September has always been a little stressful as a business owner. We have many requests for time off, with staff members trying to squeeze in the last of summer fun. It’s also back to school, with sporting practices or music lessons tacked on, adding extra for parents with children to juggle and making the first few weeks of the month a bit unpredictable. But this year, with the coronavirus pandemic still looming, it’s been, well - a real ****show.
We all wanted to hear the guidelines from the leaders of the country, state or school districts on the safest way forward. In addition, nerves were heightened with a growing number of COVID cases in our community due to the large gathering of events our state chose to host. This announcement arrived as reports of schools that had started up were closing down. Finally, a week before the first day of school, our school district announced the options; two days in class and two days virtual learning, or you could opt for just virtual learning, or homeschooling.
Most of our parents with children will be responsible for some type of in-home schooling. How does a parent do that while working and not wanting to risk losing their job? We have always been a “family comes first” business and certainly the children of our Wild Idea parents are all of our children. Their education and safety are paramount to all of our futures.
Our staff rely on their jobs to take care of their families, and we value their work and understand their priorities. So, we are making some changes, and our office hours are extended to what works for them (don’t be surprised if you receive an email at odd hours of the day), and we are working with the state inspectors to attain occasional extended hours in our plant. Rest assured, your calls will be answered and your orders handled swiftly.
We anticipate that this will all go smoothly, but if there is a bump along the way we hope you will understand and support us through these challenging times.
As always, we remain committed to our Wild Idea families, to you – our customers and to our standards of our greater mission of, returning the bison, while improving our home planet and our food supply.
Our Very Best to You All.
Dan & Jill