KENT YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES:

COVID-19 STATUS UPDATE

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, youth, families and community members is of primary concern to Kent Youth and Family Services. In accordance with the guidance set out by Public Health Seattle King County and additional King County departments, Puget Sound Educational School District, King County Housing Authority, City of Kent and neighboring cities, and Kent School District, we have made the following changes to our services:

  • Beginning Monday, March 16, we have temporarily cancelled our Early Learning programming for students beginning Monday, March 16, in alignment with Kent School District. Our Early Learning staff are currently working on providing resources and support to families remotely. 
  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, our Administrative and Behavioral Health office is closed to the public. Our Counseling, Homelessness Prevention, and CSEC Case Management staff are working with clients to continue services off-site or remotely.
  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, our After School schedule will have limited hours. During those hours, we will be providing meals, workshops on hygiene and nutrition, and educational activities.

We are committed to continuing to work with youth and families in need, ensuring that we are supporting those most vulnerable in our community. We are following all recommended precautions and working closely with our partners in the community to ensure staff and clients remain healthy and safe.

We will continue to evaluate daily and update as needed.

While there has been no evidence that any KYFS employee, client, or volunteer has the virus, we are changing programming out of an abundance of caution and to do our part to help protect the health of our community.

We urge you to follow the guidance set out by Public Health Seattle King County:

  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not go out in public when you are sick. If you are ill in any way call your doctor’s office first before going in.
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches). Regular household cleaners are effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you’ve just washed your hands.
  • Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.

For community resources related to COVID-19, please visit kyfs.org/communityresources.

For more information on public health guidance, visit kingcounty.gov/coronavirus.

We will continue to share updates as they happen. For additional questions, please contact info@kyfs.org.

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