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Working together to keep our Girl Scout community safe

Working Together to Keep Our Girl Scout Community Safe

(Updated Feb. 5, 2021)  Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles recognizes that the COVID-19 health crisis is a fluid situation, and we continue to monitor the guidelines provided by the state and local agencies. We recognize that things are difficult right now and many troops are connecting virtually, and we encourage you to continue to do so. Effective Monday, March 1, a leader/troop can meet in-person following GSGLA's In-person Troop Guidelines We want to support you by providing options to allow your troop to connect – virtually and or in-person. GSGLA recommends a blended approach, connecting virtually and in-person; this allows all members of a troop to participate in a way that is comfortable for the girl and her family.

Starting March 1: Limited* outdoor in-person troop meetings (*limited to 14 girls and 2 adults), outdoor in-person parent meetings, and outdoor in-person service unit leader meetings are permitted in a limited capacity.


Steps & Forms for Meeting In-Person

Step 1: Review the GSGLA In-person Activity Guidance for Volunteers document.

Step 2: Every member/girl/family that will meet in person must fill out the GSGLA Member Agreement Participation Form.

Families can assist in helping to maintain a safe environment for all girls and volunteers. An agreement should be completed by families prior to the first in-person meeting. It outlines what families can expect and how they can help. (A hard copy of this physical form will be maintained by troop leaders.)

Step 3: Complete the Assumption of Risk, Release, and Liability Related to COVID-19 eForm.

This eForm should be completed for each participant (girls and adults) who are attending in-person meetings, leaders will receive notification that troop members have completed it. If you have questions regarding completion, please contact covid19@girlscoutsla.org.

Step 4: The member attending an in-person meeting/activity should complete the Member Self-Screening Checklist prior to attending.

Self-Screening questions to be completed prior to attendance at every in-person gathering to ensure that participants are following health screening guidelines. (This information is NOT to be retained by troop/group/event leader and is for the participant only.)

Step 5: Print and have available the Troop/Service Unit In-person Meeting Activity Sign-In sheet.

This sheet is to be completed for each troop or service unit in-person gathering. It serves two purposes 1.) to indicate that participants acknowledge that screening guidelines have been met and 2.) serves as a roster of those who were physically present for event or activity (This form is to be retained by meeting organizer, see details on form.)

COVID-19 Notification Report

Use this form to notify GSGLA if someone connected to your troop or service unit is diagnosed with COVID-19 and has potentially exposed others during a Girl Scout event or activity. To maintain the affected person's privacy, do not share health information with others; council staff will notify those potentially exposed in a manner consistent with healthcare privacy laws. After filling out the document, please email the completed form to covid19@girlscoutsla.org.

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Staffing Note

In accordance with leading practices regarding social distancing and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's "Safer at Home" order, our staff will continue to work remotely. We will continue to provide uninterrupted service. The customer care line, office phone lines, and email remain available for you to reach out to staff. If you have specific questions regarding COVID-19 updates and impact to our programs or services, continue to reach out via our response email address, COVID19@girlscoutsla.org.

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Virtual Ways to Connect

Below is a list of free and low-cost tools troops and communities in other councils are using for virtual meetings. While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage you to look at these and alternative options and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop or community needs.

Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

Zoom 
Note: Meeting duration maximum of 40 minutes in free version
Skype 
Note: Up to 10 participants free
Webex 
Note: Limited file and content sharing in free version

Chat and Collaboration Tools

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

Microsoft Teams 
Slack 
Facebook Groups 

Additional Low-Cost Tools

Additional low-cost tools for collaboration and conferencing to consider if the above options do not meet your group's needs.

GoToMeeting 
Google Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet 


For concerns not covered on this page, please contact GSGLA at customercare@girlscoutsla.org or 213-213-0123.