Return to Work Plan

IFB Solutions will return to work under normal operations in three phases. IFB’s Coronavirus Response Team has carefully laid out plans in accordance with North Carolina’s guidance. The plan will likely change over time as we pay close attention to the spread of the coronavirus. Information will be sent to employees as changes occur. Management will work with IFB locations outside of N.C. to ensure a smooth transition into each phase.

 

Estimated Timeline

  • Friday, May 8th — Phase 1 Begins
  • Friday, May 22nd — Phase 2 Begins
  • TBD — Phase 3 Begins

 

Meetings, Tours and Visitors

Man handing woman statuette award.PHASE 1 – Policies remain the same. Mask usage is required and Zoom meetings are encouraged. Health Alert Notice signs are posted at all entrances to IFB Solutions buildings and business locations asking those who are sick to stay outside of the building. Tours are being postponed. Anyone who is not an IFB employee is not allowed in the building including family and friends. You can be dropped off at the employee entrances. Packages are still being delivered.

PHASE 2 – Policies remain the same as phase one.

PHASE 3 – Meeting policies with employees, customers, donors and other external groups are relaxed. Please note what your state recognizes as an appropriate group gathering number. Mask usage is required and Zoom meetings are still encouraged. Wellness checks are required before any guests enter the building; Please ask your guest if he or she is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19. IFB Adult Support Groups can meet in-person, however the number of people in a gathering will need to be monitored to meet North Carolina’s group gathering requirements. Continue to use Zoom if needed. Masks and social distancing are required.

 

We will review the status of general assemblies as we confirm what constitutes an appropriate group gathering in accordance with Governor Cooper’s plan.

 

IFB Solutions Events 

ALL PHASES – Our fundraising events will look much different this year. As we explore virtual opportunities, reschedule some events and make other adjustments, we encourage you to visit www.ifbsolutions.org/events to stay up to date. We’ll also post announcements and changes on social media. During our events, social distancing and other coronavirus prevention requirements will be enforced as necessary.

 

Community Low Vision Centers 

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PHASE 1 – Remains the same.

PHASE 2 – Customers are seen by appointment only. Mask usage by patients and staff is required. Wellness checks are required prior to appointment. Eye exams are conducted at doctor’s discretion.

PHASE 3 – Same as phase 2. Mobile Vision clinics begin to operate again, however wellness checks must be conducted prior to appointment. Please limit the number of people in the Mobile Vision Unit as required by North Carolina group gathering requirements.

 

 COVID-19 best practices are posted in all stores and here.

 

Twenty200 Eyewear Optical Shop

Located at Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem 

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PHASE 1 – The store will open at limited capacity. Curbside assistance will be offered. Wellness procedures and protocols will be in place. Staff will be trained accordingly. Signage will be posted with new COVID-19 prevention procedures. Eyewear and surfaces will be sanitized frequently.

PHASE 2 – Same at phase 1. Capacity in the store expands.

PHASE 3 – Same as phase 1. Capacity in the store expands.

 

 COVID-19 best practices are posted in all stores and here.

 

Base Supply Centers 

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As of right now, most of our BSCs in Washington D.C. are closed. The estimated reopen date varies based on building protocol. Each store will follow the schedule of their respective federal building location as we open our doors. Most stores on military bases are open, but at limited capacity, meaning only a few people are allowed in a store at a time. Curbside pick-up is being offered at all free-standing BSC locations. Coronavirus prevention cleaning protocols are in place. Products can be purchased at bscsource.com.

 

 

S.E.E. Programs

(After School, Camps and Activities) 

PHASE 1 – Remains the same.

PHASE 2 – Some summer camps will move to a virtual format, while others will be cancelled. Our Charlotte SEE kids will attend camp at the Lake Norman YMCA. For all other camp updates, click here.

PHASE 3 – After School programs will start August 24th.  We are currently evaluating virtual options so kids who are blind can have the best experience in the safety of their homes. S.E.E. staff is also evaluating guidance from the N.C. Department of Education. Please click here for After School program updates. If you have questions, please email Chris Flynt, cflynt@ifbsolutions.org. Thank you for your patience.

 

Teleworking

PHASE 1 – Teleworking continues.

PHASE 2 – The executive team works with managers to determine a rotating telework schedule within each department. Please practice social distancing and use Zoom frequently. An in-office schedule will be available for staff.

PHASE 3 – Same as phase 2.

 

Cyber Security

ALL PHASES – As hackers are taking advantage of coronavirus fear, we ask that employees refrain from clicking on any suspicious emails and report anything that looks suspicious to IT. Incoming emails from anyone who does not have an IFB Solutions email account will have a yellow and red banner at the top with a warning alerting you to make sure you only open emails from a trusted source. We’ve implemented 2-factor authentication for our teleworking staff. Several employees have received text messages saying there is a case of COVID-19 at IFB Solutions. This is a scam. We will not communicate a COVID-19 case via text.