AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

ST. COLUMBA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM


ADMISSIONS POLICIES:

Any child enrolled in St. Columba School is automatically enrolled to participate in the After School Program. Only students enrolled in St. Columba School will be allowed to participate in the After School Program. Extended care is a privilege, not a right. Children must obey the rules and regulations of St. Columba School.

CHARGES:

There will be no charge from 3:15– 3:30 p.m. for your student(s) for After School care. At 3:30 p.m. roll will be taken and if your student(s) is present there will be a $5.00 per student(s) charge. Roll will be taken again at 4:30 p.m. and an additional charge of $5.00 per student(s) will be assessed. Any student(s) not picked up by 5:30 p.m. will be charged at a rate of $10.00 per 5 minutes.

Children must be signed out of the After School Program by a parent or guardian. Anyone picking up a child from the After School Program who is not already known to the After School staff will be asked to show identification prior to picking up a child.

PHILOSOPHY:

This program is designed to provide a safe and secure atmosphere for those children whose parents are unable (due to work or other circumstances) to be home at this time of day. This program is closely supervised. The After School Program strives to construct an enjoyable atmosphere with varying activities, including vigorous play, art activities, homework time and indoor games. The children are served a nutritious snack each day.

It is our philosophy that after a long day at school, many of the children just need to relax and unwind. That is why we do not make activities mandatory. We have many games for the children so that they can choose their own activities. They will play indoors and outdoors under close supervision at the discretion of those supervising. Because we feel that fresh air and outdoor play are healthy for your child(ren), we will have playtime outside daily (weather permitting). Therefore, if you do not feel your child(ren) should go outside due to illness, please do not send him or her to school.

It is important you provide proper clothing for the weather conditions in our area. All clothing should be well-labeled on the inside. During winter, snow clothing must be provided or children will not be permitted to play outside.

A supervisor is on duty at all times. Although accidents still happen, we believe good supervision prevents many accidents and assures your child(ren) greater safety.

Children who accept this service of After School care will not be permitted to go anywhere without the supervisor’s permission. Any student who leaves the grounds may not return and check back in to After School, with the exception of special events when parent permission is obtained.

DISCIPLINE CODE:

Behavior expectations of students in After School are the same expectations as during the school day. Every child is expected to abide by the rules of the program, respect staff members, other students, and all property. If a child violates these standards, we will first take action by removing the child from the group and seating him by himself for a 5-10 minute period. If multiple “time-outs” are required for a child, a parent will be notified. If the problem behavior persists, the parents will be called in for a conference. Should there continue to be problems, a second conference will be arranged and at that time, the child may be dismissed from the program.

HEALTH & SAFETY:

After School supervisors have access to school files which include health information, emergency contacts, and a list of people authorized to pick-up your child(rem).

PROGRAM:

Students who are playing in After School should place their backpacks on the hooks in the service hall and immediately check in with the After School supervisor.

Students who are participating in Homework Club should go directly to Homework Club when the bell rings at 3:15, and a representative from After School will check in with homework club and take attendance. If your child is picked up before Homework Club ends at 3:45, there is no charge for Homework Club. Students staying in After School must check in with a representative of After School when they leave Homework Club. All students picked up from After School are charged from 3:30 unless prior arrangements are made with Mr. Chick.

Homework Club is available most afternoons, Monday – Thursday, until 4:00 p.m. However, sometimes study hall is cancelled due to scheduling conflicts with the supervising teachers.
Students may not sign themselves out of After School. Parents/guardians must sign out students according to the guidelines previously noted.
***NOTE: Any child on the school grounds at 3:30 p.m. will be placed in the After School Program and the family will be charged for the usage. Children in study hall are included in this policy. Some children do not check in, but do hang around campus. This confuses the supervisors and creates an unsafe environment for children. Therefore, After School supervisors will check in those students, and families will be charged accordingly.

 
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