Erie, PA – With recent announcements by local school officials that Erie Public School middle and high school students will attend school remotely until spring, the Y, which typically offers after-school programming for teens, will now reopen its Teen Center, 31 West 10th Street, during school hours to provide teens a space where they can attend virtual classes while supervised by Y staff on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
“The YMCA of Greater Erie has served the Erie community for 160 years, during which we have made through many challenging times together, none perhaps as impactful as COVID-19,” said Tammy Roche, Vice President, Marketing Communications and Financial Development for the YMCA of Greater Erie. “Erie Public School teens will attend school remotely until spring. The Y’s Teen Center includes a Learning Lab with WiFi access, smartboard and monitors,” said Roche. “The Center will offer some after-school enrichment opportunities such as art, music and physical and mental wellness.”
The Y also will provide breakfast and lunch. Enrollment is limited to 20 teens and teens must be registered and attend consistently or risk enrollment. The Center will be o pen Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to log-on at 8 a.m. The Teen Center will remain open until 7:30 p.m.
The Teen Center will follow all health and safety regulations including mask wearing at all times other when eating. The Y will provide masks that will be laundered daily.
Attendance for City of Erie teens is free with proof of residence thanks to a grant from the City’s Community Development Block Grant.
In order to help keep children and staff healthy and safe throughout the school year, the YMCA of Greater Erie, following state and local requirements, has adapted several changes to its day-to-day operations, including:
- Daily health screenings for children and staff
- Face coverings for children and staff
- Staggered transition times to avoid sharing of common spaces like hallways and bathrooms
- Disinfecting and sanitizing protocols per the Academy of Pediatrics
- Reduced capacity in group activities
- Meals and snacks served “in place”
- Limit personal belongings between home and the Y
“Throughout this crisis, we have looked for ways the Y can best serve everyone in our community. As we look to the upcoming school year, we are pleased to partner with Erie’s Public Schools to provide an equitable, safe learning environment for all.
For more information and to sign up for the Teen Center, visit ymcaerie.org or call 452-3261