July 15, 2020

July 15, 2020

A little after 3:30 p.m. today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that due to an increase in the number of Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth, he is signing an executive order requiring all Pennsylvanians to telework whenever possible. This order is in effect until further notice. As a result, beginning Thursday, July 16 all CCIU employees who are able to work from home are to work remotely. Please know that not all staff may be able to work from home due to the nature of their job functions. If you have been designated an essential employee whose job requires you to work onsite at a CCIU facility, please continue do so unless otherwise directed by your supervisor. Your supervisor will be in contact regarding whether you are to report to work on Thursday, July 16. 

Employees who report to work are to continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing, and wash their hands frequently. Employees who are working remotely have the ability to limit the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face masks when they leave their home, continue to practice social distancing when in public and when socializing with friends and families by limiting the number of guests at indoor gatherings to 25 and outdoor gatherings to 250, and to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. 

The following CCIU programs will remain open: 

  1. ACHIEVE program 

  2. Adult Services programs 

  3. Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services 

  4. CARE Center 

  5. County Cup 

  6. District assigned personnel (please contact your supervisor for clarification) 

  7. Driving Testing Centers (appointment only) 

  8. Early Care and Education Center 

  9. Evaluation and assessment services 

  10. Food Delivery Services 

  11. Fingerprinting Center (appointment only) 

  12. Practical Nursing program  

  13. Pre-school Special Education program 

  14. School-Age Extended School Year program and services 

 

Please know that administration is reviewing all programs and the above list may not be exhaustive. Your direct supervisor will contact you regarding the status of your program assignment. 

If we work together, we can break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, and prepare to safely open our schools and welcome students back for the 2020-21 school year. If we are unable to get transmission rates down, we risk not being able to open schools before labor day or in early fall. 

During this time, please be sure to take care of yourself. SwiftMD is a telemedicine service that delivers quality health care directly to patients.  Covered employees enjoy access to high-quality, convenient medical care by Board-Certified Emergency Medicine and Family Practice physicians for minor, common illnesses over the phone or videoconference, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Telemedicine allows the doctor to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment including sending in prescriptions to the patient’s pharmacy of choice, when appropriate.  This service is available to all employees and their dependents covered under the CCIU health plan.  

Health Advocate, an employee assistance program (EAP), offers free and confidential counseling and referral services to help employees and their eligible dependents successfully manage life's problems. If either you or someone in your household is struggling with anxiety and stress due to the current health crisis, please seek support. The phone number for HMS is 877-240-6863 or you can visit the HMS/Health Advocate website.   
 
Also, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has published a guide for talking with children about this situation. Times of crisis can elicit a wide range of emotions and behaviors in children and ourselves. It is important that we take care of our physical and mental health while caring for others.  

If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress, a 24-hour crisis text line is available by texting “start” to 741741. If an individual needs urgent mental health services, Valley Creek Crisis is available 24 hours a day at 610-918-2100. As with any other emergency, you can also call 911.  

Stay healthy and be well.  

 

Sincerely,

Dr. George F. Fiore 
Executive Director
Chester County Intermediate Unit