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2024/25
COVID-19 Policy

WHEN TO STAY HOME

  • All staff members, volunteers and students should stay home if they have confirmed or suspected (displaying symptoms of illness) COVID-19.

 

  • They should also isolate themselves if they are sick and suspect that they have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.

 

  • It is highly recommended that participants use a rapid at-home antigen test if COVID-19 is suspected.

 

COMMUNICATION

  • Girls First will regularly communicate and update the community on cases of COVID-19 which may occur at the program.

 

HEALTH, HYGIENE & VENTILATION

  • All students and staff entering the building will be required to sanitize their hands upon arrival.

 

  • Girls First will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces within the building following each program day. Additionally, an outside cleaning company will complete regularly scheduled deep cleaning and disinfecting of the building.

 

  • Girls First has installed ceiling fans and air filtration systems throughout the building to increase ventilation and decrease the number of virus particles in the air. Whenever possible, we will keep windows open to increase outside air circulation.

 

MASKS

  • Girls First is now mask optional.

 

  • Masks will be made available by Girls First to anyone in need.

IN THE EVENT A STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19:

  • The parent or caregiver should notify Girls First immediately.

 

  • The students should wear a high-quality mask for 10 full days anytime they are around others at home and in public.

 

  • The student should isolate at home for at least 5 days. After that period of time, we will be happy to welcome the student back to in-person learning as long as they are fever free for 24 hours and other symptoms improve.

 

IN THE EVENT A STUDENT DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS DURING PROGRAMMING:

  • The child will be isolated in the quiet corner with adult supervision. Her parent or caregiver will be called immediately. Arrangements will be made for the child to go home.

 

  • The child will be picked up and the parent or caregiver should contact their healthcare provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 test.

 

  • The area occupied by the ill child will be disinfected and sanitized.

 

  • If the child’s COVID-19 test results are negative, they can return as long as they are fever free for 24 hours and other symptoms improved.

IN THE EVENT A STUDENT COMES INTO CLOSE CONTACT WITH A SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 OUTSIDE OF GIRLS FIRST:

  • The parent or caregiver should notify Girls First immediately.

 

  • The student should wear a mask as soon as they find out they were exposed and get tested at least 5 full days after their last exposure.

 

  • The student should stay home for 5 days after last contact with someone who has COVID-19, watch for symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell, and stay away from others as much as possible.

 

  • If the child’s COVID-19 test results are negative, they may return to the program if they never had symptoms or are fever free for 24 hours and other symptoms improved.
     

IN THE EVENT OF POSSIBLE TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 AT GIRLS FIRST:

  • All in person programming may pause briefly to allow for: 

  1. proper cleaning of frequently touched surfaces within the building, 

  2. potential exposure notifications going out to all families, and 

  3. the removal of the affected individual(s) from the program for at least 5 days. 

 

  • All persons with direct exposure to a person testing positive for COVID-19 should be evaluated and possibly tested.

 

**In the unlikely event that both the Program Coordinator and the Director of Education have tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are displaying symptoms of illness, in person programming will be paused until they are able to safely return to work.***

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