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FAMILY HANDBOOK • Kidstop • Kindergarten Extra • Kindergarten Crew • Four Star Express • Cosmic Club • The SPOT

Community Education District 279


We are glad you have chosen ISD 279 for your child care needs. We offer quality, enriching activities appropriate to the level of your child in a fun, enriching environment. As a district program we work closely with each school to support your child’s whole development. We teach self-respect, respect for others and responsible behavior in a positive atmosphere that maintains a safe and caring environment. We invite you to visit and participate in our programs at any time. We strive to be warm and friendly and to create great communication between staff, you, and your child so that your child receives the best possible care and nurturing while in our program. This handbook contains information and how-to’s to support a successful experience for you and your child. It is your resource for program expectations and guidelines.

District Mission


Our mission is to inspire and prepare all students with the confidence, courage, and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning.

In all of our care programs, we believe. . . • that each child is unique and has individual strengths and needs. • that it is our job as staff members to meet the needs of each child and help them to develop into respectful, honest, positive people through flexibility, guidance, and positive role-modeling. • that it is our responsibility to provide children with a fun and enriching environment and engaging activities in order to expand your child’s horizons and build on his or her strengths. • in ELF (Efficacious Learning Framework) and we model and teach it.

Central Office Contact Information Kidstop is part of the Community Education Department of ISD 279. The office is Located at: Northwest Family Service Center 7051 Brooklyn Boulevard Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

Office Hours: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm (M-F) Phone Hours: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm (M-F)


Phone: 763-391-7120 Fax: 763-391-7082

General Kidstop Information 763-391-7120 or Kidstop Billing Information 763-391-7004 or

PROGRAMS Kidstop (School Year



M-F 6:30am - 6:00p m

Program Types

is a quality school age care program offered for kindergarten - sixth grade to meet the child care needs of families in ISD 279. Kidstop functions as an extension of the elementary school day for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Kidstop also offers a summer program to all children K-6 (children entering kindergarten in the fall are eligible).

C o s m i c C l u b ( S um m e r ) M-F 6:30am - 6:00pm is a continuation of the Kidstop program during the summer that support the need for independence and growth of older children in grades 5 - 6 residing in ISD 279. The Spot (Summer) M-F 6:30am - 6:00pm is our 7th - 9th grade program offered during the summer to provide a place to hang out, learn, and grow. F o ur S ta r E x p r e s s ( S c h o o l Y e a r ) M-F 6:30am - 6:00pm is a unique child care and preschool program that jump starts your child’s readiness for Kindergarten. The purpose is to provide a cooperative and developmentally appropriate child care/preschool program that supports the care and early learning needs of four year old children in a school setting. All children are enrolled in the program full time. Kindergarten Crew (School Year) School Day When




Tuition-based Kindergarten Crew combines half-day kindergarten with a half-day of activities led by skilled child care instructors, enhancing what your child is learning in kindergarten. K i n d e r g a r t e n E x t r a ( S c h o o l Y e a r ) F u l l School Day Is a tuition-based, all-day, every day Kindergarten option, tuition-based Kindergarten Extra combines half-day kindergarten with a half-day of enrichment activities led by your child’s kindergarten teacher.

What’s Inside... Welcome, Mission and Philosophy Programs Site Directory Site Pictures School Year - Kidstop, K Extra School Year - K Crew, Four Star

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Inclement Weather/Site Closings Field Trip Information Illness & Medication Policy Expectations Student Code of Conduct Conduct Expectations

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Summer & Program Details Program Details Continued Daily Procedures

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Program Procedures That’s Community Ed Billing Information

