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TBC Outreach Department Service Policy

The Birchtree Center Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Outreach Consultation & Direct Service Policy


Working Draft as of September 15, 2021

This policy is current with guidance that has been provided up to this date but is subject to change as additional official guidance is provided.

For information about recent updates made to this document, click here.

Table of Contents

Introduction        1

Entering Schools and Student Homes        2

Health Policy for Students        3

Communication in Student Homes        6

Document History        6

Introduction 

As The Birchtree Center resumes delivering in-person services since the shift to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 school closure in March 2020, COVID-19 policies are being implemented in order to safely deliver consultation services and direct service programming for all recipients of The Birchtree Center Outreach Department. Please note that this policy specific to consultation services and direct service programming is to be followed in conjunction with The Birchtree Center COVID-19 Organization Policy. In addition, the Birchtree Outreach staff require access to each district’s COVID-19 policies for their corresponding public schools and student homes, and the Birchtree Outreach staff agree to comply with all requirements set forth in such policies.

Birchtree BCBAs enter schools and student homes for two primary purposes: 1) to provide in-person consultation to those individuals supporting students on their consultation caseloads (e.g., parents, case managers, paraprofessionals); and/or 2) to provide in-person supervision to those Birchtree Clinical Instructors delivering in-person direct service to students on their caseloads. Birchtree Clinical Instructors enter schools and student homes for one primary purpose: to provide in-person direct service to students.

Birchtree staff are committed to the safety and health of all recipients of the Outreach Department’s services. In order to limit contact with others, at times, Birchtree BCBAs utilize teleconferencing methods or phone calls to support the staff and parents of students on their caseload. In addition, Birchtree’s BCBAs maintain a minimum distance of 3 ft. as much as possible when providing in-person consultation. This is in addition to wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and evidencing hygiene and sanitization practices at all times as described below and outlined in The Birchtree Center COVID-19 Organization Policy. Please note that the Birchtree staff providing services in school and home settings are not permitted to accept drinks, food, or any other gifts. Please do not offer these items.

Entering Schools and Student Homes

Health Policy for Students

        

For home based sessions occurring after school hours, a responsible adult (18 years or         older), must assume responsibility for the student and be present for the entire duration of  the session. The responsible adult must be able to be accessed immediately if needed. Birchtree staff will maintain a minimum of 3 ft. distance from others (aside from students they are directly supporting), as much as possible.

Communication in Student Homes

Document History

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[1] This 10-day quarantine and testing requirement does not apply to students who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, as long as it has been at least two weeks since their final vaccination dose.

[2] This 10-day quarantine requirement does not apply to students who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, as long as it has been at least two weeks since their final vaccination dose.