***UPDATE (March 25, 2020) Navy Essential Childcare Declaration
Navy childcare programs are critical need for our Service members who need childcare to go to work every day serving our both at home and abroad. During the current COVID-19 crisis we are adapting our Child and Youth Program (CYP) operations to meet both the Navy’s mission and family requirements while ensuring the children in our care and our professionals are healthy and safe.
Effective March 17 the following “social distancing” changes are being implemented:
•All Programs/Services that are NOT full-time childcare (ages 0-12) cancelled/postponed until further notice/continual monitoring
•All Hourly Childcare cancelled (unless emergency/ mission essential)
•All Youth Sports, Youth/Teen Programs, Field Trips away from Navy Childcare facilities cancelled
•No New childcare enrollees into Navy operated programs (unless emergency/mission essential)
•Parents are required to self-care for own children at home if Navy full-time telework agreement during COVID-19 pandemic is executed, parent fees will be waived/space saved
•Parent fees will be waived/space saved for all personnel who elect to voluntarily temporary withdrawal their child for at least two weeks or until May 1, 2020
•Installations may request waivers to reduce program operating hours
• Supplemental staffing required from other N9 programs for increased cleaning/sanitation
•Background check requirements waived but supplemental staff always in line of sight supervision of “blue smock” CYP employee and not in ratio
•School Liaison Officers Assigned to CDC/SAC to supplement
•All training requirements postponed
•All Teacher in-Service Days cancelled
•Increased handwashing and sanitation practices (e.g. cleaning door handles, hard surfaces, etc.)
•Minimize visitors (e.g. postpone all non-critical facility maintenance, etc.)
•Staff shall complete all sign in/out protocols
•Discontinue Family Style Dining (staff will plate food for children)
•Discontinue Tooth Brushing and Use of Sensory Tables
E-4 NWAE Delayed
Postponed, until mid-May, the E-4 Navy Wide Advancement Exam was scheduled for this Thursday (NAVADMIN 69-20). Based on Fleet feedback to include social distancing and facility constraints, it is not possible for many of our commands to meet Force Health Protection Guidance and implement the exam.
As with the NWAE, social distancing requirements and travel restrictions required a prudent pause to all administrative and statutory promotion boards (NAVADMIN 72-20) allowing time to properly plan execution and risk mitigation for our future boards. Additionally, to free up space for higher priority statutory and administrative boards, this year’s O5 and O6 Selective Early Retirement (SERB) and Senior Enlisted Continuation Boards (SECB) will be cancelled. We are also looking to expand our virtual board process as much as possible, particularly for administrative boards which can be executed in a virtual setting. We are working to resume boards as soon as feasible, initially planning towards late May/early June, but earlier if possible. We will ensure we prioritize the boards and will not disadvantage our Sailors.
PFA Cycle Suspended
This cycle’s Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and Body Composition Assessment (BCA) which started on 1 Jan and ends on 30 Jun (NAVADMIN 71-20) has been suspended. Not only have many of our bases closed gyms, but also maintaining social distancing between personnel cannot be accomplished during the PFA. We will recommence in the fall and will again ensure our Sailors are not disadvantaged.
Relaxation of Grooming Standards
In order to minimize Sailors exposure to COVID-19 and adhere to social distancing, we have relaxed hair grooming standards (NAVADMIN 73-20). This will ensure our Sailors do not have to go to a hair salon or barber shop and potentially be exposed. All normal grooming standards for sideburns, hairstyles and shaving are still in effect.