Ready Set GO Therapy takes your health and safety very seriously. We are implementing the following Policies and Procedures to keep everyone safe as we begin a modified re-opening of the clinic for therapy sessions. These policies and procedures have been developed in line with guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Marin Health and Human Services (Marin HHS), as well as federal, state, county, and city guidelines. Ready Set GO Therapy has performed a detailed risk assessment to develop this plan and has trained each employee on necessary measures. Ready Set GO Therapy will continue to monitor and adjust our procedures based on information from the official sources listed above. These policies and procedures will remain in place until further notice.
1. To reduce traffic for safe social distancing, our waiting room is currently closed. We ask that parents, caregivers, and siblings do not enter the clinic. Parents are allowed to be present at the session only if it is necessary and approved by the treating therapist. If parent presence is not necessary, we ask that only the child scheduled for a session enters the clinic.
2. Therapists will come out to the car to pick up the child at the start of the session and will deliver the child back to the car at the end of the session. We will leave the parking spots in front of the clinic open for your convenience. Please be sure to pick up your child 45 minutes after the start of OT sessions to allow for you and your child’s therapist to have up to 5 minutes to speak about the session and sufficient time to sanitize between sessions. We appreciate your cooperation with this, as it is critical to allow sufficient time for sanitizing the space between clients.
3. Physical contact or close contact may occur between therapist and client during the treatment session. Therapists will take great care to limit physical and close contact as much as possible; however, contact may be required for safety or in order to perform activities as part of an effective treatment session. If you are not comfortable with this level of contact, we recommend continuing with telehealth sessions at this time.
4. We will be operating on a reduced schedule to limit the number of people in the clinic at one time. Each therapist and child will have a designated space in which to work. These precautions are in place to ensure that greater than 6 feet distance is maintained by clients and staff at all times (not including the child and treating therapist, see #3 above).
5. All employees are required to maintain at least 6 feet distance from other persons at all times when possible.
A face covering will be in the form of a cloth face covering.
Cloth face covering: A cloth face covering is a material, such as a mask, that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face.
6. Therapists will be required to wear a face covering at all times while interacting with clients.
7. Any adults and children 2 years old or older, who enter the clinic treatment space are required to wear a face covering unless the child cannot tolerate the mask or remove it himself or herself. Please bring in your child’s face covering from home. The CDC recommends that children under 2 years of age do not wear a face covering.
8. All employees will be required to wear a face covering if interacting with anyone within less than 6 feet distance.
Monitor Workforce and Clients for Indicative Symptoms
9. Therapists and all employees are required to check their temperature at the beginning of each workday in which they are planning to complete in-person session. Temperature must be taken without the use of fever-reducing medicines that contain ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
10. Clients, including children (and parent if joining the session), must undergo a temperature check at the beginning of each session, also without the use of fever-reducing medicines that contain ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
11. The CDC defines a fever as a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. Ready Set GO Therapy policy is that if the client or therapist’s/employee’s temperature is slightly elevated at 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, he or she will not be allowed to participate in in-person sessions until the temperature returns to normal or the individual receives clearance from a medical professional. A telehealth session may be an alternative to the in-person session if both parties are able and are feeling well.
12. Ready Set GO Therapy will use a contactless thermometer to check temperatures.
13. All clients and employees are urged to stay home if you do not feel well.
14. All therapists and employees are required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire at the beginning of each shift at the clinic or when in-person sessions are scheduled.
15. Parents/caregivers are required to complete the same 4-question Health Screening Questionnaire prior to starting each session. Therapists will verbally ask the questions and notate the answers prior to bringing the child into the session. Alternatively, the parent or caregiver is welcome to bring in a completed, signed Health Questionnaire with them to the session, if completed and dated the same day as the session.
16. If any responses to the Health Screening questions indicate elevated risk for COVID-19, in-person sessions will be cancelled until a clear health screening is completed, and telehealth sessions will be scheduled in their place.
17. Employees or clients who have symptoms when they arrive at Ready Set GO Therapy or become sick during the day should immediately be separated from other employees and clients and sent home. Employees who develop symptoms outside of work should notify Ready Set GO Therapy and stay at home.
18. Clients and employees are required to notify Ready Set GO Therapy immediately if they or anyone that they have been in contact with has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have potentially exposed others.
19. If an employee or client of Ready Set GO Therapy were to receive a diagnosis of COVID-19, Ready Set GO Therapy will immediately notify any and all employees and clients who have potentially been exposed within the incubation period. For confidentiality purposes as required by ADA and HIPAA, identifying information will not be disclosed.
20. Any client, therapist, or employee with COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis will not be allowed on clinic premises or to complete in-person sessions until cleared in writing by a medical provider.
21. Both therapist and client must each wash hands for 20 seconds with soap at the beginning and end of each session or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol, as approved by the CDC.
22. Therapist and client must also wash hands following any act that may contaminate the hands, such as after touching one’s nose or mouth, coughing, or sneezing.
23. Disinfecting protocols will be completed using disinfectant registered on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website for use against the human coronavirus, as recommended by the CDC.
24. Common areas, such as doorknobs and railings, will be disinfected at the beginning of each day.
25. All surfaces or equipment that have been touched or used during a session will be wiped down with disinfectant by the therapist at the end of each session, prior to the start of a new client entering the space.
26. Any surface or equipment that has come into contact with bodily fluids (for example, saliva droplets after a cough or sneeze) will be cleaned and disinfected right away.
27. OT sessions will be shortened to 50 minutes to allow time for disinfecting between clients.
28. Contactless soap and paper towel dispensers will be used in the bathroom.