COVID-19 / News

Friendly House COVID-19 Mitigation Plans are updated as needed based upon the changing circumstances of COVID-19 and updates to local, state and federal guidelines. Friendly House has decided that when the State Of Ohio COVID-19 health orders are rescinded, Friendly House will continue our mitigation plans through the end of summer, if not longer. The plans are updated frequently and are available at all times at these links: After School Program COVID-19 FAQs Friendly House Pool COVID-19 FAQs.

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Update 9/29/2021 – 4:30 pm – Friendly House Evening Program begins October 11, 2021

Friendly House is now available to our community youth 7th to 12th grades for our Friendly House Evening Program. Starting October 11th through mid-May, we will be open from 6:30pm- 8:30pm, Monday through Thursday.   Activities include open gym, basketball, billiards, ping-pong and foosball. Evening Program memberships are $10.00 for the entire school year.  Membership and parents permission must be completed in advance at the Friendly House reception desk.  Call our office with questions 419.522.0521.

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Update 9/16/2021 – 5:00 pm – Mask Reminder!

Friendly House Families – Reminder, masks are required by all (staff, students, and parents) while in the Friendly House and on our bus. As we continue in this pandemic together, it is important to remind your children the importance of keeping themselves and others protected by continuing to wear a mask when unable to social distance. Please discuss these key points with your #friendlyhousekid

  • Masks are required to be worn correctly, over the nose and mouth – except when eating, playing in the gym, or out on the play ground.
  • Masks are required to be worn while riding to the Friendly House on the bus.
  • Afterschool parents, when picking up your children, please put a mask on before entering the building, and limit yourself to the lobby area only.
  • Daycare parents are required to pick their children up from the Daycare, please use the stairs nearest to the office.

Let’s all stay healthy together while we protect each other and our #friendlyhousekids!

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Update 8/9/2021 – 9:00 am – Afterschool Program COVID-19 FAQs

Friendly House has updated our FAQs for the upcoming Afterschool Program and our community center effective 8/12/2021. The main change, in accordance with CDC recommendations and regardless of vaccination status, face masks will be required by all staff, students and visitors in the Friendly House building, until further notice. This includes all bus riders. It is the parents responsibility to ensure your child arrives at Friendly House with a clean mask each day. You may read the FAQs HERE.

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Update 08/04/2021 – 11:00 am – COVID-19 Case at HHDC

Happy Hollow Families,

Friendly House was informed on 8/4/2021 that one of our campers at Happy Hollow Day Camp tested positive for COVID-19.  This camper has not been at camp this week, but was at camp last week. 

We continue to follow our Happy Hollow Day Camp COVID-19 Mitigation and Operations Plan on a daily basis.  Campers are kept as isolated as possible in their cabin groups.  We continue to recommend that those individuals who have not been vaccinated, to wear a mask when they are unable to social distance.  This includes campers.

If your child is showing any signs of COVID-19 and/or has a temperature, keep your child at home.  If your child does have a temperature 100 degrees or higher, they may only return to Happy Hollow after they have been fever-free for 24 hours, without medication.

For additional information regarding our COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, please see the COVID-19/News tab at friendlyhouseonline.com. 

Thank you,

Terry Conard

Director, Friendly House

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Update 06/24/2021 – 1:45 pm – Friendly House, Hidden Hollow Camp and Happy Hollow Day Camp COVID-19 Mitigation and Operations Plan CHANGES to the wearing of masks on Friendly House properties. This change is effective 6/28/2021 when we open.

The following applies to all Friendly House, Hidden Hollow and Happy Hollow employees, Friendly House Kids and program children, as well as, campers and all visitors and customers of Friendly House properties. All those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a mask on Friendly House, Hidden Hollow Camp (HHC) or Happy Hollow Day Camp (HHDC) property.  Friendly House, HHC and HHDC now recommend (not require) those that are not yet vaccinated to wear a mask during those times where they are unable to social distance from others, regardless of location.  Friendly House, HHC and HHDC will no longer provide masks.  Parents who want their children to continue to wear a mask while on our property, should make sure their child arrives with a clean mask.  Staff will no longer enforce children under our care to wear a mask. This change will go into effect on Monday 6/28/2021 when we open for business. The mitigation plans will be updated to reflect this change by end of business on Friday 6/25/2021. It should be noted, that Friendly House continues to follow the guidance Richland Public Health and other professional organizations. If local, state or national authorities require a new mask mandate, Friendly House will change this policy to align with the mandate.

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Update 05/6/2021 – 9:00 am – REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – FRIENDLY HOUSE WINDOW/DOOR PROJECT

Project Location: All windows and doors to be replaced are located at Friendly House, 380 North Mulberry Street, Mansfield, Ohio, 44902.  

RFP Timeline: Written proposal/bids are to be addressed to Terry Conard, Director and should be sent to Friendly House, 380 North Mulberry Street, Mansfield, OH 44902.  Proposals/bids are required to be in writing and must be specific and follow the guidelines on this RFP.  Bids are due no later than 5:00 pm on May 13, 2021. Bids may be emailed to gmead@friendlyhouseonline.com.

