Dream Catchers has continued to monitor the COVID-19 updates from our local, state, and federal agencies. It is our continued responsibility to ensure the safety of all our Dream Catchers’ Family members. We are working on a phased plan to reopen the Center in accordance with state restrictions/guidance. We are following all of the Governor’s guidelines and taking a conservative approach to ensure minimal risk to everyone coming onsite.
The COVID-19 virus has changed our world, but we are still here and ready to serve our participants once it is safe. We are thankful for your feedback we received from our recent COVID-19 survey and we have been using that feedback to help us make informed decisions with regards to our phased reopening.
Please see below for information pertaining to each of the services we offer:
Mental Health Services: We plan to resume some of our mental health groups on June 5, 2020. The resumption date for individual therapy services is being determined and we will be able to provide a confirmed date soon.
Speech Therapy Services: We are working on speech therapy protocols and a potential resumption date and will be able to provide an update soon. Initial speech services will only be open to participants who do not require sidewalkers so that we can maintain social distancing protocols.
Therapeutic Riding: Therapeutic riding services will continue to be suspended. Social distancing requirements prevent us from safely being able to deliver mounted services. We are looking at possibly resuming therapeutic riding in Fall 2020.
Youth Summer Camp
o Our summer camps will run at a smaller capacity in order for us to maintain compliancy with COVID-19 guidelines. Each camp will have 5 campers instead of 10 campers.
o The camps will run August 17th to August 20th and August 24th to August 27th.
o Please see our website for additional details: www.dreamcatchers.org/camps
Adult Horsemanship Classes
o We will be offering several adult horsemanship classes during the month of July. Classes will be small (no more than 3 people to a group) and will focus on equine behavior, horse safety, horsemanship and riding skills.
o Please email Beth Yurkovac, Operations Manager for more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers: We are so thankful and blessed to have such an amazing volunteer family. We are not quite ready to bring all of volunteers on the property, but we hope to see you VERY soon! We will be inviting some of our volunteers to assist with our summer camps.
We miss everyone and hope you all continue to practice good habits to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. We look forward to the time when we can all be together again!
UPDATE March 24, 2020
Good afternoon Dream Catchers' Family,
We miss you! We hope this email finds you and your family healthy. We know this is a difficult time for everyone.
Dream Catchers has continued to monitor the COVID-19 updates from our local, state, and federal agencies.
It is our primary responsibility to ensure the safety of all our Dream Catchers’ Family members. Yesterday, Governor Northam announced that VA schools will be closed for the remainder of this academic year. In light of that announcement we have decided to suspend our Spring 2020 Session until April 30, 2020. Our decisions are based on today's best evidence and government guidelines. The situation is very fluid and we will continue to reevaluate this decision and provide updates through email and on the website.
The center will not be the same without all your smiling faces, but we thank you in advance for your support and understanding.
Please stay tuned for additional updates. We will be sure to keep everyone informed with any additional changes. We will be communicating through email so please be sure look out for any important updates. You can stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram! We miss everyone and hope you all continue to practice good habits to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. Please rest assured that all of the horses are being cared for and are all doing fine!
Thank you for being such an important part of the Dream Catchers’ Family!
UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2020
Dream Catchers has an obligation to our community - especially to the members of our Dream Catchers' Family - to take action to help reduce the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Therefore, Dream Catchers will be closed March 14 through March 27.
We are following the same protocols as the Williamsburg James City County Public School System.
This decision comes after careful consideration, ongoing discussion and receiving information from health department officials about confirmed cases of COVID 19 in our immediate area.
During the closure period (March 14th to March 27th), we are asking that only Full Time Employees and Barn Crew report to the center.
All other staff members, participants, volunteers, etc are being asked to remain off property during the closure period.
Dear Dream Catchers Families, Volunteers, Supporters, and Staff:
As you would expect, we have been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Although there have been no cases to date at Dream Catchers, we are taking the threat posed by COVID-19 extremely seriously. The safety, health, and well-being of our Dream Catchers’ Family is, as always, our number one priority.
We are in communication with the Virginia Department of Health to make sure that we are taking the necessary prevention precautions and that we have a plan in place in case of a regional outbreak.
What We Know
Changes in the status of those identified with the outbreak are happening rapidly. Please check the Virginia Department of Health website for up-to-date information.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
What We Are Doing
Here at Dream Catchers, we have undertaken significant cleaning and disinfecting of common surfaces, including lesson equipment. Please wash your hands as directed above and do so frequently when you are on Dream Catchers property.
One way that families can help is to bring a scarf or bandana for us to use to catch any over-active salivary glands. We tuck those into the chin strap on our helmets--hopefully minimizing the spread of saliva on difficult-to-clean surfaces.
Dream Catchers Additional Protocols
Signs of illness: Dream Catchers mandates that you stay home if you show any signs of illness. You may return to the center when you are completely well and/or have clearance from a physician.
Travel: Dream Catchers mandates that you remain off property if you have traveled outside of the United States within the last 14 days. You may return to the property if you show no signs or symptoms for a period of 14 days. We encourage you to become familiar with current travel warnings and guidance available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. As a reminder, traveling to a country with a Level 2 or Level 3 health notice will result in self-isolation for 14 days after returning to the United States.
Mandatory Reporting: Dream Catchers mandates that you must report any signs of illness or exposure to the Executive Director or Operations Manager. This may mean additional communication with the local health department and public health authorities.
Hand Washing: Please wash your hands immediately upon entering the barn and be sure to use the antibacterial soap. There are sinks in the bathroom as well as the volunteer office. Please also wash your hands in between each lesson.
Personal Contact: Please limit personal contact with others as much as possible (hugs, handshakes, etc).
We will continue to reevaluate the situation on a daily basis and plan for the coming days and weeks. Your safety and good health are our most important priorities. Every step we take is with those priorities in mind. Dream Catchers typically follows the protocols and guidelines set forth by the Williamsburg James City County Public School System. You can find updates here: https://wjccschools.org/coronavirus/.
Here are some important resources:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
County officials are in regular communication with the Virginia Department of Health to stay informed on this rapidly evolving situation. You can find the latest information at the links below.
General COVID-19 Resources
Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 Website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV
Health Alert Network (HAN): https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020.asp
World Health Organization (WHO)
Please do not hesitate to call us at 757-566-1775 if you have any questions or concerns.
You may also email Beth Yurkovac (Operations Manager) at email@example.com.