WHATS HAPPENING...

OCTOBER 20, 2021

Greetings HBIC Constituents,

I hope this message finds each of you safe, healthy, and doing your best.  It has been a significant amount of time, so I wanted to provide you with a (brief) update on our programs, as well as some goings-on with HBIC.

So, where are we now?

As of February 8, 2021, the CHDS program began welcoming back small cohorts (per CDE guidelines) of students on a part time basis. Now, three months into the 2021-2022 School Year, we are 100% OPEN for in-person learning, and only has two students participating in a virtual model.

While restrictions for the ADP program vary significantly, being licensed by CDL and physically located in Los Angeles County, we began welcoming clients back to 100% in-person services in July.  At this point, we have just three clients unable to be with us in-person; however, we are working on still providing support to them and their caregivers, while working with Regional Centers to get them back to our site.

Everyone has been amazing!  As expected, there have been some behavioral adjustments for everyone, but nothing our staff can't manage.  We are pleased to report there have still been zero COVID-19 transmissions during in-person programming; thanks to the development and implementation of our COVID-19 RESPONSE HANDBOOKS and a diligent staff.

In alignment with the state of California's Mandate, and as our programs are governed by state and/or federal entities, HBIC implemented the Vaccination or Weekly Testing requirement on October 18th.  We are happy to report that 100% of our staff are with us!!!

On behalf of the staff and HBIC Board of Directors, “Thank You” for your ongoing support.  We could not have been as successful as we have been without each one of you.  Please remain safe & healthy!

For an opportunity to CONTINUE supporting, please take a look at our 2021 GALA Affaire page HERE.

 

Respectfully,

Jason E. Cecil

Executive Director

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From the Director...

 

Like many of you, we have spent the past 2 years learning about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our communities.  For HBIC, that means understanding how it affects our employees, our students, and our clients, and then making the necessary, ongoing adjustments to our daily operations.  The information and guidance we are following comes directly from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Orange County Department of Public Health (OCDPH), and the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE).  We have been and continue monitoring each of these institutions on a very regular basis.

The health and well-being of our staff and program participants is and will always remain our top priority.  While additional precautionary measures have been taken, the following actions must be followed and adhered to by everyone for protection against the virus:

 

  • GET VACCINATED

  • WASH HANDS WITH SOAP & WATER

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Do not touch eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

  • If you are sick, STAY HOME

  • If your child is sick, KEEP THEM HOME

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow; wash hands afterwards

  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

 

HBIC will be strictly enforcing our ILLNESS & INJURIES policy as outlined in the Parent/Guardian Handbook, as well as our newly developed COVID-19 HANDBOOK and COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLANN (CPP).  If your child is sick or presents symptoms, be prepared for them to NOT ATTEND PROGRAM.  If they present symptoms after arriving to program, you will be contacted and expected to pick your child up immediately.  We understand that this can be an inconvenience, but again, the health & safety of all our staff, students, and clients is our primary concern.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  As we receive pertinent information, we will share it with you.

Jason E. Cecil, MA

Executive Director