OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) – New COVID-19 health and safety guidelines don’t just apply to the K-12 schools, but after school care too like the Boys and Girls Club.
The Boys and Girls Club of North Louisiana CEO Eldonta Osborne said they are adding extra staff members to oversee mitigation measures. He said they’re closely following the same guidelines that schools are from the state departments of education and health.
“We’re now working to see how we can work with them and continue to serve our kids after school according to what they’re going to do during the school year,” Osborne said.
That includes temperature and symptom checks for staff and students. They are also adapting static groups for student groups to limit COVID-19 spread. In addition, social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing will be enforced.
The club will provide 100 percent virtual programming for any students who are not comfortable coming in person. Jonesboro students will have virtual programming only, and in-person after school activities will be available at the Ruston and West Monroe locations.
The number of students will also be limited this year. According to Osborne, roughly 110-150 students attended the centers in West Monroe and Ruston prior to the pandemic versus now it will be between 50-60. He also said 66 students will be in the virtual programming in Jonesboro.
“[It’s] where we can have kids that’s not present here and still at home interacting with our staff and us,” said unit director Leondre’ Williams.
Staff members said registration is paused right now as they continue to prepare for the school year and reopening.
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