Project Timeline: The awarded bid must complete all work before October 30, 2021.

Scope: Remove the existing 41 windows and dispose off site.   Install 41 new thermally broken aluminum storefront windows in a painted finish to match the existing/newer windows in the building.  Aluminum windows will have a 2” x 4-½” frame profile and have an extruded sill flashing with end dams.  All glass will be 1” clear insulated glass with Low-E.  Glass in the locker rooms will be a frosted insulated glass.  Glass will be tempered safety glass where required by code. Windows will be weather tight and caulking will be used on the exterior and interior with a silicone sealant.  There will be a total of 30 operable and 11 non-operable windows.  The operable project out vent windows that insert into the aluminum storefront windows.  Windows will have an interior mounted screen with aluminum mesh with wickets. Job site will be left clean. There will be a final cleaning and protection of installed windows. Windows to be replaced include a total of 41 within the building:

  • 4 operable windows in the Art Room
  • 6 operable windows in the Weight Room
  • 2 non-operable windows in the Weight Room
  • 5 operable windows in the Girls Locker Room
  • 5 operable windows in the Boys Locker Room
  • 9 operable windows in the 2nd Floor Pool Lounge
  • 9 non-operable windows in the 2nd Floor Pool Lounge
  • 1 operable window in the Pool Stairwell

Remove the existing 3 doors in the pool entry hallway leading to the pool hallway, stairwell and building hallway. Install 3 new doors and frames as necessary. The pool hall entry door is to match existing new glass doors entering into the pool.  The stairwell door and building hallway door are to match the existing newer stairwell doors in the building.  Both of these doors are to have a side light above the door handle.  Door hardware should be included to match existing newer doors in the building.  Existing key systems should be utilized.

Qualifications:

  • This project is funded through Federal HUD Block Grant approved by the City of Mansfield.  All bidders must follow all protocols and requirements as outlined in the 2021 City of Mansfield Department of Community Development Davis-Bacon Act Manual. 
  • The Act requires that workers on this project must receive no less than the prevailing federal wages (including fringe benefits) being paid for similar work in this area. The applicable Davis-Bacon wage decision, including modifications, and the applicable Federal labor standards provisions must be made a part of the bid documents. 
  • Bids must include Job Classifications and current Federal Prevailing Wage for each classification hired for the project.  These may be found at beta.SAM.gov.  See link below.
  • Per the Northeast Ohio Carpenters Agreement, Article 1, section 1.3, page 6. “ the installation of all interior, and exterior trim or finish of wood, aluminum, kalamein, hollow or extruded metal, plastic, doors, transoms, thresholds and windows” Richland County Ohio, current Union Carpenters, journeymen labor rates, as of 3-25-2021: 
    • Taxable Hourly Rate: $27.16
    • Non-Taxable Hourly Benefit Rate: $19.37
    • Total Hourly Wage: $46.53
  • The City of Mansfield will appoint a prevailing wage coordinator.  The coordinator will follow the HUD Davis-Bacon Checklist Form and Contractor Profile Forms.  The selected contractor will have to be eligible to perform work verified through SAM.gov. To ensure compliance to prevailing wage requirements, the coordinator and/or other inspector will visit the project site.  Every employer (contractor, subcontractor, etc) must make their employees available for a short interview at the job site with the coordinator or other agency representative, or HUD or DOL representative. 
  • Additional details may be found in the City of Mansfield’s Davis-Bacon Act Manual, see link below.
  • Work is to be performed Monday – Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:00 pm.

References:

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Update 4/30/2021 – 10:00 am

Ohio Health and Friendly House are having a special COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on May 7th from 10am to 4pm. Ohio Health will be in the Friendly House Front Parking Lot and walk ins are welcome, no reservations are required. Please see the flyer for details. For more information: FLYER

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Update 04/12/2021 – 6:30 pm – HIDDEN HOLLOW CAMPER REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

WE RECOMMNED A COMPUTER OR LAPTOP. It will be very difficult to use a phone or tablet for registration. Here area few tips:

1. You will create a password for your CampInTouch account when you go in to register (it will likely ask you to enter your email twice).

2. After you enter your first camper, it will ask you to “Begin New Application” or go to “My Account Menu”. If you go to “Begin New Application” you can enter more campers from your family. If you go to “My Account Menu” you will be taken to all the REQUIRED documents you have to sign before we will ENROLL them.

3. If you have a gift certificate, you will enter the promotional code on the certificate towards the end of the camper application. Gift certificates are not a guarantee of a week at camp and any refunds will be through the organization you bought them from, not Friendly House.

4. You must pay at least the non-refundable $75 registration fee to hold your spot for camp. However, your card will NOT be charged until we ENROLL your camper. All campers will be put into APPLIED status until HHC staff reviews that your required paperwork is in. If all that information is in, you will be placed in ENROLLED status and your cards charged.

5. Have your campers immunization records, medications, and insurance cards. You will have to enter this information on the Health History.

