Parent Resource Letter During COVID-19
During this unprecedented health crisis, our nation is facing more challenges than ever before, and we understand the implications these have on your family. Boys & Girls Clubs of Marshall County has been and will continue to work with our partners, local school districts, health care providers, government officials and other organizations to determine how we can best serve our members, your family, now and in the coming weeks.
Because the safety of young people, our staff and volunteers is always our top priority, Boys & Girls Clubs of Marshall County will remain CLOSED until further notice. We are following the schools schedule for closing dates at this time and we will continue to update you with new information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, this provides some helpful information for families as we all do our part to support one another through this very difficult time.
We care about our Club families, so please continue to follow CDC and local health recommendations (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html) to prevent possible exposure or spread of COVID-19 please continue to follow both CDC and local health recommendations. Our local Hotline number to assist you is, 574-335-8560, or you can call the United Way Resource Number – 211. These are free resources.
Our staff is working on creative ways to enhance digital learning and there are numerous ways to keep Club members virtually engaged. Please friend us on Facebook by searching Facebook for Boys & Girls Clubs of Marshall County Plymouth Unit, or Boys & Girls Clubs of Marshall County Bremen Unit. You should also be hearing from our staff via phone or email, if they have your correct information in our registration system from you most recent application. Staff will be giving you support and instructions regarding our Virtual Programming opportunities.
Here are several additional online resources to support your child’s learning during this time.
· Scholastic Learn at Home https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
· Reading Adventure Packs by Reading Rockets https://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-adventure-packs-families
· 150+ Enrichment Activities While Parents and Caregivers Work Remotely https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KCFnWreu4v7VoO3NbgP-Qcq2LyE1FvliYSoiTLRY7Qg/htmlview?usp=sharing&fbclid=IwAR1g-C6G0eRI0OMQVAo5BYFa0POzwN7_OE6-bytNa0oD5Z8OVNtrAn6MfJo
· No Supplies Needed Simple Activities https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/simple_activities_for_children_and_adolescents_no_supplies_needed.pdf
As you are aware, changes are happening daily, if not hourly, and we are doing our best to be prepared for the unknown, as we keep our mission to serve those who need us most, as priority. Please check for updates on our website: www.bgcmco.org and/or Facebook as mentioned above.
We know that we will get through this together and encourage everyone to be kind and compassionate to one another during this season of uncertainty. Please know we are committed to doing what we can for each of you.
CEO/Boys & Girls Clubs of Marshall County
Last night, I was notified that one of our employees of the Bremen Boys & Girls Club has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. As such, there is the potential for exposure to our students and staff members in Bremen. If there is a positive aspect of this situation, it rests in the fact that, due to scheduled travel, this person was only in our building once on Monday, March 9th. The CDC indicates that the incubation period is generally between 2-14 days making Monday, March 23rd the end of the typical 2-week incubation period. Bremen Boys & Girls Club employees have also been off work and/or working remotely since during this school closing time due to COVID-19. This will remain the decision regarding our employees until further notice.
Regarding our Plymouth Club - there has been no contact between our Plymouth and Bremen employees. All precautions have been put in place for our Plymouth Club and employees. The Plymouth Club is currently closed to the public until further notice.
Most importantly, we have been in contact with the Marshall County Health Department. The Health Department has the names and contact information of the people who may have been exposed to our employee that tested positive for COVID-19. The Health Department is working diligently to contact these people to conduct their investigation and ensure COVID-19 protocol is being followed.
If you believe you or your child have been exposed, please understand the following information:
Symptoms of COVID-19 are:
The CDC states that sore throat, sneezing, and stuffy nose are most often signs of a cold.
If believe that you, or your child may be experiencing these symptoms please do the following:
Stay at home except if it is determined that medical care is required. The Corona Virus (COVID-19) hotline number is 574 335-8560 and is an excellent free resource that can quickly review your symptoms and recommend the appropriate next steps, which may include medical attention and possible testing.
Please remain calm and take the appropriate steps to keep yourselves and others healthy. Also, please keep those who are ill in your thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and take care of one another.
Schools Closed through May 1st:
Indiana to Stay Home Due to Virus:
Edit: Due to area school cancellations the Club will be closed as well. We will keep everyone up to date on the status of Spring Break and anytime after that. Deep cleaning will be done during this time to ensure all areas are clean and ready to go when the kids return.
In light of the recent federal announcement that COVID-19 (Corona Virus) is now a global pandemic, we will follow our standard protocol. If AREA schools close then the Club will close as well. We will promptly make an official announcement here on our Facebook page if that decision is made. If you know someone who does not already like or follow our Facebook page (Boys & Girls Clubs of Marshall County-Plymouth Unit) please share this with them. Thank you for your understanding in regards to the safety of our children during this time.
(Note: AREA schools will include schools IN and AROUND Plymouth. We have many children from all around Marshall County and even outside of the county)
Sincerely, Boys & Girls Clubs of Marshall County Management Team
Thanks to the vision of Leonard and Joanne Isban, we are excited to celebrate 25 years of inspiring and empowering all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. we look forward to serving the youth of Marshall County for many years to come.
You may have heard about the measles outbreak happening in the US over the past few months, most recent being a case reported in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since the disease is spread quickly and easily, we are bringing awareness to our Club families to ensure the safety of our staff and members.
· Measles is highly contagious
· Early measles symptoms look like flu symptoms
· Measles can lead to severe complications
· There is no treatment for measles
· The measles vaccine is highly effective
The Marshall County Health Department is available to answer questions at (574) 935-8565. They will help anyone who needs assistance with health-related issues. You can also find more information on the Health Department page on the county website using the following address: https://www.co.marshall.in.us/department/index.php?structureid=19.
We thank you for your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe and secure facility for your children!