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Girls Inc. Programming and COVID-19

3/13/2020
Dear Families and Stakeholders:

We wanted to reach out to you as we know that there is an increasing sense of anxiety and confusion regarding COVID-19, as well as its potential impact on our programming.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta takes the wellbeing of our girls, families, stakeholders and staff very seriously. We make every possible effort to avoid any harm, including discriminatory actions induced by the situation.

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic as on March 12, 2020.

In light of the recent announcement by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health in Alberta on
March 12, 2020, we are reassessing each hour the status of our scheduled programming (in-school and after-school).

As of this moment, we will continue to offer our in-school programming so long as the schools remain open. As such, we follow the school board(s)’ direction in terms of in-school program delivery.

As a preventative measure, we will postpone our after-school programs (namely Staying Strong Mentoring on Tuesdays, Girls at Bat on April 15-16 as well as Reaching SMART on April 25-26) until further notice. Girls, stay strong – and know that we have each other no matter what!

The office administration will continue as usual unless otherwise forced closure is required by the further regulation. Until then, no further business trips will be accommodated. Staff and board of directors will follow the Alberta Health Services travel guidelines.

We wanted to provide this update on our continued monitoring for and response to COVID-19. It is important to note that Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assure us that the risk of becoming ill from COVID-19 remains low in Alberta.

Again, we are committed to working closely with our healthcare provide partners, girls, families, staff and the board to ensure safety and wellness.

For more information, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirusinfo-for-albertans.aspx; https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx#sign

For medical advice, you may also contact Health Link 811 (a free, confidential service that provides health advice). A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will continue to take our guidance from Alberta Health Services and the Government of Canada.

Nanase Tonda, Executive Director
Girls Incorporated of Northern Alberta

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