September 1, 2020
Dear Participants, families, and employees,
We have safely resumed services at this time as we do fall under the category of “essential services”. We are looking forward to getting back to helping participants build skills in the home and in the community! Safety for our participants, their families, and our staff is our highest priority. This policy is an outline on what employees and participants will be required to do until further guidance from the CDC/Governor is received.
- All employees will be required to take their temperature daily. Temperatures must be reported to the President/CEO prior to coming in for their shift if it is over 100 degrees. Any employee who has a fever of 100 degrees or higher will be not permitted to work that day.
- You will not be able to return to work until you have not had any symptoms, unmedicated for 24 hours. A doctor’s note is required to return to work, if requested by your supervisor. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 you will need to be cleared by the local board of health before returning to work.
- If you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, call your supervisor and do not come to work. You will not be able to work with participants for 14 days or until receiving a negative COVID test.
- If you are working and begin to show symptoms of being sick. Please alert your supervisor immediately and isolate yourself. You will be relieved by your supervisor or the family.
- While working with individuals wash your hands frequently, with soap and water, for at least 2 minutes.
- All employees will be receiving complimentary sanitation/FA bags to bring to job sites with them. All bags will have hand soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, soap, gloves, masks, and common first aid supplies. The purpose of this bag is so that staff and participants can have the supplies they need to keep everyone safe, if they aren’t available in the environment.
- Employees will be required to wear masks in the home unless otherwise decided by the family/caregiver’s comfort level. For employees working 8 hours per day, mask breaks will be given within the 8 hours.
- If you believe a child you are working with is sick, and is showing symptoms of sickness (running nose, sneezing frequently, fever, etc.) please call your supervisor so that a decision can be made if you should continue working with that child.
- If you have traveled internationally, or to a high risk state (as determined by the CDC/State of Massachusetts) within the last 30 days you may not be able to return to work until you have had 14 days without showing symptoms or a negative COVID19 test.
- Routine shifts with individuals may need to be rescheduled, or cancelled.
- All employees will need to submit proof that they have completed the training “Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Participants are required to wear masks in public, if social distancing is not possible, per the governor’s/community store’s policies.
- If the individual or any person residing in the same household is showing any signs of sickness, including symptoms of respiratory distress, cough, and fever (100), it must be reported to BILT, Inc. before the employee arrives to work. A decision will be made if the employee can complete the shift for that day. Shifts can resume once the individuals has not had any symptoms, unmedicated, for at least 24 hours. In some cases, we may also require a doctor’s note. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 you will need to be cleared by the local board of health before shifts can resume.
- If the individual or any person residing in the same household has had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, BILT, Inc. needs to be made aware. A decision will be made if services can continue for the time being.
- Individuals will be prompted to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer multiple times throughout shifts. Especially when returning to the home when coming in from the community, before eating, and after bathroom use.
- If the individual or any person residing in the same household has traveled internationally within the last 30 days, or traveled to a “high risk state” as determined by the CDC/State of Massachusetts, shifts may be cancelled until the person who traveled has not shown any symptoms of illness for 14 days or family members can provide a negative COVID test result.
- If BILT, Inc. employees come to work and the child or members of the household are showing obvious signs of illness, the supervisor will be called and the employee may be told to leave the shift.
- Routine shifts may need to be rescheduled, or cancelled. Your understanding in this is appreciated.
For more information on COVD-19 please visit the CDC’s website at:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html