Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) is exercising universal precautions as outlined by the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure the overall health and wellbeing of youth, family members and staff in response to COVID-19.
Parents and Guardians of Youth
DCYF JR Instituions, Community Facilities, and Parole Services have communicated with all parents/guardians of youth regarding newly implemented COVID-19 procedures and the safety of their children. The procedures are informed by the science of how to respond to infectious disease in congregate care settings and in the community and are built into our infectious disease protocols, continuity of operations plans and emergency operations/disaster response preparations. Additionally, best practices and standards are shared among all state agencies that run 24/7 facilities.
With safety in mind, DCYF has halted all in-person visitations with youth. The agency now employs video and telephonic visits in order to protect young people in JR care.
Pre-Screening and Prevention Protocol
- DCYF is requiring all staff and vendors entering JR 24/7 facilities to be pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
- We are asking staff, vendors and contractors if they have been exposed to anyone showing symptoms, prior to allowing them entrance.
- We are requiring all staff, residents and contractors to wash their hands for 20 seconds upon entering JR facilities.
- We are routinely disinfecting facilities with specific attention to high contact areas.
- We are making appropriate referrals to community medical providers.
- We are instructing all residents to inform staff immediately if they are not feeling well.
- If anyone does become ill, a medical provider will be consulted immediately for further instructions.