Safely Opening the Club Doors to Embrace the “New Normal”
As we continue to monitor developments and safety regulations relating to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, our mission still holds true:
To empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring,
productive, and responsible citizens.
During this unprecedented health crisis, we understand the implications these challenges have on our community. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington continue to work tirelessly with our partners, local school districts, health care providers, government officials and other organizations to determine how we can best serve Club youth during these unknown times.
Because serving young people and families who need us most is our top priority, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington will remain OPEN during the 2020-21 academic year. Now more than ever, we are honored to serve the youth of our communities. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington is proudly opening our doors to serve youth in need of care during the traditional school day while providing a safe place for youth to pursue their e-Learning. Although, initially, the Club was only planning to serve a limited group of kids and families, we have now determined that we can safely serve everyone who need us through in-Club programming OR off-site Club program locations.
Safety for all is our top priority.
Increased safety procedures are in place to decrease the possibility of spreading COVID-19. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington have served youth all summer at all Club locations. Each Club operates under the highest safety standards in compliance with CDC, State, and local health guidelines to keep kids safe. To decrease the possibility of spreading COVID-19, numerous policies and procedures have been implemented to insure the safety of our kids, staff, and parents.
The following highlights some of those important procedural changes:
–> Daily health screens will be obligatory for all staff and members.
–> Proper hand hygiene procedures will take place at scheduled 45-minute intervals.
–> Members will be placed in static groupings, or “youth pods”, of no more than 15 to limit direct contact within the Club or youth pod facility.
–> All activities will encourage physical distancing of 6 ft. between members and staff.
–> Members and staff will wear face masks throughout the program unless members are stationary and eating.
–> Daily cleaning procedures will ensure high-touch surfaces are frequently disinfected.
Thank you for understanding that we will have to start with limited capacity due to COVID-19 safety precautions,
but we will be opening additional membership spots and sites to meet the need. Unfortunately, we may not be able to serve everyone from day one, but we are working to build the program in a safe manner to meet the needs of our community. Plans are in place to open as many as 30 pods that will be able to serve as many as 400 kids. Pods will be located at all three Club sites and in nine other off-site locations. Programming at all sites will be spearheaded by Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington staff.
The Lincoln Street Club will serve youth from MCCSC and other Monroe County schools. Youth will be served at this site during the school-day following our pod structure and safety procedures. Additionally, the Club is working with MCCSC to facilitate e-Learning during this time. Staff from the Club will also operate off-site locations utilizing the same guidelines and safety standards to increase the numbers of youth we can serve while empowering them to focus their attention on learning.
The Ferguson Crestmont Club will serve youth from MCCSC and other Monroe County schools. Youth will be served at this site during the school-day following our pod structure and safety procedures. Additionally, the Club is working with MCCSC to facilitate e-Learning during this time. Staff from the Club will also operate off-site locations utilizing the same guidelines and safety standards to increase the numbers of youth we can serve while empowering them to focus their attention on learning.
The Ellettsville Club will serve youth from RBBCSC and other surrounding Ellettsville schools. Youth will be served at this site during the school-day and for extended after-school hours following our pod structure and safety procedures. Additionally, the Club is working with RBBCSC to facilitate
e-Learning with the school’s hybrid model during the day as well as providing after-school programming for students who will be attending school in person.
Staff from the Ellettsville Club will also operate off-site locations utilizing the same guidelines and safety standards to increase the numbers of youth we can serve while empowering them to focus their attention on learning.
Although we typically charge only $20 annually for Club programs, our costs to run full-day programs and serve members in multiple sites in smaller groups requires us to charge a weekly fee. Thanks to generous community donations during the COVID-19 Pandemic, including, but not limited to, the LEARN Fund at the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, we are able to keep this fee for families low even though our operating costs have substantially increased.
For the Fall Semester, we will be offering service for each child at $20 per week.
Please note: To participate in the Club’s Fall Programming structure, students must first become members of the Club,
which includes a $20 annual membership fee in addition to the weekly cost.
Partial scholarships are available upon request for families in need.
To request a scholarship, please email Courtney Payne-Taylor, or call her at (812) 287-8200.
If you would like to provide scholarship funds for other families and kids who cannot afford this additional fee that must be charged due to increased expenses related to COVID-19, please email Leslie Abshier, or call her at (812) 287-7446.
As we continue to expand our reach and services outside of the Club’s walls, we are looking for individuals to join us in executing our Fall Programming initiatives. For the most updated employment opportunities at the Club, please click here.
Looking to volunteer? Click here to see the current opportunities that exist to help the Club thrive!
For questions about the Club’s Fall Programming, how to become a Club member, how to receive financial support to attend, or how you can help fill the staffing need through employment at the Club, please email Courtney Payne-Taylor,
or call her at (812) 287-8200.
While the times may have changed, our mission remains the same. We know that we will get through this together, and we encourage everyone to be kind and compassionate to one another during this season of uncertainty.
Please know that our commitment to each of you is unwavering.
Member Eligibility Checklist
The purpose of this checklist is to promote positive and clear communication between staff and parent/guardians about membership possibilities at any of three units within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington. In order to support the success and safety of all BGCB registered and participating members, it is important participants are “Club ready.” Please review the following criteria to gauge if your child is eligible for membership…
- Able to participate in Club programs independently, or with minor accommodations provided;
- 6-18 years of age;
- Able to use the restroom independently, or with minimal verbal prompting;
- Able to take direction and instruction from staff or volunteers;
- Comfortable with, and able to interact in, a group environment;
- Interacts and participates in programs in a manner that is physically and emotionally safe for everyone;
- Does not require physical intervention for redirection, assistance, or for any other reason.
If you believe that your child may not be ready, or have questions about any of the eligibility benchmarks listed above, please call the Club at (812) 332-5311 x215 or email us with your inquiry.