COVID-19 Strategy Update (5/29/2020)
A message from our CEO, Wendy Sullivan
Our phased approach to reopening our site-based program locations will continue next week. We are happy to share that our Employment Services in Kansas City and our clinic-based autism programs in both St. Louis and Southeast Missouri will begin reopening starting Monday, June 1, 2020. These locations join our program sites that have welcomed many individuals back, including the clinic-based autism programs in Columbia, Kansas City, and Southwest Missouri, as well as our Community Connections program in Kansas City.
Each location has rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place, as well as policies to keep both those we support and our employees healthy. Our policies on handwashing and the requirement to wear a mask while practicing social distancing, when possible, will continue for the foreseeable future.
All staff attending a training session or returning to a site will be required to participate in a screening process before entering a location. Staff should plan to arrive ten minutes before their scheduled start time wearing their mask and should wait outside of the location's front door until a screening can take place. The screening process will include temperature scans and answering a quick COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
Staff members who need to resume training previously postponed as a result of COVID-19 will be able to access those starting in June. These sessions will include NEO day 2, Mandt, and CPR skills, among others. More information will be shared by the Quality and Training Department in the coming weeks.
Although the COVID-19 task force continues to evaluate the statewide stay at home policy for Community Living, it is important to remind everyone that no change to this policy has been made. We will continue to evaluate each county and community individually and inform you when a change can occur.
Early next week, the Human Resources team will share additional information regarding updated policies and procedures you must read, review, and acknowledge related to our COVID-19 policies in ADP.
Finally, we continue to work to educate our elected officials on the needs of Easterseals, those we support, and our outstanding staff. Although we have not received what we would consider an adequate response from the State or Federal governments, we continue to work hard to make sure decision-makers know about the excellent work you are doing and about how they can help. In the last week, we have met with representatives from Senator Roy Blunt's office and with Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer. More meetings are in the works, and we will continue to advocate for you and those you support.
As always, thank you for all you do to advance our mission. Each of you rises to the challenge every day and does it with character, professionalism, and passion. For that, and so many other reasons, I am grateful, and I know that those you support are also.
Have a great afternoon.
Chief Executive Officer