Monday the 22nd June was a wonderful day for the Club, as we welcomed back our members for the start of our summer program. We are extremely grateful to the experts and advisors who helped review our safety plan and ensure that we can open in a safe and responsible manner. Namely, Dr Clint Pervance, CEO of Barton Health, members of the El Dorado County Childcare Planning Advisory Council, colleagues from the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada (who were open during the shut down and even let our team tour their Club to learn vital tips and tricks!) and the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. We based our policies and procedures on guidance from the State of California (day camps) and the Center for Disease Control (day care and school guidance) and we will change and adapt our policies and practices as new guidance and best practices are released. We would also like to thank the LTUSD Board and our own Club Board for greenlighting our reopening.
It is with great sadness that we have watched events unfold across the Country in recent weeks. Communities that have already been devastated by the COVID-19 outbreak have now experienced severe unrest and further division. Our hearts are heavy for those who have lost their lives and the innocent bi-standers that have been adversely affected. Today, as ever, we are grateful to be in Tahoe. Our community has seen a number of very peaceful protests, some attended by former and current Club members, and the majority of our community stands united in support of positive change. However, we would be naive to think that racism doesn’t exist in Tahoe, and it is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that everyone in our community has equal opportunities and is treated as an equally valued member of our society.
The Club staff have been hard at work for the last two weeks preparing for the Club to reopen for the summer. Just as with restaurants, casinos etc there are new guidelines that the Club will be following to ensure that we provide as safe an environment as possible for our members and staff.
So evil Mom has gone public on Facebook and we are taking some flak. Is this ok or too much of an emotional reaction? Fighting for Survival. While there have been amazing stories of community support, engagement and kindness during the recent COVID-19 crisis, there have also been a number of sad instances when individuals, businesses and even those trying to help, have been attacked on social media and their integrity called into question.