A five-year-old child’s excitement around wearing a mask is just part of the different normal at Northern Door Children’s Center in Sister Bay. Outside of one incident when two classes had to be quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure, the center has been able to keep kids in the building and healthy since the beginning of the school year. Teachers and students over the age of five have been masked up and parents have stayed out of the building as part of the Northern Door Children’s Center’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts. They have also instituted rigorous sanitization efforts to keep the building as clean as possible. Education and Community Relations Coordinator Karen Corekin-DeLaMer has noticed the pandemic and worries about future employment have started weighing heavily on some of their families’ minds. She says they try to be cognizant of those possible changes in behavior with different strategies.
Corekin-DeLaMer believes having a place for the kids to come to every day and sticking to a routine has helped them and their parents as well.
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