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SITE DIRECTORY Our programs offer quality programs for four year old 6th grade children to meet the child care and enrichment needs of families. Housed in the elementary schools all programs offer a consistent and enriching extension of the school day, filled with a wide-range of art, science, math, literacy, drama, nature and technology activities. The best part?  Your child will be happy and safe with their friends in the care of their school. All schools are K-6 unless noted. Basswood Elementary 15425 Bass Lake Road Maple Grove, MN 55311 763-315-7673 AM K 8:50 - 11:25 am/PM K 12:45 - 3:20 pm K Crew, K Extra, Before & After School Care Birch Grove Elementary 4690 Brookdale Drive Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 763-549-2314 AM K 9:30 am - 12:05 pm/PM K 1:25 - 4:00 pm K Crew, Before & After School Care Cedar Island Elementary (K-3



6777 Hemlock Lane Maple Grove, MN 55369 763-391-8547 AM K 9:30 am - 12:05 pm/PM K 1:25 - 4:00 pm K Crew, K Extra, Before & After School Care Edinbrook Elementary 8925 Zane Avenue North Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 763-315-6415 AM K 8:50 - 11:25 am/PM K 12:45 - 3:20 pm K Crew, Before & After School Care Elm Creek Elementary 9830 Revere Lane North Maple Grove, MN 55369 763-315-7353 AM K 8:50 - 11:25 am/PM K 12:45 - 3:20 pm K Crew, Before & After School Care Fernbrook Elementary 9661 Fernbrook Lane Maple Grove, MN 55369 763-391-8415 AM K 8:50 - 11:25 am/PM K 12:45 - 3:20 pm K Crew, K Extra, Before & After School Care


Oak View Elementary (4-6 6710 East Fish Lake Road Maple Grove, MN 55369 763-391-8688 Before & After School Care


Palmer Lake Elementary 7300 West Palmer Lake Drive Brooklyn Park, MN 55429 763-549-2404 Full Day K, Before & After School Care Rice Lake Elementary 13755 - 89th Avenue North Maple Grove, MN 55369 763-315-7383 AM K 8:50 - 11:25 am/PM K 12:45 - 3:20 pm K Crew, K Extra, Before & After School Care Rush Creek Elementary 8801 County Road 101 Maple Grove, MN 55311 763-315-7368 AM K 9:30 am - 12:05 pm/PM K 1:25 - 4:00 pm K Crew, K Extra, Before & After School Care Weaver Lake Elementary 15900 Weaver Lake Road Maple Grove, MN 55311 763-391-8877 AM K 9:30 am - 12:05 pm/PM K 1:25 - 4:00 pm K Crew, Before & After School Care Woodland Elementary 4501 Oak Grove Parkway Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 763-315-6412 AM K 9:30 am - 12:05 pm/PM K 1:25 - 4:00 pm K Crew, K Extra, Before & After School Care Zanewood Elementary 7000 Zane Avenue North Brooklyn Park, MN 55429 763-585-7272 Full Day K, Before & After School Care Osseo Area Learning Center SHAPE 7300 Boone Avenue North Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 763-391-8889 Full Day Care




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SCHOOL YEAR Kidstop Locations: Basswood Elementary, Birch Grove Elementary, Cedar Island Elementary, Edinbrook Elementary, Elm Creek Elementary, Fernbrook Elementary, Oak View Elementary, Palmer Lake Elementary, Rice Lake Elementary, Rush Creek Elementary, Woodland Elementary, Weaver Lake STEM and Zanewood Community School

Kidstop, Kindergarten Extra, Kindergarten Crew a n d Fo u r S t a r E x p r e s s Kidstop (Before, After and Non-school Day Care) Staff create and lead theme-based, age-appropriate enrichment, learning and recreational activities, including: • Arts & Crafts • Music • Social Skill-Building • Science • Outdoors • Cooking • Literacy • Physical Activity • Themes • Choice Time • Drama/Theatre • Site/Group Projects • Daily breakfast and afternoon snack are included. • Kindergarten children have access to the school hot lunch program at school lunch prices • Hot lunch (additional cost) and recess. • 8-10 field trips are scheduled on nonschool days throughout the school year Available 6:30am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday and most non-school days. Kidstop welcomes all children Grades K-6. 6

Kindergarten Extra (Curriculum Based) As a tuition-based, all-day, every day Kindergarten option, tuition-based Kindergarten Extra combines half-day kindergarten with a half-day of enrichment activities led by your child’s kindergarten teacher.

