Gabrielle Bland loves to read-6.25

Gabrielle Bland reads at her own table during BGCNN’s summer program. Her own supply box is beside her.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northern Neck are committed to ensuring that all kids have equal access to resources and opportunities to help them have a great future. With this in mind, BGCNN, in partnership with county schools, is setting up Academic Support Centers for at least the first ten weeks of the school year.  

In Lancaster County, these sites will be the Club’s Activity Center on Main Street in Kilmarnock and the Hayden Building at Dream Fields; in Northumberland County, Macedonia Baptist Church and First Baptist Church in Heathsville. Each site will be open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all youth members up to the maximum allowed attendance at each site. All youth must be pre-registered one week prior to attending. 

The  Academic Support Centers’ school-day schedules will be aligned with school educational needs. Each child will be given their own workspace and the ability to connect their school-owned computers/ devices or hotspots so that they can access the CANVAS or other website to comply with school education requirements. Tables will be set up and used as student desks at a minimum of 6 feet apart to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Individual supply boxes as used in the summer program will help avoid the sharing of materials.  

Each staff and youth member will be required to have their mask with them at all times and must wear them when unable to effectively social distance.

Staff will follow Centers for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Health recommendations for daily symptom and temperature checks. A quarantine room will be used if needed. “Staff will become versed in the schools’ expectations for remote learning so that they can be an asset to our members, as well as to the schools and the families served,” says Executive Director Phillip Mumford. “They will provide supervision and assistance for our members as may be needed; they are not teachers but will tutor and provide support where possible. They will provide club-based activities around the Virtual Classroom work in the areas of character and citizenship skill building and healthy lifestyle activities. These club-based activities will round out the day for our members.”

Club members attending Northumberland Public Schools who are preregistered for the week, but required to attend part of the week in the school classroom, will be allowed to participate in after-school programs at the club site from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the school providing transportation to the club site. On days where they will be in the virtual classroom parents will need to drop off their child at the club. Additional transportation options are also available. Please check out the Club’s website for details. 

There is a one-time annual registration fee for this program. Weekly fees must be paid one week prior to the start of that week, i.e. week 2 beginning September 8 must be paid by Monday, August 31. Space in the fall program will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis each week.  Breakfast, lunch and a snack will be provided each day.  Registration fees and session sign-ups must be completed online at bgcnn.org/fall-2020/. Payment will not be accepted at program sites and must be done by website registration or by phone with the club office: 804-435-9696.  Once registered, parents will be notified of the program location for their child.