The safety and well-being of our children, their families, our mentors, our staff, and our entire community are of utmost importance to us. In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are sharing some resources about how to talk to young people about it and some practical guidelines for common disease prevention measures. The priority right now is to slow down the spread of this virus. This means thinking about and taking care of people who are more vulnerable; their health relies on the behavior and choices we are making right now.
Resources for talking with young people:
These resources give basic information that can help young people process the reality of this virus. A few of these resources also offer ways to dispel racist, inaccurate information about the coronavirus.
- Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Teaching Tolerance: Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus
Common Disease Prevention Measures:
If a mentor, mentee, or a member of either family has traveled to another part of the country or world or knowingly been exposed to the COVID-19, all mentoring should cease and advice should be sought through the Center for Disease Control by the Coordinator of Watershed Mentoring.
If you have cold/flu symptoms within 24 hours of meeting with your mentee, please stay home and reschedule. We encourage all mentors and youth/families to check-in with each other prior to meeting.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If
soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. More steps to prevent illness here. We encourage all mentors and mentees to avoid high-traffic areas and events with 100 or more participants, when possible.
- Most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Vermont
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention – COVID19
We understand that many questions regarding the safety of our community may be on your mind. If you have concerns about meeting with your mentee at this time, please let me AND your mentee know as soon as possible. Please take care of yourself and our community. Check on neighbors, family, and friends and extend support when you can. Support may look like washing your hands, staying home if you feel sick, canceling an event/trip, cooking a meal for a neighbor, grocery shopping for an elder or an immune suppressed person, sharing supplies and resources, drinking water, not touching your face, or texting/calling to check in on loved ones. These measures will allow as many people in our community as possible to stay well.