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Guilford Child Development's Coronavirus Community Update

March 24, 2020 Updates

  • Pick-up and Go/Bus Meal Delivery has begun for GCD families. Find the Pick-up and Go schedule for your child's Center below.
  • Family Success Center parents may receive lunch by contacting your career coach.
  • High Point Opportunity Center parents may receive lunch by contacting HPOC Director Janie Costello.
  • Governor Cooper has ordered all K-12 schools to remain closed until May 15th. We will continue to follow this guidance and stay aligned with the school system's closure schedule.

March 16, 2020 Updates

As we continue to monitor closely the rapidly changing developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that Guilford Child Development’s leadership team has been working diligently to develop plans to help us all navigate this difficult situation. While we work to create a more long-term plan, our most immediate action plan for the next two weeks has been detailed for you below.

  • Effective Tuesday, March 17, Central Office will be closed except to essential personnel.
  • All Child Development Centers will be closed until March 30th or until further notice.
  • All GCD facilities will undergo deep cleaning over the course of the next two weeks.
  • We are working diligently to establish protocols to provide meals to program participants.

We understand the level of uncertainly brought on by our current circumstances, but we ask for your patience as we continue to monitor the situation and find ways to ease the burden on those most impacted.

As we learn more about the process to minimize and eliminate exposure to COVID-19, we want to assure you that the safety and security of our staff and families is our greatest concern. We are working diligently to ensure that all of our decisions and plans are made with your best interest in mind. You have our commitment that we will keep you informed throughout this process as new information becomes available. 

Thank you for your flexibility. Please stay safe.

March 15, 2020 Updates

Please note the following update regarding employees returning to work on Monday, March 16:

All GCD employees should report to work as normal on Monday, March 16 with the exception of the following:

  • Employees who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19,
  • Employees who are considered high-risk for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) by their healthcare providers,
  • Employees who are out due to an unrelated sickness, or
  • Employees on pre-approved leave (with approval being prior to Monday, March 16)

March 14, 2020 Updates

All Guilford Child Development Centers will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30 in accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s announcement this afternoon. We will re-evaluate our decision to open or remain closed based on the course of events over the next two weeks.

All GCD employees should report to work as normal on Monday, March 16 with the exception of the following:

  • Employees who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19,
  • Employees who are out due to an unrelated sickness, or
  • Employees on pre-approved leave (with approval being prior to Monday, March 16)

Further discussions will be held to determine work operations after Monday, March 16.

We are very much aware of how these changes may affect Staff, families and children, but please be assured that we have been and will continue to take your well-being into consideration when making such important decisions.

March 13, 2020 Updates

Using information and guidance from local, state and federal health agencies and organizations, GCD has established the following protocols:

Phase I - Preparation and Public Communication

  • Continuously monitor and adjust protocol as needed as new information comes available
  • Continue efforts to maintain cleanliness of Central Office, Child Development Centers and High Point Opportunity Center, sanitizing and disinfecting frequently and daily
  • All events scheduled to be held at Central Office have been postponed until further notice. This change does not currently affect Family Success Center classes and Learning Together classes.

Phase II – Locally Confirmed Case within in GCD Child Care Center

  • In the event of a locally confirmed case within a GCD Child Care Center, that center will be closed until further notice
  • In the event of a locally confirmed case at a GCD Child Care Center that shares a bus route with another GCD Child Care Center, both Centers will be closed until further notice.
  • In all cases of Center closures, Centers will not reopen until it has been advised by the CDC and local health department that it is safe to do so.

Phase III – Confirmed Cases in Multiple GCD Child Care Centers

  • Should there be confirmed cases in multiple GCD Child Care Centers, GCD leadership will reevaluate the feasibility of operations

For more information, call the North Carolina Public Health COVID-19 information line at (866) 462-3821.

For more information on hand washing visit https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing

 

March 6, 2020 Updates

Novel Coronavirus: What Families Need to Know

Currently, the risk of infection is low for the general public in the United States. Risk is based on exposure. We are in the middle of flu and respiratory disease season, and most of the population is at greater risk of contracting seasonal influenza than coronavirus. Not every cough is the coronavirus (i.e. Allergies). When a new disease is circulating, it is natural for people to ask what they can do to protect themselves and their families.

Symptoms of COVID-19 Infection

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What parents/children can do to prevent the spread of illness:

  • If your child is not well, keep him or her home.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues and immediately dispose of tissue in the trash, or cough or sneeze into your inner elbow.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. (per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry). If not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers (containing at least 60% alcohol). Be sure to wash your hands after you cough, sneeze, use the bathroom or handle food.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, phones, keyboards and light switches.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

What is GCD doing to reduce the spread of viruses?

  • Guilford County Health Department and the CDC, professionals are the authoritive source for protocols needed for all health-related issues. We follow all recommendations and advice they issue regarding student and staff health and safety.
  • GCD is monitoring closely with the CDC and Guilford County Health Department to stay up to date with health concerns in our area.
  • As usual, during cold and flu season, custodians have been instructed to spend extra time cleaning and disinfecting walls, furniture, computer labs, restrooms, desks, doors, knobs, handles, handrails, cubbies and all other surfaces in schools.
  • School and kitchen staff use a state and sanitation approved disinfectant daily to clean tables, chairs, benches, serving equipment, keypads and door handles.
  • Using information and guidance from local, state and federal health agencies and organizations, GCD has established a committee that is developing a strategic plan.

 

Please be aware that the risk of getting the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) remains relatively low at this time, continue to take precautions. For more information, call the North Carolina Public Health COVID-19 information line at (866) 462-3821.

 

For more information on hand washing visit https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing

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