Children’s Diversity Read Aloud program

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County’s Advocacy Committee would like to develop and pilot a Children’s Diversity Read Aloud program at the two YWCA Childcare Centers, 909 and Adams Commerce Center, this summer based on our mission, “The YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the childcare field trips and activities are now limited. Therefore, Executive Director Dotty Dalphon and Child Enrichment Program Administrative Director Teresa Rodgers are asking for volunteers to read to the children.

The Advocacy Committee wants the focus to be on books about diversity and, if possible, read by a variety of people from different cultures.

Volunteers will:
1.     Choose a convenient time to read.
2.     Choose a specific age groups to read to such as the school age summer camp students or the children of the childcare program.
3.     Choose a book of your choice or ask for a recommendation from Advocacy Committee.
4.     Read in person, ZOOM, or video recording
5.     Dress as a character in the book or bring items to teach about a culture.

Please contact Lyne Aurand at darylraurand@gmail.com or call/text 717-495-1103 if you are able to be a volunteer or know of someone the Advocacy Committee can contact.

YWCA Business Safety Plan

YWCA Gettysburg Business Safety Plan

Infection prevention measures

We will have signage telling members what to do when they enter the facility.

We will have a staff person taking temperatures up entry.

Temperature information will be given to Human Resources after each week of temperature recordings.

People with temperatures over 100 degrees will be asked to leave.

We are taking temperatures of each person that comes in and also asking them if they are feeling sick at all.

Everyone is required to sign a waiver if they would like to use the facility.

If someone refuses to have their temperature taken or sign the waiver, they are not allowed to use the facility.

Masks are required per the governor’s order.

If you see a member without a mask on, please assume they have a medical reason to not be wearing one.

Remember to be courteous to those people that are unable to wear masks.

Prompt identification and isolation of sick persons

If one of our members or staff are not feeling well, we will tell them to go home and see a doctor as soon as possible in order to be tested for COVID-19.

If they cannot go home immediately, we will provide a safe isolated space where they can wait for a ride home.

The YWCA will be flexible when it comes to granting time away from work when COVID is involved. We want to make sure that our staff are comfortable with being honest about their health. If you think it is best that you do not come to work, then we want you to stay home until you are healthy. If you find yourself in a situation where you are sick, talk to your supervisor and we can discuss potential solutions.

If you have been in the same room as the person who has gotten sick for more than 10 minutes, you will be asked to go home and visit a doctor to ensure that you are healthy before returning to work.

This is the same if one of the childcare children get sick. Everyone in the room, included children, would be told to self-quarantine until they have been cleared by a doctor.

Cleaning, disinfecting, decontamination and ventilation

What are we doing in order to ensure the facility is clean and safe for everyone?

Fitness department has sanitizing wipes available.

Members are required to wipe down machines before and after each use.

Fitness attendants wipe down the machines completely every 1 hours.

Membership desk attendants sanitize high traffic areas at least every 30 minutes.

Engineering and administrative controls for social distancing

We are making changes to the layout of the fitness center in order to ensure there is enough space between members while working out.

If staff have a health concern and need an accommodation, they can speak with their supervisor in order to see if there is a possibility of adjusting the duties temporarily to help limit exposure.

We will make sure that we are keeping face to face interactions to a minimum in order to prevent respiratory droplets from being transferred from person to person.

If you have a health issue where you are unable to wear a mask; we have a waiver to sign for our members and a form for staff to have completed stating that you are aware of the mask order, but are unable to wear one.

Staff have up to 3 paid days to produce the completed mask refusal form.

Right now, there is a travel ban in place. Those who have to travel should take extra caution to ensure that they are safe.

People that have traveled to the following states need to be aware that the potential for exposure is higher and they need to ensure that they are taking all the proper precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Louisiana

Mississippi

Nevada

North Carolina

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Communications and training for managers and workers necessary to implement the plan

In order to ensure that our staff have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform at their best, we will continue to update this document as we learn more so there will be one place where everyone can reference our safety plan.

Supervisors and directors will model the appropriate actions for the staff in order to show them what is expected. Actions that go against our safety plan can be discussed and corrected in order to ensure maximum safety for all staff.

Provision of management and supervision necessary to ensure effective ongoing implementation of the plan

What are we going to do going forward to ensure that our staff will be as safe as possible every day?

Rely on this document and continue to keep it current as we learn new information.

