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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is doing everything possible to keep your child, our staff and volunteers protected from its spread. At this time and based on current information and direction from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester will continue our programs and schedules as usual. You will be notified promptly should there be any change in services. In addition to our already extremely high standards of cleaning and maintenance, our program staff have been tasked with adding additional deep cleaning procedures and wiping down surfaces hourly to our daily routine.
As a reminder, we recommend these preventive actions every family should take to prevent exposure
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.
**We cannot emphasize this enough. Please keep your child home if he/she is not feeling well. Following this advice is one of the most effective ways we can keep everyone in our programs healthy.
Should you have any questions or concerns about this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact BGCD. Our commitment to you and your children is unwavering.
We work every day to create a safe, fun environment so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct, and we put resources behind that stance. Culture of Safety: Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester continually updates robust safety policies, programs and training for our staff and volunteers that are designed to promote child safety and protect young people from threats that are present in our society. We implement layers of safety policies and trainings to keep our kids safe including:
• Mental Health Awareness Training from The Mentor Network
• General Safety Trainings from the Boston Police Department
• Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse Training
Locally, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester also partners closely with:
Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has advocated the passage of the U.S. PROTECT Act, which improved background screening systems and access. The national organization has also partnered with the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Centers for Disease Control to contribute to the development of safety practices that benefit ALL youth-serving organizations.
America’s young people deserve nothing less than our constant focus on their safety and our firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.