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Preventing and Preparing for COVID-19

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 11:18

With the ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, we want you to know the safety of NAA members and those they serve is of utmost importance to us.

Below are some resources and tips—including a suggested checklist—to ensure you've got your bases covered.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's currently no evidence that youth are more susceptible to COVID-19. Read this document to learn more about COVID-19 as it relates to youth.

If you're looking for tips on talking to youth about COVID-19, action steps for school crisis response teams, and preparation guidelines for administrators, see these resources from the National Association of School Psychologists. NPR has made available a comic to help youth understand COVID-19. The New York Times also offers tips on talking to youth about the virus.

Unsure about what cleaning products are sufficient? This list from the EPA offers guidance. The CDC has also shared recommended strategies for employers.

CHECKLIST ITEMS TO CONSIDER

COMMUNICATIONS
Create talking points and FAQs: ____
Determine who handles any media requests: ____
Determine who handles visitor questions and whether they're best handled online, via phone or in person: ____

Different audiences who may receive communication include staff and volunteers, board members, supporters (funders, sponsors, donors), local government, et cetera.

FINANCIAL
Assess insurance: ____
Assess cash flow: ____
Address and/or create refund/rescheduling policies: ____
Assess stock holdings/endowments: ____

PROGRAMMATIC
Determine stock of cleaning products: ____
Determine cleaning schedules and protocols: ____
Advance ordering of supplies: ____
Review activities: ___

PERSONNEL
Assess work-from-home policies: ____
Assess sick leave policies: ____
Assess furlough policies: ____
Volunteer policies and communications: ____
Determine recent travel history and stay abreast of any travel restrictions: ____
Account for parents with children home from school: ____

Please also consider these proactive precautions, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, to protect yourself and those around you.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend people who are well wearing a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19, to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 Consider these handshake alternatives:

  • Wave
  • Smile brightly
  • Nod your head
  • Bump elbows
  • Wink and point
  • Bow slightly
  • Brief curtsey