How we will keep each other safe in Youth Group this year
While we are looking forward to resuming Youth Group in-person this fall, it will take a strong commitment from youth and leaders to continue to make it possible. Following these guidelines is one of the ways we demonstrate our love for each other:
There are 3 main ways we can protect each other:
Safety begins at 2 points. That means:
- We meet outdoors whenever possible (1 point), stay 6 feet away from each other (1 point), and wear masks (1 point) for a total of 3 points. If a group is settled and staying disciplined at distancing, then a small group leader may allow a group to remove masks at their discretion. No one will be forced to go without a mask. Groups will always wear masks when gathering and departing.
- When weather prevents us from meeting outdoors, we will stay distanced and masked until the end of the event.
- Additionally, all events will be limited to 1 hour.
- Youth and leaders will be encouraged to wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.
Another important factor is monitoring our families for exposure and symptoms.
The medical definition of exposure is contact with an infected person at a distance less than 6 feet for 15 or more minutes while unmasked.
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please join us virtually instead of in-person.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and cannot explain them (e.g. seasonal allergies), please join us virtually instead of in-person.
Q. What happens if I come to Youth Group, develop symptoms afterward, and then test positive for COVID-19?
A. Please notify Matt Wiggins or Peter Henry as soon as possible so we can notify other members of that small group. Your privacy will be respected and names will not be used when notifying other families.
Q. What will virtual Youth Group be like?
A. Virtual YG will happen on Zoom and will have the same content as in-person YG, but with adapted games and activities.
Q. Why would a group want to remove masks?
A. While we think of communication as what is being said and heard, research has shown there is a huge amount of communication happening subconsciously in the form of sending and receiving cues from nonverbal communication (facial expression, body language). As we have all experienced, masks make the sending and receiving of nonverbal communication more difficult (and for some people verbal communication as well). Our leaders want to communicate to everyone that they are accepted and included and that sometimes requires cues from nonverbal communication.
Q. Why was the scarecrow given an award?
A. He was outstanding in his field.