• Kindergarten Extra provides an option for students who are ready for a longer school day. • Families pay tuition to cover the additional halfday of learning that is not supported by state funding. Kindergarten Extra Features: • Additional time with a licensed kindergarten teacher • Fewer transitions during the day • More stability for the child’s schedule • Alternating daily access to physical education and music • Additional technology education and media center time • Hot lunch (additional cost) and recess. If applications exceed available space at any site, a lottery will be held in early spring (date will be posted here when determined). Applications

received after the lottery will be accepted on a space-available basis. Applicants who are not selected through the lottery will be offered enrollment in an alternate all-day option, Kindergarten Crew. Kindergarten Extra Locations: Basswood Elementary, Cedar Island Elementary, Fernbrook Elementary, Rice Lake Elementary, Rush Creek Elementary and Woodland Elementary.

Kindergarten Crew (Curriculum Based) Tuition-based Kindergarten Crew combines halfday kindergarten with a half-day of activities led by skilled child care instructors, enhancing what your child is learning in kindergarten. • Your child will learn through fun, hands-on experiences, including learning labs and weekly themes. • The Kindergarten Crew program is closely aligned with the kindergarten curriculum. Kindergarten Crew Features: • Fun learning activities led by skilled child care instructors • Curriculum that meets individual learning styles • Reading, language arts, social skill building, math, science, music and physical activity • Hot lunch (additional cost) and recess. Kindergarten Crew Locations: Basswood Elementary, Birch Grove Elementary school for the Arts, Cedar Island Elementary, Edinbrook Elementary, Elm Crew Elementary, Fernbrook Elementary, Rice Lake Elementary, Rush Creek Elementary, Weaver Lake Elementary and Woodland Elementary.


SCHOOL YEAR Four Star Express Four Star Express is a unique child care and preschool program that jump starts your child’s readiness for Kindergarten. The purpose is to provide a cooperative and developmentally appropriate child care/preschool program that supports the care and early learning needs of four year old children in a school setting. • Four Star has 40 weeks of theme-based curriculum developed specifically to support your child’s success including: • Social-skill building • Music and creative arts • Physical education • Technology, media and computer • Cooking • Science • Play • Access to school lunch • Field trips and special events • Mentoring by older students • Progress conference • Preschool version of District 279 Math Curriculum • Preschool version of District 279 Reading Curriculum • Offered in the safe and caring environment of an elementary school. The program is available 6:30am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday. Four Star welcomes all children who are eligible for Kindergarten beginning the upcoming school year. Your child must be 4 years of age by October 1 of the school year he or she is entering Kindergarten. Four Star Express Locations: Cedar Island Elementary, Rush Creek Elementary, Weaver Lake STEM and Woodland Elementary.

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SCHOOL YEAR & SUMMER PROGRAM DETAILS What to Bring • EXTRA SET OF CLOTHES • Kindergarten children need to bring an extra set of clothing.

Summer = Fun! K i d s t o p (Grades K-3) C o s m i c C l u b (Grades 4 - 6) T h e SPOT (Grades 7-9) Monday - Friday, 6:30am - 6:00pm Each summer has its own theme and the curriculum is developed to fit that theme. Program elements go crazy and include energy, nutrition, and wellness education in partnership with health and wellness organizations in the area; C o m e E a r l y a n d S t a y L a t e and join in our Clubs, Camps, and Games; W e L o o k C o o l T o o . . . unique spaces including a room to build and explore and a room to relax and be; daily breakfast and afternoon snack (you provide your child’s lunch each day); A n d y o u r c h i l d w i l l L e a r n ! Weekly media time, reading, book checkout with a district media specialist are added to social emotional learning, music, math, healthy cooking, literacy, art, and community service projects; and W e g o P l a c e s . . . field trips and on-site special events. The summer program welcomes district and non-district students that are going into Kindergarten through 8th grade in the fall.

What to Wear • SHOES • Tennis shoes for all students are highly recommended. • Open-toed shoes (i.e. sandals, flip flops) are not encouraged when playing on the playground and are not allowed in the gym. • If shoes are determined to be hazardous to the safety of play, a staff member will direct the child to an alternative activity. The parent/guardian will be notified.

Meals and Snacks • Breakfast and afternoon snack is provided daily and is included in the tuition. • Food may not be brought from home for snack time. Talk with your Program Manager if your child has medical dietary needs that warrant adaptations. • Kindergarten Crew and Kindergarten Extra: a cold lunch may be brought from home or a school hot lunch may be purchased. Sunscreen Application • You are responsible for providing sunscreen in a labeled bottle for your child to use.


SUMMER PROGRAM DETAILS • Spray sunscreen is not allowed because it stains the floor and is not used. • Children are responsible for applying sunscreen with supervision from the staff. • The program will provide sunscreen for any child who forgets to bring his or hers on a particular day. Water Activities • Shirts are required to be worn at all times with the exception of water activities. • Children may bring a white t-shirt to wear for water activities. • If you don’t want sunscreen for your child, please request and fill out a form indicating that you do not want sunscreen applied. Toys • Toys are not brought from home unless a special day has been designated. Only non-violent toys will be allowed. Toys that depict violence are not allowed in the program. Pets • Due to health and air quality concerns: dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits, reptiles, fish, birds or exotic animals are NOT allowed in the school. Exceptions are certified therapy dogs, which will be permitted no more than three (3) days per week. • Science curriculum approved by the district and organized educational groups that are preapproved by the principal may bring any of the


above listed animals. • Animals may be brought for “show & tell” during a time when weather permits the animals to be shown outside. Work with your program manager to schedule Transportation • Transportation to and from the program is your responsibility. • We transport children to and from field trips via school busses. • Under no circumstances will staff transport children.

Late Pick-Up (after the programs ending time) • Please pick your child up prior to it’s ending time • After the program ending time, a $5.00 charge per family is assessed for the first 5 minutes and $1.00 for every minute after that until your child is picked up. The amount will be applied to your next invoice. • A child may be dismissed from the program if late pick up becomes an issue. • To insure success in pick up, synchronize your clock with the clock on the site Ipad.

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DAILY PROCEDURES Your child’s safety and well-being are of first and foremost importance to us. The following helps ensure that your child is safe during his or her time in the program. In order to use the ISD 279 care programs you must abide by the following: Report Your Child’s Absence • Call your Kidstop site and leave a message indicating: • Date of absence • your child’s name • grade • your name • reason for absence (sickness, after school activity, other appointment) • If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent, you may leave a note for the staff in the parent area. Accessing the Building & Doorbell Entry • The child care entrance is locked at all times. This is for your child’s safety and security. • Ring the doorbell at the designated entrance and a greeter will welcome you at the door. Parent Area & Parent Folder • Folders are located in the family area of each site. • Check you folder daily for important information.   Polite Parking Many parents and children are walking to and from the pick up and drop off entrance. BE COURTEOUS - BE SAFE - LOOK and SLOW DOWN. Give children the right of way.   Sign Your Child In and Out Daily • ·You must sign your child in and/or out of the program each day your child attends. • An Ipad is located at the entrance for your signing in and out convenience. The program will not release your child to anyone who is not listed as “authorized” on the enrollment information form. If someone is 10



safety and wellbeing are of first and foremost importance to us. picking up your child who is not listed as “authorized,” you must leave a written note or call the program to inform staff. If a parent/guardian is “unauthorized” to pick up your child, you must provide an original court order document. The document must be stored on site. • ·Be prepared to show a form of identification until staff gets to know you. • A child may be released to a sibling at the end of the school day to walk home. No one under the age of 12 may sign a child out. • Program staff are NOT authorized to sign a child in or out and/or take a child home, unless they are on the authorized pick-up list and the parent must notify the site. A staff member must also be off duty. • Each homeroom has a Whereabouts Chart located directly outside your child’s room or in the parent area. If children are not in the room, the chart will indicate where the group is.

