Blue Bird of Alexandria > 3/20/20
3/20/20

Mar 20, 2020

Families,

This letter is in response to the bombardment of emails and phone calls that we have sustained in the past 24 hours in regards to our previous announcement.

We have been inundated with complaints regarding the payment of tuition. We would like for everyone to consider one thing, we have 175 individuals and families relying on us, counting on payment in these unprecedented times. With the large amount of families who have withdrawn from our school, to those that will undoubtedly simply not return, we are currently operating at a loss to try and remain open to provide what we feel is an invaluable service to many in the current state of things. We truly do understand that this is not an easy time for anyone in this country or the world, however as of this moment we do not intend to change our tuition policy.

We have informed all of our families, multiple times, we are in constant contact with our State representatives. We have also been in contact with the CDC and Social Services. As per their recommendation we posted that in order to assuredly take care of families who are 100% incapable of taking time off their jobs due to being in public service or healthcare and helping the fight against COVID-19 we SUGGESTED that families who were capable of staying at home do so. This does not mean we will be turning anyone away at the door; however, we would expect a modicum of understanding from everyone in these trying times for their fellow families.

We would like to add an email that was sent to us by a family in a situation as described above as an example for our reasoning in remaining open and as a thank you to our staff's dedication:
I just wanted to reach out and thank you and the staff for staying open as long as possible. I am a Nurse Practitioner, and my husband a small business owner. At this time we are struggling to keep his business open, which puts a lot of financial pressure on our family. Furthermore, as a health care provider, I will not be provided time off. In fact my hours are longer and harder. In the chaos I can take comfort in knowing my son, is safe with his teacher and staff. Without all of you at this time, I really don't know what I would do. I can't afford to stay at home, nor be ALLOWED at this time without compromising my own employment.


I understand that you may be experiencing some push back. Therefore I just wanted to give you encouragement. I have faith in the system and teachers. We are going to be alright... as long as we work together.

We hope this clears up any questions you may have had and again hope that everyone stays safe and healthy.