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GSNI Updated COVID-19 Guidelines!


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Updated as of 3/4/22

For the latest GSNI COVID updates, click here!

GSNI’s Condensed COVID-19 Guidelines                                    

GSNI’s Senior Leadership Team met on Monday, February 28, and is now updating our COVID guidance in accordance with the current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines. This comes after the recent announcement from the CDC and the Governor of Illinois lifting the school mask mandates.

Effective February 28, 2022, masks are no longer required at GSNI council properties. We are giving our members the choice whether to wear a mask, based on their own individual needs and situation. We realize you are better equipped to make the best decision for your families.

So much has changed over the last few months, with vaccine availability opening to younger age groups as well as the recent changes to isolation guidance from the CDC and now the lifting of mask mandates, all of which have prompted this update.

GSNI is not the experts, so in principle, we are aligned with the CDC and IDPH guidelines. When in doubt or if you are looking for more details, please see the CDC and IDPH websites:

For the latest GSNI COVID updates, click here!

We strongly encourage all GSNI members, supporters, and stakeholders to check our website and our social media for our most current guidelines related to COVID before reporting cases or hosting in-person meetings or events to ensure you are following the most up-to-date guidance.

Our most current reporting procedures can also be found on our GSNI at Home page under a dropdown menu titled: Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test.

The most recent guidelines are dated March 4, 2022, and changes include making the requirement to wear masks optional, both indoors and outdoors. We are also removing the requirement for prescreening; this too will be optional. COVID Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement are no longer required for every activity, just one form completed annually.

GSNI’s guidelines have been shortened and are aligned with the CDC, IDPH, and your local school districts.

GSNI’s Resource Centers

Please reference our website for the most up-to-date store hours. We no longer require masks be worn by staff or patrons; this is now optional.

Please Remember:

Our latest updates have:

  • Updated the requirement to wear masks—making it optional, both indoors and outdoors, effective February 28, 2022.
  • Removed the requirement for pre-screening forms; this is also optional.
  • Removed the requirement for COVID Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement for every activity.

The following forms were updated in June 2020:

We also want to remind you about Girl Scout Activity Accident Insurance! Every registered member (youth or adult) of Girl Scouts of the USA is covered under the GSUSA Activity Accident Insurance Basic Plan 1. This plan covers approved, supervised Girl Scout activities except activities lasting more than two consecutive nights.

For events that include non-Girl Scout members, such as family events, you may purchase the Optional Plan 2. We recommend that this insurance be purchased for in-person and virtual activities that would include physical activity where injury may be possible. To purchase this insurance, contact Customer Care at 1-844-476-4463 or customercare@girlscoutsni.org. Plans are also available for activities that last more than two consecutive nights.

It is our goal that every Girl Scout, family, and volunteer stays safe and healthy while enjoying all the amazing benefits of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. We’re here to help, answer questions, and guide you in making your Girl Scout journey the best it can be—for now and into the future! Let us know how we can make your Girl Scout year a success at customercare@girlscoutsni.org.

P.S. - Don’t forget to submit your courageous Girl Scout stories and photos to us at stories@girlscoutsni.org for a chance to be featured on GSNI social media, our website, or online.