Considerations for Resuming In-Person Mentoring
This document is intended to assist programs in developing a plan for how and when to resume in - person mentoring. It should not be considered legal advice. Individual mentoring programs should consult their own legal counsel and program policies as well as state/local laws prior to implementing this material designed for virtual mentoring.
As the state gradually reopens, the decision of how and when to resume in-person mentoring is up to each individual mentoring program. Before moving forward, all programs should develop a written plan for how to resume in-person mentoring and how to suspend in-person mentoring again if necessary. Items for consideration:
• Check with your school district or parent organization (if applicable for your program) to ensure your recommendations match up with their recommendations.
• Check with your insurance carrier to determine if they have restrictions or guidelines your program needs to follow to maintain coverage.
• Make resuming in-person mentoring an opt-in option instead of an opt-out. Mentors and mentees and their families should not feel like they need to resume in-person mentoring unless they are comfortable doing so.
• Consult guidelines for older adults and people with underlying medical conditions for social distancing.
• Mentors and mentees should not be considered within each other’s “trusted households” and all mentoring should take place outside, maintaining a six-foot distance, with both mentees and mentors wearing face coverings, and not involve activities that require communal objects (i.e. playing catch). This means mentees should not be riding in a vehicle with their mentor.
• Create a training that all mentors, mentees, and parents must go through and sign off on around the new in-person mentoring guidelines. No mentor match should be meeting in person until they have completed this training.
• Make sure that mentees have a clear understanding of what to expect and how the guidelines your program has developed may change over time to reflect the currently reality in this ever-evolving situation.
• In both the pausing and potential resuming of in-person mentoring, it is likely that some mentees in your program are receiving less support from their mentors than others. We encourage you to be mindful of this inequity and to try to identify ways that your program can provide additional support for these young people. At the same time, recognize that mentors are doing everything they can and that some will be able to do more than others.
State coronavirus website: COVID-19 in Iowa
CDC guidelines for youth programs
Iowa Department of Public Health