Covid Safety & Guidelines for RE Participation
During the current Covid 19 Pandemic, we are asking families to follow ALMOST the same guidelines used by the Lexington Public Schools for assessing whether or not a child should attend RE programs. Please monitor your child for symptoms such as: fever (100ºF or higher), dry cough and shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. Follen will allow for use of a home testing antigen kit, such as BinaxNOW to determine results. Even if you suspect that this is just a cold, we ask that you refrain from bringing your child to church until 24 hours after symptoms pass.
Other Covid Testing Protocols
Follen is following the Massachusetts Department of Education guidelines known as “Test and Stay” to help determine whether children, youth, and RE Volunteers should refrain from attending RE and/or Church programs and events. You can find that information HERE
Current RE Program Safety Measures
- All RE volunteers and staff are required to have vaccinations
- We expect all people 12 and older attending any event in-person to be vaccinated unless they have a medical exception. Currently this includes FUUY, OWL, and Coming of Age participants. All RE participants are encouraged to vaccinate once they are eligible.
- Programs will be outdoors to start the church year; since outdoors is safer, we will endeavor to hold classes outdoors whenever possible through the Fall months
- Young people and volunteers will be invited to wear masks outdoors should they choose; no “mask shaming.”
- Each class group will remain solely with their own cohort for the foreseeable future
- Masks will be required indoors by anyone over 2 years old; physical distancing will be maintained as much as
- We will support 3 foot distancing to the greatest extent possible
- Multigenerational services outdoors will be physically distanced; we will not hold indoor Multigenerational services until a vaccination is available for younger children
- Hand Sanitizer dispensers will be installed in all classroom spaces and in the church hallways
- When programs take place indoors, windows will be kept opened to allow our ventilation system to bring in fresh air and exhaust used air.
- Portable air purifiers will be in every classroom space
- Food and beverages will generally not be served except for the OWL class; any food or beverage consumption will be outdoors.
- We ask that everyone continue to respect people’s needs and requests for physical distancing. Let’s all get in the habit of asking for consent before taking off masks and offering physical contact.
You are parents who know this pandemic is not hitting all of us in the same way. If you need some extra support during this time, please know that you are not alone. Contact Beryl Aschenberg, our Director of Religious Education at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to talk about ways in which out community can help.