March 13, 2020
Re: Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier statement regarding COVID-19
Dear Boys & Girls Club family,
The past week has seen significant increases in confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the declaration by the World Health Organization of a global pandemic. That being said, there currently are no confirmed cases in Fauquier. The risk of exposure is still high and we all must take action to protect ourselves. The CDC recommends the following to avoid contracting COVID-19:
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact (social distancing)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Anyone who is showing signs of illness should stay home
The number one priority of the Boys & Girls Club is the health and safety of our members and our staff. We are, however, considering many potential outcomes of an interruption of service or closure. What I ask you to remember is that attendance and participation in Club activities is at will. That means that, unlike a school system, attendance is not required. (I know that Dr. Jeck recently softened attendance requirements for FCPS students to allow parents to keep children home if they so choose.) Should the school system close, we will determine what the Club’s most responsible and appropriate action should be and notify you as soon as possible.
We know that an interruption of services or Club closure would cause many of our families a level of hardship. We understand that many of you must report to work and do not have tele-work opportunities. We also know that the greatest risk of severe illness is to older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes. They seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. We do not want to jeopardize the health of any of our families.
Our Club staff team met Thursday evening to discuss risks, concerns, preventative measures and impact on families. We are considering all options from a limited, at will opening with a cap on attendees to complete closure. We also discussed the thoroughness and commitment to the above named preventative measures and how our current procedures for frequent hand-washing could be expanded.
We will be reaching out to you today to learn of your family’s needs for activities for your children should the school system close. Please know that we are committed to serving our community responsibly and appropriately through this health crisis. We consider ourselves a safe haven for kids and their families. We also are committed to ensuring the health of our members, their families and our community.
If a change in services or complete closure is determined to be appropriate, we will use email and social media to communicate this news.
We thank you sincerely for your patience and understanding and for your belief in and support of the Club!
With heartfelt commitment to our community,
Lynne Richman Bell
Chief Executive Officer