COVID - 19 KEEPING OUR FAMILIES, STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, AND COMMUNITY SAFE PLEASE READ BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS
Updated January 11, 2021
On April 1, Blind Children's Learning Center launched a 100% virtual service model to meet the needs of our children and families amid COVID-19. Since May 11, BCLC slowly resumed in-person services while keeping virtually services available. Health and safety protocols continue to develop over time based on adherence to the best guidance and practices from the CDC, California Department of Public Health, Orange County Department of Education, and local governments in which BCLC serves and operates. Our top priority is the health and safety of our children, families, staff, volunteers, and the community at large.
Based on strict guidance and careful attention to the fact that BCLC provides critical services to a vulnerable population, we have implemented the following to play our role in maintaining public health.
To families receiving services, thank you for staying strong through it all. We feel privileged to play a part in your child's development and success. BCLC remains committed to providing essential early intervention in order to promote healthy development and adaptive skills. You and your child can still achieve milestones and meet goals during this time. Our goal is to prepare all children and families for success. Please continue to look out for updates from BCLC and your service provider(s) directly.
To supporters, we encourage you to take precautions to protect your own health and the health of others. Thank you for continuing to support our children and families. Essential services at BCLC support the health and education of children at severe risk of delays. We are working diligently to make sure those we serve continue reaching important milestones. If you are able, please consider sending a donation today to support this critical effort.
This unprecedented time calls for us to think adaptively and work together. While our physical offices are closed for the time being, BCLC will remain a place of support to our families. Our decisions will continue to be informed by guidance from the CDC, public health agencies, and collaborative partners like Orange County Department of Education and Regional Center of Orange County. To our families, staff, volunteers, and supporters, we will remain in regular contact to keep you informed about important developments.
Thank you for your support and well-wishes during this time. Together, we can all get through this.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Blind Children's Learning Center monitoring COVID-19 vaccination availability? Yes. Some direct service providers already qualify, and Blind Children's Learning Center is providing thorough and regular information to help all members of the BCLC team get vaccinated as soon as possible. We will continue to do so and notify groups and individuals as they qualify to receive the vaccination throughout the worldwide, national, state, and regional distribution efforts.
What is Telehealth? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications. Until further notice, ALL programming and services from BCLC will be delivered via Telehealth and online learning.
When will students return to BCLC's school-based program? On-site programming slowly resumed on May 11, 2020 with our toddler classrooms reopening on August 17, 2020. We thank our service providers and families for respecting the guidelines we have set in place to protect everyone in the BCLC family.
Will children with visual impairments still receive care during this time? Yes. Early intervention and therapeutic services continue in-person (outdoors when possible) and "Telehealth." BCLC is working closely with school districts to continue offering services to preschool — 12th grade students. Services are taking place both in-person and virtually.
Where can I find the most up-to-date BCLC information in regards to COVID-19? Continue to check this webpage for the most current information. As always, we recommend following guidance from the CDC to inform your personal safety practices. BCLC will continue to keep families informed through direct communication.
My child receives in-home services. How will our family be impacted? To sustain your child's health and progress during a critical period of development, all in-home services will continue to remain available in-person or through a HIPAA-compliant tele-health platform as recommended by Regional Center of Orange County. Please continue to check for updates about acceptable service delivery models.