At Girl Scouts, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and wellbeing of our girls, volunteers, and council staff. We are closely and regularly monitoring official local, state, and federal guidance from sources such as the governor’s office, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, among others and encourage caregivers and volunteers do the same. For more information about coronavirus (COVID-19), please follow the Centers for Disease Control's guidance and updates, including about prevention and travel. Click here to view GSUSA’s article that focuses on how to talk to girls about coronavirus.
We encourage volunteers, caregivers, and girls to use their best judgment when determining cookie booth locations, events, meetings, and activities and to follow all health and safety guidance from official sources. Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England will take all possible and appropriate measures to ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience at Girl Scouts.
More specifically, here are some thoughts to guide your actions and decisions until COVID-19 is under control or until stronger recommendations are communicated by the CDC, the states in which you live, and/or GSSNE. The recommendations by the CDC always takes precedent so please refer to their site for the most up-to-date recommendations.
Girl Scouts are “considerate and caring” and therefore:
• Stay away from functions if they are feeling sick
• Cover up their mouth when coughing or sneezing
• Wash their hands often to keep from getting or spreading germs
Girl Scouts “respect themselves and others” so therefore:
• Consider canceling or postponing large group indoor gatherings of more than 100 to alleviate the fear and potential of someone inadvertently spreading a virus they may not even know they have
• Consider holding events outdoors rather than indoors because greater space results in people having less close contact with hard surfaces and people
Girl Scouts are “friendly and helpful” and therefore:
• Help alleviate the fears that girl members might have by using the GSUSA tips in the above article.