April 8, 2020
Emergency Child Care for 4/13-4/17
Dear RPS Families,
The District will continue emergency child care for Tier 1 and Tier 2 emergency workers, including Rochester Public Schools staff whose work cannot be done from home.
- Care for school-age children age 12 and under will be available at four sites:
- Jefferson Elementary for students who attend Folwell, Jefferson, Lincoln, Riverside
- Franklin Elementary for students who attend Bamber, Franklin/MAF, Longfellow, Pinewood
- Gage Elementary for students who attend Churchill, Gage, Gibbs, Hoover
- Sunset Terrace Elementary for students who attend Bishop, Elton Hills, Sunset, Washington
- All participants must register weekly during this period, even those who participated during the previous period.
- Registration for April 13-17 care is available online. Please register by Friday, April 10.
Participants must be fever free, must not have had direct exposure in the last fourteen days to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and must not have traveled themselves in the last fourteen days to a country with a Level III Travel Health Notice by the Centers for Disease Control.
April 6, 2020
Our friends at Cradle 2 Career have been working hard to put together Rochester Resources 101. We are greatful to have resources like all that are listed here and to be a partner with C2C. Please share with those in your life who might benefit from this information.
March 26, 2020
Dear Boys & Girls Club Community,
All of our lives have been changed already by the COVID-19 outbreak. I hope that you and your family are finding ways to thrive in the midst of tremendous uncertainty and confusion.
Yesterday, Governor Walz announced additional new measures to increase social distancing and slow the spread of infection. Following that, Rochester Public Schools announced its plans to keep its buildings closed through May 4. In keeping with government guidelines, and public health recommendations, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester’s building will remain closed until May 4, 2020.
We’re eager to reconnect with our kids and their families, so I’m excited to share that we’re launching Virtual Club on Monday, March 30th! Virtual Club is an online experience that gives kids an opportunity to connect with supportive, caring and familiar staff members in fun and creative activities.
Our staff is committed to creating an online presence at least an hour each day that engages members in academic growth, character and leadership development, arts & cultural learning, and healthy lifestyles. Members will be able to access these opportunities through platforms such as Zoom and Facebook Live. Please follow our online social media accounts Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to receive the most up to date messages.
We also want to make sure that you’re able to connect with school-age child care options during this time:
Mayo Clinic is providing free care for the children of Mayo Clinic employees at the Rochester Athletic Center (RAC). Registration information in on HR Connect on the Mayo Intranet.
The Rochester Area Family Y is providing full-day preschool at their Early Childhood Learning Center near Lourdes High School, AND school age care runs 8:30 to 5:00 at the downtown Y. Financial Aid is available, so call Lindsay Azoca at 507.200.4024 for info.
We realize there are other needs that arise in a time like this. Whether food resources, mental or behavioral health resources, tools to help your kids during hours at home, or any other need, we’re committed to helping you find what you need during this time. I want to highlight a few specifically:
For most needs or various kinds, you can simply dial 2-1-1 from any phone to access community information and referral services. You can also access these resources online, or text your zip code to 898-211.
For food-related needs, you should check out Channel One Regional Food Bank, which is tracking local food resources and helping to connect people to support.
For at-home learning tools and activities for kids during their time at home, Rochester Mom’s Blog has a great listing of resources to check out, in addition to keeping up with Virtual Club.
As always, if you or your family want help or advice from someone at Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our staff are happy to help you find the resources you’re looking for, and to ensure that you and your kids can thrive in a challenging environment. You can call us at 507-287-2300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for being a part of our family. I wish you health, safety, and growth. See you again soon.
Chief Executive Officer
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
If you have trouble accessing this form, please call 507-287-2300 or email email@example.com.
March 24, 2020
Here are some additional resources for community members to review community food programs.
Other Community Resources are available at https://easyboard.com/covid19 and https://rochstrong.com by Collider, Brandhoot, RDA, RAEDI, and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. The resource tab has links to United Way, Channel One, some information from MN employment and economic development (how to apply for unemployment, etc).
