Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri will begin its annual Summer Program two weeks early to assist those needing childcare and give children a safe, fun and educational place to go now that school is not in session. The Summer Program will begin Monday, May 18 at Parkview Elementary.
“Thanks to our partnership with the Sedalia 200 School District, Superintendent Steve Triplett and Parkview Principal Stephanie Jackson, and the hard work behind the scenes of our staff and board members, we are able to open our doors early to serve those who need us most,” said Executive Director Gary Beckman. “Right now we are only able to open to members in kindergarten through fourth grade but we are working to secure a location for our fifth grade and up members.”
Safety is a top concern for Boys & Girls Club staff, who have been working diligently to create and implement proper health and safety protocols. Children will have their temperature checked before they enter the building and at least two times throughout the day. There will be a nine to one ratio and members will stay in one classroom throughout the day, including during lunch and snack times. Members will be allowed outside playtime with social distancing measures in place.
Dedicated staff will clean and sanitize rooms and program supplies throughout the day and regular handwashing and hand sanitizing will occur for everyone. BGC staff will also wear masks, though members are not required to. If parents would like their child to wear a mask they will have to provide one.
“Staff have been doing a great job providing virtual programming for members since we’ve been closed, but I think everyone is looking forward to seeing them in person and getting back to what will be the new normal,” Beckman said. “This is a learning process for all of us and we ask that we be patient with each other to ensure a smooth reopening for everyone. We’re looking forward to seeing our members again soon.”
The Boys & Girls Club Summer Program will be from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and run May 18 through August 14. Fees are $10 per day, which includes lunch and snack. Parents interested must fill out a Summer Program packet online; payment information will be available at the website as well. For more information, call the Club at 826-8331.