At its September 7 meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees voted, upon the advice of the newly-formed medical advisory panel, to reopen the outdoors (patio, grounds, parking lot) for small meetings and events. The panel, composed of four persons in the medical field who are associated with UUFA (Dr. David Jarrett, Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Dr. Alice Harris, and Amy Roark, RN, Director of School Nursing , CCSD) recommend that these meetings be limited to ten persons, among other criteria, and the Board voted on guidelines that follow their suggestions.
Please do not contact the members of the advisory panel for information or to express your opinions; they are volunteering their time, talents, and expertise to this effort. All decisions are made by the Board, so questions and comments should be directed to its members.
If you would like to lead a meeting outdoors at UUFA, there is a procedure to follow, and you must get it scheduled through contacting Vivian Sellers, Board Vice-President, who will send you the guidelines and paperwork involved. Leaders/facilitators of meetings may contact Vivian Sellers to obtain the information needed, and then contact her if the group is still wishing to meet on the grounds.
The Board is using the criteria suggested by our advisory panel, but we in no way can promise that if you attend a meeting on the grounds at UUFA your safety can be assured. We are constantly re- evaluating our situation, and we know that now is a very unsafe time in Athens in terms of contracting COVID-19. We did, however, want to provide an opportunity, in the safest possible way, for people at UUFA to be able to see one another in small groups. PLEASE do follow guidelines for assembling such as no groups larger than 10, for example, and no groups that just show up unannounced. If abuse of this permission happens, the Board will be forced to reevaluate its position about reopening the grounds.
The Board is continuing its efforts to develop criteria for both re-opening in phases or for having to eliminate all access to the building and grounds, listening to the advice of our medical panel. The situation is so fluid that all of us do not know what will happen next. Know that the Board’s primary concern is our safety, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We are all hoping that this current wave of cases ends soon, that a safe and effective vaccine is developed before too long, and that we can open to larger gatherings sooner rather than later.
For additional information, please read the following documents: