Below is the full text of the letter sent home to parents of children cared for at Jardin Magico on July 12.
Dear Jardin Magico Families:
Our school is currently working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as it conducts a review of our employment records. It is common for DHS to review the employment eligibility of U.S. workers. Based on the initial results of its review, a number of our employees have been asked to either meet with DHS to clear up what may be errors in the agency's findings or to submit new documentation demonstrating their employment eligibility in the United States. With the help of our legal and professional advisors, we're working with affected employees in both categories.
Unfortunately, however, some employees have elected to leave Jardin Magico rather than contest the DHS findings or submit additional documentation. While we cannot speculate on the reasons for their decisions, we can say that we will greatly miss these qualified and valuable team members and their daily positive interactions with you and your children. Should they be able to resolve DHS' concerns about their employment eligibility, we would be thrilled to welcome them back.
The impact of these departures will be felt in our classrooms and throughout our operations, but we have put in place a plan to make sure that we are fully staffed and that our Jardin Magico children receive the quality of care and instruction you – and we – expect. While never welcome, turnover is a reality in our business and so we have solutions at hand to maintain the integrity of our curriculum and structure. Many of the team members who have been training to staff our new locations in Eden Prairie and Maple Grove have been asked to instead take positions at our existing facilities, in the same classrooms they've been training in and where they have already established relationships with our children. If your child's class is affected by a staffing change, you can expect to receive a detailed communication about our new team members in keeping with our standard practice.
Please let us know if we can answer any questions you may have regarding this news. Your Center Director and Assistant Director can speak to most topics, but we invite you to contact either or both of us directly via phone, e-mail or in person should that be preferable. Regardless of the circumstances, we value any opportunity to deepen our relationship with you and your children.
Natalie Standridge Lopez