Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: Field Trips, Events, Visitors, etc.

Updated: March 14, 2022

Statement from Executive Director Ann Rollins: 

Thank you again for your dedication to the health and wellbeing of NC children, youth, and their families. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a long road, and I am grateful to program participants, visitors, and staff who have remained vigilant to ensure a safe learning and working environment at the Poe Center.

As school and local COVID restrictions ease, the Poe Center has updated our health-safety procedures as follows. We are following evidence provided by the CDC to determine what practices are best suited for our staff and program participants.

Additionally, we continue to echo local, state, and national health recommendations to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re eligible.

It’s exciting to see field trips and visitors increasingly present at the Poe Center. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a busload of school children excitedly pour into our building for a day of fun learning. Maintaining proper health safety measures is the best way we can ensure they can continue to visit the Poe Center and access quality health education. Thank you for your continued support.” – Ann Rollins, Executive Director

The Poe Center is open for regular operations with following procedures.

  • The building is staffed with essential workers Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Staff work primarily from home and may be reached by email.
  • Staff, visitors, and program participants are required to wear masks in the following situations. Masks are considered optional otherwise.
    • Program participants are under 5 years of age or over 6.
    • Visiting schools or groups have a policy that requires masking.
  • Staff will wear facemasks and adhere to respective safety protocols of any off-site locations.
  • PlayWELL Park is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Field Trip Information:

The Poe Center is open for field trips and programs at our facility, on location, or live online. We follow Poe’s prescribed safety protocols plus those required by our clients. Please contact our program scheduler Amanda Bodenheimer (919) 473-3077 with questions.


Please check our calendar of events for a list of current events and activities.  All events and activities are subject to change based on evolving safety needs.

Visiting Poe:

  • We recommend making an appointment with a staff member prior to visiting the Center or call our main line at (919) 231-4006 in advance of visiting.
  • PlayWELL Park is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional Resources: 

Educational Resources

Illness prevention has been a consistent core message in many of the Poe Center’s programs and educational resources. Feel free to share any of these resources with your respective audiences.

• Handwashing Tutorial Videos – Available in English & Spanish

Illness prevention programs for preschool to 12th grades.