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We’re open to ideas on how to let any teachers who choose to leave have a chance to say goodbye, to visit and/or attend events such as Pre-k graduation. Any efforts of this sort, however, would have to be consistent with our legal obligations and our responsibilities to you.
Third, we can say without hesitation or qualification that our hiring practices have been, and will remain, in full compliance with all laws, with our licensing requirements and consistent with best practices in our industry. There is no higher responsibility for us than to make sure your children are safe and well-cared for and that responsibility demands we hire the very best people we can find. We’re confident we’ve done that and will continue to hire to that high standard. You can expect – and deserve – the same high quality of care for your children on Monday and every day thereafter that we’ve always provided.
We’ve heard from a number of parents who want to reach out to teachers affected by this situation. While we cannot give out our staff’s contact information out of respect for their privacy, we can promise you that we will pass along every request of this sort so that each person knows of your concern and interest and has your contact information.
A number of you have also asked for a meeting with us to discuss this situation in person and we’re absolutely happy to do so. Knowing that everybody’s schedule is different and crowded, we’re holding three such meetings tomorrow – Monday – at 4:00 pm for the families attending our Minnehaha Avenue location, 6:00 pm for our Nicollet Avenue location and 8:00 pm for our France Avenue location. If the time identified for your school doesn’t work for you, please come to any of the meetings that fit your schedule. We’re still working on a location for the meetings so look for an email update to you on Monday morning.
At the meetings, we will provide an overview of what has happened, what we’ve done to move forward during this period of transition and what our long-term plans are. We’ll also try to answer any questions you have including the one most frequently asked: what can we do to help our teachers caught up in this situation.
We’ve heard from some of you that you didn’t get our letter on Friday detailing this situation and for that we apologize profoundly. It was our intention that each family receive not just a letter but that it do so while one of us – a Center Director or Assistant Director – was right there to answer any questions in person. While that happened in many instances, it clearly didn’t happen in all and that is something we will learn from and improve on in the future. In case you are one of those who didn’t get it, a copy of Friday’s letter is appended below.
Finally, we want to thank you for the outpouring of support for our teachers and our school that we’ve heard in the last day and a half from so many of you. We share your distress at what our wonderful friends and colleagues are caught up in and hope nothing but the best for each of them. At the same time, however, we will never lose sight of the fact that our highest obligation is to you and your children and that your trust in us is the reason Jardin Magico is such a special place. We will do everything we can to remain deserving of that gift.
Lopez Xavier Lopez
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