Boys and Girls Club of Lee County extending program in response to school start date being pushed back

It can be tough trying to find somewhere for your child to go for the rest of the month now that school is pushed back. Organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County are now pivoting to take care of more children.

The Boys and Girls Club of Lee County made the decision to extend its program in response to the school district pushing back the start date.

The organization is currently on a week-long break to get ready for those extended weeks. They are also re-evaluating their safety protocols.

When the program resumes your children will be placed in smaller groups for social distancing, they must wear a mask and have their temperature checked.

There will also be no intermingling in groups. The Boys and Girls Club will continue the normal programming in education, arts, health, and wellness, as well as leadership and recreation.

The Boys and Girls Club of Lee County CEO, Denise Gergley says the key to being able to extend the program is flexibility.

“Our staff has been amazing and the kids and the parents have been great. Communication is key. Just telling everybody what’s going on, why, setting those expectations and making sure that you’re flexible to change because this is a very fluid situation and we’ve got to adjust, keeping safety as our number one priority for our staff members and our club members is really the key to success,” Gergley said.

The Boys and Girls Club isn’t only extending its summer program. Organizers are also looking at how to help parents who have decided their children will learn from home this school year.

They are looking at extending hours and opening in the morning so that parents have a safe place to execute the distant learning plan.

The Sky family YMCA has also extended its summer day camps.

It’s looking into a full day program when the school year starts to help kids with their distant learning plans as well.

Parents, if you want your child to take part in the extended summer program you can register today. Just click here.

The program starts this coming Monday and ends Friday, August 28.

Reporter:Andryanna Sheppard
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