Prioritizing Safety Through the Pandemic
COVID-19 Response Team
In addition to the 1:1:1 model we have created a COVID response team, which meets regularly to evaluate the ways our policies and procedures are maintained, trained on, and updated.
This allows us to make fluid decisions to best support the safety of our staff and families while remaining committed to program integrity. All decisions are data-based and grounded in information coming from the scientific community, the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, and our local officials.
What does COVID safety look like at CBS?
CBS staff receive training and are assessed on proper use and disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfecting supplies.
Safety Kits for Every Home
From hand soap and paper towels to hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, we ensure every home is stocked with necessary supplies.
Safety Kits for Every Technician
Masks, rubber gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and thermometers are always stocked to ensure ample protective measures are in place for sessions.
Exit Procedures & Safety Kits on Campus
Each room is equipped with disinfectant, hand sanitizer, and other materials to ensure the space is ready for the next round of use. Visuals and checklists guide our staff with sanitation steps to complete before leaving any room of our building including the removal of materials for intensive sanitation protocols.
Zones on Campus
Zone schedules are used to ensure rooms have time to air out between use, allow for equal access to therapeutic areas, and decrease opportunities for passing in transitions.
Implementing Programs Outdoors
Whether in-home or on-campus, flexibility to implement programs outside adds some of the necessary sunshine to the routines we need right now (& also increases airflow).
Stringent & Supportive Illness Policies
Daily temperature & symptom checks are required for all members of the household and staff alike to maintain the safest environments in each home & on our campus.
Cancelling sessions when a staff or family member is sick is advised and reinforced.
24 hour symptom free conditions before reinstatement of services.
Social Distancing Protocols
While social distancing is not always possible when working with kids, we work with families to maintain protocols as recommended by the CDC for additional family members present in the home or on-campus.
Limitations to People Present During Sessions
Individuals present during in-home sessions are limited to those who live in the home or are present for necessary health and childcare services. BCBA oversight is delivered via telehealth.
Limitations on Community Outings
Generalizing program goals and having opportunities to learn across locations is important! We maintain our safety measures by encouraging outings. Outing options are limited to essential indoor services and outdoor settings. Locations where social distancing is difficult to maintain are encouraged to be done in short intervals.
CBS offers teleABA services using HIPAA compliant platforms for 1:1 sessions, supervisory sessions, administrative meetings, and social groups.
Staff & Families alike are required to disclose travel plans to determine when pausing services upon return is necessary.
Work from Home When Possible
We encourage our staff to work remotely as much as each position allows. We find our integration of online platforms for data collection, video conferencing, team chats, file sharing, training, design, and our culture of open communication support this model beautifully.
CBS adheres and educates our team on the benefits created by the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA guides us on providing staff with paid sick leave as well as expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.