School Closure & COVID-19 FAQ's

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Gov. Inslee has mandated that all Washington State schools close from March 17th to the end of April at the earliest in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 24th, the Governor issued a "stay home" order for all Washington residents for a minimum of two weeks, with the exception of pursuing essential activity.

The Boys & Girls Clubs is open and available to provide safe, high quality childcare to our community's essential workers during this time. Clubs are providing full day care to preschool through grade school youth at locations throughout the Tri-Cities & Prosser.

The Club does recommend that, if at all possible, kids stay home in keeping with public health safety standards.

New members are encouraged to register below!


Letter From our Executive Director

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Dear Tri-Cities & Prosser Community -

We are receiving many questions from our community regarding the Boys & Girls Club’s response plan to COVID-19.  We had been actively monitoring the situation for weeks, and were well into contingency planning in preparation of our community being impacted by the outbreak. However, the announcement by Governor Inslee to close all schools effective March 17th shifted that planning process. Initially, we were focused on creating a response plan as it relates to a school or Club closure in case of a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.  As of now, we have shifted our focus to creating a response plan as it relates to proactive school closures to slow and reduce disease transmission.

Read the entire letter here

Download our Boys & Girls Club COVID-19 Operational Plan HERE.

For Parents, Caregivers, & Members

We are committed to staying open during school closures. We are here for our families that cannot go without childcare during this time.  We appreciate your patience as we navigate this time of uncertainty. 

New Parents

Child not currently enrolled?

Full Day Childcare

Available for essential workers in our community.

Register

Current Richland Parents

Kindergarten - 5th grade

Updates/Info:

Get the latest info regarding school closure here:

Find out more

Current Preschool Parents

(All Locations) We have answers for you.

We are open

Click here for updates and news!

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Current Pasco Licensed Care Parents

School based clubs (K-5)

Info Updates

Get the latest info regarding the school closure here

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Pasco Main Branch & Kennewick Clubhouses

Update regard drop-in programs

Updates/Info:

Programs have been suspended

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Teen Programs

Updates on programs for middle & high school youth throughout the Tri-Cities & Prosser

Program Updates

Click here for updates and news!

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Prosser Parents

Emergency Care is available!

emergency childcare

Available for first responders, health care workers, and parents who HAVE to work.

Register

Music & Arts Center

Updates regarding programs

Updates/Info:

Visit the MAC website for updates

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need something else?

Do you have more questions or concerns?

Contact us


We're here to help!

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

Our Club 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.

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