We're doing whatever it takes for our community's kids so they can continue to excel in academic achievements and provide time for critical social-emotional learning. Read our back to school frequently asked questions to find out more.
Are your fall school programs happening during remote learning due to COVID?
Yes, registration is open and programs start in the first week of September unless indicated otherwise below. Clubs are closed the week of August 24-28 for deep cleaning and fall program preparation.
Which Clubs are offering programs?
- Bagley (8am-5:30pm)
- Ballard (7:30am-5:30pm)
- Bainbridge Island (7am-6:30pm)
- Cascade View Elementary (Time: TBD)
- Federal Way 8th (7am-6:00pm)
- Kirkland (8am-6:00pm)
- Lawton (7:30am-5:30am)
- Lowell (8am-6pm)
- Mark Twain (7:30am-6pm)
- Mercer Island (8am-5pm)
- Northgate Elementary (8am-5pm)
- North Beach (7:30am-5:30pm)
- North Seattle (8am-6pm)
- Redmond (7:30am-6pm)
- Renton/Skyway (8:30am-4:00pm; Teen Program is drop-in)
- Ron Sandwith Teen Center (8am-6pm)
- Rotary (8am-6pm)
- Sacajawea (8am-5pm)
- Salmon Bay (7:30am-5:30pm)
- Sammamish (8am-6pm)
- Sandpoint (8am-5pm) (Start Date: TBD)
- Smilow Rainier Vista (8:30am-5pm) (Teen Program is drop-in)
- Southwest (7am-6pm)
- View Ridge (8am-5pm)
- Wallingford (7:30am-5:30pm) (Free drop-in Teen program M-F 2:30pm-5:30pm)
What’s different about your fall program offerings this year?
In addition to our afternoon and early morning programs, we are offering full-day programming to support remote learning provided by school districts. Clubs will also host video conference family orientations, as well as offering recordings for families.
What’s the cost of programs?
An annual membership fee of $50 for non-Club members, plus the costs of programs. Programs vary depending on the needs of the community surrounding the Club. Please contact open Clubs listed above for further details.
Are you going to continue Pre-K programs, and if so what's the cost?
Yes, in some Clubs. Please contact the open Clubs to inquire as to whether they will offer Pre-K programs and costs.
Are you expecting more kids to enroll in programs this school year than last year?
Given the unique circumstances surrounding Covid-19 in our country and region, anticipating how many families may register is challenging. We are monitoring registrations, and believe it may be possible we'll see more registrations this year than last, especially from essential-worker families.
What are families with kids telling you they need support with?
Families expressed a critical need for:
- Social-emotional learning
- Play/fun/socializing time
- Support with school work
- Access to computers and high-speed internet
- Snacks & meals during the day
How will your programming help keep kids on track this coming school year?
Our vision is always to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. We continue to do whatever it takes during this once-in-a-generation pandemic to ensure kids can achieve academic success this school year.
How many kids and staff will be at each Club?
We continue to follow regulations and guidelines as set down by Governor Inslee's office, King County Board of Health, Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Our current ratio of 2 staff for 20 youth is in line with those guidelines. Some of our Clubs are keeping it lower than this ratio, based on the Club's size, the number of kids in the Club, and the amount of space for social-distancing.
Why are programs no longer offered for free to essential workers?
We initially offered free programming in March for several months, to support essential-worker families in our community, when schools were shut down. As much as we would like to continue offering free programming to these front line heroes, as a nonprofit we are also experiencing the economic effects of Covid-19.
Our annual memberships and program fees do not cover the full cost of our programs or services. We also rely on the generosity of donors, who make it possible for us to continue serving all families in our area.
Will any be able to receive free or subsidized care?
Many of our Clubs accept subsidies for care. Please contact one of the open Clubs listed above for further information. We also offer financial assistance in the form of scholarships.
Can those who qualify for scholarships apply for fall programs?
Yes! We are fast-tracking scholarships for those that may need financial assistance to join a Club.
How will lunches be handled during remote learning?
Please contact your Club for further details regarding plans for lunches and snacks.
Are there any additional suggestions to help keep things organized and manageable for Club teams?
