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Status Update | COVID-19


Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains (GS-TOP) strongly encourages troops and service units to continue to meet virtually to ensure the continued safety and well-being of Girl Scouts, volunteers, and families. 

Recognizing that our council spans many jurisdictions with varying COVID-related restrictions, GS-TOP troops and groups may choose to hold in-person meetings beginning August 4, 2020, provided all participants, volunteers, and parents/caregivers of all girl participants receive and agree to follow the guidelines below.


COVID-19 Guidelines for Returning to
In-Person Troop Meetings & Activities


BEFORE MEETING

  • Carefully consider and weigh all risks, including the make-up and size of your troop or group, possible attendees, their families, and their current comfort level with in-person activities. 
  • Assess symptoms. If a girl, parent/caregiver, or volunteer is showing any new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, they are not permitted to attend in-person meetings.
  • Complete the screening checklist upon arrival—a designated volunteer should log responses before every meeting and keep them confidentially with health forms and permission slips.
  • Operate under reduced group size of no more than 10 people, including girls, parents/caregivers, and volunteers. 
  • Whenever possible, hold meetings in outdoor spaces where social distancing can be maintained. 
  • Travel to meetings with only members of your household in the vehicle.

DURING MEETING

  • Wear face coverings or masks, per CDC recommendations and State of Texas/State of Oklahoma protocols.
  • Wash or sanitize hands upon entering and leaving the meeting site. 
  • Maintain physical distancing of six feet between members of different households. 
  • Follow the no touch rule. No friendship squeeze, high-fives, handshakes, or any other physical contact.
  • Follow hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • Sanitize all surfaces, tools, and equipment before and after usage, following appropriate cleaning and disinfection guidelines.
  • Serve only prepackaged food and drinks; gloves must be worn when serving food.
  • Follow all specific rules or guidelines of the in-person meeting location or host site.  

INCIDENT RESPONSE
Troop leaders should contact the council COVID-19 incident response lead, Jason Burnette, at jburnette@girlscouts.org to report a positive case. The affected troop will immediately discontinue in-person meetings to prevent additional spread. Council will notify parents and others of a positive test result and the tester’s identity will remain confidential. 

These guidelines will be adjusted and updated as additional recommendations and protocols are released.


Please note:

  • All GS-TOP offices, retail shops*, and camp properties remain closed until further notice.
  • All council-sponsored girl and volunteer in-person program events and travel are postponed until further notice.

**Our retail shops are now offering curbside pickup on a limited, pre-scheduled basis. Place a Retail To-Go order for pickup here.

You may continue to contact our customer care team as usual during regular business hours at customercare@gs-top.org or 800.582.7272.