Calendar, Notifications, Closures & Cancellations

Calendar, Notifications, Closures & Cancellations

Programs & Services Update - Tuesday July 21st, 2020

We re-opened our first program on Monday July 6th, 2020 - KIDDY KORNER DAYCARE!   We are operating at provincial COVID-19 capacity and within the infection control guidelines and restrictions very smoothly and successfully.  It's wonderful to see and hear smiling faces finally at one of our locations and to have the confidence from our families that we are providing the safest environment possible for their children AND providing a positive and impactful experience.

Although we have began operating on a much smaller scale, it is increasingly evident that revenues we rely on for our overall operations have been and will be seriously impacted in the coming months.  After careful analysis we recognize our need to reduce services.  It is vital that we plan for a tough economic future while continuing to operate within our current and anticipated resources.

As of today, it is our intention to move forward with the re-opening of our Banbury Childcare, Edge Street and Major Ballachey After School Care programs in September, however we are still awaiting direction and new guidelines/restrictions from several stakeholders and partners before we can determine exactly what our programs may look like and what we are capable of executing.

However, the re-opening of the Evening Recreation Drop-In Program will not resume in October as normal.  The Club has experienced a significant loss of revenue with the closure and cancellation of numerous programs over the past several months and we are also mindful that there could be further losses in revenue as our partners, supporters and stakeholders address the economic impacts the pandemic has had on them.

The Club will continue to monitor our financial health and well-being over the next several months and revisit the viability of re-opening the evening program in 2021.

We want to assure our community that our management team remains strong and committed to servicing the needs of our children, youth and families.  The Club continues to be strong in the face of some of the most difficult circumstances we have witnessed in our lifetime.  While the changes we are putting into effect are extraordinarily difficult and challenging for everyone impacted, our focus remains on doing what is necessary and vital to building a vibrant Club for the years to come.

Re:  COVID-19 - June 8th - Summer Camps Notification

Over the past several months, with hopeful optimism, we have continued to accept registrations for Camp Kummonanplay (Edge Street/School-Age/5-12yrs), and our Summer Leader-in-Training Program, with the clear understanding that there was no guarantee we would be able to operate until the Province of Ontario provided authorization & guidelines and our capacity to operate within those guidelines, new restrictions and expectations.
Although the Province has not made an announcement regarding the status of summer camps, last week they did issue operational guidelines. Some guidelines currently fall within the Club’s best practices, others are somewhat restrictive, but could be accommodated by the agency. A significant amount of the provincial operational guidelines would impact the Clubs resources, capacity to execute summer camp and the ability to provide a quality experience for our campers.
After extensive review and consideration, the Club has made the extremely difficult decision not to operate Camp Kummonanplay (Edge Street/School-Age/5-12yrs) and our Summer Leader-in-Training Program this summer. Like you, we are tired of sad news, not being with Club family and friends, the loss of routine & convenience and most importantly, tired of our inability to support and service our children, youth and families the way we want and need to.
Camp Cicadas (Kiddy Korner & Banbury – Kindergarten) are both licensed under the Child Care and Early Years Act. The Province of Ontario has yet to provide authorization for the re-opening of centres or new operational guidelines as a result of COVID-19. Only until authorization and/or operational guidelines are received, will the Club be able to review and make a determination regarding the implementation of Camp Cicadas at both of our childcare locations.

Re: COVID-19 - May 30th - Banbury Child Care Pick Up of Personal Items Update

We have received notification from GEDSB that BGC Club personnel can bag/tag BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL (Kinder and School-Age) program participants items on Monday (not including shoes) - these will be given to the school to place in each of the students classrooms and can be retrieved as per the scheduled pick up time families have coordinated with Banbury Heights.
As of the time of this posting, these will not include the items of preschool siblings (this may have been communicated to families and we are seeking clarification).
In regards to the PRESCHOOL PROGRAM this pick up process will be determined and shared with us by GEDSB after June 5th, at which time we will share this information with our families.

Re: COVID-19 - May 29th - Curbside Pick Up (Edge St) & Banbury Child Care Pick Up Update

EDGE STREET PROGRAMS CURBSIDE PICK UP UPDATE
Kiddy Korner (Toddler, Preschool & Kinder) and
BGC ASP (School Age After School)
We have several bags and shoes remaining so we are doing a second and FINAL curbside pick up on Monday June 1st between the hours of 7:30am - 3:00pm
All items not picked up with be disposed of.
If you are unable to pick up items during these times please call to discuss alternative arrangements.
Please be respectful of social distancing protocols when retrieving items.
BANBURY CHILD CARE UPDATE
We have received notification from GEDSB that BGC Club personnel can bag/tag BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL (Kinder and School-Age) program participants items on Monday (not including shoes) - these will be given to the school to place in each of the students classrooms and can be retrieved as per the scheduled pick up time families have coordinated with Banbury Heights.
In regards to the PRESCHOOL PROGRAM this pick up process will be determined and shared with us by GEDSB after June 5th, at which time we will share this information with our families.

