Follow the resources developed by credible public health sources such
as CDC or your local public health department. Share these with girls
and volunteers and ensure that they are practiced during meetings and
activities. Place signs in the meeting or activity space to remind
girls and volunteers to engage in everyday preventive actions to help
prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Signs and/or posted guidelines should include:
· All participants, adults and children must complete a
pre-screening survey prior to each event, meeting, or activity. This
can be found under Covid Forms at www.citrus-gs.org
· Volunteers, girls, and parents should be reminded to make
sure temperatures are taken prior to group interaction to confirm the
individual is not running a fever and temperature is a normal 98.6 degrees.
· Members with fever or temperature higher than 100.4 should
not attend any in person activities or meetings.
· If an adult or girl has a temperature or other symptoms upon
arrival to the meeting they will be asked to leave.
· Please do not leave your Girl Scout until her temperature
has been checked.
· Stay home if you are sick.
· Cough and sneeze into a tissue, throw the tissue in the
trash, and wash or sanitize your hands.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20
seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and
after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are
not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands if you
· Hugs, handshakes, “high-fives,” and even activities and
traditions like the friendship circles, flag ceremony or squeeze can
transmit COVID-19 from person-to-person.
· Refrain from these gestures for the time being. Create a
safe way for girls and volunteers to greet and end meetings instead
(like coming up with you own meeting cheer.)
· Please ensure that if you are singing songs or reciting The
Pledge, Promise or Law everyone is wearing a mask and practicing
social distancing to avoid the risk of droplet spread.
Pre-screening and Symptoms Check. Prior to in-person troop
meetings and activities, all participants should be screened to ensure:
· they are healthy and that they have not experienced symptoms
that are associated with COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours;
· that they have not knowingly been in contact with someone
that has exhibited symptoms or has been confirmed positive with
COVID-19 or a person waiting to see if they are positive; and
· that they have not been to high-risk geographical regions
particularly those regions that require a 14-day or otherwise specific
Note: The CDC defines “close contact” as follows:
· You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a
total of 15 minutes or more
· You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
· You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or
· You shared eating or drinking utensils
· They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets
First Aid / CPR Training. Always keep skills up to date for any
emergency and always have at least one person per troop/group
currently certified in CPR/First Aid (First Aider). Due to the current
COVID -19 situation, the CPR/First Aid online training restriction has
been temporarily lifted for the time period that in-person training is
not available. Volunteers can receive on-line training only with a
council approved training provider. Once it is safe, with Council
approval all volunteers can resume in-person training and skills
assessment. Current approved online vendors are: American Red Cross,
American Heart Association, National Safety Council, American Safety
and Health Institute, EMP America and Medic. In addition, requests can
be submitted to use alternative companies that are certified through
these governing bodies. These requests should be submitted to Customer
Care at email@example.com
a minimum of one month prior to scheduling a training to allow enough
time for the vetting process.
When do you need First Aid/CPR Training? You would need a
First Aider with your troop/group, when participating in troop
meetings in a public location as well as when participating in any
/all of the following activities, day trips, high adventure
activities, camping, overnights, and trips. Troops that meet at a
residence (outdoors) that is considered their primary meeting location
does not require a CPR/First Aid trained adult.
Transportation (carpooling). It is imperative to take all
safety precautions when girls are travelling in motor vehicles. If
possible, girls from different households should not carpool.
Coronavirus transmission risk is high when people are in close
proximity, less than six feet apart. The risk increases when people
are in a closed in area or indoors for longer than 10 minutes. When
transporting girls, always space out the girls to avoid crowding, have
girls wear a mask and keep the windows partially open to provide
ventilation. Make sure parents are aware ahead of time if girls will
be in a car together. Always, for every in-person event, meeting, or
transportation arrangement, conduct the pre-screening process to
ensure that coronavirus does not touch Girl Scout gatherings.
Individual parent drop-offs and pick-ups are also an option. Public
transportation should be avoided and not encouraged.
