ATL COVID Sitters, LLC
To begin using these services please fill out this form first.
Please see below for more detailed instructions.
Recognizing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on households in the Atlanta community, Atlanta area students would like to do what we can to assist the fearless providers serving on the front lines of healthcare, especially those facing increased stress due to demand of coronavirus patient care.
We, with advice from Dr. Maura George, are excited to roll out ATL COVID Sitters, LLC initiative to support healthcare workers (HCWs) across Atlanta. This page is meant to explain:
- What services will be available
- How to access those services
- The LCME guidelines we plan to follow
We are working diligently to make an initiative that meets the needs of healthcare workers and the community and are open to any further suggestions. You may have seen a previous edition of our services – given the dynamic nature of this time and our requests, we have streamlined the process and hope that it will be a better experience for both students and HCWs. Thank you for all the work you are putting into addressing the pandemic – we are so proud to be a part of this community.
What services will be available
Student volunteers will be available for babysitting only at this time. Any Atlanta-area student is eligible to volunteer. Volunteers agree to maintain COVID-19 CDC guidelines, are up-to-date on all vaccinations, and must sign up with a valid student ID. Services are available to anyone working in an Atlanta-area healthcare facility with a valid ID badge.
We hope that volunteer sitters can provide help to families who may otherwise not be able to obtain babysitting help. If a family would like to compensate students for sitting, they are welcome to do so at their own discretion and this may be agreed upon between sitter and family independently. It is by no means expected or required.
How to access services
- To protect all parties involved, please fill out a waiver agreement and submit a photo of your institutional ID badge so we can verify your relationship with a university/hospital system.
- Once you’ve completed this Google form, a student organizer from ATL CovidSitters, LLC will verify your documentation and give you editing access to our SuperSaaS system (linked above). Please allow 24 hours for us to process your form.
- You may create a SuperSaaS account at any time, though you will not be able to create a babysitting request until we have given you editing access. Once you’re able to edit, please follow the provided template and request babysitting for each shift separately.
- Babysitting volunteers will also have access to SuperSaaS and will sign up for babysitting shifts when they are available. They are responsible for reaching out to families once they have taken on a shift. You can then communicate your home address, kids’ schedules, etc.
- If at any time any issues, concerns, or questions arise please feel free to email us at ATLStudentCOVIDResponse@gmail.com
LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) Guidelines for Medical Student Volunteers
The LCME has OK’d this initiative with the following stipulations:
- This program is entirely voluntary and student driven. While the administration is aware of the initiative, these services are not endorsed by, or provided in association with, Emory University School of Medicine or Emory University.
- Providers may provide compensation to students at their own discretion, but this system is set up as voluntary.
- ALL SHIFTS MUST BE LOGGED. This is a must, as medical students may not rotate on medical services with providers for whom they have worked.
- Students may not take care of more than one family of children, as those services would fall under “licensed childcare.”
- All parties must consider the risks of infectious exposure inherent in providing these services, and are encouraged to follow CDC Guidelines for protection. We are asking students who have recently been in the ICU or ED to not participate in this initiative for at least 2 weeks to reduce the chance of exposure.
Please note that while these LCME guidelines apply to medical students only, we ask that all students and families log their shifts and follow CDC guidelines to the best of their abilities.
We urge HCWs and the student they work with to be fully transparent about the needs of the HCW and the risks involved with these services. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at ATLStudentCOVIDResponse@gmail.com. Please give us 24 hours to respond.
Huge thanks to the remarkable physicians and medical students who have selflessly given up their time to set this up, including Zachary West, Beret Amundson, Kathleen Metz, Zoe Listernick, Isabel Hardee, Aimee Vester, Dr. Maura George, and Dr. Karen Law!