March
12
2020

Parents,

Our commitment to keeping the young people we serve safe is always our number one priority. Following the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, you must know Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas 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.

Club Closures

Should it become necessary, Club closures due to flu or Coronavirus will be based on several factors:

  • Campus Closure: Per the standard that we follow for weather-related closures, if a campus (or school district) that we serve closes, that campus or campuses served by that school district will be closed as well.
  • Positive Test at Campus: If there is a positive test at a campus that we serve (even if it is not a member of the program), the after school program at that campus will be closed.
    • The expected closure time is 2 weeks per the quarantine recommendations to prevent exposure to the virus.
  • Positive Test at Club or Amongst Club Staff: If there is a positive test amongst Club members and/ or employees, the corresponding Clubs will be closed. If an employee or Club member who has tested positive was in contact with staff or Club members from any other Clubs, those Clubs will be closed as well.
    • Depending on the scope of who the individuals were in contact with, it could warrant an organization-wide closure.
    •  The expected closure time is two weeks per the quarantine recommendations to prevent exposure to the virus.

Field Trips

At this time, BGCD is evaluating the field trips scheduled for spring break. As more information concerning the spread of coronavirus and the flu emerge, we will update parents by the close of business Friday whether those field trips are being canceled.

What You and Your Child Can Do:

  • 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:
    • 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.
    • For more information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
  • The CDC also provides specific guidance for travelers.

What We Will Do

  • Adhere to all policies and guidance provided on Coronavirus and other communicable diseases.
  • Wash hands (to CDC standard) upon arrival to Clubs and during transitions time.
  • Instruct members to wash hands (to CDC standard) upon arrival to Clubs and during transitions times.
  • Monitor and watch for signs of ill children.
  • Follow incident reporting and communication protocol.
  • Zone cleaning for key contact areas with Clorox wipes including computers and tablets, doorknobs, and controllers.
  • Creating additional sanitizing stations in the Club for parents and large-group events.
  • Post posters and have information available for parents.

Resources

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Parent/Caregiver Guide for COVID-19
Video from Brainpop.com
CDC.gov Coronavirus info

Should you have any questions or concerns about this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at (214) 821-2950. Our commitment to you and your children is unwavering.

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