6. To fill out the REQUIRED paperwork you must go to the “FORMS AND DOCUMENTS” area under “My Account”. If these are NOT filled out completely, your camper will continue to be in APPLIED status until forms are complete.

7. There is NOT automatic enrollment. Your camper will not be ENROLLED (CONFIRMED) for camp until all the required paperwork is complete.

8. Be patient and make sure to complete all required forms.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: https://hiddenhollowcamp.campintouch.com/…/camper/App

#hiddenhollowcamp #hhc2021 #loyalandtrue

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Update 4/12/2021 – 9:20 am – RICHLAND COUNTY’S BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITY INPUT NEEDED

Richland County, Ohio – Count On Me Richland County is seeking the input from Richland County’s Black and Brown community through a readily available survey. Survey results will be used to create tailored educational materials about COVID-19 so individuals can make the best decisions about their health. Results could also lead to additional services that make it easier to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are on a mission to educate, advocate for, and serve our Black and Brown community members during this pandemic and our main goal is to reduce the incidence of disease and death from COVID-19 through prevention,” said Dr. Julie Chaya, Director of Community Health & Prevention Sciences at Richland Public Health and leader of the Count On Me Richland County initiative. “But, in order for us and our community partners to allocate our resources effectively for upcoming initiatives, we need to hear directly from our Black and Brown community members to tell us what they know and how they feel about COVID-19 and the vaccine.”

Paper surveys can be completed at the Friendly House, Mansfield UMADAOP, the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) office, Maddox Memorial Church of God in Christ, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, the YMCA, or by calling 419-774-4761. Flyers promoting the survey will feature a quick-access QR code for an electronic version, which can also be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/RichlandBB. Individuals can also complete the survey by phone at 419-774-4761.

Responses to the survey are anonymous and participants are eligible to win one of 65 gift cards. This includes five (5) $50 gift cards to the YMCA, forty (40) $25 gift cards, ten (10) $75 gift cards, and ten (10) $100 gift cards to a local establishment of your choosing. Gift cards will be raffled off in a random drawing on May 3, 2021.

“Unfortunately, racial and ethnic minorities here and throughout the world have experienced higher rates of COVID infection, hospitalization, and death, but we are trying to do something about that locally,” explained Deanna West-Torrence, Founder and Executive Director of NECIC. “Please, let us know what your needs are so we can help you and make a real difference in our communities.”

The survey is called “Richland County Black & Brown Community COVID-19 Needs Assessment” and can be completed throughout the month of April. For more details, visit www.richlandhealth.org/RichlandBB. Winners of the gift cards will be contacted the first week of May.   

*This initiative is supported and sponsored by Richland Public Health, the Black & Brown Coalition of Mansfield Ohio, Destination Mansfield Richland County, The Friendly House, Maddox Memorial Church of God in Christ, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, Mansfield UMADAOP, Minority Health & Wellness Project, North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC), OhioHealth, Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission (OHCAC), Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development, Richland County Foundation, Richland County NAACP, Richland COVID Vaccination Initiative, Third Street Family Health Services, We Act, and the YMCA.

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Update 03/19/2021 – 1:30 pm – SUMMER PROGRAMS REGISTRATION INFORMATION…

All of our summer programs are open this summer, with some COVID-19 restrictions. Make sure to make your plans to register early as we will fill up very quickly! Bring on the sunshine and the balmy summer days, as everyone at Friendly House is ready to get back to summer fun and camping!

Summer Fun Program (SFP) at Friendly House: The Summer Fun Program will begin registration for families currently in the Afterschool Program (ASP) on Monday, April 26th. Registration materials will be available in the Friendly House Office after 9:00 am. The SFP will open registration for new families beginning on May 5th at 9:00 am. Space is limited to 54 children due to COVID-19 restrictions. Current ASP families have the first opportunity to enroll and the remaining spaces are on a first come first serve basis. The SFP fee is $50 per child and runs for 9 weeks, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm beginning on Monday, June 14. Click on the link to read the COVID-19 Summer Fun FAQs. It is best to view on a computer not by phone.

Happy Hollow Day Camp (HHDC), located on Hull Road in Mansfield, will begin registration for campers on Monday, May 3rd at 9:00 am at the Friendly House Office. Again, due to COVID-19 restrictions, HHDC will only be enrolling a total of 54 campers per week on a first come first serve basis. Happy Hollow runs for 9 weeks and the fee for each week of camp is $125 per camper. Camperships through Friendly House and JFS assistance are available for those that qualify. The first week of camp will be June 14. Click on the link to read the Happy Hollow Day Camp COVID-19 Mitigation and Operations Plan. It is best to view on a computer not by phone.

Hidden Hollow Camp (HHC), located on Possum Run Road in Bellville, will begin online registration for campers on Monday, April 12 at 6:30 pm. For information on registration, you may find it at this link: https://www.hiddenhollowcamp.org/. HHC will run for five weeks this summer and the first week will start on July 11. The cost per camper this year at HHC is $450 per week. Space is very limited this year due to COVID-19 as we are only enrolling a total of 100 campers per week. Also, campers must live in Ohio to attend HHC this summer. Click on the link to read the Hidden Hollow Camp COVID-19 Mitigation and Operations Plan. It is best to view on a computer not by phone.