Continue to model good behaviors for the staff and make corrections to staff as necessary.

Any incidents regarding this plan or COVID should be submitted to HR for filing.

We will be looking to Governor Wolf for the next steps that we will be required to take.

YWCA Reopening Plans

We are extremely excited to welcome you back Monday, June 15. To make your first day a great experience, please read this email carefully.

General

  • When you walk in the front door, you must have your temperature taken by our staff.
  • The first time you enter, you must complete a waiver.
  • Members, both adults and children over two, will be required to wear facial masks while in the lobby and hallways.
  • Members will be expected to practice social distancing at the Front Desk while other members are being helped by the staff.
  • Per CDC regulations, we are asking members not to congregate in groups in the building but are offering the use of the pergola.
    Y Wee Care
  • Y Wee Care, our free babysitting service for when you exercise in our building, will be operating at 50 percent capacity, 1 staff person per 3 children. Parents will be limited to 50-minute time slots so staff have 10 minutes to sanitize the room between each group. Y Wee care is reservation-only. Reservations can be made this week by calling 717-334-9171 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Click here for more information on YWee Care.Aquatics
  • Lap swimmers are limited to three per lane.
  • The whirlpool is limited to four people.
  • The water fountain on the pool deck is closed, please bring your own bottle. It can be filled using the bottle-filling stations located in our hallway.
  • Swim lessons and water fitness classes will begin in July.Fitness center
  • Mats and yoga blocks have been removed from the facility because guidelines state the porous material is a potential liability. Members are encouraged to bring their own. A limited number of mats will be for sale at our front desk.
  • Members are required to wipe down equipment before and after each use. If one of our many sanitation stations is empty, please see the fitness attendant and he or she will be happy to refill it.
  • We ask for members’ patience when accessing equipment in the Fitness center, as staff work to keep items clean.
  • Classes must practice social distancing and participants must thoroughly clean equipment after each use. We are finalizing our class schedules and will post on ywcagettysburg.org when they are available.Memberships
  • Please stop by the Front Desk to check the status of your account. We will add on any time that was lost from your membership during the closure at that time.
  • Please practice social distancing while waiting to be helped at the front desk and while speaking to our staff, please stand behind the plexiglass shields.
  • If you are not a member, we encourage you to check us out!Ragged Edge II
    Ragged Edge II, located inside the YWCA, will reopen Monday, June 22 with temporary limited hours of 9 a.m. to noon.

Thank you very much for your patience. For more information on what the YWCA has to offer, including operating hours, visit our website at www.ywcagettysburg.org.

Our Service Desk is open this week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please feel free to visit our facility or call our front desk if you need any assistance.

We very much look forward to greeting you next week.

For more information, click here to view to our YWCA Business Safety Plan.
– YWCA Management Team

#GivingTuesdayNow

Dear Friend of the YWCA,

Our doors have been closed for about eight weeks as the entire nation works to mitigate the dangerous coronavirus.

Your YWCA staff and board of directors have worked hard to make adjustments, stay connected with you and improve the facilities for when we can safely return.

  • Our dedicated childcare teachers have hosted virtual story times and YWCA Spirit Week to stay connected with the young one they serve.
  • Our indoor aquatics center has received major upgrades and we are working hard to prepare to open our outdoor pool when it is deemed safe to do so.
  • Our maintenance director, Bud Glass, has been improving and maintaining our large facilities. Protective screens have been installed at our front desk to ensure your safety when we reopen.
  • Emily Gerlach, a member of our board of directors, wrote a column that appeared in the Gettysburg Times and our website informing people how they can access domestic violence services during these stressful times.
  • Several of our fitness instructors have taken their fitness classes online so you can do yoga or dance your heart out in a Zumba class while virtually connecting with friends from the YWCA.
  • Instructor Julie Falk hosted a virtual Mindfulness Workshop to help attendees learn how to manage stress.
  • We hosted the annual Stand Against Racism online to promote racial equality in all aspects of human affairs.
  • We have used our Facebook page to connect members and friends with valuable resources within our community.

The YWCA is proud to have been able to serve you during this shutdown. We will continue to do so but need your support.

We have not been able to do our traditional spring friends mailing.

Today we’re standing with our YWCA sisters across the country to ask for your support this #GivingTuesdayNow.

No amount is too small to make an impact. You can help your YWCA by making a donation at www.ywcagettysburg.org/donate-now/

Thank you for your consideration. We will continue to serve you throughout this pandemic and look forward to the day we can again gather at 909 Fairfield Road, Adams Commerce Center or our childcare classrooms at Fairfield Elementary School.

