Ames Day Club Essentials – Key Information
Day Club Program Purpose Statement: Boys & Girls Clubs of Story County has developed a limited and intentional Day Club program to provide affordable youth development programming, and to assist children with access to and support with online school instruction in a safe, positive environment
*The COVID-19 situation is fluid and we reserve the right to adjust policies, procedures, and operations as needed to maintain the health and safety of children and staff. We will communicate any changes with families. Please be sure to review our traditional PARENT HANDBOOK for additional expectations, policies, and procedures.
Dates of Operation:
Begins Monday, August 31st and while Ames Community School District operates in a hybrid instructional model AND while at least an average of 40 children attend daily. Please keep in mind that the frequently changing COVID-19 situation requires that we constantly reassess.
- daily health screenings upon arrival for members and staff,
- face coverings, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing while on Club premises
- members must be current Story County residents
- weekly registration to maintain strict ratios and promote physical distancing
Days & Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Drop-off time: 7:30am-9:00am
Pick-up time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
Grades: Priority for K – 5th grade (as space allows, youth in 6th grade and up may enroll)
Minimum: must have at least 40 youth attending daily for Day Club to operate
Maximum (50% building capacity): 60 youth/day, 12 youth/group
Cost: $100/week/member, non-refundable
(discounts upto $50 are available for those who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunches - documentation is required; if additional assistance is needed, reach out to Operations Director Ryan Amundson at email@example.com or Office and Events Manager Kaitlin Binnebose at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Families who meet the following criteria will be given membership preference.
- Essential workers – health care, first responders, educators, food production, etc.
- Parents or guardians are not able to work from home
- Families who have no other reasonable supervision option
- Children currently enrolled in K-5th grades
- We ask that members with underlying medical conditions do not attend at this time. The CDC lists the following underlying medical conditions:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
BGCSC will provide the following daily:
- structured programming promoting academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character development – STEM, physical fitness activities, service to others, arts and crafts, etc.
- access to remote academic instruction provided by the school district, facilitated by adult staff members who can provide general academic support
- access to wifi within the facility for school assigned devices
- access to Club desktop computers and tablets (limited number available)
- trained, caring adult staff who provide academic support, and positive guidance and role modeling
- a daily lunch and snack
- a safe, clean, positive Club environment
Once registered for the week, youth may attend on the days they are doing virtual learning AND after school when they have completed in building instruction. Please coordinate with bussing for drop off at the Club.
COVID-19 Mitigation strategies
BGCSC is commited to youth and staff safety. We meet and exceed the CDC guidelines for youth centers. Below is a non-exahustive list of strategies in place to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus:
- daily temperature checks and health screenings for staff and members
- members or staff who are ill must remain at home
- a face covering is required for members and staff at all times, except when eating or drinking
- youth remain in assigned cohorts for the week and will not mix between groups (assigned by grade)
- building capacity will be limited to 50%, a maximum of 60 youth
- cohorts will be kept small, with a maximum of 12 youth per cohort
- Club rooms and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized mid-day and disinfected daily
- youth who become ill must be picked up as quickly as possible
- staff who become ill must go home immediately
- parents are asked to remain outdoors at drop off and pick up (use video bell for service if needed)
- no volunteers in the Club at this time
- lunch and snacks will served in Club rooms, individually plated and with disposible dishware and utensils
For additional information, or to sign up for a virtual orientation, please email Ryan Amundson, operations director, at email@example.com.