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Update 03/15/2021 – 10:00 am – HIDDEN HOLLOW INFORMATION!

CAMPERS, COUNSELORS, AND FAMILIES: On 03/08/2021, the Friendly House Board of Managers unanimously decided that Hidden Hollow Camp could re-open for the 2021 season with changes to programming, schedules, policies, and procedures in order to run HHC safely and efficiently as the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic continues.

The Hidden Hollow Camp COVID-19 Mitigation and Operations Plan should be read thoroughly by all interested families and staff applicants in order to make the decision if HHC will be the right choice for you this summer. These are new policies and procedures that have been created for the 2021 season. This plan is continuously changing and any old information will be “STRIKETHROUGH” and new information in its place. It is best to view on a computer not by phone. Below is basic information for HHC 2021. All of these points are also in conjunction to everything listed in the Mitigation and Operations Plan linked above. All of these points are subject to change as we move forward without notice:

  • Campers must be between the ages of 8-15. There will be no option for ages 16+ that missed their last year as a camper in 2020.
  • Camp will be begin on July 11, 2021 and will run for four weeks: July 11-17, July 18-24, July 25-31, and August 1-7. A possible fifth week of camp, August 8-14 will be added if there is interest.
  • All camp weeks will be ages 8-15.
  • There are no Special Days in 2021.
  • There will be no Jr. Camp program for 2021.
  • Camp capacities are 100 campers per week. 50 boys and 50 girls. 10 cabins will be used for campers.
  • Cost of camp is $450 per week, per camper. Campers may only attend one week of camp.
  • All campers and staff must have permanent residence in Ohio. Out of state (and country) campers and staff will not be allowed to participate in HHC for 2021.
  • Camperships (scholarships) will be available for qualifying Richland County residents.
  • There will be no KP program in 2021.
  • Camp registration will be completely online and will begin on Monday, April 12 at 6:30pm (EST).
  • Registration will be through the CampMinder/CampInTouch system.
  • More information and links to this system will be posted as the date comes closer.

Please reach out if you have any other questions that cannot be answered through the FAQ’s or the Hidden Hollow Camp COVID-19 Mitigation and Operations Plan. Thank you! Brianna Sammataro, HHC Camp Director hhc@friendlyhouseonline.com

Mitigation Plan: https://docs.google.com/…/1GqQmfV0IaJuB967a2oeAJ…/edit

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Update 03/14/2021 – Noon

COVID-19 Travel Advisory & Friendly House: Friendly House will no longer request families, children or staff quarantine due to COVID-19 travel out of state. We will continue to request a quarantine if a Friendly House family or child or staff member is showing symptoms or has a known exposure. Starting March 10, 2021, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), will no longer issue a travel advisory for those entering Ohio after traveling to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher. Instead, ODH is revising its travel guidance to encourage Ohioans to carefully review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance when considering travel.

This change means the state-by-state list will no longer be updated. Even as more individuals are vaccinated across the United States and in Ohio and testing availability continues to improve, travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands.

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Update 03/03/2021 – 3:00 pm

The TPK GROUP is happy to announce that the CONFIRMED dates for the 2021 Weekend Of Giving at Hidden Hollow Camp are June 17th at 5:00 pm – June 20th at 11:00 am. Registration is now OPEN. Click the FIND TICKETS link to register. Registration DEADLINE is Monday, May 3rd. Donations must be received by May 12th to be confirmed. For additional information check out the Facebook Event LINK and read the detail of this amazing opportunity to give back to Friendly House.

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Update 2/25/2021 – 10:05 am

ATTENTION PARENTS – IMMEDIATE PRESCHOOL/DAY CARE OPENINGS – Friendly House is looking for some GREAT kids to join our #FriendlyHouseKids family! Now accepting applications for our Preschool/Day Care. Stop by for an application or call Miss Sarah at 419.522.5570. Friendly House is located at 380 North Mulberry Street. Please enter through the front door only. Face masks are now required by visitors. The office is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. Enroll your child today and they can start as early as next Monday!

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Update 2/25/2021 – 10:00 am

COVID-19 Travel Advisory & Friendly House: Effective 8/1/2020, Friendly House will be following the Ohio Department of Health’s guidelines on out of state travel. Any student or family member of a student, Friendly House member or staff member are asked to follow these guidelines. Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. Positivity rate is an indicator of how much COVID-19 there is in a community, and ODH is recommending against travel to those states with high positivity. If someone must travel, ODH is recommending 14 days of self-quarantine after leaving those locations. This advisory is intended for both leisure and business travel, and should be heeded by both Ohioans and out-of-state travelers. The list of states will be updated online every week on Wednesday. Click on the image below to be redirected to the most current travel restriction map from the Ohio Department of Health.

