Snow Day (Wednesday January 15)

All Saanich schools are closed due to weather on Wednesday, January 15th, so KOSC will not be opening today. Enjoy the snow!

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Weather-Related Closure Policy Reminder

In light of the recent snow, here is a quick reminder about KOSC’s policies for closing due to extreme weather.

When the designated radio stations or information from the school/district announces that Keating School will not be open due to unforeseen circumstances, KOSC will not open. In certain circumstances, even if the school does open, the Board may decide to not open the day care, or to close it part way through the school day, to ensure the safety of children and staff.

When Keating School closes during a school day, or the Board decides to close the daycare, and Program staff are providing care (eg. during regular program hours), the staff will contact a parent or parent alternate to pick up the child at the portable as soon as possible.

Should school close during a school day when KOSC is in operation, children who are registered with the Program and where parents have designated KOSC as the alternate option, will proceed to the portable and Program staff will contact parents or alternates with the expectation that parents or alternates pick up the child(ren) as soon as possible.

Parents will be reminded of this policy through the regular communication bulletin and where possible parallel information will be provided on the KOSC website and voicemail.

Parents will receive reimbursement for fees in the event of a program closure lasting three or more days. No refunds will be issued prior to the third consecutive day of closure.

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Important: KOSC Board Members Needed!

Due to a recent resignation, Keating Out-of-School Care Society is in immediate need of a Treasurer to join our Board of Directors. The Treasurer works in tandem with the Program Manager, the KOSC bookkeeper, and the rest of the Board to develop, track, and report on our program’s budget. Some experience in accounting or finances is an asset for this position, but there is training and support available for the role. We are also possibly in need of someone to take on the role of Secretary. The Secretary is responsible for recording and distributing meeting minutes and other Board correspondence.

As many of you are aware, KOSC is a not-for-profit daycare centre run by our volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of parents from the Keating Community. If we don’t have parent volunteers, we don’t have a daycare. The Board meets once a month, and KOSC provides childcare for those members in attendance. The atmosphere of the meetings is relaxed and friendly, and Board members get to take an active role in setting the course for our awesome programs.

If you’re interested in becoming involved in the KOSC Board, please contact me and I will put you in touch with our Board President, Adrian Denegar, who will be happy to provide information and answer any questions you have.

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Winter Break Camp – Early Bird Deadline Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that Early Bird registration for KOSC Winter Break Camp ends on Friday, December 13th. After the Early Bird deadline ends, the daily rate will go from $35/day to $40/day, and spaces may be limited — so far, none of the days are full, but that may change. We have an exciting calendar of themes, field trips, and activities planned.

If you have already submitted your Winter Break Camp registration, please note that Friday, December 13th is also the last day to cancel or change any days of care. All registrations will be final once the deadline has passed, and you will be charged for any days of care that you have requested, regardless of whether or not your child is in attendance. Spaces in camp are not transferable, and KOSC does not allow swapping or trading days.

The Winter Break Camp sign-up form can be printed and handed in, or you can register by email, but either way, please ensure that you read and understand the Winter Break Camp policies before signing up for any days of care.

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Winter Break Camp Registration

Registration for Winter Break Camp will begin on November 25th for all families. Check out our calendar of planned themes, field trips, and activities:

Winter Break Camp Calendar 2019

Please be sure to review our Winter Break Camp Policies, which contains important information about cancellations, deadlines, and fees, before completing the registration form. Registrations will be accepted in person at our main office in the Pirate Portable on Keating school grounds or via email to kosckids@telus.net.

KOSC Winter Break Camp Policies 2019

Winter Break Camp 2019 Registration Form

If your child has not attended KOSC programs in the past, we will need a full registration package in addition to the form above. We also require a Pre-Authorized Debit agreement for the 2019-20 school year.

Registration Package Final 2019-20

PAD Authorization 2019-20

PAD Agreement Instructions 2019-20

Fees 2019-2020

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School Back in Session; Pro-D Day Cancelled

As you have probably heard, an agreement has been reached between School District 63 and CUPE Local 441, which means that Keating Elementary will be re-opening for instruction tomorrow (Monday, November 18th). As such, KOSC will be reverting back to our regular Before and After School Care programs. All strike care has been cancelled.

KOSC will be issuing a refund to all families with spaces in Before and/or After School Care. This will be based on your total monthly fees and will be determined by the number of strike days in November that your child would ordinarily have had care. (For example, for a child registered in full-time Before and/or After School Care, we would calculate a refund for 10 days; for a child registered only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we would calculate a refund for 4 days; etc). This refund will be applied as a credit to your account, just as we did with the refund for the four days of strike in October.

Another important note: the November 22nd Pro-D Day has been postponed to a date not yet determined. As such, we will not be running our Pro-D Day camp on that day. Once the date of the rescheduled Pro-D Day has been announced, I will give first priority for registration to any families who were registered for the November 22nd Pro-D Day. I will provide more information once I have it.

I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all members of the Keating community for making the best of a stressful and difficult situation. I know that all of us at KOSC are looking forward to getting back into our normal routine.

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Strike Care Lottery Results Emails

I have emailed families who requested strike care for next week (November 18th to 21st) with the results of the lottery draw. The subject line would be “Strike Care – Good News,” “Strike Care – (Mostly) Good News,” “Strike Care – Good News/Bad News,” or “Strike Care – Not-So-Great News.” If you did not receive a results email and you submitted a strike care request, please let me know ASAP.

Please note that next Friday (November 22nd) is a Pro-D Day and we will be honouring the prior registration for that day. I have sent emails to families confirming registration and/or waitlist status.

Based on what I am hearing, it sounds like there is not much promise of a quick resolution, so we may be in this for the long haul. KOSC is committed to providing care throughout the duration of the strike, and we will continue to hold weekly lotteries for available spaces. The next lottery will start on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00am. Keep an eye on your emails and this website for more info.

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