Carrollton Early Childhood PTA, as an organization, will be referring to what Dallas County has assembled regarding COVID-19 safe practices as it pertains to playgroups, socials, parties and meetings during the 2020-2021 school year. Along with the list below, we will be referring to the Dallas County Guidance System for the risk of activities that may put the public at risk of acquiring COVID-19 based on data from the State of Texas and the CDC. The assessment will detail recommendations for social distancing during times of high, moderate, low and normal transmission risks. Individuals must assess their own risk and make decisions based on their specific circumstances. Determine the risk by doing your own assessment and/or referring to the risk level calculation updated dailly at https://www.dallascounty.org/
As always, the CECPTA Sick Policy is still in place and should be followed without exception. Please do not bring any sick children, including those with vomiting or diarrhea, to any CECPTA function. Children must be fever free without medication for at least 48 hours preceding the meeting time to reduce the chance of passing any illnesses to others. When attending any CECPTA function, agree to disagree with dignity and respect other people’s wishes concerning social distancing. Strive to create a space where parents and children feel safe. It will take some time before we find our rhythm as a group in this new normal.
By participating in organized CECPTA activities, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By participating in organized CECPTA events, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold CECPTA, its officers or members liable for any illness or injury.
1. Assume personal responsibility – Public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Take responsibility, stay informed, take actions based on common sense, and follow the guidance offered by health care experts.
2. Do an honest self-assessment – In addition, all individuals are encouraged to perform an honest self assessment before engaging in activities outside of the home. This assessment should include asking two questions:
Am I healthy enough to leave the home, or do I or my children fall into a high-risk category, based on age or other medical conditions?
Is there someone in my home, or someone I interact with on a regular basis, who falls into a high risk category?
If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then exercise extra caution and discretion before leaving the home.
3. Perform protective hygiene, Distance yourself physically, and clean the environment – Everyone should practice good hygiene and cleaning practices to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus. These include but are not limited to the following:
a. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer after interactions with people or objects
b. Stay home if ill
c. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or do it into the sleeve or elbow, not hands
d. Clean high-touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, etc.) regularly
e. Avoid touching your face
f. Refrain from hand shaking and hugging
g. Physically distance and keep 6 feet between people
h. Consider wearing a facial covering when out in public or when in the company of others.
4. Assess the Risk – Individuals should assess their risk and make decisions based on their specific circumstances. Those at high risk for COVID-19 (elderly, diabetic, immune deficient, etc.) and those around them should use extra precautions as outlined by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS).