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Health & Safety Practices for In-Person PEPS Programs

Vaccination requirements

Vaccines remain the best defense against hospitalization, requiring ICU-level care or a ventilator, or death from COVID-19.

  • As a part of safeguarding the health of our PEPS team and their families, our participants, and our larger community, PEPS implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for in-person programming.
  • All participants meeting in person will be required to self-report that they have been fully vaccinated, and PEPS may request proof of vaccinations at any time. Acceptable documents include your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card (originals, copies, or photos accepted), certificate of COVID-19 vaccination, digital QR codes from MYIRmobile, or WA State Immunization Information System printout. PEPS is not equipped to monitor all families’ immunization or health records and cannot guarantee that all families have been vaccinated.

Face coverings

The use of face coverings can help protect yourself and others in close contact.

  • Starting on January 1, 2024, PEPS Groups will no longer be required to wear masks.
  • Participants are asked to bring their own masks if they would like to wear one. 

Regular & frequent cleaning of the facility

Increased cleaning protocols will help ensure a clean environment.

  • Ensure adequate ventilation (for example, open windows) and air purifier when possible.
  • Wipe down commonly used surfaces, including door handles, tables/desks, sink faucets, keyboards, and remote controls, between use or daily at the minimum.


The practice of proper hygiene is necessary for assisting in personal health and the health of others.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands immediately. Do not cough into your hands.  If tissue is not available, be sure to cough only into your elbow.
  • Upon entering, everyone is required to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.

Illnesses & exposures

The best way to stop the spread of illness is to keep sick people away from those who are not sick. 

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