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A Message from Kimberly Trueba: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

March 16, 2020:

As we all work together to flatten the curve of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we have made additional adjustments to protect council staff and our members. Following the announcement by CCSD and The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, GSSNV is canceling all council-sponsored programs, property reservations, trainings, and activities scheduled through April 13, 2020. (updated from original date of March 31, 2020). As of Friday, March 13, the council office and shop are closed to external visitors and meetings through April 13, 2020.

On Tuesday, March 17, all GSSNV staff will move to an electronic working environment. While we will not be in the office, we are here to support you!

We encourage you to reach out to us in the following ways:

Phone: 702-385-3677

Email: customerservice@girlscoutsnv.org

Facebook: facebook.com/girlscoutsnv

Twitter: twitter.com/girlscoutsnv

Instagram: instagram.com/girlscoutsnv

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/girlscoutsnv

YouTube: youtube.com/girlscoutsnv

We know this new, temporary normal can be a confusing time for young minds and can be frustrating for parents who had a spring planned full of events. At GSSNV, we want to be a resource for creative tools and inspiration for both our girls and adults.

Girls need community now more than ever. Here are a few ideas to make the best use of this unique societal experience:

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Kimberly Trueba
CEO 
Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada 

Previous COVID-19 statements: 

3.9.20 - COVID-19 statement

March 9, 2020:

As we continue to follow the developments of COVID-19 (coronavirus), I want to ensure our girl and adult members, volunteers, parents, and caregivers that the safety and wellbeing of our members is always our top priority. The GSSNV leadership team and board of directors is closely monitoring the recommendations set forth by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and the school districts we serve. 

While the immediate risk from the virus to the general public in Southern Nevada and the United States remains low at this time, the SNHD recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing­­ your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.

At this time, we do not have plans to cancel our upcoming events including STEAM Break Camp, Rock the Dam, Highest Awards Ceremony, and additional trips and travel. However, we will continue to evaluate the situation and make changes as we deem necessary for the safety of our members and council staff. 

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Kimberly Trueba

CEO

3.12.20 - COVID-19 statement

March 12, 2020:

Following today’s announcement by CCSDGSSNV is canceling all council-sponsored programs, property reservations, trainings, and activities scheduled through March 31, 2020. The closure incudes the cancellation of external partner events, council in-person trainings, and events held at Frias Frontier. GSSNV will offer refunds to all cancelled programs through March 31 within 30 days.

Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of council staff and our girl and adult members, beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, the council office and shop are closed to external visitors and meetings. 

Following today’s announcement by CCSD, GSSNV is requiring troops to suspend all in-person meetings and partner events through March 31.

We are currently evaluating events beyond March 31. At this time, we do not have plans to cancel STEAM Break Camp, Rock the Dam, Highest Awards Ceremony, and additional trips and travel. However, we will continue to evaluate the situation and make changes as we deem necessary for the safety of our members and council staff. 

While this is certainly a shift in normal Girl Scout operations, we encourage our Troop Leaders, volunteers, and girls to lead the only way Girl Scouts can! 

Girls need community now more than ever. Here are a few ideas to make the best use of this unique societal experience:

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Kimberly Trueba
CEO