Map updated on 2/24/2020

What to Do During Self-Quarantine

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever, as well as other symptoms including cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
    • If fever and/or symptoms develop, call your medical provider.
  • Remain at home and avoid all in-person activities. This includes work, grocery stores and pharmacies, public events and public places.
  • If you live in a home with other people who did not travel with you, stay in a separate room. If this is not possible, wear a face mask when you are in the same room and stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Do not leave home except to seek medical care. If you need to see a provider for reasons other than a medical emergency, please call in advance and discuss the care you need.
  • In the event of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Indicate that you are in home quarantine for novel coronavirus exposure. Keep a face mask on until you are asked by a health care provider to remove it.
  • Do not have visitors in your home.
  • Do not use public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.

Resources

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

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Update 01/14/2020 – 5:00 pm

WHAT ABOUT HIDDEN HOLLOW CAMP IN 2021?

At this time, Friendly House is still working out some details on the 2021 camping season. This includes dates, cost, staffing needs, camper capacity, changes to programming, etc. in order to run HHC safely and efficiently. We are shooting for March 1, if not earlier, for an announcement but know that things can change at a moment notice. We will also be posting a Google Forms survey by the end of next week, similar to the one we did in the spring, to get your opinion on camp this summer. In the meantime, we are allowing families to put their information into CampInTouch through CampMinder, our online platform. You can enter the parent information, campers, and second household if needed. This is a basic information collector, and will be used for streamlining communications.

This will NOT be considered as any pre-registration for camp or as a placeholder for your child. It will be “one less step” you will have to do when registration opens.

Please click below to enter your information. We encourage all families, current camper families and interested families, to enter your information. We are so thankful for all of your continued support of HHC and hope that we can see you all again very soon. — Miss Breezy

https://hiddenhollowcamp.campintouch.com/…/inquiryForm…

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Update 12/10/2020 – 4:45 pm

Friendly House Preschool Families – Friendly House will reopen for your children on Monday, December 14th at 8:00 am. Until further notice, the hours for the Preschool will be from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Please make sure to follow COVID Guidelines – if your child is ill with COVID symptoms and/or has a fever, they may not attend. Pick up and drop off procedures are still ‘call upon arrival’. NEW – if your child is able to wear a mask consistently, have them bring one with them. Masks are still not required for the Preschool children; however, if they are able to wear one we recommend they do. They should have a clean mask each day. Thank you and see you on Monday!

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Update 12/4/2020 – 6:00 pm

Friendly House has been made aware of a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is currently at home in self-quarantine. The staff member is a part of our Preschool. Because of the potential exposure that may have occurred in the Preschool area of the building, Friendly House has decided to close the Preschool from December 7 through December 11, 2020. All staff and preschool children should follow quarantine guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health. Friendly House will contact families in the Preschool on December 10 to discuss reopening on December 14, 2020. Once the Preschool reopens we will have adjusted the Preschool hours from 8am to 6pm. There are no changes to the Afterschool Program at this time. We will keep you informed as the situation changes. Updates will be posted here as well as on social media. Thank you and continue to stay healthy.

Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 / Quarantine FAQs

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Update 12/4/2020 – 9:30 am

Friendly House Families – Richland County has been designated as COVID-19 Risk Level Purple. At this time, Friendly House will remain OPEN for your children. The Preschool is open regular hours. The Afterschool Program follows the Mansfield City School schedule. Remote learning days, we are open for the ASP from 3pm – 6pm. When MSC is CLOSED for weather or a holiday break, the ASP is open from 9am – 6pm.

A few reminders – all children attending the ASP are required to wear a mask. If your child is not feeling well, keep them at home. If you child has a fever, they may not attend.

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Update 12/1/2020 – 3:30 pm

Friendly House Families – We have been made aware of a staff member who was in contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is currently at home in self-quarantine. As of now, the staff member has not tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is a part of our Preschool/Daycare program and had very limited contact with other staff and Afterschool Program students. Those families that may have been exposed are being contacted. Friendly House is following the recommendations of Richland Public Health. All areas where this staff member worked have been fully cleaned and sanitized. Friendly House will remain open regular hours at this time. If any information changes we will keep you informed. Thank you and continue to stay healthy.

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Update 11/24/2020 – 1:00 PM

Friendly House is suspending our Evening Program until further notice. The Friendly House Evening Program is for community youth in grades 7-12 and ran from 6:30pm- 9:00pm, Monday through Thursday. If you have questions, please contact our office.

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Update 11/12/2020 – 10:10 am

Friendly House Families – this is a reminder that if your child has been quarantined due to a possible COVID-19 exposure, they are not permitted to attend Friendly House programs until that quarantine period has ended. Siblings and children in the same household would also not be permitted to attend until that quarantine period has expired. Friendly House continues to follow and exceed recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and Richland Public Health.

If you need to read the Friendly House COVID-19 FAQs here are the links: AfterSchool Program FAQsPreSchool & DayCare FAQs

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Update 10/26/2020 – 12:00 pm

The Friendly House has opened our pool for local swim team practices and meets. We are following the Ohio Department of Health and Richland County Health regrading COVID-19 guidelines regarding our pool facility. At this time, we are not able to offer open swim, swim exercise or lap swim. Please read our COVID-19 guidelines for swim teams and the pool area. You can find the schedule for the teams on our Event Tab – Friendly House Events. Please note, at this time only coaches and participants are allowed in the facility. Spectators are not permitted in the building.

