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CORVID-19 Updates

BGCEC Launches CLUBatHome

March 19, 2020

To continue to support our Club members and families while our sites are closed, we are excited to announce the launch of our CLUBatHome platform!

WHAT IS CLUB AT HOME?
Club at Home is the virtual version of BGCEC where Club members can participate in fun programs and meaningful activities, and keep in touch with their leaders and friends, without leaving their homes. We want to continue to build Great Futures in our virtual environment using videos, Stride Academy, MyFuture.Net, and other online resources


WHY CLUB AT HOME?
Club members will be able to stay connected and engage with their Club Directors and favorite staff with fun activities and programs to keep brains learning, bodies active and connections strong.


Read-alongs, Arts, DIY STEM, Career Exploration, and Healthy Habits are just some of the programs we are running virtually. Club members not only learn great skills, but can also earn prizes based on how many activities they accomplish, and how many badges they earn in the MyFuture program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County will begin a two-week shutdown of operations beginning tomorrow, March 17.

March 16, 2020

As all of our thoughts are on the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to share an update on how Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County is responding.

The safety and health of our community, including our Club members, volunteers, team members, and their families is always our top priority. To protect our communities, we have decided to close all of our locations, including our administrative office, for two weeks. The closure for our staff begins tomorrow and will continue until March 30th. We will continue to pay full-time and part-time employees during this period. Staff will be able to use this time for online training on safety and compliance issues, as well as for professional development training.

Clubs and KidsCare will continue to mirror the local school systems regarding reopening to members. Current plans are to open to Club members on Monday, April 13th, 2020. All of our locations will undergo deep-cleaning and sanitization before reopening to Club members.

Because the situation is complex and evolving rapidly, our plans may change. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions that prioritize the safety of our team, Club members, volunteers, and community. Join our email list and follow our social media channels for updates, or visit greatfutures.club.

Covid-19 Resources for Families

March 14, 2020

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping families Cope with Covid-19

This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.

CDC Guide to Handwashing

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.

Clubs & KidsCare to Close with Schools

March 14, 2020

Our Clubs and KidCare will close as the schools close moving forward. If a school is closed, the corresponding Club or KidsCare location will also be closed. Parents, please make sure you are monitoring school closings. You can find details here: 

https://bgcec.filecamp.com/s/Parent_letter_COVID_19.pdf/fi

 

Here is the information we have so far:

  • Goshen schools are closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020

  • Concord schools are closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020

  • Elkhart schools are closed starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020

  • Middlebury schools closed starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020

  • WaNee schools closed starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

The target reopen date for all schools listed above is April 13.

Covid-19 Update for Parents

March 13, 2020

Our commitment to keeping the young people we serve safe is always our number one priority. Following the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, it’s important that you know Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County and KidsCare is doing everything possible to keep your child, our staff and volunteers protected from its spread. We are also closely monitoring reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health department for all updated information. If schools close, Clubs and KidsCare will close. Please watch for closures.

 

As a reminder, we recommend these preventive actions every family should take to prevent exposure to COVID19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Wash your hands often:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • It takes an average of 11.8 seconds to sing the entire Happy Birthday song, so if you sing it twice, that will ensure you've scrubbed long enough. This is a great method to share with children in your family. While this measure is simple, it is effective.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

  • For more information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

  • The CDC also provides specific guidance for travelers.

 

At this time, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a Parent/Caregiver Guide for COVID-19 with more helpful information for families.

Our commitment to you and your children is unwavering.

 

 

Sincerely,

Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County and KidsCare

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