Summer Camp and Youth Adventure Program Registration Information!

Registration for our two summer programs — KOSC Summer Break Camp and the Youth Adventure Program — will open at 7:00am on May 2nd, 2022. I am excited to share information about these two exciting programs.

Our KOSC Summer Break Camp is open to all school-aged children and features a robust and exciting mixture of active games, crafts, and free play, as well as field trips to local parks, beaches, and other fun destinations in the Greater Victoria area. Children who will be entering Kindergarten in September 2022, though not technically considered school-aged, are able to attend camp with a temporary placement exemption from Island Health Authority.

Our Youth Adventure Program is open to all children who will be entering Grade 4 or above in September 2022 and offers a more independent and adventurous experience for older children and youths, with an emphasis on outdoor active fun. YAP is designed to give children more input into their summer experience by providing daily field trip and activity options and allowing the group to collectively choose what they want to do.

Both of our programs run from 7:00am to 6:00pm and offer flexible daily registration, allowing families to pick and choose as many or as few days as needed. The cost is $35 per day.

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Family Fun Night – Thursday, June 23rd

Just a reminder that tomorrow (Thursday, June 23rd) will see the return of KOSC Family Fun Night for the first time since 2019! This event will run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm here on Ecole Keating Elementary school grounds. There will be a barbecue run by our friends at Central Saanich Lions Club as well as many fun activities including a bouncy castle, obstacle course, dunk tank, face painting, carnival games, and so much more! All KOSC families are welcome and there is no cost.

We hope to see you there!

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Cancellation deadline for Weeks 1-4

Just a friendly reminder that today (Monday, June 6th) is the last day to cancel or switch days of care for KOSC Summer Break Camp and Youth Adventure Program for Weeks 1-4 (July 4th through 29th).

All requests to cancel or change care must be made via email to kosckids@telus.net. After today, all registrations will be considered final and families will be charged for the confirmed spaces regardless of whether or not their child attends on those days. Please note that KOSC is also unable to switch or trade days of care after the deadline has passed.Additional days can still be requested following the cancellation date, depending on available space. Requests for additional days must be made via email. Any days requested after the cancellation date are considered final once they have been confirmed.

Demand for our Youth Adventure Program has been quite high this year. As YAP has a smaller capacity, there are several days that are currently full and waitlisted. If a child has been waitlisted for any requested days in YAP, I will contact their family after the cancellation date has passed to confirm whether a space has opened up.

In the event that a space is still unavailable for the child in YAP, families will have the option to enroll their child in the regular KOSC Summer Break Program for those days; to remain on the waitlist in case a space becomes available due to child absence from the program; or to cancel their place on the waitlist.

Confirmations of registration in KOSC Summer Break Camp and Youth Adventure Programs for Weeks 5-9 will be sent via email on or around July 4th.

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Important Clarification re: Masks and International Travel

I hope that everyone is having a lovely Spring Break!

I wanted to provide some quick clarification about masks and international travel, as I know that some families are finally getting the opportunity to take long-awaited trips outside of the country. Although the provincial government of BC has lifted the mask mandate in indoor public spaces, there is still a mask requirement on the federal level for anyone who has traveled outside of Canada:

“For 14 days following entry into Canada, you and any children who travelled with you must:

  • properly wear a well-constructed and well-fitting mask when in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors
  • maintain a list of all close contacts and locations you visit
  • keep copies of your proof of vaccination

Some federal rules after entering Canada are different from the provincial or territorial rules. In this case, you must follow the stricter rules.”

The federal travel restrictions further state: “You and any children who travelled with you must properly wear a well-constructed and well-fitting mask when in public spaces for the first 14 days after your entry. This includes schools and daycares.”

(Source: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada)

What this means is that if you and your family are coming back from a trip outside of Canada, then your child will still need to wear a mask at KOSC, and you will also still need to wear a mask when you are coming inside the building to sign your child in or out, until that 14 day period is over.

If you or your child have traveled outside of Canada during the past 14 days, please inform KOSC staff and be sure to follow the requirements stated above and on the travel.gc.ca website.

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Updated Guidance for Child Care Settings re: Mask Usage

The BCCDC has issued their much-awaited update to the guidance for child care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the lifting of mask mandates in indoor public settings, here is the latest guidelines for child care centres:

“Face coverings are no longer required by public health. Adults (including staff, practicum students, volunteers and visitors) and children over two years old in child care settings may wear a mask based on personal or family choice. Child care staff should supervise and support children to ensure safe and proper use of masks if a child or their family chooses to wear a mask. The choice of staff, families, or children to choose whether they practice additional personal prevention measures should be supported and treated with respect.”

