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Portage County Boys and Girls Club announces back-to-school plan

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Stevens Point, Wis. (WAOW) -- Parents now know what their kids' after school programs will look like this year.

The Boys and Girls Club of Portage County has been open all summer at a limited capacity. Director Kevin Quevillon said they plan on continuing to follow that model, which is similar to how Stevens Point Schools will operate.

"We've been operating all summer, and it's gone very well," he said. "So we believe that in this type of format, we can operate safely."

The after school program will largely remain the same, with transportation and meals still offered. The main difference will be the cohorts the kids will be grouped in, based on their grade.

The groups will consist of a maximum of 10 kids and will not interact with the other groups.

"If a child does get sick or if a staff member gets sick, we can close that group and not necessarily close the whole facility," Quevillon said.

Rebecca Stanislawski, a mom of a teenage member who has been involved with the BGC for many years, said she's sad that the limited operations will also limit her daughter's ability to participate.

"I understand that decisions had to be made one way or the other, it just makes me sad that she's not going to be able to participate," she said.

For those kids who will be eligible to attend this year, Quevillon said families can rest assured that their children will be safe while in the building.

"Parents can be assured that we're going to implement all safety practices at our Boys and Girls clubs, and we will try to keep their kids as safe as possible including our staff," he said.

For information on criteria and directions on how to enroll in the program, click here.

Natalie Sopyla

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