The Crookston Youth Foundation (CYF) is committed to providing a safe and healthy place for all youth student visitors and adult volunteers to The Cove Youth Center. To ensure we have a safe and healthy space, the CYF has developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Board members, volunteers and students are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our communities, and that requires full cooperation among all who use and visit the youth center. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our community.
The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is administered by volunteer Shannon Stassen who will maintain the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. However, volunteers and students are equally responsible for supporting, implementing, complying with and providing recommendations to further improve all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved both students and volunteers in this process by discussing items and getting input and feedback from our youth board and adult board of directors.
The CYF’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the industry guidance developed by the state of Minnesota, available at the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov), which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19, and Minnesota’s relevant and current executive orders. It addresses:
The Cove Youth Center has reviewed and incorporated the industry guidance applicable to our youth activities provided by the state of Minnesota for the development of this plan, including the Youth and Student Programs guidance [https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/socialdistance.pdf].
It is subject to changes as guidance continues to change and be updated.
Ensure sick volunteers and students stay home and prompt identification and isolation of sick persons
Students and volunteers will be informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following procedures are being implemented to assess visitors’ health status prior to entering the youth center and for volunteers to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms:
The CYF has implemented a policy for informing volunteers or students if they have been exposed to a person with COVID- youth center and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time. Persons at the youth center on the day in which there was a positive case will be notified by the preparedness plan administrator. The privacy of student and volunteer’s health status and health information is valued and will be kept confidential unless the positive person allows otherwise.
Social distancing and management of occupancy
Social distancing of at least six feet will be implemented and maintained between students at all times through the following engineering and administrative controls:
Student and volunteer hygiene and face coverings are required
Basic infection prevention measures will be implemented at the youth center at all times:
Center cleaning and disinfection protocol
Regular practices of cleaning and disinfecting have been implemented, including a schedule for routine cleaning and disinfecting of hard surfaces, games, supplies, and areas in the environment, including restrooms, and drop-off and pick-up location (entryway). Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted of high-touch areas, including phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, etc. These surfaces will be disinfected between student groups (at 6:30pm) and on Wednesday and Friday evenings upon closure of the youth center by the volunteer on that day. Volunteers will be trained in cleaning protocol.
Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfecting supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels and manufacturer specifications, and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product.
Communications and training practices and protocol
This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan will be communicated by posting at the youth center and on the Crookston Youth Foundation website. It will be communicated to all volunteers at their first shift with necessary training on cleaning protocol provided. Students will also be asked to re-register upon arrival to ensure that we have the most updated and accurate contact information for parents and caregivers. Additional communication and training with volunteers will be ongoing by the preparedness plan coordinator and new youth student visitors will be provided an overview of our safety protocols including: 1) social distancing protocols and practices; 2) drop-off, & pick-up; 3) practices for hygiene and respiratory etiquette; 4) requirements regarding the use of face-coverings. All visitors will also be advised not to enter the center if they are experiencing symptoms or have contracted COVID-19 through signage and a visitor self-screener.
The board of directors will continuously monitor how effective the safety program has been implemented and will discuss any necessary updates or changes at each board meeting. All board members are to take an active role and collaborate in carrying out the various aspects of this plan, and update the protections, protocols, practices and training as necessary. Students are encouraged in engage in developing future communications and creative strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19.
This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by the Crookston Youth Foundation advisory board and the plan was posted throughout the center and made readily available to visitors as of October 23, 2020. It will be updated as necessary by preparedness plan administrator. If parents or students have questions or concerns, they can contact Shannon Stassen at 218.280.1347.
Certified by: The Crookston Youth Foundation (CYF) Board of Directors
October 23, 2020
As we return to work and activities we enjoy, we have a shared responsibility to look out for each other and save lives. Keeping businesses and other venues open will depend on all of us doing our part to stay six feet apart, wash our hands often, stay home when sick, and wear a mask. Learn more about Stay Safe Minnesota and find COVID resources.
113 South Broadway, Crookston, Minnesota 56716, United States
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