Coronavirus Updates

3/11/2020 – Iowa Safe Schools takes great pride in providing safe and engaging opportunities to learn and grow. Whether we are visiting a small group of students at a local GSA or seeing everyone at the 15th Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth in Des Moines, the staff at Iowa Safe schools is pumped to support you and help you bring change to your schools and communities!

As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads internationally and across the country, the Iowa Safe Schools staff and its partner organizations are taking proactive steps to help ensure the health and wellness of all students, educators, and allies. As a result, you’ll begin to notice some small changes in the ways we interact with students, educators, parents, and community leaders at our gatherings. It’s nothing personal – we just want everyone to stay healthy!

Getting Reading for Events and Meetings, Both Big and Small:

We want to give you a heads up for the proactive measures we are taking!

  • Staff will avoid hugs and handshakes (Don’t Worry! We still think you’re cool!)
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available at all meetings, gatherings, and conferences.
  • Extra signage will be posted in gathering and conference bathrooms (Because we all need the extra reminder!)
  • We are actively communicating with event staff to ensure venues are readily sanitized and wiped down regularly.

What Can Do To Keep Others Healthy:

  • If you feel sick, stay at home! Take care of yourself first, and don’t worry – you can still be part of the fun by following us on social media and getting a GSA visit scheduled! We still think you’re cool!
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands. A lot. But really, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Keep your cell phone and other devices clean and feeling fresh!

We will still be looking to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and local authorities for additional best practices. But in the meantime, continue to build confident, healthy, innovative, and engaged LGBTQ youth in our schools and communities!