INCLEMENT WEATHER/SITE CLOSINGS During the school year, the program will follow ISD 279 outdoor recess policies. During the summer program the following guidelines will be used: When the heat index is... 80 degrees or below-considered comfortable. • Children may play outdoors. Staff will remind children to drink water and apply sunscreen. 90 degrees-beginning to be uncomfortable. • Staff must use caution and closely observe the children for signs of heat stress. • Staff will remind children to drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen. Children will be allowed to play outside and activities will be at a low physical level. 100 degrees-uncomfortable and may be hazardous. • Outdoor time will be limited to no more than half hour increments and activities will be at a low physical level. Staff will be vigilant about proper clothing, beverages and use of sunscreen. 110 degrees-dangerous. • Children and staff will remain indoors. When the wind-chill is... • -5 degrees children will remain indoors. School Closing The program will be closed on days ISD 279 is closed due to severe weather. An individual school program may be closed if the individual school building is closed due to maintenance or other issues. Early Dismissal Due to Weather or Building Emergencies • If the school district closes early, the program will close at the same time. • It is your responsibility to fill out “our form” to inform staff about how your child will be going home in the event of an early release. • A charge of $1.00 per minute will apply for children not picked up by the time of early closure. • In the event of an emergency that causes the district to close school, delay the start of school

or release students early, instructions will be distributed to parents using the following: • Connect-ED automated calling system – please use cell number for this • District website (, • WCCO 830 AM radio • WCCO TV - Channel 4 • KSTP TV - Channel 5 • KARE 11 TV - Channel 11 • KMSP - Fox Channel 9/UPN 29 • Northwest Community TV - Cable 12 • All school change notifications will also be on the website. • In the event that district after school activities are cancelled, Kidstop will remain open until 6:00 p.m. • You will be sent an email message if your school’s program closes early. School Late Start - Weather Related • If school starts two hours late, we will open two hours late. • Call your site to insure staff are at the building prior to bringing your child.


FIELD TRIP INFORMATION Field trips are included in your tuition. School Year Off-Site Trips • Between four and five all-site trips are scheduled on non-school days throughout the school year. Individual sites may plan additional trips. Kindergarten children may attend additional trips. Summer Off-Site Trips • Weekly trips are scheduled to a variety of locations throughout the metropolitan area. Field Trip Rules and Expectations The program’s goal is to provide a fun, safe field trip which everyone will enjoy. Staff to child ratio will vary according to the field trip. Please support us by reinforcing the following field trip rules with your child prior to each trip:   • Your child will be paired with a “buddy” throughout the duration of each trip. • Have your child wear the Kidstop t-shirt that is provided to you. • Prior arrangements must be made with the Program Manager if you will be picking up your child from a trip. On the bus: • Children will follow all bus rules. • Children will sit on the bus two or three to a seat. • Children will not stand, kneel, switch seats or put anything outside of the windows. • Children will talk using their indoor voice.


Field Trip Code of Conduct: • Follow directions when you hear them the first time. • Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself. • Always remain with the group. • Be respectful and kind to other children and staff.

