September 17, 2020
Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee is partnering with Just Like Family Home Care to provide COVID-19 screening for staff and students. The program launched with the school’s reopening on Aug. 31. When Pathways reopened its doors, the leadership team recognized the need for a comprehensive COVID-19 plan to protect its children, teachers, and the community. Through the summer, the leadership team and educational staff at Pathways has undergone extensive training in best practices to safely welcome students. Students are greeted at the door by a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) from Just Like Family Home Care, who follows Pathways strict protocols by conducting temperature checks with an infrared thermometer, screening for COVID-19 symptoms, and ensuring social distancing procedures are followed during drop-off and pickup times. With an independent nurse conducting the health screenings, Pathways children, staff members, and their families are afforded an extra layer of confidentiality. Should a person need to be quarantined, the nurse will work closely with Pathways COVID safety operations manager to safely isolate and refer the person for care. Additionally, the nurse will support a healthy learning environment by proactively teaching hygiene in the classrooms to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Just Like Family Home Care, a licensed private duty home health care provider, is providing the nurse at a reduced rate.