November 12, 2020
Dear CINHS Staff, Policy Council and Board of Directors;
The staff at Cook Inlet Native Head Start extends our well wishes and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
CINHS management is sending out this communication to notify you of our temporary closure based upon the COVID-19 outbreak and Governor Dunleavey’s address to the public.
Our program is temporarily closed due to the pandemic that is about to reach levels that will break the capacity of our hospitals. This is a dangerous situation for you and your loved ones. Due to the Corona Virus, we are shut down until December 7, 2020. Managers will not be in their offices the entire week, Mangers will be in the center but on a rotating basis to prevent human-to-human contact. This does not mean they are available for in-person visiting. If you have to talk with them, please do it over the phone or via email. We are urging staff to stay at home unless you have an emergency or need supplies. We need all of you healthy when school resumes.
CINHS wants to reassure our staff that we have been processing information from the federal offices as it pertains to the assurances that CINHS can provide to our staff and families. The managers will be meeting via web on Monday to discuss in more detail a plan to implement should this event last longer than early December. We are pleased to know that the Office of Head Start has declared this an emergency and therefore many of the rules and regulations will be on temporary hold. This has allowed CINHS to at least guarantee our staff certain securities while we are at home. Clearly, this does not mean that we are on vacation. On the contrary, CINHS is in an emergency shutdown. Therefore, we are expecting all staff to go home and remain there, reducing your chances of contracting the virus and spreading it to others.
CINHS management wants all of our staff to take this seriously. You have a responsibility to uphold the values of this organization and the Native community. One of those values is respecting our elders. This is the population that is most at risk with this illness. If we do not take precautions, then we will end up passing it to our greatest treasures, our elders. Please keep them safe.
Ukudigaasada (Unangam Tunuu: “Be Safe, Be Healthy”)
Ethan “Qanglaagix” Petticrew