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Nonprofit Girls Inc. of Carpinteria to reopen with new safety measures

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - Girls Inc. of Carpinteria plans to reopen its doors on Monday, June 1, with safety measures in place to protect the children, families and staff members.

The nonprofit organization will open for half days Monday through Friday.

It will also have a limited capacity, accepting a total of 20 children of parents who work in an essential industry.

“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.”

The organization's social and physical distancing guidelines include:

    * Operating hours: 8am – 12pm Monday through Friday until further notice.
    * 2 staff to 10 kids in each classroom.
    * Social distancing will be practiced as much as possible.
    * All staff members to wear masks throughout the day.
    * Classrooms 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.
    * A comprehensive list of the most effective health and safety practices will be provided to all families.

Donations are needed to help fund scholarships, particularly for those whose family members may have been furloughed or laid off during the pandemic.

“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 being to reopen, while preserving a safe environment for girls that fosters continued learning," said Collins.

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria serves more than 1100 youth in the Carpinteria Valley and Ventura Country, from Pre-K through 12th grade. To make a donation, click here.

Coronavirus / Education

Genelle Padilla

Genelle Padilla is the co-anchor of KCOY 12 Central Coast News evening newscasts and co-anchor of KKFX My Fox 11 news at 10 p.m.


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