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Dear friends and parents,

As our nation reacts to another horrifying event, this time close to home in San Bernardino, our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and communities affected by this tragic and senseless loss of life.
The board and staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica want you to know that the safety and protection of your children is our number one priority. In light of yesterday’s horrific tragedy, we are taking steps to maximize the security of our facilities and the safety of our kids when they are in our care. These steps include:

  • Reviewing all of our security protocols and making sure staff are confident in recognizing any potentially threatening situations.
  • Reviewing our emergency response procedures as part of our comprehensive crisis management plan.
  • Working with local law enforcement authorities to ensure vigilance in the neighborhoods near our facilities.
  • Informing you, our parents, of the protocols and procedures in place to protect your children.
  • Communicating with our young people to help allay fears, and providing professional counseling where needed.

Your children may want to discuss these events with you, and will look to you for perspective and comfort. For some great advice on talking to children about tragic and threatening events, please consult the parent’s discussion guides here.
Thanks as always for entrusting your kids to us at the Boys & Girls Club. We promise to maintain our constant vigilance in protecting and caring for our precious young people, and helping them achieve the great futures they deserve.
Tim Blaylock