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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Temporary Closure of Day Programs Effective Oct. 23

As part of our continuing commitment to protecting the health and safety of our consumers and staff, we have decided to close all Easterseals Arc day programs for two weeks, beginning Friday, October 23. This affects the Adult Day Center, Transitions and Projects Drive Group.

Please understand that this closure is not due to an outbreak of COVID-19. This is a preventive measure. We pay close attention to reports from the Allen County Department of Health and Indiana Department of Health, and we are concerned about the trend in the spread of COVID-19 in our area.

All staff who are affected by this closure will be contacted by their supervisor for further guidance on their work schedules and locations. Your dedication to our consumers is vital, whether you are supporting them in our facilities or in their homes.

We plan to reopen our day programs on Monday, November 9. However, we will reassess county health data prior to reopening.

We recognize this may be a difficult situation, and we appreciate your understanding that we feel this temporary closure is necessary to reduce risks for participants and staff.

If you have concerns or questions, please feel free to contact your program director:

Our Roadmap for Reopening

Decisions regarding the reopening of day programs will be based on four guiding decision factors.

Visitor Policy Updated Beginning July 13

Beginning the week of July 13, case managers and BCs will be allowed to conduct needed meetings with participants at Easterseals Arc. However, we encourage the continued use of electronic meetings. If in-person meetings are necessary, meetings conducted outside in the garden area or at picnic tables are preferred. If this is not a possibility, case managers and BCs may meet with participants in the building. They must schedule these meetings in advance and book a meeting room. The meeting rooms are as follows:

No other visitors will be allowed in the buildings. Staff should continue to use email or the drop box on the side of the building for HR or business office paperwork. HR will continue conducting interviews via telephone and Microsoft Teams. Transportation will continue the procedure of not entering the building. This includes families picking up their loved ones.

We will continue social distancing, the mandatory use of masks, screening questions, temperature checks, and strict cleaning guidelines. All meeting rooms must be wiped down after every meeting.

We will continue to monitor CDC and Department of Health guidelines and update this plan accordingly.

Timeline

Easterseals Arc began a phased-in reopeing of day services on June 1. 

General Operating Policies

Day Service Operating Policies
(Note: Please See Information Regarding Temporary Closure at Top of Page)

Downloadable Information on Reopening Plan

Roadmap for Reopening (PDF)
Reopening Plan for Participants (PDF)
Reopening Plan for Staff (PDF)

Messages from Our CEO/President





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Family Members Say 'Thank You'

Our staff are providing essential services, and family members of our participants shared their gratitude in these video messages:

Guidance from BDDS

For additional information on the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services has posted guidance for families and self-advocates, as well as service providers, case managers, and visitors on the BDDS website at https://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/5755.htm

If You Are Sick

Information and Resources

There is a lot of information being shared regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). As we review and revise our plans and policies, we turn to reliable and up-to-date sources:

Event Updates

Last updated: October 29, 2020

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