Guidelines, Restrictions and Precautions Relating to COVID-19

The strain of coronavirus currently in the news and causing serious health concerns is COVID-19 (the new coronavirus), initially called 2019nCoV. We understand from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that this strain spreads easily and can be fatal, most often in the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. From our understanding, there are other strains of coronavirus that have different attributes and may not be as dangerous. We are told that it is not uncommon for individuals to be diagnosed with one of these other strains of coronavirus, especially during flu season. COVID-19 is the one we are addressing on this page. For the latest information from the CDC, please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Based on recommendations provided by the State of Connecticut and the CDC, The Greenwich Teen Center has adopted guidelines that will be enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of all Greenwich Teen Center students/registrants, staff, and volunteers.

For your reference, below is a list of general guidelines The Greenwich Teen Center has adopted:

  1. Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds upon entrance of our facility, when visibly soiled, before eating, and after using the restroom. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (will be at entrance).
  2. Daily cleaning and disinfection of the facility will take place with the recommended EPA-registered household disinfectants.
  3. All individuals must wear a Greenwich Teen Center provided mask inside the building. You may wear a cloth mask at outdoor activities, however it should be noted that a three-ply mask either cloth or surgical has been said to be more effective in the prevention of contracting Covid-19. 
  4. The Greenwich Teen Center will require sick individuals to stay home (see below for more guidelines) and will communicate to parents and guardians the importance of staying home when sick.
  5. The Greenwich Teen Center staff has been trained on the importance of being vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms and communicating when/if they start to feel sick.
  6. The Greenwich Teen Center staff has been trained in Hand Hygiene by the Food Focus Safety Training and Assessment.
  7. If COVID-19 is confirmed in a Greenwich Teen Center student, volunteer or staff member, The Greenwich Teen Center will:
  • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
  • Open outside doors and windows to increase circulation in the areas
  • Wait up to 24-hours or as long as possible before clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who us sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas.
  • If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection will not be necessary.
  • Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.
  • Attempt contact tracing to the best of it’s ability.

Social distancing strategies:

Social distancing focuses on remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance from others when possible. At The Greenwich Teen Center we will make sure that:

  1. During activities all chairs will be placed six feet apart.
  2. Chairs will be disinfected before and after all activities.
  3. The Greenwich Teen Center will hold meetings and/or events outside, weather permitting. We encourage students to bring their own chairs for outside events, but we will also supply chairs where necessary. Chairs will be placed six feet apart and masks must be worn.

Assess Group Gatherings and Events

  1. The Greenwich Teen Center will follow Connecticut guidelines about gatherings and events.
  2. The Greenwich Teen Center will plan to limit non essential visitors and postpone or cancel upcoming events when necessary.

Screening upon arrival at The Greenwich Center

  1. Hand hygiene stations will be set up at the entrance of all activities. All who enter must use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  2. All individuals must have their temperature taken. Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or show other signs of illness will not be allowed on the premises.
  3. For anyone to gain entrance to a Greenwich Teen Center sponsored event, a COVID-19 Health Form must be signed by the participant prior to attending the event. This COVID-19 Health Form can be found by CLICKING HERE and must be submitted electronically.
  4. All individuals are encouraged to be on alert for signs of illness and if your son or daughter displays any symptoms, please make sure they stay home.

Clean and Disinfect

  1. Following CDC guidelines and recommendations, The Greenwich Teen Center will routinely clean, sanitize and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched. This will include objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, sink handles, countertops, chairs and tables.
  2. The Greenwich Teen Center will always have an adequate supply or recommend EPA-registered household disinfectants, but always appreciate donations.

Vulnerable/High Risk Groups

Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. To protect those at higher risk, it is important that everyone practices healthy hygiene behaviors.

If you have a son or daughter with a serious underlying health condition, we encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider to assess their risk and to determine if they should attend events or activities at The Greenwich Teen Center.

Information about COVID-19 in youths is somewhat limited, but the information that is available suggests that many youths have mild symptoms. However, a small percentage of youths have been reported to have more severe illness. That is why it is important for you to talk to your health care provider to determine the best course of action for your child.

Event/Program Registration Information

REGISTRATION PRIOR TO EVERY EVENT/PROGRAM WILL BE MANDATORY AND CAPACITY WILL BE LIMITED.

TO REGISTER FOR EVENTS/PROGRAMS PLEASE FILL OUT THE EVENT HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE BEFORE ATTENDING: CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE FORM.

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