As the county and state begin to lift restrictions, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria announced it will reopen its doors on Monday, June 1, in accordance with state and licensing guidelines. The organization plans to open for half days, Monday through Friday, and will have a limited capacity, accepting a total of 20 participants whose parents work in an essential industry as determined at the time of opening.
“The health and safety of our Girls Inc. families and our staff remain our top priority—and our team has been thoroughly preparing the facility with guidance from the state and CDC,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “We look forward to welcoming our girls back to the campus and stand ready to deliver enriching programming during this critical time, so parents can return to work with the peace of mind knowing their children are being taken care of.”
Girls Inc. will put in place social and physical distancing guidelines to ensure the safety of every child, family and staff member, including: reduced operating hours of 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday; reduced classroom sizes of two staff to 10 kids; social distancing will be practiced as much as possible; all staff members will have access to masks that will be worn throughout the day; classrooms will be reserved for facilitators and participants only; drop off will be drive-through to limit contact with parents; pick up locations will rotate and masks will be required; daily health screenings and temperature checks will be administered for all participants; high-touch surfaces will be regularly disinfected; hand sanitation areas will be set up throughout the campus; and the facility will be routinely cleaned. Additionally, a comprehensive list of the most effective health and safety practices will be provided to all families.
Girls Inc. is seeking donations to help fund scholarships for program participants, particularly for those whose family members may have been furloughed or laid off during the pandemic.
“After this extended period of social distancing and remote learning, our youth need and deserve enjoyable, safe and engaging programming,” said Collins. “We need the community’s support more than ever to make our programs available to more families in accordance with public health and safety rules. Investing in our efforts will not only serve our local girls and their parents, it will also support our community as we begin to reopen, while preserving a safe environment for girls that fosters continued learning.”
For more information or to make a donation, visit girlsinc-carp.org.