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Ridgewood N J, a reader stated that “Residents should not be supplementing other residents daycare obligations at ITDP. Any and all expenses of ITDP should be covered by tuition paid by the users, not from our school taxes. Diverting money to ITDP means less money for K-12. I paid day care for years; so should ITDP parents.”
At the request of the Board, Ms. Kelly gave a presentation on the Infant Toddler Development Program. The committee members, Ms. Brogan and Mr. Dani, met with Ms. Kelly and Dr. Fishbein to compile and discuss questions from the community and Board members, upon which Ms. Kelly conducted an analysis of the program. After providing a brief history of the program, Ms. Kelly reviewed the questions and provided responses. These questions and responses can be viewed on the PDF of the presentation.
At this time, 57 children have been enrolled for the program for the 2020-2021 school year. Twelve children are on the waiting list, and families of 9 other children have not yet determined if they will be returning. Under the current social distancing guidelines, the maximum number of students we can accommodate is 70. Additional custodial staff will not be needed at Glen School, and the same cleaning and disinfecting products and protocols will be used at Glen School as all other district buildings. Next, she reviewed personal protective equipment requirements, explaining that the district will not be providing cloth masks to the staff, but we will be providing face shields.
In response to a question about whether the program can be outsourced for a September opening, Ms. Kelly explained that this would not be possible since it would require a formal Request for Proposals (RFP), which would take several months. She then reviewed the timeline for the RFP process. After reviewing the responses to all of the questions, Ms. Kelly provided a financial review, and she shared the estimated 2020-2021 budget based on three enrollment scenarios (57 children, 66 children, and 70 children). In order to break even, we would need approximately 74 students; however, as previously explained the maximum under the current social distancing guidelines would be 70 students. The loss for each scenario was provided. Ms. Kelly reviewed options for handling the deficit.
Click here to view the PDF of the presentation.
Click here to view the webcast and scroll to 1:39:01.