Re: COVID-19 - May 19th - Before & After School Programs

Today the Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario announced the closure of schools for the remainder of the year, therefore all Before/After School Programs of the Club are cancelled until September 2020.
Submission of registrations for the fall programs (BGC Banbury Kinder/School Age; BGC Edge St School Age; BGC Kiddy Korner Kinder) will be accepted for current families as of Monday June 1st, 2020 @ 8:00am.  New families can begin submitting registrations as of Monday June 8th, 2020 @ 8:00am. 
Submissions made prior to this date/time will not be accepted.
Submissions made without an electronic signature will not be accepted.
Registrations are to be electronically submitted to bgckids@bgcbrant.ca until further notice.
Registration packages are available on the Club’s website (www.bgcbrant.ca).
Registrations are on a first-come, first served basis

Re: COVID-19 - April 7th - Summer Camp Registrations

We have opened up registration for both Camp Cicadas (Kinder) and Kummonanplay (School-Age).
This is what you need to do:
1) download the registration package from our website (there is one registration package for Camp Cicada and another for Camp Kummonanplay) - https://www.bgcbrant.ca/
2) ensure you fill in ALL relevant information (spots cannot be secured with incomplete packages) and the document is electrically signed
3) email package to: bgckids@bgcbrant.ca
The Club's Director of Programs & Services will connect with each family to verify information, dates and payment schedules.
If you are anticipating barriers with submitting your registration package, please contact the Director of Programs & Services @ 519-752-2964 ext 133 to discuss alternative arrangements.

Re: COVID-19 - March 26th @ 10:55am - Summer Camp and Before/After School Program Registration Update

We have had lots of inquiries regarding the registration process for Summer Camps and September Before/After School Programs as this has been currently suspended until further notice.
As we are both a provider of licensed child-care, school-age and recreation programs, we have been mandated by the Province of Ontario to be closed. Once we have received authorization and the ‘go-ahead’ to resume operations (and of course those timelines are currently unknown) we will ensure that an efficient and effective registration process is in place that will accommodate and meet all of our families needs.

Re: COVID-19 - March 23rd @ 2:44pm - Resources for Families

Here is a link for our families who are looking for updates, prevention, being prepared, symptoms and treatments. Also how to apply if for Unemployment Insurance if your workplace has had to implement layoff's due to COVID-19.
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html 

Re: COVID-19 - March 22nd @ 7:04pm - Looking for Something to Do?

If you’re looking for activities to do with your kids and running out of ideas, our daily Facebook posts will now feature internet links to sites like science, theatre, national geographic, and more – keeping a routine and introducing new experiences and opportunities each day will keep children inspired and engaged.

UPDATE Re: COVID-19 - March 18th @ 10:40am SUMMER CAMP & BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL REGISTRATION REVISIONS


Please see below the revised submission dates:
Summer Day Camps
EXISTING Families can submit packages
Monday April 6th – Thursday April 9th, 2020
NEW Families can submit packages as of:
Tuesday April 14th, 2020
Before/After School Programs
Families can begin submitting packages effective:
Monday April 20th, 2020

PACKAGES FOR BOTH SUMMER DAY CAMP PROGRAMS AND BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED DURING THE PERIOD OF THE CLUBS CLOSURE DUE TO COVID-19.
In the event the closure of the agency is extended these dates will be revised accordingly.

UPDATE Re: COVID-19 - March 16th @ 12:22pm FULL CLOSURE OF CLUB PROGRAMS

.With the evolving concerns of COVID-19 and with the well-being of children and our community in mind, the Boys and Girls Club of Brantford regrets to inform our families that we will be shutting down ALL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES effective today at 5:00pm until April 5th, 2020.
We recognize the impact on our families and the challenges that this will place on our community. We are moving forward with an abundance of caution, recognizing that this is a fluid situation.
Licensed Child Care Centres (Closed): Kiddy Korner Daycare and Banbury Child Care (Toddler, Preschool & March Break)
Before/After School Programs (Closed): Kiddy Korner Daycare, Banbury Child Care, Edge Street and Major Ballachey
Evening Recreation Drop-In Programs: Junior (6-11yrs) and Senior (12-16yrs)
Youth Mentorship Program
Facility Usage/Rental Groups: e.g. Ontario Early Years, Soccer Rentals, Adult Fitness
The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, and we urge families to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public healthy agencies.
As we move forward, we will continue to communicate with our members and update as we have information. We will continue to monitor our leaders and are suggesting they stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms similar to a cold or flu.
As always, the safety and well-being of our Club participants and leaders is always our main priority.
Please stay connected with the Club on our Facebook and Website pages 

UPDATE Re:  COVID-19 - March 15th - 10:17am

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Screening
Please note those families and employees entering the Boys and Girls Club will be required to have a health assessment conducted prior to entry. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms of ill health we request that you stay home.
For information on closures, cancellations or program delivery modifications please see the post below.

