Response to COVID-19

Posted by EFranz in on Fri 03/13/2020 2:58

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Girls on the Run St. Louis community,

The health and safety of our Girls on the Run and volunteers are our foremost priority at Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR-STL). We are closely monitoring the status of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, in our region and the United States. We know the volume of information you are receiving is high and rapidly changing. While this can feel overwhelming, our intention is to be supportive of our GOTR-STL families, volunteers and community and to feel as connected as possible in the coming days and weeks.

As schools and districts consider options to ensure wellbeing, we want to maintain open communication. GOTR-STL will follow decisions outlined by our partner districts and schools to implement recommendations or guidelines from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Based on this information, GOTR-STL is taking the following steps:
Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole will continue at schools when they are in session. Coaches have been provided instructions regarding hand washing, sanitizing surfaces and modifications for hand holding.
• We are providing home activities to our coaches who will disseminate to their teams during this recommended period of social distancing and school closures. We are continuing to explore any further program modifications and adjustments.
At this time, there are no anticipated changes to the GOTR-STL 5k on Saturday, May 9. We are in regular communication with our race management company, the City of St. Louis and the City of St. Louis Department of Health.  As this situation evolves, we will stay in close communication with you and encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
• In reflection of our Core Value to “recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making,” and out of an abundance of caution, we are asking every GOTR-STL employee to practice the CDC recommendation for social distancing. Starting Monday, March 16, the GOTR-STL staff will be working remotely, accessible by phone and email.
• We are continuing to monitor the situation in our community and will update our social media pages and website with any further developments.

Finally, on a personal note, I want to express my sincere gratitude to each of you for being part of our GOTR-STL community. I am inspired daily by our Girls on the Run and the community that believes in a generation of strong, confident girls. We are a nonprofit founded in St. Louis and unwavering in our commitment to our community. I am confident we will, as our Girls on the Run continue to teach me, move forward together.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or concerns.

With gratitude,

Courtney Berg, LCSW
Executive Director