Yes. The additional protocols we have in place are determined by our Safety Team, and approved by our program staff for manageable operations by all team members. We have strategies to restructure some rooms to support all day learning, if needed.
What are you in need of to best provide support for the caregivers helping coordinate all the school schedules? Are written calendars/planners easiest?
Charging stations, headsets, wi-fi bandwidth, cameras, and communication to and from districts and parents are all of great help.
How are you ensuring the safety of the kids and Club team members from potential exposure to Covid-19?
We are following the guidelines from Governor Inslee's office, King County Board of Health, Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. See Public Health Guidance for Childcare under which our Clubs fall.
We previously instituted sanitation and cleaning procedures to address the emerging concern. We are also conducting health screenings for everyone entering our Clubs, and are instituting additional procedures for the school year. Read our updated policies.
- To ensure the safety of our Club communities, effective 11/30/2020, all youth who attend Boys & Girls Clubs of King County programming must wear a 3-ply (layer) mask at all times, disposable or cloth. This includes a 2-ply (layer) cloth mask with a filter insert.
- Neck gaiters, bandanas, or other coverings that have less than 3 layers, will not be allowed. A 3-ply disposable mask will be provided to anyone arriving at a Club in any non-approved facial covering.
- Parents and caregivers are asked to send their youth to Club with a personal mask labeled with their child’s name; however, a mask will be provided for those who need one. It is the responsibility of the family to ensure cloth face coverings are washed properly after use daily.
- For kids under the age of 5, face coverings are encouraged but optional.
- In rare circumstances when a face covering cannot be worn, youth and adults may use a face shield with a drape as an alternative to a traditional face covering.
- Face shields should extend below the chin, to the ears, and have no gap at the forehead to be effective.
Previously instituted procedures:
- Drinking fountains in Clubs are closed until further notice. Clubs must ensure there is adequate drinking water, as well as, provide individual sterile cups for water consumption.
- Clubs are asking about possible symptoms involving loss of taste/smell, headaches, congestion, or nausea/vomiting.
- As testing becomes more available we understand that people may seek testing for peace of mind or something else not related to potential exposure, such as before/after travel. This will not disqualify kids from attending our Clubs unless they are being tested due to potential exposure.
- We take everyone's temperature before entry; if it is over 100 degrees, staff or youth will be sent home and encouraged to contact their primary care provider.
- We ask families and staff at drop-off if they have had contact with anyone who has had a confirmed case of the Coronavirus or is currently awaiting test results in the last 14 days.
- If the answer is yes, the youth is unable to attend, and the staff is unable to return to work until after the quarantine period has elapsed.
- We will continue to require youth and staff to wash their hands upon arrival at the Club and will wash thoroughly before eating meals or snacks and through the day.
- If a Club experiences a confirmed case of Coronavirus of either a staff member or one of our youth, the Club will close down for at least two days to allow for the disinfection of all surfaces within the Club.
- All drop/offs and pickups occur outside the Club.
- Ensuring proper social distancing is taking place if/when there is a physical line formed during drop off or pick up.
- Staggering drop off/pick up times if possible and if the Club determines it's needed to ensure social distancing.
- Thorough cleanings are conducted at the end of each day.
- Common spaces are cleaned in-between any group sessions.
- Certain toys, games, and activities that involve many members handling the same object are not allowed.
- All toys and materials are regularly sanitized.
Wouldn't it just be safer for families to keep kids at home?
We understand that families may choose to keep kids at home, but for those who cannot work from homes, such as first responders, healthcare workers, grocery workers, etc., or those who without alternatives for watching kids during the school year, we're here to support them.
Our fall programs focus on social-emotional learning, academic support, and physical activities. Families can also join in Club fun virtually through our new Virtual Clubs site.
How can I support the Clubs?
We are in critical need of operating funds to keep our Clubs open now and in the future!
If you're looking for more ways to support Boys & Girls Clubs, here's what the Clubs could use a few more of right now. You can drop them at any open Club. We'll be happy to give you a safe-distance air high-five for your support!
- Cleaning supplies (wipes, cleaning sprays, paper towels, gloves, etc.)
- Packaged, single-serving snacks (without nuts)