2020 Virtual GALA
November 5, 2020
Dear HBIC Parents, Staff and Constituents,
I hope this message finds each of you safe, healthy, and managing your daily life tasks as best you can.
After several meetings with local health & education officials, HBIC Administration and Program Management, and the daily monitoring of state and local information regarding COVID-19, HBIC has made reopening decisions regarding both our Adult Day Program and our Non-Public School Program.
CHDS - As previously stated, The Cleta Harder Developmental School (CHDS), like a handful of other non-public schools, is unique and must consider additional factors for reopening. While located in Orange County, more than 50% of our students travel from Los Angeles County, which currently remains on the state’s “Widespread” tier. In addition, we have students that travel (within Orange County) from areas with significantly higher “positivity rates.” Finally, based on a recent polling of our parents/caregivers, less than 50% are willing/comfortable sending their child back to in-person learning. Based on this information, we have made the decision that JANUARY 4, 2021 will be our (projected) return date. Please keep in mind that, upon return, we will be in PHASE 2, as outline in our CHDS COVID-19 HANDBOOK, which can be found on our website at www.hbic.org.
ADP – As our Adult Day Program is physically located in Los Angeles County, and is guided by different entities than the Day School Program, there are varying factors that we must consider. Currently the ADP is providing a Hybrid Model of services that includes modified on-site, modified off-site, and remote. We are currently finalizing the ADP COVID-19 HANDBOOK and hope to have that on our website in the coming days. Cohorts have been created to contain any potential infection, and preventative measures have been in-place since August; and are modified as needed/directed by state and local health agencies.
The health, safety and welfare of our students, clients and staff is, and will remain, our primary concern in all decisions that are made regarding programming during the pandemic. This is also the reason that all dates regarding reopening or advancement of PHASES are subject to change.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Rest assured, we will all get through this as best as we possibly can.
Jason E. Cecil, MA
From the Director...
Like many of you, we have spent the last several months 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