UPDATE: March 16, 2020
All Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis locations will be closed to youth and staff effective immediately.
Safety is the number one priority of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, and we are doing everything possible to keep children, staff, and volunteers protected from the COVID-19 virus. At this time, there are no confirmed cases or reason to believe there are cases at any of our Boys & Girls Clubs. In light of the recent direction from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and public officials in the St. Louis region, we have decided to close all Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis locations until further notice to prevent possible exposure or spread of the virus.
This closure ensures all kids, staff and volunteers are safe when the Club reopens. Once we have a reopen date, we will update you with this information immediately as we fully understand the implications our closure has on youth and families.
Stay tuned to email, social media and website for additional information. In the meantime, we are advising all our Club staff, families, and youth to continue to take precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Or, click here for additional resources. If you need to reach members of our administrative team during the closure, click here.
As always, we place the safety of our youth and staff at the highest level. We will continue to update you as we know more.
March 9, 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 Clubs of Greater St. Louis is doing everything possible to keep your child, our staff and volunteers protected from its spread. We are also closely monitoring reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health department for all updated information.
As a reminder, 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:
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 to avoid infection, 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.
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.
Dr. Flint Fowler
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Additional Resources for your family:
Exploring the facts of the Coronavirus with kids
BrainPOP Coronavirus video
CDC’s What you need to know about handwashing video
Basic handwashing videos to use with younger youth:
Handwashing: Step-by-step resource