Duluth parents who qualify for child care services because of impending school closures were asked to fill out an enrollment form.

The enrollment form for Duluth Public Schools' and Duluth Edison Charter Schools' parents had to be submitted by noon Tuesday, March 17. During the short-term closure, public schools are required to offer free child care to school-age children of emergency responders and health professionals. Duluth Public Schools and Duluth Edison Charter Schools, both of which are working the Duluth YMCA, are also offering this service to its teachers and staff.

People who qualify are:

  • Health care staff for hospitals, clinics, post-acute and long-term care facilities, nursing and assisted living facilities;
  • Home care workers;
  • Personal care assistants;
  • Ambulance/emergency workers;
  • Direct care and treatment workers;
  • First responders;
  • Firefighters;
  • Personnel providing correctional services;
  • Essential court personnel;
  • Minnesota state veterans homes staff;
  • State and local public health agency employees;
  • MNsure navigators;
  • County financial/eligibility workers;
  • County case managers;
  • Any county staff in emergency management or health and human services.

Child care will be provided from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from March 18-27. Parents are asked to arrive early on the first day to fill out paperwork. The school district may consolidate programming to specific sites depending on enrollment numbers while being aware of best practices for social distancing, a news release said.

Anyone with questions is asked to email arawlins@duluthymca.org or jay.roesler@isd709.org.

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