UPDATE Re:  COVID-19 and Club Services - March 13th - 7:21pm

We have been paying close attention to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Although the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk as low for Canada, we are taking precautions and adjusting our approach to service delivery each day.
Yesterday the Province of Ontario announced that all publicly funded schools would be closed for the March Break and the two weeks directly thereafter (March 16th – April 5th, 2020). This announcement impacts a number of the programs and services currently being offered by the Club and the families we service.
The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors met this morning to assess and determine our immediate and short-term direction.
· All Before and After School Programs (Kindergarten & School-Age) will be cancelled until schools resume normal operations
· Evening Recreation Drop-In Programs will be cancelled until Monday April 6th, 2020
· Youth Mentorship Program will be cancelled until Monday April 6th, 2020
· Kiddy Korner Daycare will continue to operate Toddler, Preschool and the Kindergarten March Break program (March 16th – 20th, 2020)
· Kiddy Korner Daycare will continue to operate Toddler and Preschool Programs (March 23rd – April 3rd, 2020)
· Kiddy Korner Daycare will provide Kindergarten PA Day care (March 23rd – April 3rd) to ONLY THOSE CHILDREN WHO WERE REGISTERED FOR THE MARCH BREAK PROGRAM
· In the event a Club employee or participant of a Club program or service tests positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Kiddy Korner Daycare will be closed immediately
· Banbury Child Care Centre (Preschool, Kindergarten & School Age programs), based on notification received from the Grand Erie District School Board will NOT BE OPERATING OR PROVIDING SERVICES effective Monday March 16th to Friday April 3rd, 2020. See notification statement below.
Due to the government’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 Grand Erie District School Board is closing all facilities to their partners, including CHILD CARE CENTRES, effective March 14 lasting until April 5, 2020 to keep our students, staff, families and community safe. We believe this action is in the best interests of the health of Ontarians.
Families will be issued credits for days in which they were registered for service, however but did not receive.
We are asking all parents to watch for signs of illness in their child(ren) and themselves (as per the Fact Sheet previously provided in correspondence), and if any signs are present to keep them or yourselves at home and seek guidance direction from Telehealth, Brant County Health Unit or their family physician.
Although these are the decisions the Club (and GEDSB) has made at this time, we are continuously monitoring the outbreak and the potential impact on the health and well-being of our children, youth, families and staff and these decisions could be altered or changed with little to no notice to our families.
As always, the safety and well-being of our Club members, participants and leaders is always our main priority.

CORONAVIRUS & Club Programs & Services - March 13th - 8:16am

We have been paying close attention to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and although the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk as low, we are taking extra precautions.
We wanted to reassure our families that our March Break schedule for programs & services will continue to operate as planned - please see below for the breakdown.
Also be advised that we continue to work on our Emergency Readiness Plan and the potential impact on programs & services after March Break. It is anticipated we will be able to share this direction ASAP with all of our families.
March Break Schedule of Programs & Services
BANBURY CHILD CARE
Preschool Program & KInder/School Age March Break
KIDDY KORNER DAYCARE
Toddler, Preschool & Kinder/Grade 1 March Break
EVENING RECREATION DROP-ON
No programs operate during March Break

JANUARY 2020- Happy New Year!

Wednesday January 1st, 2020 - CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR'S DAY

Monday January 20th, 2020 - Closed at 6pm (PA DAY)

FEBRUARY 2020

Tuesday February 4th - NO EVENING PROGRAMS due to Leader Professional Development

Monday February 17th - CLOSED FOR FAMILY DAY 

PINK SHIRT DAY 2020 - WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26TH!!!!

MARCH 2020

Tuesday March 3rd - NO EVENING PROGRAMS due to Leader Professional Development

Monday March 16th - Friday March 20th - NO EVENING PROGRAM due to March Break

APRIL 2020

Tuesday April 7th  - NO EVENING PROGRAMS due to Leader Professional Development

Friday April 10th - CLOSED FOR GOOD FRIDAY STAT HOLIDAY

Monday April 13th - NO Before/After School or Evening Programs 

MAY 2020

Tuesday May 5th - NO EVENING PROGRAMS due to Leader Professional Development

Monday May 18th - CLOSED FOR VICTORIA DAY STAT HOLIDAY

Friday May 22nd - LAST NIGHT for Evening Recreation Drop-In Programs

JUNE 2020

We're gearing up for summer!  Stay tuned!

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