COVID-19 Strategy Update (5/22/2020)

A message from our CEO, Wendy Sullivan


This week we are continuing the process of reopening site-based program locations for in-person support. We are happy to share that this week the Early Childhood Center welcomed back several children and staff, as did our Pre-Employment program in Kansas City. Both the Kansas City and Columbia autism clinic-based programs also began supporting a limited number of individuals in-person this week. With our Community Connections program in Kansas City and our Southwest Missouri clinic-based autism program scheduled to reopen next week.

This process continues to take time, and the COVID-19 task force is busy working on the strategy that best works for each location. As always, locations will only open when appropriate, following local ordinances and with the health and safety of those affected at the forefront of any decision made.

Although your site-based program may not be reopening next week, rest assured that it will when the appropriate measures are in place and with CDC, state, and county guidelines as our foundation. It is for the health and safety of those we support that you take time to participate in our mandatory training and acknowledge and sign off on our updated policies and procedures in place as a result of COVID-19. These policies and procedures are available on ADP.

Our Community Living programs will continue to operate under our current stay at home policy statewide. However, the COVID-19 task force and our Chief Program Officers continue to evaluate individual counties and communities; it may be possible to relax these policies in some territories in the coming weeks. Should a change take place, we will let you know.

We are also happy to report that Easterseals has no new individual or staff diagnosed cases of COVID-19 - this is a testament to the ongoing precautionary efforts each of you is taking. No more critical measure than staying home when you are sick. As an ongoing reminder, if you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, have been instructed to quarantine, test positive, or have been in contact with someone who has, you must report this immediately to your supervisor and - 314-394-7061. You should not report to work until you discuss your situation with Darryl or someone in Human Resources.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you who continues to provide the life-changing services people rely on Easterseals to provide. Each of you continues to impress me, and I am proud that we can continue to support people in their homes, via telehealth and now, onsite, in some cases.

I wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Memorial Day. Take care of yourself and those you love. And, as always, thank you for your partnership in delivering our outstanding programs.


Wendy Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer

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