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COVID-19 Information

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The safety and welfare of our girls is Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s top priority. We are hearing from our community, and many families and volunteers are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in our state. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Find additional details on troop meeting guidelines in the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland COVID-19 Guidance document and access the COVID-19 Release and Waiver. Questions for the 2021 summer camp season? Check out these frequently asked questions for guidance.

Recent Communications Regarding COVID-19

Please refer to the most recent communications for current information and recommendations.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland doing in response to COVID-19?

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is actively monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Based on public health authorities’ current guidance, we have updated our recommendations for Girl Scouts across our council. We will also be taking several actions to support the health and well-being of our girls, members, and the community:

  • Effective June 15, 2020, some restrictions have been lifted for troop activities. Girl Scouts should continue to follow state and local guidance regarding the number of people who can gather, and adhering to social distancing and sanitization practices. For troops that decide to meet:
    • Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops should have a parent/caregiver accompany each girl to help ensure social distancing and sanitization practices are followed so that adherence to these guidelines does not fall on the leader to enforce.
    • Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops can meet if they follow state and local guidelines and have parent/caregiver approval.We are requiring that in-person troop and service unit meetings suspend until further notice. Virtual meetings may continue as planned.
  • Volunteer recognitions have been postponed until a time when we can appropriately celebrate our many volunteers and the remarkable actions they perform, in person.
  • The council is working closely with program partners who offer programming to Girl Scout members to determine the best course of action, and those registered will be contacted with more information.

This is a quickly evolving situation and we will stay in touch with members about any additional changes in public health recommendations and how they affect Girl Scout programming and events.

What steps can girls and volunteers take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Please follow all of the steps recommended by the CDC (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html). The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against COVID-19 and other illnesses:

  • Clean your hands often

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick

    • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean and disinfect

    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Following recommendations from local public health authorities, we are recommending that all members cancel or delay troop meetings and volunteer-led programming events.