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Update 10/23/2020 – 4:30 pm

Friendly House has been made aware of a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.  This staff member has been at home in self-quarantine since Saturday, October 17th and did not test positive until today, October 23rd.  Friendly House is following the recommendations of Richland Public Health.   The staff member has not been at work during the time of concern from Richland Public Health and has had no contact during that time with other staff or students.  Friendly House is informing our families out of the utmost of caution. All areas where this staff member worked, including the office area have been fully cleaned and sanitized.  The staff member is a part of our tutoring program and had very limited contact with other staff and Afterschool Program students.  Those families that may have been exposed have been contacted.  There was no contact to our Preschool and Daycare program. Friendly House will remain open regular hours at this time. Thank you and continue to stay healthy.

For additional information and resources, please contact Richland Public Health or read our COVID-19 FAQs.

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Update 10/8/2020 – 5:00 pm

Richland County has remained in COVID-19 Red Risk. There are no changes to the Friendly House schedule or our current programs.

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Update 10/5/2020 – 1:20pm

Friendly House has decided, due to COVID-19, the 2020-21 Friendly House sponsored Basketball Leagues have been cancelled.

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Update 10/02/2020 – 1:00 pm

Friendly House Parents – Richland County has been classified as Level 3 RED Risk and is on a watch list for Level 4 PURPLE Risk.

Friendly House will continue to follow the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Health and our local Richland Health Department. If mandated or due to the decision of the Friendly House Board of Managers and/or the Director of Friendly House, we may close at any time to ensure the health and safety of our staff and children.

If Richland County is classified as a Level 4 Purple Risk, it is probable that Friendly House will close until the county returns to a Level 3 RED Risk. We will give as much notice as possible if a closure is required. As a parent it is your responsibility to have a back up plan for child care.

Mansfield City Schools Closure – if MCS closes due to a weather event and the students are not in school and not distance learning, Friendly House will be open from 9am to 6pm for Afterschool students. If MCS closes in person classes but students are distance learning, Friendly House will be open our regular hours and the Afterschool students may be dropped off at 3pm.

Please refer to our COVID-19 FAQs for additional information: FAQ Document

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Update 10/01/2020 – 8:30 am

Due to COVID-19, Friendly House has cancelled our basketball leagues for the 2020-2021 season. Keep updated by continuing to follow Friendly House on Facebook and on this News Tab.

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Update 9/11/2020 – 3:15 pm

Updated information for our Afterschool Program which begins on Monday, September 14th at 3:00 pm. Parents please be aware that the students in the Afterschool Program will have to wear a mask while on a Friendly House bus and while in the Friendly House facility. Masks may only be removed while eating or during active play or activity in the gym or while outside on the play ground. The children will be in groups of 9 and the groups and will not have planned interaction with the other groups. At this time there will be no outside organizations invited into Friendly House. When the children arrive they will be placed into their group and will remain in their activity area until pick up. While in their activity area, they will be able to work on their homework with assistance from their Youth Leader. They will eat a nutritious meal and have a planned activity and free time. Each day the children will rotate to a different activity.

Parents dropping off children may do so any time after 3:00 pm in the front of the building. Please call the number posted on the signs so a staff member can come outside to great your child before they enter the building. All children entering the Friendly House must have pass a health screening and temperature check.

Currently for PICK UP, parents are to remain in their vehicle in the front of the building and the children will be brought out to you. If a parent must enter the building, please put on a mask and go no further than the reception desk in the lobby. Otherwise, please call the number posted on the signs in front of the building when you arrive. Please be patient with this process as it can take up to 10 minutes for your child to exit the building.

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Update 08/06/2020 – 2:00 pm

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT:

Friendly House is happy to announce that the Afterschool Program will open for students on September 14, 2020. First come first serve registration will begin on August 17 and parents can pick up registration forms on August 11 at the Friendly House reception desk. The cost to enroll your student for the entire program is only $50 which includes a nutritious meal and all activities. The ASP will run Monday – Friday from 3pm to 6pm. Fees are due at time of registration to guarantee your child’s spot as a #FriendlyHouseKid. Do not wait – spaces are VERY limited.

Information regarding the Afterschool Program and our COVID-19 FAQs are linked here: https://docs.google.com/…/1AT0dPdS2vJ3w4eKQkSShgZGYnM…/edit…

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Update 07/21/2020 – 3:15 pm

Friendly House Families – we are working diligently to make sure we are able to safely reopen for the After School Program this year.

The program will be different due to the circumstances we are all under.

We hope to have an announcement with in the next few weeks regarding the program and sign ups! Stay tuned.

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Update 07/17/2020 – 6:00 pm

Friendly House has a commitment to keep our employees as well as our community healthy and safe. As of 6:00 pm 7/17/2020, Richland County has been declared under a Level 3 Public Emergency and masks are now required by the public.

