December 12, 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 additional 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 decided to make some changes to our previously reported reopening plans. These decisions are also in response to the newly instituted Regional Monitoring Lists established by the state, as well as the surge in COVID-19 cases following the Thanksgiving Holiday; coupled with the predicted/continued surge following the upcoming Holiday(s).
CHDS - The Cleta Harder Developmental School (CHDS) had previously announced a reopening date of January 4, 2021. Due to the developments previously mentioned, our reopening date has been postponed. Administration and Management will be discussing options, taking into consideration parent feedback, staff feedback, and input from our 12 contracting school districts. As previously stated, upon any date of 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. ADP is currently 100% remote, due to the recent surge in positive cases. We are still fine-tuning the ADP COVID-19 HANDBOOK and hope to have that on our website in the coming days. We are staying in contact with state and local governing agencies regarding any on-going and/or new restrictions, and are modifying as needed.
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 changing 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