Olivet Boys & Girls Club President and CEO, Chris Winters announced the immediate temporary closure of the organization’s Clinton Street Site due to concerns regarding exposure by site personnel to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Children on hand for remote learning support and all Olivet personnel were sent home, and parents and guardians were made aware of the situation.
“Safety is the number one priority of the Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs” read a statement from the Olivet. “We purposefully developed and implemented set emergency procedures and protocols for the well-being of our youth and our Team members and are doing everything possible to keep children, our team, and volunteers protected from the COVID-19 virus. All personnel and youth in our facilities are abiding by the required social-distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing protocols.”
According to the statement, a team at the Clinton Street Club was directly exposed to a direct family member who tested positive, and out of the abundance of caution for the children and team personnel, staff have closed the Clinton Street Site until Monday October 5, 2020.
“We knew the risks and we committed ourselves to doing whatever it takes to safely help the youth of our community. We developed and implemented procedures for the safety and well- being of the children coming to our sites, and those plans worked as we were able to immediately respond to this critical and evolving situation. Our Olivet Team followed our action plan and we took proper necessary steps to reduce possible COVID exposure to the youth and our Team members at our Clinton Street site,” stated Chris Winters, president and CEO of Olivet Boys & Girls Club.
All other Olivet sites will remain open and operational. All families of youth attending the Clinton Street Site, Team members, and community partners have been notified and asked to follow appropriate CDC guidelines.
During this time, staff will perform a deep cleaning of the Clinton Street Site. “Olivet Boys & Girls Club is taking this news very seriously and acting with firm conviction and established protocols. We will remain steadfast in our missions to provide safe and nurturing environments for youth to complete virtual learning support and Olivet after-school programming”
“As always, the health and safety of our members and staff at Olivet is our primary concern. The plan we have in place will allow us to quickly communicate with our parents and community partners to mitigate any further exposure as we closely monitor the potential situation at our Clinton Street site. All safety protocols will be implemented as a precautionary measure,” said John Massaro, Olivet Boys & Girls Club Board President.
If community members have additional questions, they are encouraged to contact Chris Winters at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone at 610-451-2154.