BCC’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
Helping our families stay safe and healthy
Dear BCC families and partners:
Safety is a core value at Board of Child Care (BCC) and I want to take a moment to share what we are doing as an organization in regards to the Coronavirus/ COVID 19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) anticipates the number of cases to grow in the United States and is providing guidance related to prevention and treatment.
At this time, we have no indication of direct exposure to our staff or clients at any Board of Child Care location.
We are fortunate to have a medical director, nurse practitioner, and several registered nurses on staff. Together with the senior leadership team we are all closely monitoring announcements and guidance from the CDC and are in frequent communication with our state and federal program partners as well.
The health and safety of our clients, our community partners, and our staff is our top priority. In an abundance of caution, we may take preventative measures by temporarily modifying select program operations, visitation policies, etc. Those updates will be communicated here as well as directly to the program participants and other stakeholders.
Please reach out to your local BCC program leadership with specific questions or concerns surrounding BCC services in your area. Their contact information can be found here. You may also send questions and concerns directly to the Chief Operating Officer via our website: boardofchildcare.org/contact-us/.
Visitor Policy Updates
Visits and engagement are cornerstones of our program, and we know nothing can replace face time together. However, following the CDC’s guidelines, BCC is implementing the following additional visitor policies effective immediately and until further notice:
- If you or a family member intend to visit one of our programs, and you are showing signs of a fever or any other flu like symptoms, that you please reschedule your planned visit to BCC.
- You must be free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer) or other signs of a fever for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants) before your visit.
In addition, effective Monday, March 16th, 2020 BCC is enacting the following visitor and guest restrictions at all BCC locations except the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic in Pasadena, MD.
- No one under the age of 18 is permitted to visit, including in all waiting areas and common spaces.
- Only one adult visitor per patient in all areas of that BCC location
- Visitors should be screened for flu-like symptoms.
- Visitors who have traveled internationally may not visit for 14 days after arrival into the United States.
In keeping with the Board of Child Care Core Value of “Safety as a Mindset”, the BCC Auxiliary has decided to suspend all activities, projects, and events until further notice.
This includes Easter Basket Packing, Auxiliary Annual Meeting, and In-Kind Donation drop-offs. Please watch your email and this page for any updates.
Any other questions or concerns should be addressed to Sue Everhart, Auxiliary President by phone at 301-514-8730 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Learning Program – Closed until April 1st
In an abundance of caution in protecting our children and families, the Early Learning program in Washington, D.C. will be closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) until Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
BCC is trying as much as possible not to disrupt any scheduled home visits. We will continue to monitor the prevalence of COVID 19 in the community, availability of staff for transports, and CDC guidance before making any rescheduling decisions.
Individual Treatment and Education Plan Meetings
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 all ITP and IEP meetings will take place via conference call until further notice. Your assigned BCC therapist will be in contact with you directly with more information.
Hiring and Interview Policy Updates
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 all job interviews will take place via video teleconference. Please contact the BCC recruiter or hiring manager you are working with for more information.
Precautions You Can Take
As a preventative measure, we wanted to share the following with our families that are recommendations:
- Consider flu vaccinations per the recommendation by the CDC.
- For adults: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing, then wash your hands.
- For children: Let’s continue to empower kids—at home—by reinforcing daily, multiple “hand washing moments.” Please make sure kids wash their hands before eating, coming back indoors and when they come in contact with their bodily fluids (sneeze, wipe nose, etc). You can also encourage your kids to use the imaginary cape routine: Raise an imaginary cape over your face and cough into the elbow area, instead of your hand or just straight into the air.
Additional resources for more information on the coronavirus (each of the state-specific pages has a COVID-19 hotline phone number specific to that state):
- Centers for Disease Control
- District of Columbia Department of Health
- Maryland Department of Health
- Pennsylvania Department of Health
- West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources
We will continue to keep you updated based on news by state and local public health officials. Please stay safe and healthy.
Laurie Anne Spagnola
President & CEO