COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

At Kate's Club, we believe in the power of community. Between school closures and social distancing, many of us may feel more isolated in our lives, and in our grief. Please see below to learn about important updates from Kate's Club as well as helpful resources on how to navigate the coming weeks.

Kate's Club Program and Event Updates

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Transitioning to In-Person Programming at Kate's Club

Kate's Club is transitioning to a hybrid of programming as of April 2021. In-person programming will be offered in addition to virtual programming, which Kate’s Club has been providing since April 2020.

Kate’s Club appreciates families and volunteers taking the time to complete the Family Survey and Volunteer Survey, which together demonstrate a strong interest in returning to in-person programming.

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

June Programming (50 Members)

  • June 5 - In-person Clubhouse/Park Bench
  • June 5 - In-person Family Orientation
  • June 12 - Virtual Clubhouse/Park Bench
  • June 17 - Virtual Family Night
  • June 19 - In-person Father's Day Holiday H.U.G.S. (morning and afternoon)
  • June 27 - In-person Clubhouse/Park Bench

July Programming (50 Members)

  • July 6 - Virtual Family Orientation
  • July 7 - In-person Family Orientation
  • July 10 - In-person Clubhouse/Park Bench
  • July 13 - Virtual Family Orientation
  • July 15 - In-person Family Night
  • July 17 - Virtual Clubhouse/Park Bench
  • July 22 In-person Family Orientation
  • July 25 - In-person Clubhouse/Park Bench

IN-PERSON PROTOCOLS

  • Indoor & Outdoor programming
  • Liability Waivers (click here)
  • Health Screening (click here)
  • Physical distancing
  • Hand sanitizer
  • For member programming, masks are required both indoors and outdoors
  • For adult programming, masks optional for those fully vaccinated and required for those not
  • Members/volunteers remain in smaller pod groups.
  • Maximum of 50 members
  • No more than 15 Buddy Volunteers/interns/staff

Questions about programming - contact Ashlie Evans at ashlie.evans@katesclub.org

Questions about volunteering - contact Debra Brook at debra.brook@katesclub.org

Reopening Plan

COVID-19, Grief, and Children

While these blog posts are focused on elderly grieving people, the majority of the content can apply to any grieving person.

Talking with Children About COVID-19, from the National Association of School Psychologists

This resource provides suggestions for supporting children and teens, as well as age-appropriate explanations. Grieving children more have more anxiety about health and safety than their peers.

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

This guide, available in both English and Spanish, provides information about how to cope with additional stress and practice self care. It also provides information about how children may react at different ages and how caregivers can support them.

Additional Considerations

With the disruptions in daily life, many students are grieving the loss of experiences: graduation, attending prom, their spring musical, or final baseball game. They may struggle with feelings of helplessness or loss of control, sadness, anger, or confusion. Check in with your kids and validate their thoughts and feelings.

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Grief Activities for Families

At Kate's Club, our theme for March programs is I'm Worth It. Our activities throughout the month would focus on the importance of taking care of ourselves. Many people's self care practices are less accessible during social distancing, but that means it is even more important to check in with ourselves and practice self care.
  • Self Care for Families Checklist

    Printable PDF document, developed by juststaycurious.com

  • How to Teach Your Children About Self Care

    Courtesy of the Community Access Network

  • Emotional Mapping Activity

    Video and corresponding guide developed for ages 8+ by Eluna

Featured Activities

Worry Monsters

THEME: Anxiety coping; breathing skills

TIME: 30 minutes (plus drying time)

AGE: 4-10

Meals During School Closures

Please see this list compiled by 11Alive with information about where and when student families can pick up meals. The list is organized by school district.

Internet Access

As many families navigate the shift to online learning, please take note of the following available resources:
 
Xfinity: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the "xfinitywifi" network and then launch a browser.
 
Comcast: Comcast is providing two months of free Internet access for low-income families. Visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 for more details.
 
Spectrum: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.