With gratitude,

Your YWCA management team and board of directors

How to help YWCA Childcare

Dear Friend of the YWCA,

We are very much looking forward to the day we can open our doors and greet you in person.

Until that day comes, please accept this virtual “hello” on behalf of the YWCA management team.

We have received a waiver to open the YWCA Childcare at Adams Commerce Center, 50 Expedition Trail, so families who work in life-sustaining jobs can go to work while knowing their children are being cared for by a dedicated and competent staff.

Safety always is our number one priority but the steps we must take to ensure safety have increased greatly. We need several items in stock before we can open our doors so we would greatly appreciate your consideration in making donations to our childcare program.

The items we must have are:

  • Touch free thermometers
  • Masks (2 layers of tight weave 100% cotton material)
  • Lab coats or smocks for staff (any size Medium to XXL)

Items that would be nice to have so we do not need families bringing things from home to the center:

  • Crib sheets (for the cots at nap time)
  • Small blankets (for children at nap)
  • Laundry detergent (everything will be laundered daily at the center so we are not sending things home to the families)
  • Diapers / pull-ups
  • Baby wipes

Donations may be left at the door at the Adams Commerce Center. The area is being regularly-checked by staff.

If you prefer to make a monetary donation, you can do so online at www.ywcagettysburg.org/donate-now or mail a check to our main location, 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Thank you for your consideration,

Dotty Dalphon, executive director

Teresa Rodgers, child enrichment program administrative director

Guide for practicing swimming skills at home

*Safety Note* If any of your children are in the bathtub someone must be watching them. It is possible to drown in only 4 inches of water. An older sibling can act as a lifeguard if needed.

Activities for Babies!
Bath time:
• Use a cup to pour water on their toes, knees, tummy, arms, chin and head.
• Have your baby lay on your tummy while they are in the water for a back float. Sing twinkle twinkle little star while they look up at the ceiling.

Activities for Toddlers!
Bath time:
• Bring in some cups to play with.
• Together you can sing the washing song “this is the way we wash our toes, knees, arms, chin,head, etc.” pouring water on themselves.
• Children can blow bubbles in a cup or even lay on the bottom of the tub to put their faces in the water.
• Children practice back floats, do 3 secs, 5 secs, 10 secs, they just need to hold their tummies up. They can also lay on their backs and sing Twinkle Twinkle little star.

Dryland:
• Children can even practice jumping into a pool, by placing a hula a hoop on the ground outside and have them jump inside it.
• Children can use the couch to practice their big arms. Hold out your arms touching the couch straight out and take turns moving their arms down to their hip and back to the couch. They can walk around the house practicing their big arms.
• Children can lay on their backs and practice their back floats like a starfish or a pencil.
• They can also practice kicking their feet on their front and back as they would in the pool with pointed toes and no bend in their knees.

Activities for Children!
BathTime:
• Have your child put on their goggles.
• Children can look for coins at the bottom of the tub, once they put their face in the water, they can pick up the coin.
• Practice back floats, blowing bubbles and breath control.
Dryland:
• Children can use a step stool or a solid box to practice all the different strokes that they know.
• This will also help balance and practice the side breathing, as the child can hold one arm up like superman and the other by their waist with their head tilted.
• Children can bob for apples, create a small bucket and have kids bob for the apple, getting
their face wet.
• Children can work their way across the living room as a worm to work on their butterfly kick.

Seated Flutter Kicking:
1. Sit on the edge of the bed
2. Lean back on your elbows
3. Extend your legs straight out with your toes pointed.
i. Should be a straight line from your hip to your toes.
4. Keeping your legs straight practice kicking like you would in the pool.
i. Swimmers should be lifting their ENTIRE LEG up and down. Not just bending their legs at the knee.
ii. Keep the core tight

Seated Breaststroke (Froggy) Kicking:
1. Sit on the edge of the bed
2. Lean back on your elbows
3. Extend your legs straight out with your feet flexed up.
i. Toes should be pointing to the ceiling.
4. Pull your heels straight back until they touch the mattress.
5. Turn your toes out to the side and start to bring your legs apart.
i. Feet should be wider than your kneess
6. SNAP your feet together in a circle
7. The motion should start and finish with legs straight out in front of and squeezing
together.

