We are excited to announce our plan to re-open the CASA building in a limited capacity on June 1. CASA is dedicated to taking a number of actions that protect the health and well-being of all the children and families we serve, as well as our staff and dedicated volunteers. These actions include regular cleaning and sanitizing of all surfaces multiple times per day, as well as the implementation of hand sanitizing stations throughout the building.
Please know we will follow all guidelines from the CDC, Colorado Department of Health, and the 4th Judicial District. The steps we are taking to control the spread of COVID-19 upon our re-opening are outlined below.
PROTOCOL FOR VISITING THE CASA OFFICE
Please note that in-person staff presence will be at 50% or less through June as many employees will continue to work remotely. Volunteer interviews will also remain virtual for the time being. Virtual meetings and phone calls are still encouraged at this time, but when it is necessary to visit the office, visitors must be able to answer no to the following questions over the intercom before being admitted into the building:
- Do you have a fever, cough, or cold symptoms?
- Have you been in close contact with anyone with those symptoms in the last 10 days?
In the reception area, there will be a line on the floor to designate the safe distance to stand from the front desk. Upon entering the office all staff, guests, volunteers, clients, and shoppers at The Hanger will be required to:
- Sanitize their hands
- Wear a mask unless in a room by themselves
- Wash hands frequently
- Follow social distancing protocols
- Not bring food to share for the time being
INFORMATION FOR ADVOCATES
Court hearings will remain virtual through the month of June.
Beginning June 1, advocates can decide in collaboration with caregivers whether or not to resume in-person visits with the children on their cases. If in-person visits do occur, advocates will be required to follow social distancing guidelines:
- Advocates may NOT transport children at this time.
- Conducting meetings and visits outside will be highly encouraged.
- Mask wearing is highly encouraged during visits.
- In person visits will not be required; however, regular contact of some kind still is required whether by phone or virtually.
SUPERVISED EXCHANGE & PARENTING TIME PROGRAM (SEPT)
In-person visitation will become an option again on June 1 but will be limited. Virtual visits will also continue through June. If you are a SEPT parent, your Client Coordinator will reach out to you to determine whether or not you will have in-person visits or continue with virtual.
In-person visits will be staggered so that no more than two families and 10 people at a time are utilizing the SEPT site. For Teller County SEPT visits, only one family at a time will be allowed. Social distancing and the use of different rooms will be utilized to separate visiting families from one another. In addition, Client Coordinators will inform families of health and safety protocols prior to scheduling in-person visits.
CASA staff will facilitate all visits (both virtually and in-person) throughout the month of June, and staff will wear masks during visits. We hope to utilize SEPT volunteer facilitators again by July.
If you are a bringing parent in El Paso Countuy, we ask that you remain outside in your vehicle and staff will transport children in and out of the building. Infants and toddlers will be transported in car seats or strollers to minimize contact with staff. Teller County bringing parents should follow their normal drop-off procedure.
The SEPT site (including toys) will be sanitized after each visit.
THE HANGER & MILTON FOSTER CHILDREN’S FUND (MFCF) PROGRAMS
Teen events will continue to take place virtually through June and on-site lessons and classes will remain on hold for the time being. Click here for virtual classes.
Hanger shopping will resume in June but will be by appointment only and will be limited to no more than 2 staff/volunteers and 4 shoppers at a time. Cleaning and sanitizing will take place after each shopping window. All shoppers should remain outside in their cars until they are invited in, and for any shopper who is unable to wear a mask, CASA will make arrangements to pick out what they need on their behalf so that they do not need to enter the building.
Donations to The Hanger can currently be made only on June 1, 15, and 19. More donations days will be announced in the future.
CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT HOTLINE
The children CASA serves could be extra vulnerable during this outbreak with school being out and stress levels higher than normal for families. It is very important that everyone report their concerns about the safety and well-being of a child or teen by calling the Child Abuse Hotline (1-844-CO-4-Kids).