“The city experienced a terrible tragedy with the loss of Kyzr Willis and we immediately launched a review of all our protocols at our BCYF centers,” Mayor Walsh said. “Thousands of families entrust their children to our summer camps and we take that trust extremely seriously. It is our priority to act quickly on any potential improvements to our programs, and I will continue to work closely with BCYF leadership to ensure we have proper oversight and safety procedures at all of our programs.”
BCYF oversees 21 fully licensed summer camps, seven fun stops and five drop-in programs. Drop-in programs are located at the BCYF Curley Community Center, the BCYF Mattahunt Community Center, the BCYF Gallivan Community Center, the BCYF Charlestown Community Center, and the BCYF Paris Street Girls program.
The Summer Youth Activities Program (SYAP) staff will undergo a full day comprehensive training on the new procedures prior to SYAP returning to the Curley Center on Tuesday, August 2. Families can continue to bring their children to the Condon Community Center, or the Curley Community Center where the city will provide transportation, until the SYAP re-opens.
- Headcount Procedure: Staff will conduct headcounts on 60-minute intervals, as well as headcounts of all children before and after moving through the entrances and exits of the Curley Community Center. A time sheet and clipboard will be distributed to each staff member to confirm they have conducted a headcount at the appropriate times and provided to the program director at the end of each day.
- Front Desk Staffing: While a Curley Community Center employee currently oversees the front desk, a SYAP staff member will be designated as responsible for managing children in the drop-in program at arrival and dismissal, as well as ensuring that no child leaves the building unless accompanied by an adult.
- Child Staff Ratio: The SYAP will operate under a minimum ratio of 10:2 for children ages 6 and under and 20:2 for children ages 7 and older. This means that for every group of children there will be at least two counselors to assure a check on each counselor, and to be prepared in the case of an emergency. Additional staff members will be assigned to groups of children under the age of 10 to provide increased support and supervision.
- Book End Supervision Procedure: The SYAP will organize children into lines before moving between activity locations, with a designated staff member at the front and back of the line, as well as a staff member to walk alongside the children.
- Ocean Safety Procedures: All children who enter the ocean will be required to wear a life preserver at all times. A maximum of 10 children and 2 staff members will be allowed in the water at any one time and assigned staff must remain in the water with the children at all times.
- Security Cameras: Out of an abundance of caution, 34 security cameras will be brought online to increase security across the Curley Community Center by Tuesday, August 2nd. An effort was already under way by the City to upgrade the surveillance systems at BCYF facilities and the work was expedited this past week at the Curley Community Center.
What? Counselors can still use their cellphones for texting, surfing the web, tweeting and Instagramming. These people are pathetic.
NO Pathetic Patty. Use of personal electronic devices is BANNED while they are on duty, except in emergencies (to call 911).
Where does it say that?
This all should have been in place