• Your child is a representative of our school district. Help them to be and set a good example as a Community Education program participant. • Will not purchase food, beverages, or souvenirs on a field trip unless it is indicated prior to the trip. • A disposable bag lunch with beverage is required if lunch is not provided. (check in the parent area prior to the trip) When your Child’s Field Trip Conduct is Unacceptable • If your child is disruptive and takes staff time and attention away from the other children during the duration of the trip it will not be tolerated on any field trip. A disruptive child is defined as a child whose conduct is continually endangering the safety of the other children, staff or him/ herself. • If your child’s behavior is continously disruptive and can not be controlled, your child will remain with a Program Manager or the person in charge for the duration of the trip. • You will be called and if the conduct is such that the environment is unsafe you may be called to pick your child up from the trip. • The program reserves the right to deny a child’s attendance on any field trip due to conduct.

ILLNESS & MEDICATION POLICY • If a child does not attend a field trip because of his or her conduct, Community Education will not provide child care accommodations for that day. Tuition payments must be maintained in the child’s absence. Parent/Guardian Attendance on Field Trips • You are welcome to accompany children on a field trip if space and entrance fees are available. This requires prior approval from the Program Manager. • Adult family members attending a field trip are responsible to pay for the cost of the event as well as a $3.00 fee for the bus ride, paid prior to the trip.

• You and your child must stay with the group you are assigned to at all times, and you must adhere to all field trip guidelines. • The program staff are responsible for the children on a trip.

Illness The program follows all policies and procedures of ISD 279. For the safety and protection of all, the program will call parents and guardians of students exhibiting acute symptoms during the day in order for the parent or guardian to take their student home. Do not send your child to school or the program if exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms: • Fever greater than 100 degrees F within the past 24 hours. • Diarrhea or stomach flu within the past 24 hours. • Skin rash • Communicable disease • Untreated head lice Excuse from Physical Activity/Outdoor Time • A written request must be given to a staff person if your child needs to be excused from physical activity/outdoor time. • Written instructions are required from your child’s physician if your child is to be excused from activity for more than two days. A re-entry date must be indicated. Medication • We will only administer prescription medication with a written approval from the doctor on a district medical release form. The form must also be signed by a parent or guardian. • All medication must be in the original prescription bottle. • Medication must be handed directly from a parent or guardian to a staff member. • The first dose of any newly administered medication must be given at home. You must observe your child to insure they do not have a reaction. • Staff will document the date, time, and who administered medications each time. First Aid Procedures • Staff will consult with the school health specialist (if available) as needed and will administer first aid for minor injuries. You will receive written documentation of the incident. • In the event of a major medical emergency, 911 will be contacted and then we will contact you. • If your child needs to be transported to a hospital, a staff person will accompany them in the ambulance. Expenses incurred will be your responsibility.


EXPECTATIONS AS A F AMIL Y IN THE PROGRAM I . . . • understand that the philosophy & procedures of the program may not be the same as our family philosophy & procedures. I recognize this and realize that while my child is in the program, we must abide by the philosophy rules & procedures of the program. • will read and be responsible for the information the program sends out, including the information in this handbook. • will return requested information by the date it is requested. • will ask questions for clarification when I don’t understand. • will share information that helps staff understand and support my child’s needs. • will talk with the Program Manager if I have a question or I am unhappy with any aspect of the program or staff. AS A STUDENT IN THE PROGRAM I . . . • have a can-do and will-do attitude. • am kind to others. • help staff and other children. • follow the rules of the school and the program. • respect other people’s feelings and property. • listen to staff and follow their directions. • am honest. • keep my hands, feet, and objects to myself. • ask questions to understand when I am unclear of what is expected. • have fun.

