March 12, 2020
Dear Club Families,
Our commitment to keeping the young people we serve safe is always our number one priority. In light of the outbreak of the respiratory illness known as Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington State, we are doing everything possible to keep children, staff and volunteers protected from its spread. We are following directions from Clark County Public Health, which is in contact with the Washington State Department of Health and closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.
As local conditions change, the Boys & Girls Clubs will adapt Club operations to respond to changing conditions and remain consistent with recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Clark County Public Health. We are continuing to follow standard cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Common contact surfaces, sinks, kitchens, restrooms and windows are cleaned regularly. At this time we have NOT had any COVID-19 cases in any of our Clubs and we remain open for regular hours of operation.
However, in order to be prepared for possible scenarios, we wanted to notify you of our initial response strategy.
- School-Based Clubs (Burton Elementary, Fruit Valley Elementary, Washington Elementary) – If a partner elementary school closes due to exposure or risk, we will also plan to close the program at that site. The program will be closed until the school reopens after being sanitized and disinfected.
- Traditional Clubs (Clinton & Gloria John Clubhouse/Elise Menashe Teen Center, O.K. Clubhouse/Teen Turf Club, Heights O.K. 2 Clubhouse) – If a known exposure or risk takes place within the Club, the site will close for the amount of time necessary to limit risk to youth and staff as well as appropriately sanitize and disinfect the Club facility. If a partner elementary school closes due to exposure or risk, we plan to limit attendance and participation for students attending the affected school.
We take the decision to close Clubs very seriously, recognizing that closures can pose difficulties for families. If forced to decide by changing conditions, we would consider the facts and both the potential benefits and negative consequences of closures before making a decision. Should you have any questions or concerns about this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me directly (360-448-7089, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our commitment to Club members and their families is unwavering.
Bueno, Executive Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington