West Salem Boys & Girls Club to reopen

The Don and Cheryl Brenengen Boys and Girls Club in West Salem is scheduled to reopen on July 1.
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WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) – The Don and Cheryl Brenengen Boys and Girls Club in West Salem is scheduled to reopen on July 1 after being closed for over two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Boys & Girls Club has closely monitored the recommendations of the La Crosse County Health Department and has made plans to help keep participants safe during their time at the
Club. Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Jake Erickson said, “We are really excited to be able to serve kids inside of our Club facilities again, but safety has to be our number one priority
right now.”

The Club will reopen to Kindergarten through fifth-grade members on July 1. No site programming is planned for sixth through twelfth-grade members for an indefinite period of time.

Although the club will be reopening, programming will look different and may need to be adjusted based on the health of the community. “Our Board led safety committee has discussed a variety of ways to help keep our members and families safe,” said Boys & Girls Club Director of Operations, Andy Kiel. “Our programs will have limited participants and will operate only in small groups throughout the day so that kids have limited interactions with others. We want to be of service to our community and families, but we also want to do our part to continue to prevent the spread of
COVID-19.”

There will also be additional preventative procedures in place including a screening process that includes temperature checks. Clubs will be open from 7:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. Monday through
Thursday and closed on Fridays to allow for deep cleaning. “Our staff will be following a strict cleaning schedule of rooms and equipment every hour as well as at the end of each day,” said
Kiel. “However, it is very important that we take a day to deep clean in order to help keep our facilities safe.”

“We cannot express enough that all of our decisions are for the safety of our families and our community,” said Erickson. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding while we slowly continue
our operations.”

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