AS A STA F F MEMBER IN THE PROGRAM I . . . • accept and support that each child is special and unique. • will work with all children in the program. • am a positive role-model with the children and staff members. • provide a positive and respectful environment that is safe, caring, and nurturing. • enjoy children and I put their needs first. • am professional and appropriate at all times. • am reliable and prepared. • interact and participate positively with children and staff members. • accept responsibility for policies, procedures, and guidelines of the program and the district. • remain aware of the whole environment and the activities going on at all times. • never leave the children unattended. • communicate appropriately with families, children, staff members, school staff, and my Program Manager. • keep information confidential. • make responsible decisions. • am flexible. • attend meetings, in-services and workshops. • am committed to building a team that supports the children and the program. 14

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT As part of your student’s enrollment you and your student have agreed to adhere to the expectations of the program by: • Being respectful and kind to myself and others. • Following directions, rules, policies and procedures of the district, school and program. • Being cooperative and helpful. My student and I understand that if my student displays any of the following behaviors on a continual basis my student may be released from the program. • Behavior that is physical, aggressive and/or dangerous towards themselves, other students or staff. • Behavior that is bullying or is perceived as bullying. Bullying is defined by behavior of one or more students against another student or students that is intentional and repeatedly causes discomfort; behaviors may include but are not limited to physical contact, verbal assault, social ostracism, obscene gestures, physical injury, emotional trauma or other aggressive acts of power that cause the victim to feel fearful or distraught. • Behavior that damages others or school property. • Behavior that may be perceived as sexual in nature including requests for favors, physical contact, physical conduct with sexual overtures, and/or any behavior that could be construed as sexually harassing or intimidating. • Inability to function cooperatively in the program’s group social setting that disrupts the nature and content of the program. • Needs that greatly alter the overall philosophy and content of the program. The program will work you and your student to support your student and his or her needs. I understand that if after working together to support, my student continues to exhibit these unsafe behaviors, he or she may be removed from the program As a parent and/or guardian, I also understand that I must abide by and adhere to all of the expectations, processes and procedures of the program (expectations, processes and procedures are in the family policies and procedures handbook). No Tolerance Policy: I understand that if my student brings any instrument to the program that could be perceived as a weapon, (including all firearms, whether loaded or not, knives and explosives - either look alike or real) he or she will be immediately suspended in accordance with Minnesota Statutes Sections 121A.40-121A.56. I understand that the program does not allow any type of play that is violent. This includes making and/ or pretending to have any type of weapon. Depending on the incident, your student may be dismissed from the program. We have read the Student Code of Conduct Agreement and the expectations in the contract with our student/s and we understand the program’s expectations. We understand that the consequences for not following the code of conduct and other policies may result in dismissal from the program. 15

STUDENT CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS & PROCESS The program works with children and families to support success; however, occasionally a child’s unsafe conduct continually jeopardizes the safety and well-being of the children or staff in the program. This is conduct that repeats often, even after trying different alternatives to work with the child. Staff will be meet and work with the parent(s), teacher(s) and other staff to gain insight and gather tools to most effectively support the child. Following is the typical process that occurs when children exhibit conduct that continually jeopardizes the safety of themselves and/or others in the program: • Staff will communicate with you when such conduct occurs. They will ask you for any tools that you use at home that work for you. • The Program Manager will observe and work with staff to think of and try different alternatives. • Staff will work with the school staff and other resources to gain ideas that may work.


• A conference will occur early in the process, with the family and designated district staff members to gain support tools and possible solutions to put in place. Additional conferences may occur as needed. • Different options will be used during the process including short term removal from the program. When all resources have been tried and the conduct continues the program expectations and the needs of the child may not be an appropriate fit, a child may be removed from the program.

PROGRAM PROCEDURES The child care programs offered through the Community Education department comply with the ISD 279 child care standards. C o m p l i a n c e w i t h ISD 2 7 9 Policies and Procedures Community Education programs are a part of ISD 279. The programs comply with all additional school and district policies and standards. ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) • Community Education programs are required to reasonably accommodate all ISD 279 K-6 children needing care if space is available. • There are times when it is not reasonable for Community Education programs to accommodate the needs of a family. • Programs are not able to provide one to one care on a continuous basis for a student. Child Abuse and Neglect All staff who work with children are required by Minnesota State Law 626.556 to report all suspected physical, emotional and sexual abuse or neglect of children to authorities.

