Cabot Mentoring COVID-19 policy

 It is the policy of Cabot Mentoring to follow the rules and recommendations delineated by the Governor’s office and the Vermont Department of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be aware that alert levels can change as the situation develops. As of August 31, 2020, we are at level 2.

 
Level 4: stay-at-home order

Mentors and mentees must stay home and only meet remotely.
Mentors & mentees are not permitted to meet in person when Stay at Home orders are in place.

Mentors & mentees should make every effort to be in touch remotely despite not being able to meet in person. Options include text, phone, video calls, email, regular written mail.

 

Level 3: strict social distancing
Mentors and mentees may continue to meet remotely.
AND
Mentor and mentees may meet with for outdoor activities with appropriate social distancing as outlined below:


Outdoor activities only
Non-contact activities only: hiking biking, walks, fishing, conversation (no shared equipment, ie Frisbee, basketball, soccer)
Maintain a distance of 6 feet apart
Wear masks for the visit
Wash hands before and after the visit, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
No shared vehicle transportation: mentors may not provide car/truck rides to mentees.

Please be aware that some mentors, mentees, or families may have particular needs that necessitate a longer period of social distancing. Good communication is key; make sure everyone is comfortable with the arrangements before proceeding.

 
Level 2: Reopening of activities with continued social distancing
Mentors and mentees can meet remotely, or in person for outdoor social distancing activities as outlined above,
AND
Mentors and mentees may resume other meetings of their choice, following guidelines outlined below:


Maintain 6 ft distancing at all times
Wear masks at all times
Avoid prolonged periods indoors; meet outdoors as much as possible
Avoid shared transportation when possible. If necessary, seat mentee in the furthest area back that has seatbelts, wear masks, and keep windows open

 Please be aware that some mentors, mentees, or families may have particular needs that necessitate a longer period of social distancing. Good communication is key; make sure everyone is comfortable with the arrangements before proceeding.

 
Level 1: no restrictions
Someday this pandemic will pass, and we’ll have no restrictions. Till then, be safe.

 
Participant responsibilities


Mentors:
Read and sign COVID-19 waiver no later than August 31.
Honor commitment to meet regularly and consistently with mentee.
Keep open lines of communication with mentee’s parents/guardians.
Post activity to the Vermont Mentoring Database
Ask the program coordinator for support as needed: challenging issues, negative changes in relationship with mentee or family, or any other questions.
Be respectful of the particular needs of mentee and family with regards to distancing, activities, and scheduling.

Mentee and Parent/Guardian:
Read and sign COVID-19 waiver no later than August 31.
Honor commitment to meet regularly and consistently with mentor.
Communicate with mentor if they are unable to meet on their scheduled day.
Ask the program coordinator for support as needed: challenging issues, negative changes in relationship with mentor, or any other questions.
Be respectful of the particular needs of the mentor with regards to distancing, activities, and scheduling.


Program Coordinator:
Maintain regular communication (every three months) with all program participants.
Send updated health and safety guidelines to program participants as needed, to remain in line with federal, state, and local protocols.
Continue to be available to youth, mentors, and families for support, information, and questions.