The Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club prioritizes the health and safety of our members, team members and volunteers. Health officials have put guidelines, to the public, in place regarding proactive steps to help prevent the Coronavirus from spreading. In an effort to follow the guidelines of safe, social distancing, and in consideration of the health of all of our families, we will remain closed for the week of March 30th-April 3rd. We will re-evaluate the situation at the end of that week. We will work in consultation with healthcare experts to make the best path to re-open our club.
We realize that members depend on the Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club for meal service and will be working with the Vigo County School Corporation to continue to provide meals for our local kids. Every child will be able to pick up a packaged meal (1 per child) to take home. We will continue to distribute the meals under our pavilion located at our south parking lot. This will take place Monday – Friday from 11:00AM - Noon. During this time of uncertainty, the Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club will do everything in its power to serve the youth of our community.
We are a gathering place for children from many different communities and have made this decision out of an abundance of caution following notification of school closures for many of the kids we serve.
We have temporarily suspended our indoor soccer program and will evaluate the possibility of extended start dates of our flag football and volleyball programs. Online registration will remain in effect on our website (www.thbgc.org).
As always, our number one focus remains on providing a safe environment for our youth. Updates can be found on our website and social media avenues.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Helpful Information
March 12, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians –
Our commitment to keeping the young people we serve safe is always our number one priority. Following the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, it’s important that you know Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club is doing everything possible to keep your child, our staff and volunteers protected from its spread. We are also closely monitoring reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health department for all updated information.
We recommend these preventive actions that our Clubs and every family should take to prevent exposure to 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. Boys & Girls Clubs recommend keeping members home until they are 24 hours fever-free without medication.
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.
For more information about handwashing, see CDC Handwashing Guide
The CDC also provides specific guidance for travelers.
At this time, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a Parent/Caregiver guide for COVID-19 with more helpful information for families.
Our commitment to you and your children is unwavering.
Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club
Additional Resources for You and Your Families:
Basic handwashing videos to use with younger youth:
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL US AT (812)232-2046.