Grievance Process • If you have a grievance regarding the program, direct it to your Program Manager. • If you are not satisfied with the response, the grievance may be directed to the Community Education Coordinator at 763-391-7116. Weapons If a child brings any instrument to Kidstop that could be perceived as a weapon (including all firearms, whether loaded or not, knives and explosives, either look alike or real; or uses any instrument to threaten or harm another child or staff person) the school will be notified and consequences will be applied up to and including disenrollment from the program. Safety Drills The program complies with all safety requirments. A monthly safety drill is held including fire, weather, lockdown and evacuation.

Custody of Children • Our programs will release children to either parent unless we have a copy of a court order prohibiting one of the parents from having custody of the child. • The program’s will not obtain court orders for families. • It is our policy to work with both parents and to always remember the most important issue is the welfare of the child.


THAT’S COMMUNITY ED (TCE) That’s Community Ed! - Online Parent Tool View your account, request schedule changes, make payments online ​ Our program has an online tool for families called, That’s Community Ed! This tool allows families to view their care program accounts, make changes, make payments and register online.

Tools to help you navigate the system are available online including: • • • •

Working with Your Online Account The first time you enroll in our program, we set up your TCE account for you. Once your account is set up you receive a verification email. When you click on the link in the email you will be brought to a page that asks you to verify your password. Even though it says “Change Password,” the first time you are on this screen you will actually create your new password. Anytime thereafter, this screen will be used to change/update your password.

Working with your online account Your online TCE profile iPad Sign-In/Out instructions Accessing the summer registration page

Online Locations:

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That’s Community Ed 18

PROGRAM TERMS & CONDITIONS I understand and agree to the following: • That I must pay a fee at the time of enrollment according to the following: Kindergarten Crew/Kidstop/Cosmic/Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25.00 non-refundable for each child Kindergarten Extra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Final month’s enrollment, refundable if slot is filled from the waiting list Four Star Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One week’s tuition, applied to last week’s tuition. I understand that if I am enrolled: • That my students/s is/are enrolled beginning the start date of the program or agreed upon start date. • That I am responsible for tuition at the rate that I have enrolled my student or students in. I acknowledge that I must speak to the Community Education Program Manager at my student’s site if I’d like to make alternative arrangements to pay my tuition. • That if I fail to pay tuition, my student will be removed from the program and cannot be re-enrolled until all past due tuition is paid in full. • That tuition is due regardless of my student’s attendance. • That tuition includes breakfast, snack, field trips and all other activities including supplies. • That I will be invoiced weekly via email. The weekly invoice will reflect the current tuition due. • That I have three options to pay my tuition: • Auto pay online. The current tuition due will be automatically paid when I am invoiced. • Manual pay online. I enter the amount due each week. I understand that this also allows me to make a lump sum payment. • By check, each Monday on site. Your check will be electronically deposited during the week it is submitted. • The program does not accept cash. • That I will notify the program 5 days prior to withdrawing my student/s from the program and will pay tuition during the 5 day period. • That I am accountable to pay for the contract dates that I have enrolled in. If my TCE online contract is not correct, it is my responsibility to change my contract online. Requests for reimbursement of tuition paid is at the discretion of the district. Any tuition returned will be charged a $50.00 administration fee. • That any reimbursement will be returned on the card that the tuition was taken out of. • That if I receive any type of care assistance, it is my responsibility to make arrangements prior to service and to notify the program. I acknowledge that in the event my assistance is denied, that I am responsible for any non-paid tuition. • That regardless of any assistance I am on, I pay a $25.00 deposit for each student that I am enrolling. I understand that I will be reimbursed the deposit amount when if assistance pays for the deposit. • That I adhere to all of the district policies and procedures required by the program and school district.

T o day yo u a r e yo u ! T h at i s t r u e r t h a n t r u e ! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! Dr. Seuss 19


is to inspire and prepare all students with the confidence, courage and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning.

updated FEB/2013

2013 family handbook gm  
2013 family handbook gm