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Jayhawk Area Council Response to COVID-19 - Updated 3/18/20

Dear Scouting Family,

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect local Scouting programs in Jayhawk Area Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)External Link.

The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.

Status of Council Events

  • Shunga District Dinner & Roundtable - postponed, make-up date TBD
  • Shunga Cub Scout Lock-In - postponed, make-up date TBD
  • Shunga District Committee Meeting - call-in option only
  • Pony Express Spring Camporee - canceled
  • Pony Express April Roundable - on as scheduled with call-in option
  • Sojadi District Commissioner/Committee meeting - on as scheduled, conference call only
  • Sojadi Spring Camporee -canceled
  • Sunflower District Dinner - rescheduled for May 7
  • Sunflower April Committee/Commissioner meetings - on as scheduled, conference call only
  • Sunflower Spring Camporee - canceled
  • Buffalo District Service Meeting - on as scheduled, call-in option
  • Buffalo District Committee Meeting - on as scheduled, call-in option
  • Buffalo District Commissioner Meeting - on as scheduled, call-in option
  • Wood Badge Reunion Dinner - postponed, new date TBD
  • FSR Work Day - On as scheduled
  • NYLT Staff Development - Staff will be notified directly
  • LNT Training - TBD
  • Program Task Force Meeting - on as scheduled, call-in option
  • NRA Basic Instructor Training - canceled
  • BALOO/IOLS - canceled
  • Wilderness First Aid - postponed until May 15-17
  • April Executive Board meeting - on as scheduled, call-in option
  • Distinguished Citizen Dinner - postponed - new date TBD
  • Scout Day at the K - postponed - new date TBD
  • Popcorn Top Sellers Zoo Party - postponed to July 11

You may monitor event updates (www.jayhawkcouncil.org).  Any updates will be included at the top section and first article on the Top Stories section. 

Decisions about unit meetings and activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit’s individual circumstances and current CDC and local health department guidelines.

 

BSA Policies to Prevent the Spread of Illness

The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical RecordExternal Link and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.

 

Everyday Preventive Measures

Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Stay home when you feel sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
  • Avoid shaking 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 readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your local district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us.

 

Yours in Scouting, 

Wayne R. Pancoast, Scout Executive

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