Health & Safety Measures for Youthfront Missional Journeys

Youthfront Missional Journeys will be ready this summer for youth to learn and serve our city! We know that these programs are incredibly valuable in developing the faith of youth and young adults and realize that now, more than ever, youth are craving connection with God and community. We plan to host our programs with the most updated health and safety measures in place. 

Kansas’ reopening plans provide for our programs to reopen as part of Phase 3 (expected June 15). As those guidelines evolve, we will continue to work closely with our Medical Director, medical advisory team and local authorities and make any necessary adjustments. The health and safety of our participants is always our top priority.  

Expert Guidance

Our Medical Director, a physician, along with a generous group of other physicians, nurses and lab technicians, volunteer their time to review and guide all of our health protocols. This ensures our health and safety measures for our Missional Journey teams are in line with the latest CDC and local recommendations and meet the highest standards.

Clean Air & Clean Facilities

Some of our program adjustments include more outdoor time for sun and space! We’ve established stringent sanitizing and cleaning protocols for our teams wherever they sleep, eat or serve. For out-of-town groups who will be staying overnight, our lodging facilities observe those same procedures.

Team Training

Each summer, our staff have extensive training on all of our protocols and safety procedures before youth participate in our programs. Our staff are ready to partner with youth and group leaders to ensure everything from consistent hand hygiene to daily health monitoring while on a Missional Journey.

Hand Hygiene and More

Our staff will oversee strict hand sanitizing procedures with strategically placed hand sanitizing stations throughout our facilities and in our service locations. In addition, meals will be plated rather than buffet style.

Health Screening

In addition to our standard medical questionnaire, all participants will be screened with specific questions regarding COVID-19 before arriving.  Each participant’s temperature will also be taken at check-in and on a regular basis during their stay, and our staff have extra daily check-ins in place.

Group Dynamics

Our staff has made adjustments to some group activities to protect the health and safety of participants in line with the latest local guidance – in some cases keeping participants in small groups as well as requiring face masks for certain activities. 

Parents as Partners

In the event a participant does get ill during a Missional Journey, our staff and Medical Director have a plan in place for immediate action that includes separating from the group, evaluation by a Youthfront staff member, and communication to parents.

We’re happy to answer any additional questions or share further information with parents about our health and safety procedures. We look forward to providing youth a formational and safe experience this summer.

CDC GUIDELINES

 

The CDC continues to communicate that COVID-19 generally presents with mild symptoms, and occurs more commonly in adults than children.  All people who have respiratory issues or are immune-deficient are at greater risk and should seriously consider not attending camp or any event where social distancing is difficult. 

As the details around this pandemic are quickly changing, the latest information can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention webpage at :  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

The primary guidance from the CDC continues to be:

  • • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • • Avoid touching of your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

  • • Stay home when you are sick.

  • • Cover your cough or sneeze. 

  • • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects using regular household cleaning products.

  • • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after using 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. 

If you have further questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 913-262-3900. 

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