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Planning for the Impact of Covid-19

Dear MCAEL Community:
 
As we all continue monitoring the news on the daily developments regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are encouraging our partners to stay calm and to be prepared as the situation develops for all possible outcomes for our staff, volunteers, families, clients and adult learners. 
 
There is no current indication that reported cases are related to community contamination, i.e. they have been travel related. If exposed, the overwhelming majority of individuals would have mild symptoms. Handwashing and the other CDC tips that are circulating are the most important actions people can take to prepare.
 
In the meantime, for your consideration:

  • Subscribe to the CDC’s email update list here
  • 311 is offering information to the public in a variety of languages
  • The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is working to coordinate messages between County and State Health departments and health-care providers/safety net organizations/MCPS.
  • The county website for information is here
  • We recommend subscribing to DHHS Twitter feed for updates. 

As we enter this new phase together, if you have not done so, please craft a plan addressing how the coronavirus could impact your business and staff. MCAEL is in the process of making our alternate plans should we need them and we will communicate if we change any events/meetings to be held virtually. 
 
Please consider how COVID-19 may affect your programming, the ability of your staff to work on-site, and what steps you can take to limit the virus's spread. What technology can you employ to reach people virtually? Will you need guidelines for make-up classes? Will staff be able to work remotely?  Feel free to share your ideas and plans with us for the good of our ESOL community and thank you for your commitment to our communities.
 
Please contact us if you need additional information or support.

Date: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:45

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