As you are likely aware, schools have released additional information about the return-to-class plan that will be implemented in September. The KOSC Board of Directors had a special meeting last night (Thursday, August 27th) to discuss what this means for our program.
After careful consideration, the Board and KOSC management have decided that our centre will be closed for the orientation week (September 8th through 11th), as it is not logistically feasible for KOSC to provide care during this time. This week of closure will allow KOSC to implement procedures that better align with the school’s approach, especially in regards to maintaining consistency between in-school learning groups and room placements in Before and After School Care. We will be reducing September fees for all families to reflect the days of closure.
KOSC will reopen for Before and After School Care on Monday, September 14th. Prior to the reopening date, families will receive updated COVID-19 Health and Wellness Policies and Protocols with additional information regarding room placements, sign-in and sign-out locations and procedures, social distancing and use of personal protective equipment, etc.
For children entering Kindergarten who are registered in Before and/or After School Care, Gradual Entry care will be available during the school day on Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th at no extra charge. KOSC staff will escort children in care to and from their scheduled in-class sessions according to their group placements. If you will be needing Gradual Entry care for your kindergarten child, please let us know. (KOSC will also provide care for all Kindergarten children registered in After School Care starting at 1:00pm for the early dismissal on Wednesday, September 16th and Thursday, September 17th).
In addition to the return-to-class plan, School District 63 has also announced that they will be providing a remote learning option for students. If your child is registered in Before and/or After School Care and will be enrolling in remote learning, please let KOSC know.
If your child does not require care in September, whether due to enrollment in remote learning or changes in care needs due to COVID-19, you have two options:
- continue to pay monthly fees to hold your space, reducing days of care if desired, or
- cancel your space and, if desired, place your child on the waitlist for care dependent on need and availability later in the school year.
Due to our program expansion, we anticipate that our waitlist will be greatly reduced this year, assuming that we are able to operate at our full intended capacity within COVID-19 protocols. While we cannot guarantee that spaces will be immediately available at any given time during the 2020-21 school year, movement on the waitlist should be much faster this year than in any previous years.
If you will be making changes to your child’s registration in Before and/or After School Care, please let us know no later than Friday, September 4th.
Because of these highly unusual circumstances, please note that September Before and After School Care fees will not be withdrawn via Pre-Authorized Debit on September 1st as originally planned; they will instead come out on September 15th. As previously mentioned, these fees will be reduced to reflect the week of closure.
I know that many parents have questions and concerns at this time, and I apologize for any delay in response to emails and phone calls. Hopefully this email will provide an answer for some of these uncertainties; please feel free to contact me for clarifications. There is still a lot that we do not know about what the “new normal” is going to look like, and I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to ensure that KOSC remains a safe and happy place for everyone.