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COVID-19 Information

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At Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama we take nothing more seriously than the safety and well-being of our members. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be of growing concern in Alabama and our nation, we will take all possible and appropriate measures to ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience at Girl Scouts. Please remember, information is changing rapidly and we will do our best to keep you informed.

This guidance is being provided as of the Edition Date below. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama may modify this guidance, from time to time as circumstances change. Updated 05/28/21

Updated Covid-19 Guidance as of May 27, 2021

In accordance with guidance from the CDC, Alabama Department of Public Health and Girl Scouts of the USA the following guidance on the wearing of face masks for Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) will go into effect immediately.  The Covid-19 pandemic continues to change as infection rates rise and fall.  The Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions from the CDC and other agencies will continue to vary based upon infection rates.  For this reason, GSNCA’s guidance will be updated as conditions change. Please remember the health and safety of our girls are and will always be our priority.  

For those volunteers, girls, parents, staff, and program presenters who are fully vaccinated, face coverings are no longer required for meetings and events unless required by the facility.  Check with your meeting place or event facility to ensure you meet their established requirements.  However, all unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear face coverings at all times at indoor meetings and events and when physical distancing is not possible.  If your troop choses to always wear a face covering, indoors and outdoors, that is your personal choice.  

Face coverings are a civic responsibility and a sign for caring for our community.  Remind everyone that masks not only to protect themselves but others.

Physical distancing, both indoors and outdoors, will still be required with a minimum of three feet between individuals not from the same household; six feet of physical distancing is preferred. 

We highly encourage that daily health/temperature checks be required before all troop meetings and events as a precautionary act.  We will require troop leaders and parents to read and sign the updated Covid-19 waivers for troop meetings and events that will be available next week.  Remind parents and girls to “stay home” if they are sick.

Covid-19 and/or trip briefings will still be required for all trips out of council, trips more than two nights and any trips or events that include high risk activities.  Use of camp Covid-19 guidelines will be provided at the time a reservation is made.  Covid waivers will still be required for individuals utilizing camp properties.  If you have questions and are not sure a Covid-19 or trip briefing is required, please contact Elizabeth Taylor at etaylor@girlscoutsnca.org.

If you are not vaccinated, it is highly encouraged that you become vaccinated for your protection and the protection of others.

If someone in your Girl Scout troop or troop member’s family has tested positive for Covid-19, please contact Karen Peterlin at kpeterlin@girlscoutsnca.org for further guidance.

Face Coverings Are Not Required for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
  • People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Required for in-person meetings that include unvaccinated individuals where physical distancing is not possible. 
  • Required for all individuals riding in vehicles that are not from the same household since physical distancing is not possible.  Encourage families to ride together.
Face Coverings Are Required for Unvaccinated Individuals
  • Outdoors only when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Not required for meals and sleeping.  Sleeping guidance includes a head to foot arrangement. 
Physical Distancing is Required for All Activities
  • Physical distancing requirements are now changed from 6 feet to at least 3 feet, regardless of space/capacity, between individuals not from the same household.
  • Physical distancing is required for meals, sleeping, riding in vehicles and all activities.
Practice Safe Hygiene
  • Proper handwashing and hygiene practices are required.
  • Hand sanitizer should be conveniently provided. 
  • Individuals are responsible for cleaning/sanitizing personal items.
Meetings
  • GSUSA guidance is no more than ten individuals at a meeting.
  • Alabama guidance allows for larger groups providing precautions are taken. If your troop is larger than ten, you must follow all applicable masking and physical distancing requirements.
  • It is strongly recommended to meet outdoors whenever possible.
  • Ensure all girl to adult ratios are maintained.
  • Practice good health practices with hand washing and hand sanitizing stations.
  • Girls and adults bring their own snacks or use individually wrapped snacks.
  • Ensure you know and comply with face covering requirements of the facilities.
  • Limit personal contact like friendship circles.

 

Contact Information

If you have questions about how the coronavirus may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact Jennifer Sholund at  jsholund@girlscoutsnca.org or Karen Peterlin at  kpeterlin@girlscoutsnca.org.

For Camp reservations contact: Tonya Sails at  tsails@girlscoutsnca.org.

For Communications contact: Jennifer Sholund at  jsholund@girlscoutsnca.org.

To make a trip or high adventure briefing contact: Elizabeth Taylor at etaylor@girlscoutsnca.org.