Friendly House will be cooperating with this order but will also continue to follow the Day Care and Day Camp Safe Opening Guidelines issued by the State of Ohio.

Any one entering Friendly House facilities or property including Happy Hollow Day Camp is asked to wear a mask. This includes parents dropping off or picking up their children, as well as any person conducting business or services on Friendly House property.

Currently, children participating in our day care and day camp programs are not required to wear a mask.

We recommend that you keep informed on current recommendations on COVID-19 at the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Ohio Department of Health at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home and make sure to follow Friendly House at https://www.facebook.com/thefriendlyhouse/.

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Update 06/01/2020 – 9:00 am

The Friendly House is taking the necessary steps about reopening the facility and our summer programs safely and effectively. There are currently many guidelines in place and we will continue to adapt as the weeks go on. Friendly House could close at any time, depending on Ohio Department of Health measures and precautions.

As of May 27, 2020, the Friendly House Board of Managers and Executive Director, Terry Conard have made the following decisions:

1. Hidden Hollow Camp has been cancelled for the 2020 season. This decision was made on 05/18/20

2. There will be no aquatic programs at the Friendly House during the summer. This includes swim lessons, water exercise, and lap swims.

3. The Friendly House Preschool Program will re-open on June 8. Space is very limited. Parents of preschool children MUST be working and will need to provide employer documentation. Friendly House staff will call to verify employment. Preference will be given first to families that were already enrolled before Friendly House shut down on March 25.

4. Summer Fun and Happy Hollow Day Camp will be combined as ONE program and will be held at Happy Hollow beginning June 22. THERE WILL BE NO SUMMER FUN PROGRAM AT THE FRIENDLY HOUSE IN 2020. Capacity is a very limited and registration will be “first come first serve”. Cost is $100 per week/per child and financial assistance will be provided with the proper paperwork. If you qualify for child care assistance through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Friendly House recommends that you contact your caseworker NOW in order to receive the benefit for Happy Hollow Day Camp as you will need proof of this information for enrollment. Parents of enrolled campers MUST be working and will need to provide employer documentation. Friendly House staff will call to verify employment. Campers must be between the ages of 6-14 and have completed Kindergarten. Registration for Happy Hollow will be on June 10.

More information and details on these programs will be coming out in the next week. If you have any questions, please email contact@friendlyhouseonline.com

Everyone at Friendly House understands that these decisions are not ideal for everyone but, at this time, these decisions will help keep our facility running. No one expected this to be our situation this summer, and we are hoping that opening these programs even in their small capacity, will help alleviate some of the stress on our families. We are grateful for your continued support of the Friendly House.

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Update 03/26/2020 – 1:30 pm

If you need to speak to someone while we are closed, you can send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We promise to reopen as soon as we are allowed. Stay Healthy and Be Kind!

SEND US AN EMAIL

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Update 03/24/2020 – 8:15 am

PARENTS: As announced yesterday, Friendly House will be closing after business on Wednesday. We are not a PANDEMIC CHILD CARE CENTER. We will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

Here are some resources to help you find child care during this time:

http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/CoronavirusAndChildcareForFamilies/

http://jfs.ohio.gov/…/d…/Pandemic-Provider-Approved-List.pdf

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Update 03/23/2020 – 12:00 pm

All Friendly House facilities and programs will close on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:00 pm until further notice. The Hidden Hollow Open House scheduled on April 18th and the Happy Hollow Open House scheduled on May 3rd have been cancelled.

Message from the Director

My staff and I have been working very hard keeping the facility clean and disinfected the past two weeks while providing only essential services (Childcare Services) to those of you that are still working, and for those of you that are working in essential businesses. With the Governor’s “Stay At Home” ordered we will be closing Daycare and After School Programs at the end of business Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and will reopen as soon as it’s safe to do so.  We are trying to keep positive and at this time we are moving forward with all plans for Hidden Hollow, Happy Hollow and the Community Center for this summer.

Please refer to our Facebook page and follow us @facebook.com/thefriendlyhouse/ for updates. We wish you and your family a safe and healthy time together and we will see you as soon as this pandemic is under control.

Be Safe – Terry Conard, Director

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Update 03/20/2020 – 3:00 pm

No changes to current policies at this time. The next update will be Monday, March 23rd after 2:00 pm.

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Update 03/17/2020 – 9:00 am

Unfortunately, all current rentals of Friendly House facilities through May 1st, 2020 are being cancelled. Full refunds will be issued. We are currently not taking any reservations at this time.

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Update 03/16/2020 – 6:00 pm

Per Governor DeWine’s order to close fitness facilities, the Friendly House Boxing Gym and Weight Room are now closed until further notice. Also, Adult Swim Exercise is also cancelled until further notice.

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Update 03/16/2020 – 4:53 pm

Friendly House leadership continues to monitor the COVID-19 National Emergency and will update you as necessary. Currently there are no changes to our plan from Friday. We are scheduled to be open on Tuesday. Preschool and Day Care can be dropped off as early at 6:30 am. The After School Program children can be dropped off any time after 9:00 am.