Activities for Advanced Swimmers!
Dryland:
*Streamline Stretch (Torpedo Arms)
*Swimmers can use a step stool a solid box to practice all the different strokes that they know.
This will also help balance and the side breathing, as the child can hold one arm up like
superman and the other by their waist with their head tilted.
*The swimmers can practice their strokes in a mirror to see what they look like.

Kids can take an online WATER SAFETY QUIZ at: https://SKWIM.us

Yoga for swimmer’s video link: https://swimswam.com/free-online-yoga-classes-for-swimmers-for-the-next-two-months/

 

COVID-19 Closure Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is the YWCA re-opening?
A. We are unsure. We are constantly monitoring the governor’s recommendations and having discussions on what is best for the safety of our members.

Q. What about my Membership? Will I be reimbursed for the time that the YWCA is closed?
A. We will be extending all memberships the length of the closure.

Q. Can I retrieve items in my locker?
A. The first week of the closure, we held two periods for members to retrieve items from their locker. If you must retrieve items, email ahayes@ywcagettysburg.org to schedule a time.

Q. Will I receive anything for missed swim lesson days?
A. Yes. Any missed swim lessons will be put on your account in the form of a voucher. That can be used for anything here at the YWCA.

Q. If I made a payment on the Monday the closure occurred, what will happen to my payment since you closed?
A. A credit will be applied.

Q. If I’m on Child Care Works, (CCW/CCIS), am I responsible to pay my weekly co-pay?
A. Yes. You are responsible for your weekly co-pay for the week of March 16, 2020. The state will pay the remaining weekly balance. If your co-pay is higher than the charge for one day, you will be credited the difference toward your next co-pay.

Q. Is there anything I can do for the YWCA?
A. We understand many people have lost their jobs during this pandemic and have fallen on hard times. The YWCA has also fallen on hard times because many revenue streams have been choked. If you are able, we would great appreciate you considering a donation to the YWCA. Donations may be made online at www.ywcagettysburg.org/donate-now

Thank you for your cooperation and your patience during this time.
Stay healthy, stay safe, stay kind,
The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County

YWCA to close due to Coronavirus pandemic

To our community,

So much has been up in the air recently, with so many closures occurring and the numbers of confirmed cases of Coronavirus increasing daily. We are so grateful to all of you for your support and enthusiasm during this time. From the start of these questions around COVID-19, the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County was intentional about prioritizing what was best for our community and the people we serve.

As a result of the Pennsylvania Government’s order today at 2pm, we realized what was best for our community has changed. With mixed emotions, we are closing the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County and all facilities associated with it for two weeks, unless the guidance is lifted earlier. Additionally, all programs and events scheduled between now and March 31st are canceled.

I assure you, we are eager to reopen all of our facilities once we are assured that we can keep our community safe and secure while doing so. We serve many people who are vulnerable to COVID-19, and we feel responsible for our community’s health and wellness. Please visit our website frequently for updates.  We know the YW is an extension of your family, and we remain committed to serving you, just as we have served for many years.  Your patience, understanding, and generosity during this challenging times is greatly appreciated.

Click here for the Center for Disease Control’s frequently asked questions about COVID-19

Child Enrichment Program to remain open during school closures

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County’s Child Enrichment program will remain open during school closures, March 16-27, 2020.

The YWCA Childcare will operate during normal hours, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday offering CEP for children ages 6 weeks to 12 who are already enrolled.

The School Age Learning program for grades K through 6 will offer all day programming from 6:30 am to 6 p.m. for children and families already enrolled in our childcare programs.

The only exception to staying open will be if Governor Wolf or a government body requires our childcare operation to close.
YWCA requires children, staff, and visitors who are sick to return home. For everyone’s safety, we cannot allow children with viral symptoms to remain in childcare.
During these uncertain times, if you choose not to bring your child(ren) to YW CEP between now and March 27, you will not be required to pay for those two weeks. However, your generosity to the program during this time will be appreciated.

Please know that YWCA Management Staff will be closely monitoring and assessing the operation on an ongoing basis. Every precaution and measure to clean and sanitize our facility is being taken particularly high touch surfaces, objects, toys, etc.

We have increased cleaning/sanitizing tasks and will continue to follow these high standards during this COVID 19 pandemic.
Your cooperation in adhering to strict health care standards per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and all government guidelines is deeply appreciated. It is our desire to continually support our families, clients and community at large with critically needed programs.