Coronavirus Updates

Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) is working in conjunction with the Brevard County Health Department to closely monitor the outbreak of the Coronavirus COVID-19.

County and State health officials are in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the outbreak. This ensures the most up-to-date CDC guidance is quickly and accurately shared with local agencies and institutions, including BAC.

 

Updates will be posted below as well as to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as they develop. 

Click Here for BAC’s Coronavirus Updates PDF Library

Click Here for the CDC’s American Sign Language YouTube Channel for COVID-19

 


March 31st Update

ADDITION to the Personal Travel Policy effective March 30, 2020
In addition to our previously stated policy: Consistent with Florida Executive Order 20-82 and 20-86, any employee who travels to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Louisiana, via any mode of transportation including car, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return to their home state.


ADDITION to the Visitor Policy at Rockledge Facility

In addition to our previously stated policy: Consistent with Florida Executive Order 20-82 and 20-86, based on their responses, visitors who have traveled to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Louisiana, in the past 14 days will not be permitted into the building.


Virtual At-Home Learning Programs Coming SOON to Brevard Achievement Center!

BAC is in the process of developing a virtual at-home learning program for both our Adult Day Training participants as well as our Industry Readiness Training program participants!
Please be on the lookout for updates regarding the virtual at-home learning programs.


March 19th Employee Update

(Click here for Employee Guidance PDF)

(Click Here for each PDF as a stand-alone file)

BAC team members across the southeast and Puerto Rico continue to provide custodial, dining, ground maintenance and commissary support our customer sites. All employees are being provided with specific guidance to best protect themselves and the communities we serve from the spread of COVID-19. While we serve in multiple states and areas, the information in these tools is relevant for all our locations.

In addition to this information, we have rigorous procedures in place to protect against bloodborne pathogens that are followed year-round. These will also stop the spread of COVID-19 as well. In addition, regular procedures continue to be followed for the proper use of chemicals and personal protection equipment (PPE); not touching face with hands and thoroughly washing hands after removing PPE as well as frequently throughout the day.

Hotlines are another resource for all employees and community members:

FL: (866) 779-6121 (available 24/7)

NC: (888) 892-1162 or 2-1-1 (available 24/7)

VA: (757) 683-2745 (8am-6pm, M-F)

PR: (787) 999-6202 (available 24/7)


March 17th Employee Update

(Click here for Social Distancing at Work Information PDF)

Team BAC continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are updating policies and procedures for the safety and well-being of our employees, and the individuals and communities we serve.

Policies in effect on March 17, 2020 include:

Current Program Closures
Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice, our Adult Day Training and Industry Readiness Training Programs are closed.

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until Brevard Public Schools resume normal operation, our PACE and school-based Arts Programs are closed.

Employees impacted by these closures are not reporting to their normal work sites and should continue to communicate with their managers for updates. Employee communication via email will continue on a regular basis.

Social Distancing for Staff

  • For staff who are still reporting to work sites, all are asked to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • All staff are to limit in-person meetings and instead use phone, Microsoft Teams or other virtual tools whenever possible for discussions.
  • To assist with social distancing, some staff will begin working remotely as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Managers will work directly with each team this process impacts.

Visitor Policy effective March 17, 2020
Visitor Policy at Rockledge facilities until at least March 27, 2020:

  • All outside visitors will be limited to ESSENTIAL ONLY, including family and friends.
  • Individuals visiting in an official capacity will be required to complete a screening questionnaire before being allowed to enter the facility.
  • Based on their responses, visitors who show signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection (such as a fever accompanied by cough and shortness of breath) AND have traveled commercially, been in contact with anyone who has travel commercially or in contact with anyone with the symptoms listed above the last 14 days will not be permitted to visit the property.
  • Visitors who are allowed will remain in the lobby and the staff member they wish to see will be called forward.
  • We will be cancelling or postponing any activities that include outside organizations coming into our facilities.
  • We will be limiting outside transportation for our clients (i.e. – community outings and tours).

Personal travel policy effective March 17, 2020

  • Any BAC employee who travels commercially, anywhere, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
  • Employees should contact their manager via phone or email to confirm their work schedule during this process.

Business travel policy effective March 15, 2020
ALL business travel is limited to essential only and must be approved by a VP.


March 16th Employee Update

As of today, our team of dedicated staff in Rockledge and at our federal and commercial contract sites continues to work, carefully following precautions and guidance from the CDC and State of Florida.

We will continue to closely monitor the quickly evolving situation and will provide updates via social media and our website as soon as possible.


March 16th Critical Update – Program Closures

(Click here for Adult Day Training Information PDF)

(Click here for Industry Readiness Training Information PDF)

During this very challenging and evolving time, Brevard Achievement Center continues to take precautions against the COVID-19 virus to ensure the health and safety of our clients, staff and community.

Following guidance from the CDC and the State of Florida, we have made the decision to CLOSE our Adult Day Training and Industry Readiness Training programs for client participation, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice.

We understand this decision is a difficult one for all involved. We continue to monitor the changing situation daily and will adjust our plans and timelines accordingly. Updates will be posted to the BAC website and social media channels as quickly as possible.

BAC strongly encourages all participants, caregivers and staff to follow the CDC Guidelines for stopping the spread of diseases. Those resources are below to assist you:

 Center for Disease Control
COVID-19 Public Website and Call Center

Please visit the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-(866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

 What you Should Know

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The CDC does not recommend that asymptomatic, healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

A person that experiences a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and any other destination under CDC travel advisory should call ahead to their health care provider and local CHD and mention their recent travel or close contact.

If a person has had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from this area or been in contact with a person with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, they should call ahead to a health care professional and the CHD. The health care provider will work with the Department to determine if the person should be tested for COVID-19.

 


March 13th Notice to Visitors (Click here for PDF)

In response to the recent developments in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Brevard Achievement Center continues to take precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our clients and employees.
With this in mind, the decision has been made to implement the following directives at the Rockledge facility until at least March 27, 2020:
  • All outside visitors will be limited to ESSENTIAL ONLY. This includes family and friends.
  • Individuals visiting in an official capacity will be required to complete a questionnaire upon entering the facility.
  • Visitors who show signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection (such as a fever accompanied by cough and shortness of breath) OR have traveled outside of the U.S. in the last 14 days will not be permitted to visit.
  • We will be cancelling or postponing any activities that include outside organizations coming into our facilities.
  • We will be limiting outside transportation for our clients (i.e. – community outings and tours).
Melissa Cadle, BAC’s Safety Manager, has been designated as the primary point of contact for questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 and BAC’s response. For more information, please feel free to contact her at (321) 632-8610, ext. 287.

March 6th Notice to Caregivers (Click here for PDF)

All BAC locations will follow best practices for preventing or containing the spread of the common flu, which is also effective in preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19. These are:

  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When possible, soap and water is the best choice.
  • Cleaning our hands after going to the bathroom, after eating, after coughing, sneezing or blowing our nose. Covering our mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding close contact with those who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick. Residents of group homes and those in Supported Living should also remain home when ill. We understand that parents and caregivers may have to work or other obligations, but we want to ensure the safety of our clients and staff.
  • If a client becomes sick while at BAC, we will ask caregivers or group homes to pick them up, so please have a plan in place should this need arise.

We have increased surveillance of our clients and are working diligently to ensure a safe environment in all our buildings and locations during this prevention initiative.
We will continue to keep you updated as we receive pertinent information. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me at 321-632-8610.
Thank you,

Robert Gramolini
Vice President, Employment Transition Services

 



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