All parents and/or guardians that drop off a child at Friendly House will be required to answer questions from the CPAA Community CarePort COVID-19 Risk Screening Tool. The child that is being left at Friendly House for care, will also have their temperature taken by an infra-red thermometer. If answers to the screening tool are disqualified OR if the child has a temperature over 100.4 degrees, for the safety of the Friendly House community, you will not be allowed to leave your child at Friendly House.

We have had offers from the community to volunteer time to help us keep our facilities clean. While we appreciate the gesture we are unable to accommodate that suggestion. We would greatly appreciate any donation of cleaning supplies such as bleach, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.

In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little.

Please continue to follow Friendly House as changes to our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan could occur at any time.

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Update 03/16/2020 – 8:00 am

All swim lessons are cancelled. Refunds will be issued by check and should be received within two weeks. We will update changes as they occur.

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Update 03/13/2020 – 4:27 pm

The Friendly House’s top priority is the safety of our staff and the children and families that rely on our services every day. Leadership at Friendly House has been monitoring the minute to minute updates regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are attempting to align our decisions with the idea of “flattening the curve” of the virus spread so that our hospital systems can be responsive to those who are in need. As a community, we are all responsible to help slow the virus spread while serving the community in a healthy way. As the situation in our community evolves, we must also update how we are responding. Thank you for your continued support as we continue to serve you and the community as a whole.

After discussion with members of the Friendly House Board of Managers and with consultation with Richland Public Health, Friendly House will continue to remain open with the following changes to our policy and procedures.

Effective immediately, the Golden Age Luncheon scheduled for April 6th is cancelled. All extra affiliated activities such as Girl Scouts and Bible Study are also cancelled. The ACE program Fun Day scheduled for March 28 is cancelled. All basketball league practice and play at Friendly House is cancelled. PAL Mentoring will continue to follow Mansfield City Schools schedule and is postponed for three weeks. Spring Swim Lessons will continue as scheduled. If your child is scheduled for Swim Lessons and you would like to postpone your class, please contact the office at 419.522.0521. Adult Water Exercise and Lap Swim will also continue as scheduled.

Friendly House Preschool and Day Care is scheduled to be deep cleaned and disinfected on Saturday, March 14th. The remainder of Friendly House will undergo the same cleaning and be completed before the After School Program begins on Monday, March 16th at 3:00 pm. Due to the cleaning of the building, the Friendly House After School Program will not be open on Monday until 3:00 pm. The Preschool and Day Care will open at 6:30 am on Monday.

Friendly House Preschool and Day Care as well as the After School Program will continue to operate with changes in the following procedures. All parents and/or guardians that drop off a child at Friendly House will be required to answer questions from the CPAA Community CarePort COVID-19 Risk Screening Tool. The child that is being left at Friendly House for care, will also have their temperature taken by an infra-red thermometer. If answers to the screening tool are disqualified OR if the child has a temperature over 100.4 degrees, for the safety of the Friendly House community, you will not be allowed to leave your child at Friendly House.

We strongly encourage parents and guardians to have and open and honest conversation with their children regarding appropriate behavior and during this quickly evolving situation. While your child is at Friendly House during this Pandemic, their movements between areas of Friendly House will be limited. Please discuss their responsibility to listen to staff instructions as our main goal is to keep them safe so you are able to continue to go to work.

As the situation in our community changes, we may also change our policy and procedures as necessary. If anything changes over the weekend, we will update you as soon as we are able. Please continue to follow us at https://www.facebook.com/thefriendlyhouse/ for updates and on this page. Also, make sure to sign up for REMIND. Text @fhpre20 to 81010 for Preschool Announcements and text @afsp1920 to 81010 for After School Program Announcements. Thank you again for your continued support.

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Update 03/13/2020 – 9:00 am

Friendly House is following recommendations outlined at the Richland Public Health’s COVID-19 Community Planning Meeting.  We are offering this information to help prepare our staff and Friendly House families to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

We are encouraging students and staff to take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as staying home when sick; appropriately covering coughs and sneezes; cleaning frequently touched surfaces; and washing hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

As of this notification, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Richland County.  Friendly House will make decisions upon what actions to take to keep our community members safe based upon recommendations from Richland Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

If the decision is made to temporarily close Friendly House for the safety of the community it will be based upon recommendations from Richland Public Health Department.  We will inform the community on this page, notification to local media, through social media postings, and notices on our building. 

After School Parents: In light of Governor DeWine’s state ban on gatherings, The Kiwanis Joe Zuber Pancake Day, Saturday, March 14th has been postponed. Please save your tickets to be used at a future date to be announced!

The CDC has created a COVID-19 website that has constantly updated information and recommendations based upon current data.  This includes how to prepare your home and help educate your children on how to stay healthy. If you do not have access to this information at home, you may use our computer lab to research how to keep your family healthy.

We recommend that you keep informed on current recommendations on COVID-19 at the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Ohio Department of Health at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home and make sure to follow Friendly House at https://www.facebook.com/thefriendlyhouse/.

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