.
COVID-19 UPDATE: October 6, 2020
Effective October 12, 2020, in addition to the in-class and virtual service option, RUCD will offer a home-based option to RUCD families with children ages 3-5.
COVID-19 UPDATE: September 22, 2020
Based on current enrollment trends and parent feedback, the following Head Start classes will go back to five days a week effective October 5th: Vernal 1, Vernal 2, Carbon County Center, Price 1, Price 2, Blanding 1, Huntington, and Moab. Monday will be an early release day in Carbon County, and Friday will be an early release day for the rest of the sites, with five hours of class time as in the past. The other four days will remain at six hours to allow time for sanitizing and disinfecting.
COVID-19 UPDATE: July 2, 2020
The Carbon County Early Head Start center-based program will reopen July 6th. Health precautions have been implemented to provide a safe and healthy environment for children to learn and play.
Early Head Start home-based programs are providing weekly visits in the home with added health precautions for the safety and well-being of staff and families.
RUCD will reopen preschool classrooms this fall with a slight adjustment to our regular schedule. Please click here to view the RUCD COVID PLAN – Parent Newsletter for information on what this school year will look like for enrolled children and families. This plan may change as we receive new updates and follow recommended best practices.