Coronavirus Update: 3/17/20 5:30 PM
Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks: COVID-19 Update
BRANSON – The Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks (BGCO) is committed to the safety and protection of our members, their families, and Club staff. Club Officials are doing everything possible to keep our Club protected from the spread of COVID-19.
With reports coming in from the Taney County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and area Public Schools, BGCO Officials has made the difficult decision to close BGCO Club units beginning at 4:00PM on March 18, 2020. BGCO Club Units include Branson and Forsyth Club Units. The Reeds Spring Unit – operating out of the school district, has already closed. BGCO Club Units will remain closed until April 6, 2020 in conjunction with area schools unless circumstances should change. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.
While we are face-to-face with lots of uncertainty and evolving information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), one thing remains the same, Our Mission – to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our children and staff,” said Stoney Hays, CEO. “We did not make this decision lightly as we know that our members and their families are continuing to navigate life, some without employment, many without basic resources, and we are concerned for the well-being of our kids, their families, and our community. We will continue to investigate and offer resources for our members throughout this ordeal.”
The Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks is committed to meet the needs of our members resulting from a potential prolonged school closure. We are investigating ways to assist Club members and families with services during our closure to include: Virtual Club Programming, Curbside Healthy Meals, and Age Appropriate High-Yield Learning Packets, to name a few. More information regarding these additional services for our members will soon follow.
Club Officials will continue to closely monitor reports from the Taney County Health Department and the CDC and we will continue to update our members and the community at-large with any new information that will affect service to members.
Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Please visit our Facebook page (@bgcozarks) and our website: www.bgcozarks.org/COVID19 for updates and member resources. For more information, please contact Stoney Hays, CEO at 417-335-2089 or by email at: email@example.com.
Coronavirus Update: 3/16/20 4:05 PM
Parents: We know many of you are concerned if the Clubs will remain open now that area schools have announced closures. At this time, Branson and Forsyth Clubs are open to members. However, this situation is evolving quickly. We take the health and safety of your children and our staff seriously. Should circumstances change, we will post here, on FaceBook, as well as send text alerts. To sign up for text alerts; text: BGCO to 74574.
Coronavirus Update: 3/13/20
Dear Member Families and Community Partners,
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 the Ozarks 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), our local health department, and our school districts for all updated information.
As a reminder, we recommend these preventive actions every family should take to prevent exposure to COVID-19.
- 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.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- 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.
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.
Should you have any questions or concerns about this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact our main office, at 417-335-2089 or email me at:firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to Director of Operations, Patrick Stewart at:email@example.com.
Our commitment to you and our children is unwavering.
In service to youth,
CEO, Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks