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We realize that with schools not in session for most of the country and social distancing protocols in place, your school must consider making accommodations for council activities and service projects.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you make adjustments and accommodations, using discretion in accordance with local, state, and national public health guidelines.
Council Policies and Activities
Changes to council policies and administration that are made in the interest of the entire group, school, and larger community can be made at the local council level, including election procedures. These changes do not need to be reported to the national office. Communication with your school community and clear documentation are key, however, for any changes made.
Consistent and Clear Communication
Especially in a time of crisis and fast-changing situations, it is important that school leaders and student leaders maintain clear communication to ensure that no one is left out of important updates. Keep everyone in the loop as changes, cancellations, and postponements are made. Significant changes in policy should be clearly documented for future reference. Ensure that no one student or group is adversely affected by changes and that accommodations are made in the interest of EVERYONE at your school, not just for some.
Consider Alternative Solutions—Don’t Forget the Reason for Service!
As you change policies or make adjustments to current and future activities, consider those impacted—not only your students but also the larger community. If students must cancel some in-person activities, can they do alternative service to still help the community members who will be impacted by the cancellation or postponement? If students were scheduled to visit retirement communities, for example, ask your student leaders to consider other ideas for how they can still serve that community in a safe way. The Adviser Online Community is a great place to share ideas and solutions.