After School Care 2020-2021 Information

Families,

It is almost August, meaning that the school year is just around the corner. We understand that this school year will be very different than any school year previous; COVID-19 has complicated spring, summer and now the fall, and we realize that there are still many unknowns surrounding the start of the school year. This is especially true for our families in the Salt Lake City School District, as this district has not yet finalized their back-to-school policies and plans.

That being said, we want to release our plans thus far for our after-school program. Registration will open on Monday, July 27th – to register, email our program coordinator, Aleia (aleia@stjohnsccdc.org). We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our survey last week; your participation was very insightful and helpful! However, because so much is still not certain, please understand that our plans are subject to change. Our goal is to communicate, be flexible and above all else, provide excellent and safe childcare to our community. We will announce any changes to our program via Kaymbu, social media, and right here on our website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Aleia. Thank you!

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Registration

Registration opens Monday, July 27th. Spots are limited. Per state child care licensing COVID-19 standards, our maximum group size is fifteen children. Availability at our locations is as follows:

  • Liberty Park: 2 groups of 15 for a total of 30 spots
  • Sugarhouse: 2 groups of 15 for a total of 30 spots
  • Sandy: 1 group of 15 for a total of 15 spots

To register, reach out to Aleia, our program coordinator by email (aleia@stjohnsccdc.org) to reserve a spot. She will forward all necessary paperwork to fill out. Your child’s spot is not secured until we have received all completed materials, fees, calendars, and other paperwork. There is a $75 registration fee for Camp Wild Life (This is a yearly fee, so if you attended summer camp or paid registration in 2020 that fee has already been paid for this year). Please indicate if you would like your child picked up from school and what school they will be attending.

Tuition

We have several tuition options available, depending on the amount of days and time you will need care. Tuition rates include all costs for field trips, crafts, all day camps, and snacks.

The tuition rates for all-day care is as follows:

  • Monthly Tuition:
    • $960
  • Weekly Tuition:
    • 5 Days a Week: $240
    • 4 Days a Week: $196
    • 3 Days a Week: $165
    • 2 Days a Week: $110
    • Add a Day: $65

The tuition rates for after-school care (afternoons only) is as follows:

  • Monthly Tuition:
    • $480
    • $600 for half-day kindergarteners
  • Daily Tuition Rate:
    • $7 an hour

Calendars must be turned in along with your registration paperwork. Please turn in your calendar by August 14th – you child is not considered fully registered until we receive their calendar.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

We strictly follow safety guidelines set forth by state childcare licensing, as well as go above and beyond to ensure the safety of our families, kids, and staff. We understand that our community is deeply concerned about the rise in COVID-19 cases in Utah, and especially the rise in COVID-19 in young people.

Per Gov. Herbert’s mandate, we are requiring that children wear masks throughout the day when they are at St. John’s in our after-school care program. This measure will help protect our kids, families, and staff. We recommend that parents send two masks with their children just in case one is lost or dirtied. In the event your child shows up without a mask we will provide a cloth reusable mask for $5.

Here are a few other things that we’re doing:

  • We are doing a health assessment upon arrival (fever check, asking parents if anyone in the household is ill, and checking for symptoms). We also check for fevers or other symptoms throughout the day.
  • We’re thoroughly sanitizing surfaces and other frequently touched areas with a bleach-based cleaner. We’re also having all staff and students wash their hands at arrival and throughout the day. We use hand sanitizer when water and soap are unavailable.
  • We never exceed group sizes larger than sixteen (fifteen children and one adult).
  • We are not allowing non-essential personnel into our buildings, meaning that only children and staff can enter our schools at this time. This measure is to limit any potential spread of COVID-19.

Read our complete COVID-19 policies here.

Schedule

To accommodate students attending classes in-person and the possibility of virtual learning in the SLCSD, we will maintain a schedule for all-day activities, similar to our camp program. In the event that SLCSD moves to an entirely online or partially online program, mornings will possibly be dedicated to schoolwork assistance. Afternoons will be dedicated to after-school activities, field trips, and lessons.

Our weekly schedule is as follows:

MondayPark and Field Game Day
TuesdayHike Day
WednesdayField Trip
ThursdayScience Lab/Craft Day
FridayMovie Day

Our daily schedule is as follows:

7:00am-9:00amDrop-Off and Snack
9:00am-12:30pmSchoolwork Assistance
12:30pm-1:00pmLunch
1:00pm-6:00pmAfter-School Activities (See Weekly Schedule)
4:30pm-6:00pmPick-Up

Schoolwork Assistance

We understand that either partial or completely virtual learning are both possibilities for our SLCSD families. In any case, it is our goal to help children complete their daily online assignments, make sure they attend their Zoom meetings, and help them with questions or problems with their homework. We will be setting aside the morning for schoolwork assistance. It is also our goal to have a dedicated classroom space at each of our locations. We would split children into two groups, based on their grades, so that schoolwork can be done with their peers. 

Please keep in mind that we have many children in our program, ranging from age 5 to 13, and our program does not have the same resources that a normal classroom setting does. Though our goal is to help them finish all their schoolwork, there occasionally may be days where your child goes home having not finished everything. These days should be far and few between. Every child is unique and will work at a different pace than their counterparts. We will not be assisting with schoolwork in the afternoons to allow adequate time for children to socialize, take part in a fun daily activity, as well as keep them in a steady routine. We appreciate your understanding on this, and our counselors will try to let you know in advance if their schoolwork is not completed.

We also ask that you send your child’s Zoom meeting ID’s and passwords, as well as any other important usernames and passwords for schoolwork, with your child. We recommend taping them to their laptop so that it is easy for them to find.

Field Trips

Field trips are a great way for kids to get out of the classroom and socialize, but we will be shrewd in vetting field trip locations to make sure they are safe for our families. All field trips and locations must comply with state child care licensing standards for health and safety. We will mostly be participating in outdoor-oriented field trips and try to avoid indoor-oriented field trips that do not meet our safety standards. If COVID-19 conditions worsen in our community, we will discontinue field trips. We will also send a weekly update to all families, notifying everyone of our field trips so families can decide if they’d like their child to attend.

Pick-Ups

Due to the unknowns about the school year, we have not finalized a list of schools we will pick-up from. This will largely depend on a) whether SLCSD schools are conducting classes in-person or virtually and b) the need of the pick-up services from each school in every district. Once we know more about which families need pick-up services and from there, we will release a list of schools we will pick-up from.

What to Bring

We ask that you please send your child to camp with the following items every day:

  • Face Mask (at least one, but we recommend two)
  • Laptop (school-issued or personal)
  • Laptop Charger
  • Lunch
  • Closed-toe Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Headphones (for Zoom meetings and online schoolwork)
  • Water Bottle

Please make sure all these items are labelled and in a backpack. We will notify everyone if we schedule a water day and remind everyone to bring a bathing suit and towel as well.

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