Message from the Anaheim Family YMCA:
The Anaheim Family YMCA remains committed to focusing on your well-being when you visit or play in our programs, or work at our office or any one of our sites. From increased cleaning and disinfecting across our program areas and sites, to updated health and safety policies, we have reimagined the YMCA experience so we can all enjoy our programs responsibly.
We implemented our health and safety measures after considering the guidance of government and local health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
Together, we are a family, and while COVID-19, and the risk of contracting it, is present in public places, there are many important ways that we can all help promote each other’s safety. As we implement our guidelines at our Y Admin building and program sites, we want to thank our participants and staff for all they do to care for one another by doing their part.
Our approach brings together five elements that help us promote health and safety at our schools and program sites.
1. HEALTH & WELLNESS
At the Anaheim YMCA, our approach emphasizes a combination of measures to help reduce risk in services, at our program sites and our administrative office.
Physical Distancing: Managing physical distancing to assist with movement throughout our office space and program sites. Signage will be place on the floor and walls that remind visitors and participants to maintain 6 ft distance between each other.
Temperature checks: Quick temperature checks are required for all participants, staff and volunteers, prior to entering any YMCA facility or program location.
Face coverings: All staff, volunteers and participants, ages 2 and older, are required to bring and wear face coverings during work and program time.
Handwashing and hand sanitizer: We have increased the number of hand sanitizer locations and handwashing stations throughout our office and program sites.
2. CLEANING & DISINFECTING
We’ve updated our standards for cleanliness across our program sites and admin office, with a special emphasis on areas such as our hallways, kitchen, door handles, restrooms, lobby and more.
Increased cleaning & disinfecting: We’ve increased the frequency of cleaning, especially for frequently-touched surfaces and high-traffic areas. Our YMCA building will receive an enhanced cleaning before staff and residents arrive the next day.
3. TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
The Anaheim Family YMCA will be utilizing technology and innovation to keep program staff connected to participants, students and their families.
Educational Resource: As learning requirements expand, the Anaheim Y will assist youth and families with support to further enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of their education, es-pecially with distance-learning.
Communication: Our YMCA communications staff continue to send important program updates to residents and participants using social media and email communication
Staff Forum: YMCA staff get up to date information on COVID, throughout Anaheim and Orange County.
Program Registration / Management: All participants and members will be encouraged to register online prior to program start date. Student check-in may also be done online.
Sports & Performing Arts: YMCA staff and volunteers have completed online videos and tutorials for our YouTube Channel, to further engage our participants while they may be at home.
Camper Engagement: Staff and volunteers have used ZOOM to create fun videos and engage with our campers, through a virtual experience, for both Camps Fox and Miehana
Innovation as a continued resource: The Y will continue to use technology solutions to set up tutorials and webinars for families who need assistance with district distance-learning, updates on programs and available resources, and a Community Forum to facilitate support, connect volunteers, plan future community events and give families a way to communicate informally.
4. STAFF TRAINING
Safety starts with our staff and volunteers, and we’ve adopted a number of new policies and practices for staff and volunteers at work.
Training: Staff members and volunteers are receiving additional training on both new measures and the continued importance of personal health and hygiene, such as handwashing and ,of course, staying home when ill. For some, this includes training on how to help participants and residents to follow new health and safety measures, including wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distancing.
Workplace health and safety: We’ve increased the frequency of cleaning in work and program areas, adjusted our work practices to promote physical distancing, and introduced new protocols for temperature checks and face coverings.
Health screenings: Staff members and volunteers will self-screen for temperature and symptoms of illness before each shift and will stay home if they are not feeling well.
5. WORKING TOGETHER & WORKPLACE SAFETY
Because each of us shares a responsibility for the health of our community, we’re making resources available to make members and participants aware of our new policies so they too can do their part.
Member and Participant communication: We’re proactively sharing information with participants about what to expect ahead of their program participation or office visit. In our office and program sites, we have added signage about personal health and hygiene measures, physical distancing, and more.
Following our guidelines: Further resources have been given to staff members and volunteers to help further explain our new procedures, answer questions participants may have, and encourage everyone to follow these measures to promote the well-being of us all.