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Coronavirus: Guidance & Resources for AmeriCorps Texas Programs
09 MAR 2020

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)Last updated April 3, 2020

OneStar is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential risk factors and implications on AmeriCorps Texas programming. To support our grantees, we have compiled the following guidance and resources, which also contains useful reference material for all Texas nonprofits.

We recommend that AmeriCorps Texas programs take the following steps to prepare and protect their members and the communities they serve.

Guidance for AmeriCorps Texas Programs

  • Review COVID-19 FAQs issued by CNCS for guidance in the event of service site closures, member exposure, event cancellations, and other potential scenarios. This information is being updated on a rolling basis, so please check back for the latest updates. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss a specific situation encountered by your program please contact your OneStar Program Officer.

  • Register for the AmeriCorps Texas COVID-19 Weekly Update Call series. These webinars will be conducted weekly Thursday 2-3 PM CST through April 6, 2020. During these sessions, we will review guidance shared over the past week, answer questions, and allow AmeriCorps Texas programs to share best practices with one another. All calls will be recorded and shared here.

  • Review the OneStar e-mail archive for specific program and fiscal guidance sent to all AmeriCorps Texas grantees regarding the COVID-19 response.

  • Check out these ideas for alternative service and training activities for AmeriCorps Texas members, and report to OneStar if your program plans to reassign members from their regular service activities. Programs may develop alternative service activities that are not currently in your approved grant if normal service activities are disrupted. Please keep in mind that these activities can not be prohibited nor unallowable. Pre-approval is not required to deviate activities; OneStar will share guidance on how to document approval of these changes in the coming days.

  • Review your program’s member safety policy and procedures and update them as needed.

  • Review and update your program’s teleservice policy and procedures. If you are considering remote service possibilities for your members, you must you have a written policy and procedure in place that aligns with the AmeriCorps State and National Teleservice Guidance from CNCS.

  • Share Member Assistance Program (MAP) resources, or program-provided mental health resources, with your members during this time. If you are unsure how to access these resources please reach out to your Program Officer.

If your AmeriCorps program experiences service site closures due to COVID-19 or if a member or program staff has a confirmed/suspected case of COVID-19 or been exposed to COVID-19 or anyone under quarantine, please notify your Program Officer IMMEDIATELY.

General Resources

Thank you in advance for all you to do safeguard our members and communities during this emerging public health threat.