Field Protocols Dated: 11/1/21
As an RJP Maine staff member, volunteer or program participant, adherence to these safety protocols is essential to the continued ability of the staff to carry on our work. PLEASE take all precautions seriously! The safety of all participants in RJP-sponsored activities remains a priority while we are still learning about the various COVID variants and the efficacy of vaccines, and we are taking every precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 amongst participants in our programs.
RJP Maine will follow the general guidance from the US CDC to maximize protection against the Delta variant . During this period where transmission remains “substantial” or “high” across RJP’s service area, it is the policy of RJP Maine that in-person gatherings should continue to remain limited to keep RJP Maine staff, volunteers, and participants as safe as possible from COVID-19 transmission. It is also the policy of RJP Maine that all participants in RJP Maine-sponsored activities should be comfortable doing so in-person. Youth participants in RJP Maine-sponsored activities should have the permission of their parents or guardians for in-person participation. If any participant in an activity is not comfortable with in-person participation, then activity organizers should arrange for an alternative to in-person gatherings or activities.
RJP Maine encourages activity organizers to find alternatives for in-person meetings. For RJP Maine activities where gathering in person is essential to delivering our services , all participants shall adhere to the following 5 requirements for in-person meetings and activities regardless of participants’ vaccination status.
1. Symptom screening: anyone participating in an RJP-related gathering or activity should self-screen for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 before each meeting. If a participant answers “yes” to any one of the following health screenings, they should stay home or leave to go home.
- Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 21 days: sore throat, cough, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
- Are you or anyone in your household awaiting test results for COVID-19?
- Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
- Have you or anyone in your household cared for an individual who is in quarantine or is a presumptive positive or has tested positive for COVID-19?
- Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or acquired COVID-19?
- To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19?
2. Physical distancing – maintain 6’ distancing. Ensure adequate ventilation, and meet outdoors, when possible. Distancing requirements must enable 6 feet between participants both when stationary and moving in the space. Following these distancing guidelines may also result in limiting the number of participants in an activity, in order to accommodate the 6’ requirement..
3. Meetings taking place in indoor settings are possible so long as distancing and the following guidelines are followed. All persons 3 and older are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor settings; ensure you have a proper mask in your possession and it is worn so that it covers the mouth and nose. See CDC handout on How to Wear Masks for more guidance. Masks are required in outdoor settings only when it is difficult to maintain social distancing.
4. Keep hand sanitizer in your possession. Practice hand hygiene and wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently!
5. Follow any and all additional protocols or limitations prescribed by the meeting facility or activity host.
These designations are made out of an abundance of caution and for the consideration of volunteers, participants and staff in their decisions and ability to continue to deliver our services in these times.
Additional Guidance for Specific RJP Maine Activities:
1. Mentoring - Mentor teams may meet in-person at the discretion and comfort level of each member of the team and following the 5 requirements for in-person contact.
2. Pre-Conference/Circle meetings can take place in-person at the discretion of all participants and following the 5 requirements for in-person contact.
3. Conferences – can take place in-person at the discretion of all participants and following the 5 requirements for in-person contact.
4. Volunteer Meetings - can take place in-person at the discretion of all participants and following the 5 requirements for in-person contact.
5. Carpooling (including providing transport to mentees) - RJP considers carpooling to be an activity akin to an activity taking place in an indoor setting. It can take place in-person at the discretion of all participants and following the 5 requirements for in-person contact. Maintaining 6’ of physical distancing may be difficult to achieve in most vehicles, therefore RJP recommends that the maximum number of vehicle occupants be no more than 2, unless passengers are from the same household. RJP additionally recommends that the vehicle should be ventilated for the duration of the trip by opening all vehicle windows to maximize ventilation.
6. Use of RJP Office Space: the number of people in the RJP Waldo Office will be limited to 6 people at one time, leaving room for one 15-minute visitor at a time. The number of people in the RJP Rockland Office “Sunday School Room” will be limited to 6 people at one time. Current social distancing requirements for the “NA Room” at the RJP Rockland Office also limit the number of people in that space to 6. RJP Maine will provide proper masks to all visitors to any RJP Office who do not have one.
Maine CDC COVID-19 FAQ’s (updated regularly)
CDC Guidance for Wearing Masks
CDC Guidance for Small and Large Gatherings
Maine Government - DHHS Infectious Disease
USA Facts National Picture