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RCS Empowers Shrek Jr. the Musical Postponed until 2021

RCS Empowers Play Supporters,

With the safety and health of RCS participants, staff,  and community supporters in mind, it has been decided to postpone the 2020 performances of Shrek Jr. until next year.  After many considerations, we were unable to see a way to continue planning for the event with the Pandemic guidance continually changing. Our hope is to, in the future, be able to perform Shrek Jr. for our devoted audiences. This decision comes with great sadness as we understand the RCS plays are a community staple. We are all in this together.

All online ticket purchases have been refunded to the credit card used to complete the purchase. All in person cash/check ticket sales will also be refunded. We are working on the process to refund these sales in a timely manner. If you purchased tickets in person, please contact us at tickets@rcsempowers.com or (920) 694-1228 so we may obtain your mailing address.

Sincerely,
RCS Empowers Management

TO:              Participants, Guardians, & Employees
DATE:          3/31/2020
SUBJECT:    COVID-19
FROM:        Martha VandeLeest, President

With the continuing spread of COVID 19 and the Governor’s Emergency Order for people to be Safer at Home, RCS will continue to be closed to participants and non-essential staff until further notice.  We hope that as people follow the guidelines to stay home, it will stop the spread of COVID 19, and we can all get back to normal sooner.   RCS Case Managers have been contacting participants to learn what types of technology they have as we work on ways to stay in touch and provide remote services. If you haven’t checked out the RCS Facebook page yet, be sure to do so; you’ll find videos from RCS staff and other interesting and informative news. It’s one way for us to stay connected with you.

We will continue to share updates through the RCS website, Facebook, and for individuals without computer access, recorded updates will be available at 920-694-1228. We also plan to post announcements with WHBL Radio. Thank you all for your understanding as we continue to make decisions affecting the health and safety of everyone at RCS.

RCS website: https://www.rcsempowers.com/
RCS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcsempowersinc/
RCS recorded updates: 920-694-1228

TO:               Participants, Guardians, & Employees
DATE:          3/17/2020
SUBJECT:    COVID-19
FROM:        Martha VandeLeest, President

RCS will be closed to participants (individuals receiving services) beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. We will be re-evaluating this decision within approximately two weeks and will provide you with an update at that time. We will be sharing updates through the RCS website, Facebook, and for individuals without computer access, recorded updates will be available at 920-694-1228. We also plan to post announcements with WHBL Radio. Thank you all for your understanding as we continue to make decisions affecting the health and safety of everyone at RCS.

RCS website: https://www.rcsempowers.com/
RCS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcsempowersinc/
RCS recorded updates: 920-694-1228

RCS continues to be committed to protecting the health and safety of our participants and employees as we make decisions around COVID-19. Please know that we are constantly monitoring communications from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and Sheboygan County Public Health Dept. If you wish to stay up to date on the testing and the results in Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has a website that is updated every weekday at 2:00 PM.

As of the latest update shared by the Sheboygan County Public Health Department, the local health risk in Sheboygan County is considered low.

We will continue to take steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases by reminding everyone of the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Put distance between yourself and others.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.

In addition to the extra cleaning and disinfecting processes put into place last week, RCS has decided the following:

  • All visitor entry into our building will be restricted to an extreme need basis only.
  • Volunteers will not be utilized until further notice.
  • The RCS annual play will be postponed until further notice along with in-person ticket sales.
  • Extra steps have been implemented to promote social distancing within our facility.

RCS has and will continue to follow the CDC recommendations for participants and employees who are sick, which means that anyone who has symptoms of acute respiratory illness may not come to work until:

  • They are free of fever (100.4̊F [ 37.8̊C] or greater using an oral thermometer);
  • Have no signs of a fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

We are also encouraging parents, guardians and residential providers to review your plans and be prepared if RCS decides to close.

Please visit the following websites for the most reliable and current information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm
Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses


Thank you.

The world health community continues to monitor closely the rapidly evolving emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). With the growing severity of the outbreak and the fact that the seasonal influenza (flu) virus is also widespread, we are taking proactive steps to address a number of concerns. First and foremost, we want to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and/or adopt practices protecting the health of our participants, employees, customers, visitors or others. We also want to ensure the continuity of our programs and operations during this pandemic.

We are asking everyone to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace. Please be reminded of the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Put distance between yourself and others.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.

Additional hand washing steps have been implemented in classrooms and work areas to assist our participants. RCS has alcohol-based hand sanitizers available if needed. Employees have been directed to perform additional cleaning of items in their areas. Cleaning sprays and wipes will also be provided to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles, telephones, keyboards, copy machines, etc.

After Hours Special Events will continue to be held at RCS. If it is necessary to cancel an activity outside of RCS, those participants involved will be notified.

We have not yet made any decision concerning our upcoming annual play. Please know that we will be monitoring the situation to determine if a postponement would be necessary.

Employees are encouraged to use telephone conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings when possible.

Any participant or employee with air or cruise travel plans will need to make their case manager or supervisor aware and work together with management to ensure that proactive steps are taken to prevent the spread of any potential illness. This will include a two-week period of self-quarantine following the return from travel.

Because the information available concerning COVID-19 is ever changing, we will do our best to provide you with updated information as it relates to RCS and the procedures we will follow.

Thank you all for your cooperation and doing your part to help us minimize the risk at RCS.

As of the latest update shared by the Sheboygan County Public Health Department, the local health risk in Sheboygan County is considered low.

What’s Your Super Power? A look into Anime, Comics, and Gaming  

What’s Your Super Power? A look into Anime, Comics, and Gaming is a new class that is added to the over 60 classes RCS Empowers Day Services offers as part of their curriculum of choice.

The classes Mission Statement: To develop and enhance social and employability skill sets through the world of Anime, Comics and Gaming

The journey through this class promotes the understanding of teamwork, inclusivity, and self-awareness by enhancing engagement through verbal and nonverbal communication while utilizing a variety of mediums. Story Line Creation, CosPlay, Comic Book Creation, Play Writing, Performance, Music, Film, Editing, Japanese Culture, Graphic Design, and Technological Exploration are all examples of subjects implemented throughout the class. What’s Your Super Power finds the talent within the individual to self-advocate with confidence and promote the Super Hero with the Super Power in all of us.