Covid-19 Updates and Documents

Please print out these documents and return to Desert Foothills United Methodist Church. You will only need to do this once before being on campus.

Please complete one per family.

Please complete one for each person. (For example: If there are five in your household, please print and complete five.)

When you have completed the forms...

Please return to the church at the address below by mail. You may also take a picture of the completed forms and email it to the office at admin@desertfoothils.org. Please send only one document per photo. 
 

Desert Foothills United Methodist Church Reopening Plan FAQs

In an ongoing basis, Trustees and Church staff and leadership will review local, state and CDC guidelines for sanitation, compliance with executive orders or ordinances for the property and those who occupy it. The standards below can and will change. For updates, please check with the church office. All users of the church facilities must comply with the approved standards.

Table of Contents:

 

REOPENING FOR WORSHIP GENERAL PLAN

Desert Foothills United Methodist Church (DFUMC), plans to begin worshipping together beyond online using a graduated worship re-entry model. We suggest a custom reentry plan for each person/family based on their needs, health, and other considerations. The following plan is made with considerations for different people groups/abilities/ages. Submission will be made for approval for each new worship option to District Superintendent.

  • Start with Drive thru and/or Drive in Worship (utilizing an FM transmitter)
    • Drive Thru: Use social distancing, masks, keep windows rolled up, stay in cars, use FM stations
    • Drive in: Stay in cars, keep windows rolled up, tune into FM station, bathroom use must be limited with use of masks. Worship team social distancing, less than 10 individuals involved (may only offer as an option along with in-person worship in later phases.)
    • Outdoor worship for less than 50, with FM transmitter for those who are overflow or would like to stay in their cars.
    • In-person, Indoor Worship for 50 or less to begin and increasing as allowed. Beginning with one service. Continuing FM Transmitter use for those who remain in their cars.
  • Continue online worship options indefinitely through all phases of reopening.

 

Plan for Illness Reporting and Return to In-person activities:[2]

Sickness:

If anyone feels sick with any new symptoms related to Covid-19 (Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea[1]) OR tests positive for Covid-19 OR had contact with someone with Covid-19 within 14 days of participating at the church, they will contact the church office as soon as possible and not attend any events on campus or in person. Other attendees and the pastor will be contacted by the office to notify them to watch for symptoms. Personal identification will not be shared and prayer requests will not be shared unless verbal or written permission is given by the person who is sick.

You were Sick and/or had a positive test[3]: If someone tests positive for Covid-19 or isolates with symptoms following Covid-19 exposure, they are not to resume on site or in small groups until

  • 10 days (20 days if immunocompromised) since symptoms first appeared and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (with the exception of loss of taste and smell which may remain for months.)
  • OR they have tested negative twice (with the tests more than 24 hours apart). 
  • OR until your doctor clears you from isolation or quarantine.

You were asymptomatic and had a positive test[4]: If someone tests positive for Covid-19 they are not to resume on site or in small groups until 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.

You had Close Contact with someone who has Covid-19 or recently tested positive:

Close contact is defined as

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes (over 24 hours) or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

Procedure for Campus Exposure: If there is a positive case of Covid-19 in the building, we will follow the CDC guidelines on a minimum closure of 24 hours with deep cleaning or a week of no activities in the areas the individual used. We will continue to follow the updated policies and procedures from the CDC and Arizona State Department of Health as directed.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html

OFFICE: Currrently, the office is closed. Staff are working from home. When it is safe to resume working in the office, we will post regular office hours.

  • Limit access and number of people in the office to five (including seperate office spaces. Only three in the main office area at a time.
  • Keep spatial distancing minimum of 6 feet
    • If non-staff members need to visit the office, we suggest setting an appointment with that staff member.
    • Wear masks and use hand sanitizer on the property.
  • Disinfect shared equipment before and after use including Copiers, printers, computers using technology safe sanitizing product

CHURCH COUNCIL AND OTHER COMMITTEE MEETINGS  Remain on Zoom for the immediate future

 

CHURCH SMALL GROUPS AND MEETINGS

  • All small groups must be approved before resuming
  • Must complete a checklist and covenant and health questionnaire for all participants
  • Limit size according to the current phase and room size to accommodate 6 feet between attendees not from the same family.
  • Space seating for 6 feet between attendees
  • No food or beverages
  • Sanitize before and following use per CDC guidelines with bleach solution
  • Consider continuing online connectionsAttendees are encouraged to bring a Laptop or Phone to connect with those that cannot make meeting in person to accommodate those at higher risk

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL (Children) (When permitted)

Classrooms

  • The layout of each classroom shall be modified to allow a 6 ft. separation to be maintained between each person.
  • The number of students in a classroom shall be limited to that which can be accommodated while maintaining the required 6 ft. separation between students, or a maximum of 10 people (combination of students and teachers), whichever is the smaller of the two.
  • Hand sanitizer shall be placed in each room.
  • No food or beverages shall be consumed in the classroom.
  • Each classroom shall be cleaned after use with either disinfectant wipes or a commercial disinfectant and paper towels.

Teachers

  • Face coverings shall be worn while in the classroom.
  • Maintain a 6 ft. separation between all students.
  • Ask each parent if their child has any of the COVID-19 symptoms. These include:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath of difficulty breathing
    • Fever (no matter how mild)
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle pain

Students

  • Face coverings shall be worn while in the classroom.
  • Offer hand sanitizer to each student that enters the classroom.
  • Students who are ill or exhibiting any of the COVID-19 symptoms shall not be allowed into the classroom.

Parents

  • Maintain social distancing while dropping off/picking up a student (not crowding at door)
  • Notify the church if their child becomes ill.

Teaching materials

  • The use of printed curriculum shall be limited to only essential items.
  • Use only writing instruments that can be sanitized (No crayons).
  • Engaging in craft activities is discouraged.
  • Lessons consisting of video presentations are encouraged (reduces touching of materials and surfaces)
  • If required, remove soft toys and/or other items that are determined to be “off limits” to students during class.

Nursery

  • There will be no Nursery offered at this time. Nursery may reopen in Phase 3.
  • Children two and under are encouraged to stay with their parents.

Renters 

  • All renters will wear masks
  • All seats and tables and door handles and bathrooms will be washed before and after a meeting by the leaders
  • Depending on the room 25 people max (AA meetings)
  • A sign will be posted outside stating no entrance if you have been sick or are not feeling well.
  • They must report to the church if anyone has been diagnosed with Covid-19.
  • no food or beverages
  • All attendees must sign a waiver, kept on file in the church office, or for AA or Alanon, they may sign a group waiver that is kept on file in the church office.
  • All leases will be updated with new covid-19 clause.
  • All renters must abide by the local, state, and national guidelines for covid-19.
  • If the group is meeting outdoors, all the same guidelines apply.
  • Use for all gatherings must follow all the above guidelines for the church. No recitals or gatherings will be considered until the appropriate health metrics have been reached in maricopa county and the Bishop has approved in-person gatherings.
 

A full outline of the current state of the church in our conference and the full re-opening guidelines from our bishop are available at https://dscumc.org/church-opening-guidelines/