Whether your teenage son is currently enrolled with us, or you’re considering sending them here, you’re probably wondering what we’re doing to protect both our students and our faculty. Here is a rundown of everything you need to know:
WE’RE STRICTLY FOLLOWING SANITATION GUIDELINES
While Kaizen Academy is fairly isolated from the outside world and therefore less vulnerable to community transmission (more on that later), it’s still important for everyone to be following sanitation best-practices as outlined by the CDC and World Health Organization. Above all else, this means washing your hands religiously, avoiding close contact when possible, and not touching your face.
While we can’t enforce how much our students touch their faces, we can do our very best to implement hand-washing regimens. Despite how frightening COVID 19 might appear to be on the news, there’s a silver lining — it’s a wimpy little virus that falls apart with soap and water. Hand washing goes a long way to preventing its spread. We are ensuring that our teenage students and staff alike are consistently washing.
Furthermore, we’re keeping a keen eye on the cleaning and sanitation of our actual facilities. COVID 19 can purportedly survive on various surfaces for anywhere between a few hours to a few days. So, we’re making sure that we’re going out of our way to wipe down public areas and be extremely conscious of what surfaces our teenage students are touching.
WE’RE HELPING OUR TEENAGERS STAY INFORMED
The reason Coronavirus is so scary is because of its frightening mortality rate among the elderly and immunocompromised. However, data has shown that younger folks weather it much better. For many younger people, COVID 19 is little more than a mild cold, and there are people who contract the virus and don’t even show any symptoms. Beyond that, children seem to do especially well against the virus — it seems it’s no match for their stronger immune system. Based on all the data we have, teenagers are pretty well-protected against the dangers of COVID 19.
Unfortunately, there’s a downside to that. Many young people aren’t taking the virus seriously, believing that they aren’t in danger. While that could potentially be true, it’s important to remember that they can still be carriers. So although they may be just fine, an infected teenager could end up spreading it to their parents, grandparents, or other at-risk relatives. As leaders, instructors, and therapists for teenagers, we understand that it’s our responsibility to educate them on the dangers of the virus, particularly among the elderly and immunocompromised. This not only protects them at our residential treatment center, but it also helps to prepare any of our students who may be going home in the next few weeks, or receiving family visits.
KAIZEN ACADEMY IS WELL-PROTECTED
It’s understandable for any parent to be worried about COVID 19. You naturally want the best for your children, and you’re most likely also considering your own needs, being closer to the at-risk age than they are. The good news is that Kaizen Academy, for all intents and purposes, is a pretty good place to live during this period; isolation is one of the many benefits of residential treatment.
Our residential treatment center is far out of the way from suburban areas and city centers, being located off of Highway 89 right next to the Lasson Draw Wildlife Management Area. If Coronavirus ends up reaching the level of community transmission, everyone here will be well-insulated from it. We’re in the middle of a vast outdoor area, and because this is a residential treatment center, our teenage students live here full-time. They won’t be going out to parties, seeking out social gatherings, or getting fast food.
In that sense, the biggest threat of COVID 19 comes from outside visitors. As of this blog post’s writing, our visitation policies haven’t changed. Family, after all, is one of our most important values, and having the support of loved ones is often invaluable in our teens’ healing process. However, we will be keeping a close eye on the spread of the virus, and we will also be consulting with visitors to ensure they haven’t shown symptoms. If our visitation policies are revised in any way due to the spread of COVID 19, we will be sure to let everyone know.