What this means is that starting on Monday, March 21st, mask usage will no longer be mandatory at Keating Out-of-School Care. However, KOSC will continue to support any children, families, or staff who wish to continue wearing masks.

The decision to wear or not wear a mask is to be respected by others, and everyone will make that choice based on their own individual needs and circumstances. KOSC will not tolerate any harassment, bullying, or disrespect towards any individual based on their mask usage or lack thereof. This applies equally to children in care as well as their parents and KOSC staff.

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KOSC Society Constitution and Bylaws Amendment, Board Vote on Wednesday, March 16

At its next monthly meeting on March 16, the KOSC Board of Directors will vote on amending KOSC’s Constitution and Bylaws. Specifically, the Board will vote to amend the “Term of Office” bylaw (which presently states that “No person may hold the same executive position for more than four consecutive years.”) by adding the following clause:

 ·         A Member-at-Large may hold their same Member-at-Large position for an additional consecutive year with a majority vote of the Board and Members

The purpose of the proposed amendment is to retain valuable members of the Board and to maintain a strong membership. The Board is vital in ensuring the ongoing operation and governance of our childcare program. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend the meeting to vote. And, as always, parents and guardians of KOSC are welcome to attend any monthly Board meeting. The Board currently seeks new directors and a new Vice President.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contacting me and I will put you in touch with our Board.

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Current Member Re-Confirmation Starts Tuesday, March 1st

We will begin accepting re-confirmation forms from current members starting on Tuesday, March 1st. All of the forms you will need to re-confirm your space in care are included in this post. If you require a hard copy of forms, please let me know. Please take the time between now and March 1st to review the Parent Handbook and other documents.

There are two versions of each form: a basic form that can be printed and completed by hand, and a fillable PDF form that can be completed on your computer. Use whichever method is most convenient for you. You may submit the completed forms via email or in person, although email is preferred.

Unlike the waitlist for new members, re-confirmation is not “first come, first served.” As long as you submit your forms within the re-confirmation period (March 1st – 15th), you will keep your space in the 2022-23 school year, so no need to line up at dawn to beat the rush!

You may also submit registration forms for younger siblings at this time. Please make sure to fill out a complete registration package for any children who have not previously attended KOSC. If your child is already attending KOSC or has done so in the past, we do NOT require the full registration package, just the re-confirmation form and PAD agreement.

As part of the re-confirmation process, we ask that you take a moment to check over your child’s registration file and confirm that all of the information is up-to-date (phone numbers, authorized pick-ups, etc). If your child has a care plan for allergies or other medical conditions, we also ask that you confirm that the plan is still in place, as well as any changes in protocol. If you are submitting your forms via email, please make sure to stop by sometime during the re-confirmation period to review and update your file; alternately, give us a call or send an email and we can confirm the information we have.

A PAD agreement for the 2022-23 school year is required to complete your re-confirmation. If you are submitting one PAD agreement for multiple children in the same family, please ensure that all children’s names are included on the form. Please note that if a PAD agreement is not completed, we will be unable to complete your re-confirmation and your child’s spot will not be confirmed.

Fees for care will be increasing by a small percentage starting in September 2022. This will bring KOSC fees closer in line with the fees charged at other centres in the Greater Victoria area and allow us to keep up with rising costs associated with running our facility. The fees schedule for the 2022-23 school year is attached.

Please note that KOSC does not charge pro-rated fees for months in which Winter and Spring Breaks occur. A reduction in fees for months with fewer school days is calculated and averaged out between all ten months of the school year; families pay the same amount overall as they would if those months were pro-rated.

Registration for Pro-D Days will open up on the first day of the 2022-23 school year (September 7th, 2021).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to another awesome year at KOSC!

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Spring Break Camp Registration Information

Here is the calendar for this year’s Spring Break Camp, as well as all the registration forms and information! Please read all the documents carefully.

Registration will open at 7:00am on Monday, February 7th. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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KOSC Closed Thursday, January 6th

KOSC will be closed today (Thursday, January 6th) due to unsafe road conditions caused by snowfall. All SD63 schools, including Keating, are closed as well.

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Inclement Weather

I hope that everyone is staying safe and warm out there!

As snow is expected to continue overnight, we are continuing to monitor the weather situation to determine whether we are able to safely open for care tomorrow morning.

The School District 63 website is currently displaying a message regarding updates for possible school closures due to inclement weather:

https://www.sd63.bc.ca/

While circumstances are a bit unusual given that most children are not attending school this week, it can be generally assumed that if SD63 decides to close Keating Elementary, then KOSC will also not be in operation.

In the event that SD63 does not announce a school closure, KOSC will make every effort to remain open for our programs, provided that we are able to do so safely. I will endeavour to provide an update by 7am tomorrow via email and Facebook.

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