March 9, 2021
Greetings HBIC Constituents,
I hope this message finds each of you safe, healthy, and doing your best. We are coming up on the 1-year anniversary of when HBIC was notified that we would be closing our doors to on-campus programs. At that time, none of us were aware that we would be living and providing support to our students and clients in a virtual world for such a significant amount of time. It’s been 12 months and our staff, parents, students, clients, and supporters have help to make the most out of the situation; doing everything possible and thinking outside the box to ensure success all-around.
So, where are we now?
As of February 8, 2021, the CHDS program began welcoming back a small cohort (per CDE guidelines) of students on a part time basis. Approximately 30% of our students have been on campus two days per week for in-person learning and continuing virtual learning the remaining three days. The week of March 22, 2021, we will welcome another cohort of students onto campus for a separate two days per week of in-person learning. These two cohorts will represent most of our student population receiving in-person learning for at least two days per week. Providing positivity rates in Orange and Los Angeles Counties continue to decrease, and vaccination numbers continue to increase, we foresee a return to in-person learning for most (if not all) of our students, five days per week, beginning in July for summer school, or August for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.
While restrictions for the ADP program vary significantly, being licensed by CDL and physically located in Los Angeles County, we will be welcoming back approximately 30-40% of our clients back to on-site programing beginning the week of March 15, 2021. Remaining clients will continue to receive services, supports, and contacts virtually. As with the CHDS program, providing rates (positivity and vaccines) continue to trend the way they are, the outlook for welcoming back all ADP clients to in-person services in the coming months is very good.
All-in-all, everyone has been amazing! We are please to report there have 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. While things are looking good, we must remain diligent. For updated information and guidelines on COVID-19 regarding gatherings and those who have been vaccinated, refer here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
On behalf of the staff and HBIC Board of Directors, “Thank You” for a year of special support and assistance. We could not have been as successful as we have been without each one of you. Please remain safe & healthy!
Jason E. Cecil
From the Director...
Like many of you, we have spent the past year 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:
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