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Lubbock ISD provides childcare for healthcare workers

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock ISD is filling a critical need for healthcare workers in the Lubbock area.

The district is offering childcare to employees at UMC and Covenant Health.

The process began more than a week ago.

Superintendent Kathy Rollo said on a conference call with the education commissioner and other superintendents in the Texas School Alliance, she learned some hospitals across the state were asking schools for help in providing childcare.

"We casually reached out to people that we knew at both UMC and Covenant, and there definitely was a need," Rollo said. "They were already starting to scramble to figure out how they were going to solve the problem."

On Monday, the district opened Miller Elementary School for UMC, and it will open Ramirez Elementary School for Covenant Health on Wednesday.

"Our healthcare workers are at the front line of this disease, and we want to make sure we're doing our part to continue to support the health of our whole community," Rollo said.

Children's temperatures are taken before they are let inside the buildings, and no more than two adults and eight children are allowed in a room. Only approved UMC, Covenant and Lubbock ISD personnel are allowed in the buildings.

The childcare center at Miller Elementary will be staffed between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center at Ramirez will run from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. under the same protocol. Rollo said about 170 kids of UMC employees are being served through this program, and about 160 kids of Covenant Health employees. 

"We really don't know how long we'll be in this situation, but we'll help as long as that need is there," Rollo said.



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