This policy change takes effect starting November 1, 2021.
The pandemic has created a variety of challenges, including how organizations will respond to cases of COVID-19, particularly when the organizational design requires that people be in close quarters. As Family Promise of Hall County (FPHC) looks to re-opening its daycare and shelter programs in the new year, the FPHC board and staff have developed the following policy concerning COVID-19, vaccinations, and masking.
FPHC stands behind the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. For those adults that are fully vaccinated, masks are optional. However, in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our family shelter, daycare, and among vulnerable populations, adults who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks at all times while on FPHC premises. This policy will be required of staff, clients, and volunteers alike. Verification of vaccine status will not be requested or required at this time; FPHC will operate on an honor system. Whether or not one chooses to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is a personal choice and, as such, FPHC will not condone criticism regarding this personal liberty.
FPHC will continue to monitor community and school transmission data to determine if an upward trend in cases warrants an issuing of an organization-wide mask mandate. The aforementioned policy may be modified at any time if guidance from the CDC, Northeast Georgia Health System, or other experts changes, or if local situations change.
FPHC understands that this policy may cause frustration or other ill-feelings. FPHC feels it's important to implement this policy as we plan to reopen programs that will significantly increase foot traffic within close quarters. Thank you for your understanding and support.