Most recent update from Vocational Services:
March 25th, 2022
The positivity rate has continued to remain low throughout much of the county, and the number of people testing positive has also decreased dramatically over the past two months. As a result, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has relaxed their mask wearing mandates.
In Bucks County, the Department of Health is following the relaxed guidelines issued by the CDC. In addition, our major funding source, the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) have advised that day programs like those we operate at BPSQ and BPSW may provide facility-based supports to individuals enrolled in our programs who cannot wear a mask for an extended period of time. We may also be serving individuals who are not vaccinated.
After careful consideration and review of our current policies, we have decided we are also relaxing our mask mandate for folks we serve. This will take effect Monday, April 4th, 2022. If an individual still chooses to wear a mask, they certainly may do so, but it will no longer be required. This does not mean, however, that everyone who attended BPSQ or BPSW prior to the pandemic can immediately return to our program now that we are not requiring those we serve to wear a mask while at our programs. All staff, however, are still required to wear a mask at all times, except when eating.
As I am sure you are aware, many companies, including BARC Developmental Services, are experiencing significant staffing issues. The bottom line is this…unfortunately, we do not currently have enough staff to serve everyone who may wish to return to BPSQ or BPSW, despite our on-going efforts to attract and hire new staff. Accordingly, our decision as to whether an individual can return to our program will be based on a number of factors, not the least of which is staffing.
We truly want to have everyone return to BPSQ and BPSW, but the staffing challenges we are currently facing will be a major factor in how many individuals will be able to do so. If you are interested in returning to your day program, please contact your Supports Coordinator or Program Specialist to let them know. We will let you know if your request can be considered at this time. We appreciate your understanding.
Director of Vocational Services and Development
BARC Developmental Services