health statement on COVID-19
March 25, 2020
As the safety and health of our guests and staff remain the highest of priorities, we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC as well as other federal, state and local agencies. We are continuing to suspend all guest activity on our property through Sunday, April 5th. Our staff is actively working on adopting all CDC guidelines regarding best practices as we continue to plan in the days and weeks ahead.
It has not been without sadness that this pandemic impacted our opportunity to serve some of you, as we have been so fortunate to do over the years. We look forward to the day we get to invite groups back to our property. It will be a sweet time when that happens. If you are a group leader and have questions about your event, know we are currently working with our March and April groups to help them find a time to come back to T Bar M. If your event is scheduled after April, please let us know what questions we can answer for you in this time of uncertainty and know that it is our prayer to be able to still serve you as planned!
We continue to hope in offering a full summer of camp experiences. The normal cancellation policies are currently still in place. As the situation is fluid and may change with very little notice in the coming weeks, we will continue to evaluate and update our policies weekly. Should T Bar M need to cancel any week of camp in order to continue fighting the spread of this virus, a full refund will be available including the deposit, in addition to other options like transferring your tuition to summer 2021 or donating a portion of your refund back to T Bar M to support our ministry during this difficult time.
At T Bar M, our prayer has always been that we would be a place where people could gather together for work, play, learning and encouragement, to sit on a swing and retreat from their day to day, to be refreshed spiritually as they walk worn paths and engage with one another. We are so looking forward to getting to be that place for you, your group and your campers again in the future!
Walking together in faith.
March 23, 2020
Remember this … you are not alone.
March 18, 2020
T Bar M takes guest and staff safety very seriously.
In response to state and federal recommendations designed to limit the transmission and spread of COVID-19, T Bar M has decided to suspend all guest activity on our property from March 18th through Sunday, April 5th. This effort is meant to do our part to protect our older citizens and vulnerable individuals at risk of serious outcomes should they be exposed.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions regarding your options for cancelling or rescheduling your event. We will continue to provide updates here and directly with groups as we know our plans beyond April 5th. As of now, our policies remain in place for any groups in May and beyond. Rest assured, we are monitoring this developing situation closely, staying in regular contact with local and federal agencies, health organizations and other experts.
We are completely anticipating a full summer of camp experiences. Please know normal cancellation policies are currently still in place. We will continue to evaluate and update our policies weekly. Should T Bar M need to cancel any week of camp in order to continue fighting the spread of this virus, we will gladly talk through several options with you.
Thank you for your patience and trust in T Bar M and we look forward to serving you. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us. A small staff is on property answering phones. They will be happy to get you in contact with the proper person who is working from home to keep themselves and our community healthy. Please note that our response time may be a slightly longer than normal.
We are praying for our T Bar M families, our communities, our nation and our world.
Walking together in faith.
March 5, 2020
Dear T Bar M Family,
I’m sure we have all been following closely the outbreak of the respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. I want to assure you that T Bar M is closely monitoring the situation through our local health department, the Texas Department of State and Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to these sources the risk is low for the state of Texas and our community as it concerns not only our summer campers, but also our current guest groups and retreats who frequent our property through the school year.
Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus. Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and places of gathering to take the same steps to protect against the coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu. These following standards are included in our summer staff playbook to help us prevent the spread of any communicable diseases or viruses.
- After using the restroom, before and after meals and snacks wash hands using soap and water – scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizers located at our dining facilities before meals.
- Cough or sneeze into elbow or shoulder – do not cough or sneeze into hands.
- As much as possible, avoid touching eyes and sticking fingers in noses or mouths.
- Do not share hairbrushes, pillows, caps or contact lens solutions.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
In addition to the above summer practices we will also be increasing the frequency of sanitization of commonly used surfaces like doorknobs and faucets. Additionally, if the coronavirus is still posing a threat at the beginning of our summer camping season, we will begin termperature screening on opening day for all campers.
The 2019 novel coronavirus is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. At this time, persons considered at risk are those with travel to China, or those in close contact with persons infected with novel coronavirus.
While a new type of disease can be scary, we also know that the devil loves to prey upon our fears and create anxiety in our lives. We believe that with prudence, wisdom and prayer, 2020 will be an amazing summer that is remembered because of the spread of the gospel and not a virus.
With the love of Christ,
Robert “Chief” Parrish – Senior Director of Camps
Jennifer Franklin RN, CPN – T Bar M Nurse Manager