May 13, 2020
As we move along through our 9th week of closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we wanted to give some updates and information regarding the programs of HBIC. As many of you are aware, Governor Gavin Newsom's "Stay at Home" order (to end on May 15) has been modified and replaced by the Four Phases Road Map to Recovery. The state has just entered into Phase 2, which includes childcare facilities and schools. Local Governments (Counties) have been given the flexibility to move through Phase 2 as slowly or as quickly as it is deemed appropriate.
The Cleta Harder Developmental School (CHDS) - While the original intention was for a return date of July 7 (for Summer School), new developments from state and local authorities, as well as our contracting school districts have necessitated a date change. CHDS now has a planned return date of August 26, which coincides with the beginning of the new school year. This means that Summer School (ESY) will continue in the current Distance Learning format. We are currently working with Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) and our contracting school districts to develop a site-specific plan of preparedness (per State re-opening requirements). This could include a modified environment, schedules, and even staffing.
The HBIC Adult Day Program (HBIC-ADP) - Unlike CHDS, the HBIC-ADPis located in Los Angeles County, which means that we must abide by the guidelines and restrictions of the LA County Board of Supervisors, as well as LA County Health Officials. It has recently been reported that the LA County Board of Supervisors stated that LA County will keep the "Stay at Home" orders in-place through the month of July and into the month of August. We are currently working with the Dept. of Developmental Services (DDS) and Community Care Licensing (CCL), as well as our contracting Regional Centers, to come up with a plan that could involve a modified re-opening, or a temporary change in the delivery of services.
Takeaways from this announcement:
CHDS - AUGUST 26th Scheduled Reopen
HBIC-ADP - WILL NOT reopen May 18th
As with all dates discussed previously, these dates are subject to change.
We greatly appreciate you support and understanding during these very difficult times. We are all in this together and we will get through it together. Please Be Safe & Remain Healthy.
From the Director...
Like many of you, we have spent the last several days and weeks 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 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), and the Orange County Department of Education. We are monitoring each of these institutions daily.
The health and well-being of our staff and program participants is our top priority. While additional precautionary measures are being taken, the following actions must be followed and adhered to by everyone for protection against the virus:
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. 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