COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE
Learn more about BBYO’s coronavirus preparedness and response
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 is postponing 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.
In the days and weeks ahead, we will make decisions about our programs by following the recommendations of local Health Departments, each state’s Department of Health, and the CDC. We will also be closely following the decisions made by school districts and community centers in each region. We have been and will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you posted regarding the status of BBYO programs and events.
BBYO SUMMER PROGRAMS
While information on the COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly evolving, we continue to plan for a brighter (and healthier) summer of transformative experiences that will begin in July. Our team monitors updates carefully and we will keep in close contact with families as the situation develops. Experiences that begin before July—including CLTC 1, 2, 3, ILSI, Ambassadors to Bulgaria, and Ambassadors to Argentina—have been canceled. All registered families have been contacted and BBYO staff are working closely with them.
We encourage you to read our FAQ, which we’ve updated to reflect our response to the health crisis.
**UPDATE: We have added two late-summer program options: A 9th session of CLTC and Camp BBYO, an eight-day experience at Perlman Camp. Please visit the program pages to learn more.
BBYO Passport recently updated their summer policies to help bring peace of mind to families during this time. If your teen is travelling on a Passport trip this summer, please review their updated approach to Summer 2020 programs regarding COVID-19.
As always, we recommend that families take advantage of our cost-effective travel insurance offerings—this can be a great option if you have concerns in this fluid climate.
For Domestic BBYO Leadership Programs: We recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy, available through CampDoc. Families can currently purchase a Basic Plan, and we encourage you to carefully read any plan details.
For BBYO Passport Travel Experiences: BBYO recommends a group travel insurance policy for students via Travel Insured International. The policy can be invaluable for a host of situations, however, many of the specific scenarios related to public health concerns are not covered unless you purchase the “cancel for any reason” supplement, and we encourage you to evaluate the policy details. Instructions on how to add a travel insurance policy to your registration account will be made available shortly along with our announcement about travel arrangements for your program. Be mindful that the cancel for any reason policy can only be included before or at the time of making your final payment. Please see this page for all the details and information on how to purchase coverage. Information will be coming from BBYO Passport to those families already registered.
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.