COVID-19 UPDATES

April 7, 2020 Update

Dear MAC Families,

With schools being closed for the remainder of the school year, as announced by Governor Jay Inslee yesterday, the MAC will also remain closed until further notice. Staff members are working on plans to bring our traditional programs back to the community, but we are carefully following guidance and recommendations from local, state, and national health experts. 

In the meantime, staff members across our organization have been working hard on a Virtual Club. Every day, staff create and curate new content for families. From staff-led educational video tutorials, to fun projects, meaningful challenges, and more, the Virtual Club is a great resource for families. The Virtual Club also provides information, reviews, and recommendations of external content and resources that may be beneficial to your family.

We encourage you to check out the Virtual Club, and connect with the Virtual Club: virtual@greatclubs.org.

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe, and we can't wait to see everyone again!



March 16, 2020 Update

Dear MAC Families,

As mandated today by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to temporarily close all youth clubs and recreational facilities due to COVID-19, the Music & Arts Center has made the difficult decision to cancel all classes and lessons from Tuesday, March 17th - Friday, March 27th. The MAC will still be open today (Monday, March 16th).

As we approach the end of the month, we will carefully re-evaluate the situation and any updated recommendations from local, state, and national health agencies to determine if we are able to continue our programs starting on Monday, March 30th.

All families who have paid for March classes, lessons, and Extended Care Services will be credited two weeks of those paid programs when we resume our operations as normal.

As of this time, the Music & Arts Center is not planning to offer all-day care services. However, all-day care services are being provided at other Club sites across our organization. Click here for more info.

If you have any questions, please email: josh.peterson@greatclubs.org.

This page will be updated as new information is received and as we determine when we will be able to re-start our programs. Thank you.

Additional resources:

Kennewick School District Free Meals Info

Pasco School District Info

Richland School Disrict Info


March 15, 2020 Update

Dear MAC Families,

We are closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19, and our operational plan will be reviewed and may be adjusted as the situation evolves. However, as of this time, this is our plan for programs at the Music & Arts Center…

Monday, March 16th: This will be a normal day for the MAC. We will hold classes, lessons, and Extended Care Services like normal.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th: We will continue to run classes and music lessons like normal in the afternoons/evenings while schools are closed. We ask that youth only show up for their classes/lessons and not be dropped off early/picked up late.

In all small group and one-on-one educational settings, we will practice safe social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and increased cleaning/disinfecting of all surfaces.

If you do not want to attend the MAC while schools are closed, that is absolutely ok, and you will not be charged while you are not here. We only ask that you let us know that you do not plan to attend the MAC so our staff can prepare accordingly. (If you responded in the Parent Survey that you do not plan to attend, that is enough of a notice). If at any point you would like to return while schools are closed, just let us know.

Please call the MAC: (509) 582-4090 or email: josh.peterson@greatclubs.org if you have any questions.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through this together.

- Music & Arts Center Staff

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REDUCING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties is staying up to date on the latest information and collaborating with local health departments and school districts and monitor the situation closely. We continue to practice the CDC’s guidelines for preventing the spread of 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:
    • 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.
 
RESOURCES:
We are closely monitoring the situation made available to us via these sources: 
  1. https://www.bfhd.wa.gov/
  2. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/RecommendationsForEventsandPublicGatherings.pdf