We are hearing from our community, and many families and volunteers are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in our area. The safety and welfare of our girls is Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri's top priority.
First and foremost, we recommend that members regularly visit the Centers for Disease Control website for updated information on preventative measures when out in public.
As Girl Scout events for children are similar to schools, we are paying close attention to local guidance around school closures. Per the CDC, children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education and normal activities.
We understand that some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home.
As circumstances change, we will continue to seek guidance from these agencies and public health officials and are prepared to follow the recommendations of the CDC and local health departments to ensure the health and safety of our members.
Here are the additional things we are doing to keep our community clean and safe:
- We are keeping our properties well-stocked with all of the supplies needed to reduce the spread of germs.
- All staff members who are ill will be sent home.
- We are encouraging all members who are sick or are at a higher risk for serious illness to not attend Girl Scout meetings, programs, or events.
- We are proactively advising all districts and neigborhoods to follow specific increased hygiene measures at any large group gatherings.
- We are asking all members to follow increased hygiene at Girl Scout events, such as:
- Try to maintain at least 6 feet of physical space between you and other people
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used in a pinch
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Do not cough into your hands and always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing if you use a tissue
Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe, fun space for everyone! If you have questions about how novel coronavirus may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.400.4600—we're here for you.
Consult Your Public Health Department
To be a resource to our members, we are reviewing the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Health Department website daily and updating our messaging. As always, check the CDC and your local health department’s website for the most up-to-date information.
Be a Source of Comfort and Calm for Girls
Girl Scouts of the USA has developed a helpful resource for How to Talk to Your Girl About Coronavirus to help minimize stress and worry in your Girl Scout’s life and give her a sense of calm and control.