March 13, 2020

 

COVID-19 Advisory for 2020 CAC Legislative Day

Over the past few weeks, we have been having discussions with our member Children's Advocacy Centers about the ongoing COVID-19 situation. As cases of the coronavirus have emerged in South Carolina, our staff here at SCNCAC have compiled some resources and guidance for CACs regarding COVID-19. We have also been consulting with our legislative representatives and the Attorney General's office regarding our 9th Annual CAC Legislative Day activities on April 1 which include a press conference and awards luncheon. 

Governor McMaster has called for $45 million to be allocated to DHEC for the state’s public health response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to the Governor's action, the Senate had a discussion this week about the possibility of suspending or cancelling session as well.  However, it was decided that legislative sessions in the Senate would continue as planned for now. The House will be on furlough next week, but the furlough is one that was planned back in January and is completely unrelated to the current situation with the virus. It was a break scheduled to occur following the completion of the House version of the budget, which occurred on Wednesday of this week. At this time, no legislative schedules have been cancelled. However, the higher education communities in South Carolina have extended spring breaks, e-learning classes have been added in place of classroom settings, and many athletic events have been cancelled. In addition, we have just been informed that the Department of Social Services has canceled all trainings for their staff through at least the end of March.

In regard to our April 1 CAC Legislative Day activities, we have decided to postpone our CAC Day Awards Luncheon until October 16, 2020 to coincide with our Annual Membership Meeting. If you have registered for the CAC Awards Luncheon, your registration will automatically transfer to the October 16 date. At this time, we are still planning to hold the Attorney General's Press Conference at 11am on April 1 but attendance may be restricted to essential participants. We will have more information on the press conference next week.

For our member CAC Directors and Staff, we have scheduled a webinar meeting on Tuesday March 17 at 11am to allow CACs to share information with each other on how they are responding to COVID-19 at their CACs. Our staff will also offer information on the latest resources for ensuring the safety of staff and the families we serve. If you are a CAC Director or secondary contact, you will receive login information in a separate email. 

I encourage you to use the link at the bottom of this page to view the CAC information sheet which contains links to helpful information for all CACs.  This is a changing situation and SCNCAC will continue to monitor it and keep you updated as new information becomes available.

Please feel free to reach out to any SCNCAC staff member if you have questions or your CAC needs assistance. We are committed to working together to help everyone stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

Tom Knapp
Executive Director
South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers

SCNCAC COVID-19 CAC Resources
 

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