January 22, 2021
Dear HBIC Parents, Staff and Constituents,
Happy New Year! HBIC hopes you have begun 2021safe and healthy.
As we continue to monitor all aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, including the recent positivity surges and the vaccination rollout, we want to reassure you that our ultimate goal for our programs is to resume in-person services in a safe and healthy environment; whenever and however that might be. Guiding our decisions are state and local health officials, licensing and certification organizations, local education agencies, Regional Centers, and our own HBIC COVID-19 HANDBOOKS, which were developed to meet CDC requirements. With this in-mind, the following updates are being planned.
ADP – The ADP continues to operate with 100% remote support services, due to the ongoing surges in positive cases. The HBIC-ADP COVID-19 HANDBOOK is complete and has been submitted to DSS. We are staying in contact with state and local governing agencies regarding any on-going and/or new restrictions and are modifying as needed.
CHDS - The Cleta Harder Developmental School (CHDS) has had multiple planned dates for a return to onsite learning, only to have those plans halted by the on-going development of state and local restrictions. After discussing options, taking into consideration parent feedback, staff feedback, and input from our 12 contracting school districts, and evaluating all related components, we are planning to return to modified in-person services beginning February 8, 2021; we will be in PHASE 2, as outlined in our CHDS COVID-19 HANDBOOK. Due to additional factors, we will be returning with less than 50% of our student population.
The health, safety and welfare of our students, clients and staff remains 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, Executive Director
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