Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Volunteers
On Re-Opening Of Centers
When will volunteers return to the center and will they need to be vaccinated?
Select volunteers are currently on-site as needed. On-site volunteers need to be fully vaccinated* and show proof of vaccination. Volunteers who are not vaccinated, may explore “virtual volunteering” opportunities. Center managers will contact volunteers individually to discuss volunteer needs and assignments. Please do not report to the center to volunteer until you have an assignment. If you have questions, please contact Donna Wager at (714) 503-2113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can I expect when I return to the centers?
Each center has a single-entry area for check-ins and to verify students, patrons and clients are fully vaccinated*. Masks are optional, unless you have not been vaccinated – then a mask is required. Surgical/medical grade, N95 or KN95 face mask are suggested while on-site. High traffic and common areas of the center will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Are masks required to visit a Braille Institute Center?
Masks are optional at this time, unless you have not been vaccinated – then a mask is required. Even though mask mandates are loosened, many of the individuals we serve are seniors and many have pre-existing health concerns. So, using a mask can help protect our students. Masks may be removed when actively eating or drinking.
Will students who return on-site need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated?
Yes. On-site students, patrons and clients are required to be fully vaccinated.*
Will Low Vision clients and/or Library-Only Patrons who return on-site need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated?
Yes. Low Vision clients and/or library patrons who are visiting on-site will be required to be fully vaccinated* and provide proof of vaccination. Clients/patrons may bring no more than one escort with them. Masks are optional at this time, unless you are not vaccinated (due to a medical or religious exemption) – then a mask is required. Surgical/medical grade, N95 or KN95 face masks are suggested while on-site.
*Definition of Fully Vaccinated
The definition of “fully vaccinated” is having received both shots of a two-dose vaccination series (Pfizer or Moderna) or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine AND received a booster once booster-eligible, which is 6 months after the second dose for Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Please note all information in this FAQ may be subject to change based on the latest COVID-19 cases and/or updates from the CDC, Cal OSHA, state or local authorities.
Dated: September 28, 2022