COVID-19 Strategy Update (7/31/2020)

A message from our CEO, Wendy Sullivan


Thank you for continuing to keep the health and safety of those we support and your fellow team members at the forefront of your thoughts and efforts. As you know, we have put into place the policies and procedures needed for people's safety, and with the summer in full swing, many time-off requests are coming in, so I would like to take a moment to remind everyone of our travel policies.

When returning from travel to work, it is your responsibility to complete our travel questionnaire 24 hours before resuming your work responsibilities. If you have not completed the travel questionnaire in advance of your shift starting, you will be required to return to your vehicle, contact your supervisor, and complete the questionnaire. If you answer any questions that indicate that you are at an elevated risk of exposure, you may be required to quarantine for approximately 14 days to maintain your employment status with Easterseals.

As a reminder, when traveling, staff should follow the guidelines of the local community they are visiting, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. If you travel to a higher risk location as identified by the Center for Disease Control or find yourself in a situation where you could not practice the safety precautions noted above, you need to consult with your supervisor and before returning to work. If it is deemed necessary for the safety of those we support, an employee may be required to quarantine as noted above.

As a reminder, next Tuesday, August 4, 2020, is the primary election day in Missouri and Kansas. One item on this year's Missouri ballot that might interest you is the initiative on Medicaid Expansion. Medicaid Expansion marks the first time the board of directors of Easterseals Midwest has taken a ballot initiative position. If the proposal passed with a popular vote, it would raise the income eligibility level for someone to access health insurance through the Missouri HealthNet program. The board has chosen to support Medicaid Expansion for several reasons; most importantly, it would ensure more people with disabilities could access support.

If you cannot vote in person on August 4, 2020, and have obtained an absentee ballot and need it notarized, you can visit the Secretary of State website here for a list of free notaries throughout the State of Missouri. As a reminder: your ballot must be received by 5 PM on election day - that means you need to mail it early or drop it off in person at your local election authority office.

As always, please take care of yourself, those who turn to you, your family, and friends. The world is full of many challenges right now – I hope you take time each day to reflect and recharge. You are valued and you are heroes.

Thank you for all you contribute to our shared work.

Wendy Sullivan
Chief Executive Officer

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