Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands’ priority is always our Littles’ health and safety and that of their families, our Bigs, and our staff. Our agency understands the dynamic nature of this virus can lead to frequent changes in our processes, recommendations and communications. As we continue to actively and proactively review policies and monitor the presence of COVID-19 in our community, we feel it best to adjust our recommendations for outings.
Douglas County Health Department reminds everyone to avoid the Three C’s. With COVID-19 continuing to spread in the county and colder weather driving people indoors, it is important to avoid:
1. Crowded places – Don’t go to gatherings where you can’t keep six feet between yourself and others.
2. Close contact – Wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.
3. Confined spaces – Small spaces with poor ventilation increase the risk of infection.
Additionally, limit time around others to 15 minutes or less, wear your mask over your nose and mouth, and wash your hands often to decrease the risk of getting COVID-19 or unknowingly spreading it to others.
CDC tips for how to protect yourself and others and be found here
BBBSM presents the following guidelines and recommendations that align with the CDC and local health directives:
Bigs may not transport or have their Little in their car for more than 15 minutes. Instead, the Big may visit the Little’s home, plan an activity within 15 minutes from the Little’s home, or the parent/guardian can transport the Little to and from an agreed-upon location. The location must allow for social distancing. Bigs and Littles must wear a mask at all times and practice proper hygiene.
On the day of a scheduled match activity, the Big and Little’s parent or guardian must confirm that they and/or the Little:
• Has not had a temperature above 100.4 in the past 3 days
• Has not had any of the following in the past 10 days
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- A sudden loss of smell or taste
- Chills and/or body aches
- Nausea or diarrhea
- Positive test for COVID-19
- Contact with a person suffering from any of the above
- Contact with a person who has tested positive or has been told to quarantine
If you answer yes to any of the above, you may not meet with your Big/Little in person.
All in-person outings are completely voluntary. All Littles, Bigs, and families should use their discretion when considering scheduling an in-person outing. Bigs are required to bring an extra mask and hand sanitizer to the outing. Virtual communication is the preferred option for communication. If you need support planning virtual activities, please reach out to your Match Support Specialist for assistance and ideas.
The agency reserves the right to terminate matches if these guidelines are not followed.