COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

Learn more about BBYO’s coronavirus preparedness and response
 

Dear Parents,

As a global youth-serving organization, BBYO’s top priority is the safety, health and well-being of our teens, professionals, volunteers, and community. In light of the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe, we are sharing important information on BBYO’s policies regarding local, regional, and summer programs, as well as preventive measures we can all take to help ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community.

BBYO LOCAL AND REGIONAL EVENTS

BBYO is committed to providing your teen with a safe and healthy environment while attending programs, and we ask that you not send your teen to any event if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea. Please make sure teens are fever-free for at least 48 hours before returning to programs.

**UPDATE: BBYO has postponed in-person regional conventions scheduled during the months of March, April and May 2020. Families impacted by this decision will be contacted by the local staff with additional details and follow up information. In some cases, conventions will be moving to a virtual format on BBYO On Demand; please check with your local staff.

We will continue to evaluate other local events on a case-by-case basis, and should there be any additional changes or cancellations, you will be promptly notified by your regional staff. You can find your local staff information on our website: visit the BBYO Near You page and either search by your region name or type in your zip code to be directed to the right page.

In light of the new “socially distanced” reality we find ourselves in, we recently launched BBYO On Demand, an innovative online space with programming teens can tune into and enjoy from whatever time zone they’re in, as often as they’d like. The press calls it “a Jewish Netflix for live-streamed teen programming” and that’s exactly what it is. It will feel a lot like a special “TV channel” just for teens with global events they can all participate in whether they’re across town of halfway across the world. Ultimately, we want everyone to feel like they have a place to be and a community to learn and laugh with right now.

BBYO SUMMER PROGRAMS

As summer approached and new information was shared with us from the American Camp Association and the CDC, it became increasingly difficult for us to see a path forward for BBYO’s summer programs that meets our high standards of wellness and programmatic excellence. Therefore, as of May 14 we made the heartbreaking decision to cancel all BBYO 2020 summer experiences due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

At the same time, our team worked quickly to create new ways for teens to stay connected to friends and develop leadership skills through alternative opportunities that are now open for registration! Visit our new summer 2020 offerings page to explore these options and find one that’s right for you.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected].

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES WE CAN ALL TAKE

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • While washing with soap and water is the preferred method, liquid hand sanitizer is a good option if this is not available.

  • Stay home if you or a member of your household is sick, except to get medical care; contact your healthcare professional if you exhibit symptoms associated with the virus (fever, cough, or shortness of breath)

  • If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of the coronavirus, contact your healthcare professional or local health department

We encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information and recommendations.
 

BBYO continues to monitor updates on COVID-19 and will follow the recommended guidelines by local, state, and federal officials. Our goal is to continue to provide engaging, exciting, and healthy programs for Jewish teens everywhere.