COVID-19 Information from the Child Safety and Reunification Team

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If you or a family member feel sick, please follow the CDC guidelines.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order on March 23. The order requires all Washington residents to stay at home, except when:

  • Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
  • Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted.)
  • Going to work at an essential business.
  • Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of six feet is maintained.

Effective immediately: All gatherings of people for social, spiritual, and recreational purposes are prohibited. This applies to both private and public gatherings, which include everything from sleepovers for children to weddings and funerals. All of these type of events must be postponed for public health and safety.

Child Care Updates

The Boys & Girls Club is still open from 8:00 am- 5:30 pm to take in children from essential/critical workers. We will resume taking in children from non-essential workers when the stay at home order is lifted. If the child is already a member care is free. If they are not a member they must pay the one-time $50 membership fee (the membership fee covers the cost of the insurance needed to run the Club). Any non-essential employee child can attend the Club for $25 per day/child. Please note, Boys and Girl Club will never turn away a child in need. We can only have up to 18 kids per day and there is plenty of room left but please call ahead.

Camp Lemonade is being offered by the Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation Department to support critical/essential workers. This camp for the children of essential workers is running this week. Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation will then decide whether to continue the camp on a week to week basis based upon need. More information can be found here. Camp Lemonade is activity # 110001-05.  For questions contact Shannon Buxton shannon@biparks.org or bryan@biparks.org.

Mental Health

First Aid Arts has been collaborating with the Bainbridge Prepares Child Safety Team for some time to create Psychological First Aid kits for family and school emergency kits. They are offering a free mini-PFA toolkit here.

Parks and Playgrounds

Beginning March 24, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District will be closing vehicle access to all parks for the length of the proclamation. Additionally, all bathrooms, playgrounds, camping areas, dog parks, disc golf, tennis and pickleball courts, water drinking stations, and sports fields will be closed during this period for the safety of our users and staff. ALL PARKS WILL STILL BE ACCESSIBLE VIA WALKING OR BIKING.  

Helpline House Food Pantry

Helpline House is now offering curbside distribution of two boxes of food for Bainbridge Islanders.  This service is being provided by Helpline staff only; all volunteers are honoring the Governor’s order to Stay Home, Stay Healthy.  In addition, each child in the family gets a Kids’ Pantry Bag, which contains kid-friendly foods, with each visit. For example, a family of two parents and three kids would receive the two boxes and three Kids Pantry Bags.

Food distribution is Monday-Friday, Noon-4 PM.  Kids’ Pantry Bags are currently being offered and will continue to be available during Spring Break.

Although Helpline is still accepting food donations, what they are requesting is donations of cash so that they can leverage bulk purchases, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.  If you are interested in donating, please contact Helpline House at https://www.helplinehouse.org/donate.

Grab and Go Lunch

Effective Wednesday, March 25, all Grab and Go Lunches will only be distributed at Ordway Elementary, located at 8555 Madison Avenue.  Grab and Go Meals are handed out weekday’s between 11 AM and 12:30 PM.  Youth must be present to receive a meal (no pick ups for others).

The COVID Reality

After three years of planning, our team has been activated to assist Bainbridge Island families through the current COVID-19 health emergency. Our hope is to get you as much information as quickly as possible regarding childcare options on the Island during the crisis, along with resources you can use to help keep your families safe and engaged in positive activities.  Please note, Bainbridge Prepares is not providing childcare.

As a reminder, just because school is on recess does not mean our children are on vacation. Please comply with all social distancing guidelines issued by the State of Washington. This is not the time to be scheduling “family only” or “just friends” activities or even playdates. Sheltering-in-place is a great practice right now. If you are unable to work from home and your normal childcare plans have been disrupted, here are updates regarding childcare availability, distance learning, work at home tips, and youth mental health resources.

Because this situation is fluid, please be sure to check the County Public Health Department websites daily for updates:

“MADE GO DESIGN | KIDS PLAY” by Hey!Cheese Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.


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