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Operation Kid Care – CCSD/Roper St. Francis Healthcare Partnership

Roper / CCSD Partnership On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Operation Kid Care (a two-week pilot program and partnership between Charleston County School District and Roper St. Francis Healthcare) opened up at Memminger Elementary School in Downtown Charleston. The program provides staff from Roper St. Francis with over 11 hours of child care for up to 30 children.

District officials reached out to Roper St. Francis Healthcare leaders to see if there was anything CCSD could do for their system as it related to support for children of medical staff (understanding the challenges they were facing at work). Roper, in turn, expressed an interest in a safe location as a back-up to their current daycare options for their staff.

Below are some facts about this initiative:

  • Staff from the District’s Expanded Learning (Kaleidoscope) Department will be on-site from 6:00 a.m. through 6:30 p.m.
  • Families are asked to drop off their children (grades K-5) starting at 6:30 a.m. and pick them up by 6:00 p.m.
  • Both staff members and children will be screened daily before entering the school building
  • No more than six children in one room, siblings will stay together, and each room will have one adult staff member
  • Two hallways of the school will have Operation Kid Care classes (on the same side of the building)
  • Staff members from the Expanded Learning Department volunteered for the assignment after their department leaders informed them of the program. The staff members who are participating were chosen based on their experience and knowledge of the Kaleidoscope (afterschool) program, policies, and procedures.
  • Staff members and children will practice social distance throughout the entire day, food will be served with gloves, playground equipment will be cleaned by staff after every use, staff members will clean surfaces and high-touch areas throughout the day, custodial staff will follow up with thorough cleaning every evening (including the use of a fogger).
  • Expanded Learning staff members receive over 30 hours of professional development training per year which includes safety, security, health, and program quality. Each staff member involved in Operation Kid Care received an additional hour-long thorough training session.
  • Children will receive support for their schoolwork. Staff members have scheduled at least two hours a day focused on completing homework and academic assistance.
  • Activities for the day include organized play indoors, outdoor play (playground), STEM-related activities, arts/crafts, and 1:1 digital learning
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided each day
  • Roper St. Francis Healthcare will cover staffing and supply costs above those normally incurred by CCSD