Based on guidance issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts the Ludlow community Center Randall Boys & Girls club has amended its mask policy. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our members and staff healthy and safe.
All staff and volunteers must wear masks at all times. The only exception is when alone in an office or room or while actively eating or drinking. Staff should only be removing their mask to eat or drink when they are 6 feet or more away from other staff or members.
All members and guests must continue to wear a while inside the building. Members who are actively engaged in swimming may remove their masks.
Based on new guidelines issued by The Department of Early Education and Care starting on Tuesday, May 25 children enrolled in our Preschool or School Age Childcare programs will no longer have to wear masks when outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained. Children and staff will continue to wear masks indoors unless eating, napping, or swimming.
Parents must continue to wear masks while picking up and dropping off.
Athletics and Fitness Activities
Based on new guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, effective immediately, youth athletes who are outside and actively engaged in play are not required to wear a mask. Youth should wear their masks while arriving to the field and until the play starts.
Effective, May 29 members of all ages who are participating in an athletic or fitness program indoors or outdoors are not required to wear a mask while actively engaged in athletic or fitness activities. Masks should still be worn during arrival, entry/departure of building and trips to the restroom.
All staff and volunteer coaches must continue to wear a mask.
Parents and spectators are still required to wear a mask at this time. Effective May 29, parents and spectators who are outside may remove their masks while watching and when socially distanced.
The Club has been significantly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency. As we work on our recovery and reopening, there are many factors that need to be assessed including significant health and safety measures that require the Club to shift and in some cases, redesign a new norm for operating.
While this planning and redesigning process takes time, we are as anxious as you are to reopen our doors. In the meantime, we have created an FAQ below to help our community stay up-to-date on the process. As this COVID-19 health emergency remains fluid, this FAQ will be updated as needed.
Update: July 23, 2020
Club Updates: Adult Membership
As you may already know, guidelines for reopening fitness centers in Phase 3 were released a few weeks ago. Our recovery task force has culled through the new mandates with hopes to announce a reopening date to you and all our members.
After considering many factors, the task force came to a difficult realization that, because of the unique layout of the building, it is much more challenging for us to reopen adult programs while safely adhering to all of the restrictions. Additionally, our licensing body for our youth programs currently prohibits any adults/visitors/guests from entering the building during youth programming hours.
Regarding our pool, we had a large draining, cleaning and repair project scheduled for August, during our annual Club shut-down/cleaning week. Our hope was that we could move the project timeline up and complete it during the mandated closure. Unfortunately, this was not possible, for reasons out of our control. Thus, knowing that repairs will be happening in just a few weeks, and knowing the stringent state guidelines in place (which limit the number of people who would be able to use the facility and the available hours of operation), we feel it is not in anyone's best interest to rush to reopen.
All of this ultimately led to the difficult decision to postpone the reopening of any adult services until the fall. I know this is difficult news and I truly wish the circumstances were different. We respectfully ask for your patience and understanding as our decisions are always made with the safety of all our members, staff, and community in mind.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions. We will continue to keep you posted as the situation evolves.
Prior to entering the Club, all staff and members must complete and sign a Daily Health Attestation, documenting their health. The form can be found here, if you'd like to complete it before arriving.
While Governor Baker's announcement has indicated that Phase 3 starts on Monday, July 6, 2020, please note that, much like when childcare programs were allowed to reopen, the Club needs time to review all guidelines before we can safely begin operations again. Our Club is different from other gym facilities (as you know!) and so we need to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of our adult members and youth members alike. Please check our website and Facebook frequently for updates! Thank you - as always - for your support and patience!
The Club has created a Covid Care Plan to outline our new safety protocols and program adaptations. Please note, policies and details may change, based on health and safety guidelines. Check back frequently for updates.
Summer Program Update!
Official guidelines have just been released this week that will require many changes. While we are working as quickly as we can to thoroughly digest and implement the changes, we will do so diligently with the concern for your child’s safety and that of our staff as our number one priority. The start of Phase 2 has yet to be announced by Governor Baker though we anticipate an update will be announced this Saturday. Once we have a starting date confirmed, we will release more information along with registration details. We do anticipate that the Club’s reopening will also be phased in tiers with school-age summer program first, followed by preschool and athletics.
While our Boys & Girls Club has the independence to tailor our programs and services to the specific needs and interests of Ludlow and its local neighbors, we are proud to be part of a national movement which allows us to tap into best practices from fellow Clubs across the nation. This has enabled the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club to better prepare to welcome your child back to the Club after vetting everything from safety practices to fun program experiences that will adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Here are a few guidelines to share as you prepare your family for a safe and fun summer:
-Spots will be extremely limited. Please begin to gather information you’ll need for registration such as emergency contact numbers, immunization forms, healthcare info, etc.
-Cloth facemasks have been procured to provide to members, but for extra comfort, parents/guardians may want to obtain face shields that are now available in children’s sizes.
-All program spaces will be reconfigured to follow distancing guidelines.
-Health screenings that will include daily temperature checks for all individuals prior to entering the building.
-The Club is committed to creating lots of fun memories with your child!
Dear Friends of the Club & Supporters,
I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. The Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club is so grateful for our community of families, staff, volunteers, advisors and supporters.
The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to impact individuals, businesses and organizations across our Commonwealth, and it is hitting the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club particularly hard.
We miss so much all the joyful faces and sounds of your children, and it’s been difficult knowing we cannot be there for you and your families during this difficult time. Over the last couple of weeks however, our incredible team has stepped up with grace and grit, finding creating ways to stay engaged with many of you and participating in many online trainings in the spirit of coming out of all of this even stronger.
Unfortunately, the suspension of all our programs and services since March 16, along with the most recent announcement by Governor Baker that schools and childcare centers must remain closed thru May 4, has left us with no other option than to also suspend our remote operations at this time.
Effective Monday, March 30, if you have any questions regarding our preschool or school-age program, please reach out to Katie Mitus, Director of Youth Services. All other questions can be directed to Chile Salazar, President/CEO.
While we may be scaled down momentarily, we do want you to know that we will continue to do our very best to be a resource to you and your family. If we can be of assistance to connect you with other partners/resources or offer fun activity ideas as I know our team has been doing thus far, please let Katie or I know. Also please be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages as we have created albums with various resources to help you get through this pandemic.
We hope this transition is a very temporary one and will remain in touch with updates.
Thank you for being a part of our LBGC Family. Please take care and continue to follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing, etc. We miss seeing you at the Club and look forward to celebrating with you when we return!
Your support is needed now more than ever. If you are able, please consider making a gift in any amount to protect the Club and the thousands of children and adults that depend on us. Funds will be used to ensure that when we are able to re-open our blue doors again, that financial access will not be a barrier to a child or a senior member from coming back. With your support, you can help the Club get up and running as smoothly as possible.
In our 70 years of serving the community, we know that we are strongest when we support each other. My sincere thanks for your consideration and I wish continued good health to you and your loved ones.
Dear LBGC Family,
As I'm sure you've heard by now, Governor Baker has ordered the closing of all MA schools thru April 6th and ramped up other Covid-19 rules across the state. This will mean that the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club will extend its closure thru April 6th as well.
Please understand this is uncharted waters for us and poses various challenges. However, I want to assure you that our team is committed to remaining strong and supportive of our LBGC Family and the community at-large as we continue to adhere to all directives that will keep all of us safe.
Our team has started to gather resources for both our youth and adult members to access while at home and can be found on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Over the next few weeks, our team will focus on a combination of online trainings, program planning and creative ways to remain connected as our commitment and dedication to you will not waver and our goal is that when we are able to welcome you and your loved ones back, we will be stronger than ever.
We will continue to share updates as they become available. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out via email to any of our directors or myself with any questions. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner and with the current information we have on hand.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I hope you all take care of yourself and each other.
Katie Mitus, Dir. of Youth Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Goodwin, Dir. of Operational Services: email@example.com
Deb Roque, Accounting Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Donovan, Dir. of Development: email@example.com
Kelly-Ann Maxwell, Dir. of Membership: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chile Salazar, President/CEO: email@example.com
Dear LBGC Family,
As expected, the situation is continuing to change rapidly as we continue to follow the guidance of the local and national health authorities including the Ludlow Board of Public Health.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Ludlow Boys and Girls Club (LBGC) will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16th thru March 29th, per the recommendation of the Ludlow Board of Public Health and with the assent of the LBGC Board of Directors.
Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during these challenging times.
Dear LBGC Family,
Over the past few weeks, the board of directors and administrative staff have paid close attention to concerns around the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19. In particular, we have been following the implications of Governor Baker's declaration of a State of Emergency including restrictions and guidance in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus and to minimize as much as possible the number of people who will get sick. With the widespread cancelling of events across the state, as well as the closing of colleges and universities, we have made the hard decision to pause our non-essential programs and services through to March 29th as well as postpone several of our upcoming community events. Pausing/postponing for two weeks allows us to continue to monitor the situation while giving us time to re-assess if necessary. A full list of the programs/activities/events effected are listed below.
Please understand this was not a decision made lightly. As always, my first priority is the health and safety of our families, staff, and volunteers.
It feels like the situation is changing daily, if not hourly, and we will continue to communicate as we navigate this uncertainty.
Our hearts go out to any family affected by this virus. Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other.
Events and Programs to be postponed as of 3/13/2020:
Swim team banquet
Easter Egg Hunt
Sports & fitness programs – cancelled or postponed March 14 - April 6:
Group Exercise classes
Heroes in Training
Stoke & turn clinic
Lil Sea Lions
High School Rec Basketball
Intro to Basketball
Updated March 13, 2020 at 15:57