B&G Clubs remain open on limited basisFree Access

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley announced that some of its club sites will remain open on a limited basis to accommodate school closures and meet the childcare needs of the community. But others will close.

Club officials say they adjusted their club openings in alignment with the recommendations released by the State of California Health and Human Services Agency, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and Department of Education, entitled “COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care and Student Supervision in the Event of a School Closure,” published on March 17, along with consideration of the impacts of school closures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention titled “Considerations for School Closure.”

“This decision was not made lightly,” officials said in a statement.

The organization decided to remain open as a service to the children most impacted by school closures. These include economically and physically vulnerable children and children of families for whom work-at-home and paid sick leave is not available. The clubs also remain open to support the children of healthcare and other essential workers.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to operate as long as we are able to provide a safe environment for our members and the community,” said Crystal Nāone, Boys & Girls Clubs president and chief executive officer. “As part of our mission, we provide a place of safety for youth and staff and we have put strict guidelines in place to maintain health, safety and cleaning precautions at each of our Clubs,” she said.

Nāone said fear in the community has made it difficult to proceed with plans for the needed childcare.

“Unfortunately, people are reading only the headlines and not delving into the research and guidance being provided by experts globally, nationally and locally,” she said. “We need leadership now and there is no room for conjecture.”

While restrictions on non-essential gatherings are important to adhere to–and Boys & Girls Clubs are doing so through the postponement of a variety of gatherings the organization had planned–the provision of childcare is considered an essential function within the community, the organization’s president said.

The elimination of all childcare options during this emergency period, especially for high risk populations, could have “disastrous consequences.”

Two club sites are currently available for full-time care:

Morton Club at Sequoia Middle School
Phone: 805-375-5635
Address: 2855 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park
Hours: 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Capacity: 75 Youth

Johnston Club at Colina Middle School
Phone: 805-449-1309
Address: 1450 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
Hours: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Capacity: 75 Youth

Once those sites are at capacity, the clubs will open two additional sites:

Anderson Club at Los Cerritos Middle School
Phone: 805-493-2917
Address: 1980 E. Avenida de las Flores, Thousand Oaks
Hours: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m
Capacity: 75 Youth

Notter Club at Redwood Middle School
Phone: 805-371-4045
Address: 231 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks
Hours: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m
Capacity: 75 Youth

In a previous announcement the clubs said they would keep their facilities open on two Las Virgenes Unified School District campuses based upon approvals originally received from the district. LVUSD has since rescinded the authorization and the clubs at Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills and Chaparral Elementary School in Calabasas will close.

Programming at the clubs during the coronavirus emergency will include enrichment activities, academic and social support, and the provision of packaged healthy snacks. Priority will be given to healthcare, public safety, and other essential workers. Space is limited based upon each location’s capacity. Weekly rate is $165 and the daily rate $45 with scholarships available to qualifying families.

Visit www.bgcconejo.org.

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