COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

  • NSSRA program capacity will be determined by state and local COVID guidelines, staff availability, facility space and transportation parameters and overall safety of the program offering. 
  • NSSRA programs offered will be structured to allow participants and staff to keep social distance from others.  Participants, including fully vaccinated individuals, must wear a mask when in the presence of individuals age 11 and under, indoors and outdoors.
  • Participants and staff, including fully vaccinated individuals, must wear a mask when on NSSRA vehicles.
  • NSSRA is supportive of participants who choose to wear masks even when not required per NSSRA guidelines or with proof of vaccination. 
  • NSSRA will provide the proper staffing to meet the needs of our participants, per guidelines, assessment outcomes, and eligibility requirements, however there is no guarantee that participants or staff will be vaccinated.  NSSRA staff will wear a mask while in programs. 

NSSRA will ask COVID-19 screening questions at the participant’s arrival or transportation pickup to continue to minimize risk. Masks should:

  •  Have 2 or more layers of breathable fabric.
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth and can secure under your chin.
  • Fit snugly against the side of your face and do not have gaps.

Participants will be responsible for bringing their own mask each day.

  • Staff will teach and reinforce the use of mask with verbal and visual supports to all participants and staff.
  • Staff will have cue cards accessible to share as reminders for participants to properly wear a mask.
  • NSSRA will provide a break space for removing of masks for one individual at a time when possible.
  • Wash hands and disinfect area before and after each use. 


  • Minimize time talking with program staff or participant for continual flow of drop-offs/pick-ups, maintain physical distance with other participants/families, wear a mask when dropping off/picking up a participant.
  • Participants and staff displaying symptoms of illness during the program will be removed from the group, and an approved adult will be required to pick them up within 30 minutes of notification. Participants will be supervised by staff while removed from the group. Participants will be required to have multiple emergency contacts to ensure that someone is available to pick them up if the need arises.
  • Participants who have been exposed in close contact to someone with confirmed COVID-19 may only return to the program after it has been 14 days from the time of the exposure, unless they are fully vaccinated

Participants diagnosed with or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 can return to programs after: 

  • Submittal of release from isolation documentation from a healthcare provider or local health department OR the individual has had no fever for at least 24 hours (one full day without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND Symptoms have improved or the participant never had symptoms (such as in the case of an asymptomatic individual with a positive test result) AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (if symptomatic) or a 10-day period has passed since the positive test was taken (if asymptomatic) If participants have illnesses like allergies, or other non-contagious conditions that may appear similar to a contagious illness, a note from a physician stating they are not contagious is required prior to attending program.

To protect participants and those they interact with, participants that do not adhere to program rules and the above guidelines may be removed from the program.