Upon news received on March 13th of the information that BASE Camp has been replaced by a new Before and After School Program operator effective June 1 and in light of the school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BASE Camp’s programs are immediately and permanently closed at all PSD locations. Click here to read our official press release.
Statement about Immediate Closure – 3/18/20
As the public and families have reached out with many questions, BASE Camp would like to clarify why we made the choice for immediate closure vs. appealing the decision. We employ over 180 people who were already facing difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic closures. While we had committed to paying staff through the first few weeks, we acknowledge that it is very likely schools may not re-open for eight or more weeks, or even at all this year (Many schools across the country have already made this decision). Additionally, many of our part-time employees are CSU and UNC students, both of which have canceled all in-person classes for the rest of the semester. If the districts were to re-open, we were facing uncertainty about how to ensure we could staff programs and meet state licensing ratio regulations under our current drop-in model. When we received the notification from PSD on March 13th, we knew the only right thing to do was to notify our staff immediately, so they could begin making plans to take care of their individual families. Had these circumstances been different, the choices may have changed; however, with 80% of our programs being in PSD schools and the current outlook, we made the most people-forward decision that we could.
In the coming weeks, we will be working through closing the organization. If you are owed a refund, we will be in touch. If you have any questions, please reach out via email (email@example.com) or phone 970-266-1734. Due to the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, our main office is currently closed, but we are working through phone messages and email.
I’d like to re-iterate that programs at Thompson School District, AXIS and St. Joseph, as well as BASE Camp preschool are not yet determined for the rest of this year. We will be working through these plans.
Thank you for over 30 years of community and support – we are very proud of the incredible and extraordinary service we have been able to provide our community, and are sad to see its sunset. Please know this decision was made with kids, families and staff at its heart. We are working on a way for staff, families and children to connect and say goodbyes/thank yous and hope to have something available soon.
As a reminder, we previously set up an exchange for parents to connect with our staff for private childcare. We still highly encourage the use of this exchange, especially given the circumstances. Here’s the link to access it.