Day trips and activities
In conjunction with Safety
Activity Checkpoints, follow the same guidance as Troop Meetings and
Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation guidance in this document. Call
ahead to the facility or vendor to confirm that they are following CDC
and state health department guidelines. If activity or sporting
equipment is being provided, ask the provider if they wipe down
equipment in between uses, similar to equipment at the gym. Make
whatever appropriate accommodations that are necessary. For example,
bring extra sanitizer if none will be provided for public use at the
Carpooling and public transportation should be avoided, where
possible, to maintain social distancing.
Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation
the resources developed by credible public health
sources such as CDC or your local public health department.
Share these with girls and volunteers and ensure that they are
practiced during meetings and activities. Place signs in the meeting
or activity space to remind girls and volunteers to engage in everyday preventive actions to help prevent the
spread of COVID-19. Signs should include:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cough and sneeze into a
tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and wash or sanitize your
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least
20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating,
and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water
are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash
hands if you do touch.
- Volunteers, girls, and parents
should be reminded to make sure temperatures are taken prior to
group interaction to confirm the individual is not running a fever
and temperature is a normal 98.6 degrees. Members with fever or
temperature higher than 98.6 should skip the in-person gathering
until their temperature is normal.
Hugs, handshakes, “high-fives,”
and even activities like the friendship circle or squeeze can
transmit COVID-19 from person to person. Refrain from these gestures
for the time being. Create a safe way for girls and volunteers to
greet and end meetings instead, like tapping elbows.
First Aid Supplies
Troop first-aid supplies
should include COVID-19 prevention items, including hand sanitizer
(at least 60% alcohol), tissues, disposable facemasks, and
disinfectants. Trash baskets or bags should be supplied for meeting
and activity spaces, if not already available. Make sure that the
trash baskets or bags are easily accessible for girls. Disposable or
no-contact thermometers may be added to supplies if available and
not cost prohibitive; however, parents should be checking
temperatures and allowing their girl(s) to join group activities
only when temperatures are normal.
Disinfectants and Disinfecting
clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently
touched (i.e., table tops, markers, scissors, etc.). Use a household
cleaner, or see the EPA’s
list of effective cleaners approved for use against COVID-19.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and
disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and
contact time, etc.).
Household bleach is effective against COVID-19 for up to 24 hours
when properly diluted. Check that the bleach is not expired and
determine if it can be used on a given surface. Follow the
manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.
Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
To prepare a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water OR
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
See the CDC’s
website for more on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.
Volunteers should remind the girls
that Girl Scouts wear face coverings (masks) not only to protect
themselves, but to protect others. Face coverings are a civic
responsibility and a sign of caring for the community. Girls can bring
their own face covings. Have disposable masks on hand for those who
need them. Volunteers can teach girls how to handle their face coverings so that the
coverings are effective. Some girls or volunteers may not be able to
wear masks, due to medical conditions such as asthma. Contact the
council for guidance on how to best to handle these exceptional
circumstances as they arise.
Reporting and communicating a positive COVID 19 test
In the event of a COVID-19 positive test result, DO NOT contact
the other troop members or their parents/guardian. Promptly contact
GSMW in this situation. At which point, in addition to state and
local health department notification, a council staff member and NOT
volunteers, will be responsible for:
- Confirming and tracing the positive tester
- Contacting the parents of anyone who may have been exposed
(or other volunteers)
- Notifying a facility where the
troop has met
Let other volunteers know that council staff, NOT
volunteers, will notify parents and others about a positive test
result and that the tester’s identity is confidential.
Remember that girl and volunteer health information is private and
strictly confidential and should be only shared on a need to know
basis with a council staff member.
Contact Customer Care by
phone at 800-736-5243 or email email@example.com. If leaving a voice message,
please be sure to provide your name, troop number, best phone number
and time to contact you.