“Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area’s (BBBSGSA) priority is always our Littles’ health and safety and that of their families, our Bigs, and our staff. Our agency understands the dynamic nature of this virus can lead to frequent changes in our processes, recommendations, and communications. As we continue to review policies and monitor the presence of COVID-19 in our community, we feel it best to adjust our recommendations for outings actively and proactively.
BBBS of the Greater Sacramento Area presents the following guidelines and recommendations that align with the CDC and local health directives:
Bigs may not transport or have their Little in their car for more than 15 minutes. Instead, the Big may visit the Little’s home, plan an activity within 15 minutes from the Little’s home, or the parent/guardian can transport the Little to and from an agreed-upon location. The location must allow for social distancing. Bigs and Littles must always wear a mask and practice proper hygiene.
On the day of a scheduled match activity, the Big and Little’s parent or guardian must confirm that they and/or the Little:
• Has not had a temperature above 100.4 in the past 3 days
• Has not had any of the following in the past 10 days
– Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
– A sudden loss of smell or taste
– Chills and/or body aches
– Nausea or diarrhea
– Positive test for COVID-19
– Contact with a person suffering from any of the above
– Contact with a person who has tested positive or has been told to quarantine
If you answer yes to any of the above, you may not meet with your Big/Little in person.
All in-person outings are completely voluntary. All Littles, Bigs, and families should use their discretion when considering scheduling an in-person outing. Bigs are required to bring an extra mask and hand sanitizer to the outing. Virtual communication is the preferred option for communication. If you need support planning virtual activities, please reach out to your Match Support Specialist for assistance and ideas.
The agency reserves the right to terminate matches if these guidelines are not followed.
Should you choose to participate or allow your child to participate in in-person match activities, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area cannot guarantee that you or your child will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, contact between match parties could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19.
By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I or my child may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by participating in in-person match activities and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, BBBSGSA employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families. I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself or my child (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I may experience or incur in connection with my participation in BBBSGSA program activities. The decision to re-engage in in-person meetings is my decision, not the decision of BBBSGSA.
I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless BBBS of the Greater Sacramento Area, its employees, agents, board members, and representatives, from any and all claims, including all liabilities, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of BBBS of the Greater Sacramento Area, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any BBBS of the Greater Sacramento Area program. I further understand that this is a full and final release and waiver of all my claims for damages or injuries sustained as a result of my participation in an in-person meeting or match activity and that I am voluntarily signing this knowing that I am releasing and forever discharging BBBS of the Greater Sacramento Area of all liability for any losses and damages which I may sustain.