Health and Safety Plan Summary
Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc.
Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc.
Initial Effective Date: March 2020
Date of Last Review: August 27, 2021
Date of Last Revision: August 27, 2021
|ARP ESSER Requirement||Strategies, Policies, and Procedures|
|a. Universal and correct wearing of masks;||Masks will be required by all staff and student residents in all of our program facilities. All staff and youth residents will be issued face masks and shown how to wear them correctly—e.g., cover both mouth and nose and get as firm a fit as possible on the face. If using disposable masks, they should be thrown away after using.|
|b. Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding);||Physical distancing will be practiced within our facilities to the extent possible, given the current number of residents. Since masks will not be worn during meals, physical distancing will be practiced to the greatest extent possible. In our shelter care facility, pods have been identified as areas for group cohorts—e.g., any youths testing positive can be located in a pod separate from youths testing negative, who can be located in other pods of the facility.|
|c. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette;||Staff and student residents will be instructed on the correct method for handwashing (e.g., Wet, Lather, Scrub for at least 20 seconds, Rinse, and Dry) and on when hands should be washed (as noted in CDC guidelines that are attached). If handwashing is not possible, hand sanitizer is readily available at all our program facilities for use by staff and youth residents.
All staff and student residents will be instructed to cover their coughs/sneezes with their elbows or a disposable tissue. Afterwards any disposable tissue used will be discarded and the individuals who coughed/sneezed will wash their hands. Where and whenever possible, windows will be opened during cleaning in order to improve ventilation.
|d. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation;||Frequently touched surfaces in all our residential facilities will be cleaned and disinfected daily using products containing bleach. Windows/doors that are screened can be opened if needed to improve ventilation during the cleaning process. Individuals not involved in the actual cleaning will be kept in other parts of the facilities while cleaning is taking place. Surfaces that are not frequently touched will be cleaned with soap and water.
Individuals cleaning frequently touched surfaces will use protective personal equipment (e.g., wear apron or clothing that covers as much of the body as possible, closed shoes and reusable or disposable gloves). Protective personal equipment will be disposed of or laundered after use during cleaning.
All cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment for use during daily cleaning will be stored in secure designated areas of the facilities.
|e. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State and local health departments;||Any staff person testing positive for COVID-19 is removed from our work schedule immediately and quarantined at home for at least 7-14 days, depending on the recommendation of his/her medical provider. If recommended, the quarantine period could exceed 14 days. Contact tracing will be done following guidance provided by the CDC and the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Human Services.
After the staff person who tested positive has been medically cleared and returns to work, he/she must wear both a face mask and latex gloves for an additional 14 days. In addition, the staff person’s COVID-19 status is reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, our county partners (counties who refer students to our facilities based on established service contracts), all other staff members and all our student residents.
In the case of our student residents, symptomatic individuals are referred to either their personal medical provider or our contracted medical services provider, Prime Care Medical, Inc., for further screening and testing. If a student resident tests positive, A.R.C. will work closely with the student’s personal medical provider or with Prime Care Medical, Inc.—as well as the student’s home county medical and probation officials and the student’s family—to determine the best contact tracing and quarantine steps to be implemented following CDC guidelines.
|f. Diagnostic and screening testing;||Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc. (A.R.C.) has access to rapid results testing via Prime Care Medical. We also have a temperature log that is used in conjunction with the touchless thermometers providing the ability to check for symptoms, such as fever. The non-touch thermometers are at all our facilities, and cough/fatigue, etc.
Any individual with symptoms will be referred to their personal medical provider or to A.R.C.’s contracted medical services provider for testing and appropriate follow up procedures (e.g., contact tracing/determining the length of quarantine). Student residents in this category will be kept physically/socially distant from the remaining student residents while at the facility in order to protect the health and safety of other staff and student residents.
|g. Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities;||At present, Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc. does not require that staff be vaccinated. However, that may change in the future as the COVID-19 vaccines become fully approved by the FDA—as the Pfizer vaccine has been this week. Public and private businesses are legally able to require employees to be vaccinated and are being encouraged by the federal administration to do so once the vaccines become fully approved by the FDA. Staff and students are regularly checked for symptoms, such as fever via the use of non-touch thermometers. Any staff person or student resident who has a fever, cough or other symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be immediately referred to their individual medical provider or A.R.C. contracted medical services provider for testing and appropriate follow up steps, depending upon the result of the testing.|
|h. Appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies; and||The Department of Human Services (DHS) licensing regulations for child residential facilities are designed to protect the health and safety of our student residents. In order for our facilities to operate and provide services to our student residents, we must meet the minimum standards/requirements of the DHS licensing regulations that stress the protection of the health and safety of our student residents. These regulations include minimum health and safety standards for student residents with conditions that are considered to be disabilities.|
|i. Coordination with state and local health officials.||Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc. (A.R.C.) works closely with state and local health officials—especially with the PA Department of Human Services (DHS), the PA Department of Health, the PA Department of Education and county health officials—to ensure that every precaution is being taken to keep our student residents and staff safe. All of our facilities must be licensed by PA’s DHS, in accordance with the DHS child residential facility licensing regulations.|
If the outcome of our behaviors, actions, and attitude is good for the students, then it is worth doing. If the outcome of our behaviors, actions, and attitude is not good for our students then it is not worth doing. We are the role models for our students. Therefore our behavior, actions, and attitude must always be presented in a positive way.