· Girls and adults should wear masks when inside of a motor vehicle
· Keep car window opened, at least partially, to circulate
· Consider the personal situation of your girls:
o Do they live with an immune compromised person that they can put
at risk? If so, perhaps make other accommodations for her with her parents.
· Prescreen all passengers
o Have the families been isolating, and free from contagion? If
so, the troop may essentially be a safe bubble.
o Always complete a pre -screening form and take temperatures
Again, sustained contact within less than six (6) feet for longer
than ten (10) minutes within an enclosed area creates high risk for
virus transmission, so be very careful with carpool decisions.
Individual parents drop off and pick up their own girls from
meetings. Carpooling and public transportation should be avoided,
where possible, to maintain social distancing.
Travel and Overnights:
At this time overnight activities and travel trips (overnight) are
not permitted, this includes but is not limited to:
o Lock in’s
First Aid/Cleaning Supplies:
· Troop first aid supplies should include COVID-19 prevention
· hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
· disposable facemasks
· disinfectants, wipes, paper towels etc.
· Tissues, gloves and trash bags
· Trash baskets or bags should be supplied for meeting and
activity spaces, if not already available. Make sure that the trash
baskets (or bags) are easily accessible for girls.
· Disposable or no-contact thermometers may be added to
supplies if available and not cost-prohibitive, however, parents
should be checking temperatures and allowing their girl(s) to join
group activities only when temperatures are normal.
· Supply of pre-screening forms and temperature log
Disinfectants and Disinfecting:
Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are
frequently touched (i.e., table tops, markers, scissors, etc.). Use a
household disinfectant or see the EPA’s list of effective cleaners
approved for use against COVID-19. Follow the manufacturer’s
instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g.,
concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
Household bleach is effective against COVID-19 for up to 24 hours
when properly diluted. To prepare a bleach solution, mix:
· 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
· 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
See the CDC’s website for more on cleaning and disinfecting
Use cloth face coverings as feasible. Note that some girls or
volunteers may not be able to wear masks, due to medical conditions
such as asthma. Face coverings are essential in times when proper
social distancing is difficult.
Wearing face coverings (masks) is not only to protect you, but also
to protect others. Face coverings are a civic responsibility and a
sign of caring for the community. Girls can bring their own face
coverings, but you should also have disposable masks on hand for those
who need them. Volunteers can teach girls how to handle their face
coverings so that they are effective. Be sure that when anyone is
wearing a mask, they keep it on at all times as well as keeping it
over their nose
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
· Children younger than 2 years old
· Anyone who has trouble breathing
· Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable
to remove the cloth face covering without assistance
o Please note that some adults/children may not be able to wear a
mask due to a medical condition.
o Troops should inform families so they are aware if there is a
member who will participate without wearing a mask. If unable to wear
face coverings due to medical conditions, you must always maintain a
minimum of 6 feet away from anyone else at all times and provide any
documentation when possible.
Reporting and communicating a positive COVID-19 test. In the event
of a COVID-19 positive test result, contact the parents or troop
members while maintaining privacy of the individual. The troop
leader will notify parents and others about a positive test result and
that the tester’s identity is confidential. Remember that girl and
volunteer health information is private and strictly confidential and
should be only shared on a need-to-know basis with a council staff member.
· Confirming and tracing the positive tester
· Contacting the parents of anyone who may have been exposed
(or other volunteers)
· Notifying a facility or homeowner where a troop has met
Record Retention. Generally, with respect to paper
pre-screening forms that are collected manually, the forms should be
saved for the duration of the membership year. If the forms are
collected at the very end of the membership year, they should be
retained for approximately 3 months.
Keep in mind that pre-screening forms should be treated just like
any other personal or medical forms that are collected for Girl Scout
troops, meetings and activities. Only the designated staff or
volunteers should have access to this information. Forms should always
be stored in a secure box, preferably kept in a location that is not
accessible by others