IDP & Reopening Strategy
It’s an important time to be a great Girl Scout and demonstrate Girl Scout values. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily in the community. We are developing specific COVID-19 guidelines to help our members take reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure for girls, themselves, and families. As Girl Scouts, we are working together to bring awareness, preparedness, health,and community service.
We continue to monitor local and national directives, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health, and Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The guidance we provide is intended to be used in conjunction with Safety Activity Checkpoints in accordance with our council’s individual state and local COVID-19 circumstances which remain fluid.
Headquarters Reopening Strategy
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council (GSVSC) offices and activities will resume on Monday, July 6, 2020. At that time, we will follow the rules and guidelines set forth by the Virginia governor, the VDH and the CDC. The following has been cleaned and disinfected at council headquarters in Roanoke:
- Ducts cleaned and air filters replaced
- Carpets steam-cleaned and disinfected
- Bathrooms deep-cleaned and disinfected
- Kitchen deep-cleaned and disinfected
- Cube walls steam-cleaned and disinfected
The following supplies will be provided to staff and visitors onsite at headquarters: sanitizer, cleaning supplies/wipes, masks and gloves. All staff members and visitors will be required to have their temperature checked upon entering the building. Any staff member with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be sent home immediately and not allowed to return until fever-free for 72 hours. Any visitor with a temperature of 100.4 will not be allowed to enter the building.
Doors to the headquarters' building will remain locked during the first 4-6 weeks. Visitors will be allowed by appointment only. Visitors must call the office and complete a CDC self-assessment before allowed to enter the building. Staff and visitors must wear a mask/face covering in common spaces, hallways, and when meeting with another staff member or customer. Social distancing guidelines should be adopted as often as possible.
GSVSC will resume full, normal in-person activities only after Virginia has successfully passed out of the National Phase 3 of the re-opening process. These phases were developed by the White House back in April and have been recently updated by the governor’s office specifically for Virginia.
We will continue to monitor restrictions for small or large gatherings. As of today, Virginia is currently limited to gatherings up to 50. Even though Governor Northam recently announced that Virginia will move onto the third phase of the state's gradual reopening from COVID-19 on July 1, which would allow for social gatherings of up to 250 people, Girl Scout gatherings will remain restricted to gatherings of up to 50 people until further notice. Based on the governor's metrics, gathering sizes may increase or decrease. It’s important members keep up-to-date with the Girl Scout gathering restriction sizes.
While specific guidelines for troop/group meetings, activities, events, travel, highest awards, and reporting a positive COVID-19 test are being finalized, this is what you need to know today:
- Day Activities/Events: Volunteers are to obtain clearance from the council before planning any gatherings of more than 50 people.
- Transportation: Girl Scouts has adopted a zero-transportation policy until Virginia has safely passed out of Phase 3 of Virginia’s re-opening process. Individual parents must drop off and pick up their own girls from meetings and activities.
- Travel and Overnight Stays: Overnight trips are not permitted until after Virginia has successfully passed out of Phase 3 of Virginia’s re-opening process.
- Highest Awards Guidelines: Highest awards' deadlines for current (not rising) 5th grade Juniors, 8th grade Cadettes, and 12th grade Ambassadors have been extended to December 31, 2020.
- Graduating Seniors Funds Extensions: We are providing extensions for the use of troop funds for graduating seniors until August 31, 2021.
- Reporting and Communicating a Positive COVID 19 Test: In the event of a Girl Scout member receiving a COVID-19 positive test result or exposure to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, a council staff member will be responsible for handling these cases and communicating with those Girl Scout members or partner organizations that have been impacted. Members that have had a known exposure to COVID-19 or have a positive COVID-19 test result should promptly contact the council in this situation at 540-777-5100 or contact the council emergency number after hours: 1-540-598-0974.
These final guidelines for troop/group meetings, activities, events, travel, highest awards, and reporting exposure and/or positive COVID-19 test will be re-sent again in an email to all members prior to our reopening on July 6, 2020.
If you have questions or need further assistance, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-777-5100. If you have an emergency (accident, injury, crisis or incident), then please call the emergency number at 1-540-598-0974. Your call will be answered by a GSVSC staff member.
GSVSC TOWN HALL MEETINGS
June 11, 2020
EMAILS TO GSVSC MEMBERS
Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Guidelines Updated/Deadline Extended to 12/31/20
Girl Scout Connections: 6-24-20 (reopening strategy)