The COVID-19 Pandemic
We are All in this Together,
The COVID-19 Pandemic is a serious issue and we want to do our part to ensure the health of our CYC Practitioners, our proctors, and our communities. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the US and the Health Agency of Canada are closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus and they are making suggestions to limit the spread of the virus. Each country and community is being impacted at different rates and we want to encourage CYC Practitioners to follow the guidance provided by the appropriate national health agency and any guidance offered by public health officials in your local community.
As our nations grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage CYC practitioners to take the precautions necessary to protect the health and welfare of children, youth and families with whom they work and their own health and welfare. The way we work with children, youth and families frequently put us into face-to-face contact with a variety of people that elevates the possibility of exposure. Please consider the following suggestions to help minimize the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Use hand sanitizer as a backup if soap and water is unavailable.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Disinfect program areas daily and after use including seats, tables, door handles, light switches, etc.
- Have hand sanitizer and tissues available at different spots in the program.
- If offering snacks, provide snacks in sealed packages.
- Avoid activities that require touching each other (tag, football and other contact sports, touch-based team building games, etc.).
- Monitor yourself and the children, youth and families with whom you work for signs of illness. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
- Seek medical advice if you or someone you know develops symptoms.
TEST PROCTORS: If the leadership in your state, province, or community or the national authority recommends suspending classes or gathering of people, we urge you to postpone certification testing to a future date. If you decide to hold testing, please contact our office and implement the safety procedures CYCCB emailed to you previously. Since the situation continues to evolve and responses continue to change, please check to be sure you have the latest information before moving forward.
CYCCB OFFICE: We expect that the CYCCB Office will remain open during normal working hours 8:30 – 2:30 Central Time Tuesdays through Thursdays. There may be staff available on a limited basis on Mondays and Fridays, as usual. We have a small group of dedicated people who work in our office for you. Most of what we do is electronic; people rarely visit us in-person. We have plans in place to transfer office operations to staff homes if we need to shelter-in-place at some point.
We at CYCCB encourage you to take the best care of yourself and the children, youth and families with whom you work that you can. CYC has an important role to play as this situation unfolds. Providing a model of calm competence and keeping yourself healthy and able to offer assistance to your community is YOUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY.
For the CYCCB Board of Directors