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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Working together to keep our Girl Scout community safe.

Last Updated: 10/13/2022

Girl Scouts of Central Texas health, safety, and facilities consider GSUSA guidelines, state and local officials’ orders, guidance from the CDC, guidance from the American Camp Association, and our ability to create safe spaces for girls, staff, and volunteers.

When deciding whether or not to meet in-person, consider recent updates from the state, the CDC, and local officials.

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

Girl Scout Gatherings COVID-19 Protocols Overview

Groups may gather in-person with the following guidelines. 

GROUP SIZE MASKS PHYSICAL DISTANCING PRE-SCREENING
No specific group size limit. Refer to CDC guidance for county community level.* Keep three to six feet of distance between members of different households. Pre-screening forms are not required for volunteer-led activities. If you are not feeling well, stay home.
* Troop leaders, program/event coordinators, and vendors may still make the decision to require masks for specific activities. This requirement must be made clear as part of the registration process for activities or in any pre-activity information.
Latest Updates

October 10, 2022: Updated page to reflect updated CDC recommendations.

Health Protocols and Masks

If a girl, parent/caregiver, or volunteer shows new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19, has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 within the past 7 days (excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated and are not showing symptoms), is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 7 days, they are not permitted to attend in-person activities.  If you are feeling ill, please stay home.

Per CDC guidelines, people with COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

Event coordinators, troop leaders, and vendors may require masks for specific activities. This requirement must be made clear as part of the registration process for activities or in any pre-activity information. Mask status may change.

Members are expected to respectfully follow the recommended and required mask and safety guidelines of vendors/locations when participating in programming.

In addition, CDC guidance recommends checking county community levels to see if transmission is at a Low, Medium, or High level. Follow the appropriate guidance for the county's community level.

Documents and Pre-Screening

If a girl, parent/caregiver, or volunteer shows new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19, has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 within the past 7 days (excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated and are not showing symptoms), is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 7 days, they are not permitted to attend in-person activities. If you are feeling ill, please stay home.

Pre-screening and COVID-19 waivers are not required at events. While not required, event coordinators, troop leaders, and volunteers may require the completion of the pre-screening questions and COVID-19 waiver before or upon arrival. It is recommended that a volunteer is assigned to ask and document the responses to the screening checklist of all participants upon arrival. Potential attendees who answer yes to any of the questions should not attend the in-person Girl Scout activity. Use the log provided here. This record must be kept confidentially with health forms and permission slips.

This volunteer will serve as the point of notification for any post-meeting incident of a communicable disease. Upon notice, this volunteer and affected girl/parent/caregiver should refer to guidance under COVID-19 Positive Test Results.

Travel

APPROVED Girl Scout troop/group overnight travel is permitted. Volunteers are required to submit the online Activity and Travel Application for all overnight trips and day trips over 100 miles at least two weeks in advance.

Domestic and international travel is permitted as long as the destination allows visitors from the home country/state/county/city. Groups should check the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories and CDC Travel Recommendations for international destinations and cruises. Groups will need to demonstrate that the destination permits visitors. Destinations that are Level 4 (AVOID TRAVEL) will not be approved. 

COVID-19 is a fluid situation. Groups accept the risks of cancellations due to changes in the destination travel status. Groups are encouraged to have funds and/or volunteers in case any travellers must quarantine separately or remain behind.

COVID-19 Positive Test Results

If an attendee/participant at an in-person Girl Scout activity tests positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the event, they should alert their troop leader. GSCTX and all of those potentially impacted also should be notified. 

If the event was a volunteer-led activity, volunteers may contact those impacted with the template for contact tracing.

If the in-person activity was a GSCTX staff-led event, please complete and submit the COVID-19 incident form to covidcare@gsctx.org.

Remember that personal girl and volunteer health information, including the identity of the person who tested positive and their symptoms, is private and should be only shared on a need to know basis with a GSCTX staff member.

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Additional Resources

Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe, fun space for everyone!

Practicing Online Safety

Before getting started, here's a quick word from Girl Scout Kayla, sharing best practices for Girl Scouting online.  

If your Girl Scout activities involve the use of the internet, have all participants read and agree to the Girl Scout computer internet safety pledge

Meeting In-Person

When deciding whether to host an in-person meeting or event and determining guidelines for that event, please consider the make-up and size of your troop or group, including possible attendees, their families, and their health risk factors, where applicable. We want to do our best to make sure all Girl Scouts, volunteers, and families feel included and safe throughout their Girl Scout experience and should aim to be inclusive of all members of the troop or group.

Consider any recent updates from the state, the CDC, and local officials before you meet. If your local leadership has issued a stay-at-home order, please suspend in-person meeting until that order is lifted.