If you relied on Y-Zone through the Clinton YMCA for before or after school care, you will still be able to take advantage of that this school year but it will, predictably, look different.
YMCA Executive Director Rennie Cluver tells Regional Radio News, in Clinton and Monticello they are adjusting rates to reflect the care families may need. If you're child just needs a few hours after school because of the implemented early dismissal time due to COVID, there will be a 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm option.
Changes to Y-Zone will be very similar to Camp Osage. Cluver explains parents are going to be asked to remain in their vehicles. He indicates that is how they are doing things with summer camp and it has worked well.
Changes are being made in how parents pay for care. Cluver explains when parents register their children, they will do so before the start of the week and will pay at that time. Because guidelines state there can only be 15 kids in a group, the Y needs to make sure they have the staff available to keep that breakdown.
Masks will be required for kids that are in attendance at Y-Zone. Cluver indicates they are going to be taking kids outside as much as possible. He is sympathetic to parents' concerns about having their kids in masks all day and so that is why it is their goal to be outside as much as possible.
Visit clintoncommymca.org for information on Y-Zone or call the Y in Clinton at 217-935-8307.