Fulton Public Schools will begin offering free childcare to children whose parents are first responders.
Fulton Public Schools superintendent Jacque Cowherd said the school district received a list from Governor Parson and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that included kids in the school district whose parents are first responders.
Fulton Public Schools’ list included 24 kids from 14 families. After identifying the families, Cowherd did a survey of the staff and found 14 to 16 individuals who were willing to be a part of the program. The individuals include teachers who Cowherd said will be able to help teach the students and a custodian who can keep the area clean.
Cowherd said the custodian’s husband is a firefighter and she has two kids in the medical field, so this program is close to her heart.
The volunteers will meet up on Monday and nursing staff will layout protocols to ensure the safety of those involved.
Cowherd said his biggest fear that too many people will get sick and they’ll have to shut down. In response to this fear, the program is working on gathering hand sanitizer and masks for people to wear.
Cowherd hopes they’ll be able to start as early as next Wednesday with six kids.
But, the program may end up assisting more kids as time goes on.
Cowherd said every week, the local school superintendents have a conversation and if the other districts have kids that fit the criteria for the free childcare the Fulton Public Schools will work to include them.
The program will be held at Bush Elementary where bathrooms are close to the doors allowing students to wash their hands as soon as they walk in. This was a recommendation made by the state. (Fulton Public Schools)
The program will run until May 21 and, as of now, the program will run from 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
By Megan Smaltz | KRCG TV