If you are experiencing hunger or other resource based limitations, please reach out and we will connect you as well as we can.
March 16, 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
As COVID-19 continues to impact our state and our community, organizations of all types are being called on to adjust plans in order to limit social contact and slow the spread of the virus. Last week, I communicated to you our plans to close Boys & Girls Club of Rochester in the event of a Rochester Public School closure.
With Rochester Public Schools’ announcement this weekend of its intention to close from March 18 – April 5, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester is closing our Club beginning Wednesday, March 18.
We have not made this decision lightly. I understand the impact of a school closure, and that impact is multiplied by a Club closure. I know these impacts will be deeply felt by some of you, in ways I may never fully understand. I expect this loss will have reverberations.
And yet, public health demands compel us to protect the well-being of our members, their families, and our community at-large. To remain open while the community takes dramatic steps to increase social distance would represent a health threat that would extend beyond the families we serve. In a very uncertain situation, we hope to fall on the side of safety.
Current plans call for a return to school and Club on April 6th, and we are planning and preparing to resume operation at that time. We are also prepared for the possibility the closure may last longer than that. We’ll continue to follow official information from government agencies and public health professionals to assess our plans going forward. If any plans change, we’ll be sure to communicate those changes to you immediately.
There are a variety of unknowns remaining, and we have strong partnerships with other community organizations and government units which will help us navigate uncertain and unprecedented challenges.
Should you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact me. Along with our entire team, I am dedicated to the well-being of your children and your family.
Chief Executive Officer
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
March 12, 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 Club of Rochester is doing everything possible to keep your child, our staff and volunteers protected from all infectious diseases, including COVID-19. We are also closely monitoring reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health department for all updated information.
With the arrival of confirmed cases in Olmsted County, we are taking additional measures of prevention at Club and preparing for scenarios in the event that the school districts announces closures.
First and most importantly, BGCR has a policy in the parent handbook which addresses contagious conditions and Club member attendance. An excerpt from BGCR Parent Handbook on page 14 follows:
“If your child becomes ill at The Club, all attempts will be made to notify the parent/caregiver of the member. Please do not bring your child to Club if they become ill before leaving home. This is especially important if their illness is infectious or contagious. Members who come to Club sick will be sent home. Examples: fever, skin rashes, any contagious illness, head lice, ringworm.” We will take temperatures from any child showing signs of illness, and members with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees will be sent home.
Our staff will begin implementing precautions at Club, effective immediately. Such steps will include the following:
- Adhere to all policies and guidance provided on Coronavirus and other communicable diseases.
- Participate in training from Olmsted County Public Health Services on handling sick youth.
- Staff will wash hands (to CDC standard) upon arrival to Club, after using restrooms, and before/after meal times.
- Instruct members to wash hands (to CDC standard) upon arrival to Club, after using restrooms, and before/after meal times.
- Monitor and watch for signs of ill children.
- Follow reporting process and protocol -- incident reporting and communication protocol.
- Zone cleaning before and after Club, and during key transition times for high contact areas with including computers & tablets, door knobs, and controllers.
- Creating additional sanitizing stations for any parent and large group events in the Club.
- Post posters and have information available for parents.
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: o CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. o 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:
o 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.
o 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. o 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. o 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, 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.
In the event of a closure by Rochester Public Schools, due to COVID-19, BGCR would be likely to close Club to members during the duration of the school closure. This is not a decision that would be taken lightly, but one that must balance the child care and development needs of our members with the health of members, staff, and our community at-large. I realize that this creates hardship and challenge for caregivers. It is important that Boys & Girls Club protect our members from passing any infection to one another, and protect our community from unnecessary spread of an already-dangerous situation. Please be prepared to arrange alternate care for your children in the event of a school closure.
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 me directly. Our commitment to you and your children is unwavering.
Chief Executive Officer
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester