Press release: 12/18/2020

Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County ‘pressing pause’ on winter session
Increase of community spread prompts temporary suspension of programs

(December 18, 2020 – Hendersonville, NC) – Out of an abundance of caution and as a result of increased community spread of COVID 19 cases, the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County is temporarily suspending in-person services through the duration of the public schools’ holiday break. Effective Dec. 21, 2020, the Club will be closed to members and is scheduled to reopen in-person programs on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 in tandem with the scheduled reopening of Henderson County Public Schools. As always, ongoing operations remain contingent on community health and based on the direction of health officials.


“We’re doing everything possible to keep our Club members and staff protected from the COVID-19 virus, particularly as community spread becomes more prevalent,” said Nicola Barksdale, president of the Club’s board of directors. “We’ve been working closely with local public health officials and taking all recommended precautionary measures, and we feel this is the safest choice at this time, given present circumstances,” Barksdale said.


“While we regret the disruption to families and young people who need our services, we feel this is a safe and prudent step to take,” added Julia Hockenberry, executive director. “We remain committed to Club kids, their families and our community as we continue to work with public health officials to ensure the safety of members and staff.”


Updates around Club operations and programs can be accessed at www.bgchendersonco.org ,the Club’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bgchendersonco, or by calling 828-693-9444.


Dear Club Families, 

The Club will be temporarily extending full-day programs into the fall season, following the schools’ announcement to move to Plan B operating model.  

PLAN B Operating Model

K-2nd graders
Members in grades K-2 will be able to be back in school full-time for face-to-face instruction, therefore effective 9/21, the Club will not be offering programs for K-2 students during the school day until further notice.

3rd – 12th graders

·         In the coming weeks, members in grades 3-12 will be attending school in person two days a week on either the “A” or “B” schedule.

o   Group A will attend Club programs on Tuesdays and Fridays only

o   Group B will attend Club programs Mondays and Thursdays only


·         HCPS has designated Wednesdays as virtual learning only for all students. Wednesday programs will be divided at the Boys & Girls Club as follows:

o   Group A: Wednesdays in October ONLY

o   Group B: Wednesdays in November ONLY

o   December: TBD

FOR MEMBERS WHO WILL REMAIN IN VIRTUAL LEARNING ONLY – If your child will not be receiving face-to-face instruction at school, in order to continue operating in strict cohorts, the Club will assign your child to either Group A or Group B. Your child may only attend Club programs twice weekly and on designated Wednesdays with their assigned group.


·         Members must arrive on their designated days between 7:30 and 8 a.m. ONLY. Dismissal is from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

·         Parents/guardians must be present for their child’s health screening prior to entry. Youth must have a temperature less than 100.4 and may not be experiencing any COVID-related symptoms. Members exposed to Coronavirus or with any associated symptoms may not attend the Club for 14 days or until cleared in writing by a medical provider. Siblings in the household will be excluded as well, pending medical clearance.

·         Morning hours (8 a.m. – noon) are devoted exclusively to virtual learning. Members must bring their school-issued devices to engage with their teachers online for the duration of the morning and must complete schoolwork daily at the Club to attend. 

·         Regular attendance is required. Members may miss no more than 5 days within the date range of 9/24 -12/30.  Attendance will be audited regularly and membership may be revoked if the member does not meet this requirement.  (COVID absences with medical documentation are excused.)

·         Masks are mandatory for members throughout the duration of the program day.

·         Members must wash their hands hourly.

·         Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

·         Club transportation will not be available. 

Please call the Club’s front desk at (828) 693-9444 to place your child on the waiting list for fall attendance. You must know your child’s assigned school group (A or B) in order to proceed. As always, Club operations remain contingent on community health and may be reduced or temporarily suspended as circumstances evolve.



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The Boys & Girls Club will follow NC DHHS state and local guidelines for safety. For information regarding these guidelines please visit the DHHS website at this link.