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April Employees of the Month

While the past few weeks have been both challenging and stressful, we’d like to highlight some of the incredible stories of how our staff has risen to meet the challenges of the current crisis. Unusual times call for unorthodox and creative approaches, and as such, we’ve decided to take a new approach to this month’s Employees of the Month. One of the many strengths of the CCIU is that, when things get tough, we come together to get things accomplished for our students, families and communities. To honor this spirit of teamwork and dedication, I am honored to name our entire Facilities Management and Support Services (FM&SS) team and Head Start and Food Services staff working out of the Gordon Early Literacy Center as the April Employees of the Month. We’d like to congratulate these groups for their service, selflessness and bravery in the face of this pandemic.

 

Facilities Management and Support Services (FM&SS) Staff, Administrative Services

As we enter the third week of Governor Wolf’s mandatory shutdown of all schools and non-life sustaining businesses and services in Pennsylvania, it is important to note that we have been dealing with the fallout from COVID-19 for a much longer period of time. For weeks now, Facilities Management and Support Services (FM&SS) staff, with the help of Service Master staff, have been tirelessly working around the clock to clean our buildings every single day and night. Before the shutdown, the staff implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices across approximately 1 million square feet of space in the over 30 facilities owned or leased by the CCIU. In addition to making sure this space was constantly kept clean, this group also coordinated the facilities management of another 1.5 million square feet of space for the Avon Grove School District and Octorara Area School District. Not only did FM&SS staff successfully clean and maintain millions of square feet of facilities, but they also have been consistently willing to make selfless sacrifices to ensure the safety of our students and staff. For example, before the school shutdown, FM&SS staff mobilized and performed deep cleaning at the Gordon Early Literacy Center throughout the night, so that school could open the following day. During this shutdown, every classroom and workspace has been deep cleaned throughout each CCIU facility, including: cleaning all furniture and equipment, sanitizing hard surfaces, stripping and waxing all floors, carpet cleaning and steam cleaning fabric chairs, sanitizing playground equipment and changing HVAC filters. Once schools are scheduled to reopen, FM&SS will ensure that over 2.5 million square feet of space will be sanitized again to help keep students and staff safe. Words cannot express how thankful we are for our FM&SS staff’s selflessness, willingness to serve and bravery during this uncertain time. We gratefully recognize the entire Facilities Management and Support Services staff as April Employees of the Month! Congratulations, staff!

 

Head Start and Food Services Staff, Gordon Early Literacy Center, Student Services

The issue of food security has been a major source of concern and anxiety for families that we serve in light of the mandatory shutdown of schools over the last three weeks. Members of our Head Start and Food Services staff from across the county, working out of our Gordon Early Literacy Center, have worked extremely hard to help ease the anxieties of our families by making sure that our students have access to food during the mandatory school shutdown. Over the past couple of weeks, 54 Head Start staff and five kitchen staff worked to ensure that hundreds of children can be food secure during the mandatory shutdown of schools. While there are many ways to describe this accomplishment, the numbers paint a holistic picture of the hard work, dedication and love that our staff has for our students. During the first week of the shutdown, these staff members served over 334 children so that they could receive breakfast and lunch every day, Monday through Friday. During the second week, our staff was able to serve breakfast and lunch to over 650 children to ensure that they would be fed each day during the week. During the third week of the shutdown, our staff estimates that they will provide breakfast and lunch to over 900 children. On Monday, March 30, 2020, our staff made, packed and delivered 4,500 breakfasts and 4,500 lunches for the week that will be distributed at both the Gordon Early Literacy Center and Child Development Center to meet the increasing demand. While this accomplishment is commendable in and of itself, our staff has gone above and beyond by packing dry food bags for families, which include learning materials and personal hygiene items (such as diapers, wipes, shampoo, laundry soap, toothbrushes, etc.) so that families can have the supplies they need during the extended stay-at-home order for Chester County. We are beyond thankful for all of the hard work that our Head Start and Food Services staff have done to make sure our most vulnerable children and families are cared for during this unprecedented event. We are proud to recognize the Head Start and Food Services staff as April Employees of the Month! Congratulations, staff!

 

If you would like to nominate a co-worker for Employee of the Month, it's easy! All you have to do is submit this form. What better way to recognize your hard-working colleagues than by nominating them for their outstanding work throughout the entire year!