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Rochester Central Lutheran School

Off-Canvas

Extended School-day & Summer Care

SCHOOL-YEAR PROGRAMMING

RCLS's school-age care program, Stepping Stones, is available before and after school and on non-school weekdays. Post is an additional after-school offering for students in grades 4-8.  

Stepping Stones

On-site childcare for children ages 3 through 3rd grade is available from 6:30 a.m.-7:45 a.m. and 3:00-6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday on school days and from 6:30 am-6:00pm on non-school days Monday-Friday.

RCLS School Age Care (Stepping Stones) provides developmentally appropriate activities and offers time for children to make many of their own activity choices. Some of these activities include:

  • Manipulative toys
  • Art/Media
  • Religious Concepts
  • Science Concepts
  • Dramatic Play
  • Building/Lego Center
  • Indoor/Outdoor play
  • Homework Area

Post

Post is a homework academy for 4th-8th grade students. Students attending The POST are provided a snack from 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. From 3:00 – 4:00 p.m, students are given opportunities for reading and homework in a quiet, supervised environment. Assistance with homework assignments will be available. After 4:00 p.m. students that have completed their homework may play games or utilize electronic devices such as Chromebooks and tablets.

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Enroll your child for Stepping Stones or Post here.  

Submit registration fee to RCLS office before first day of attendance. Family accounts are billed monthly.

Stepping Stones Parent Handbook

Days and Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday
Mornings: 6:30am-7:30am Afternoons 2:45pm-6:00pm
Non-School Days: 6:30am-6:00pm
Stepping Stones is CLOSED on the following days:
Friday, September 1st, 2017 Monday, December 25th, 2017
Monday, September 4th, 2017 Monday-Tuesday, January 1st-2nd, 2018 Friday, October 6th, 2017 Friday, March 30th, 2018
Weds-Friday, November 22nd-24th, 2017 Monday, May 28th, 2018
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 Friday, June 1st, 2018

Registration and Fees

Parents may register their child for school year care beginning in August. Registration will be offered during the RCLS School Registration Day and also during ECDC Orientation. Parents may also register at any time during the school year by contacting the Director. The following must be completed, signed, and submitted prior to your child’s participation in the School Age Care program:

  • Non-refundable SAC family registration fee-- $35.00
  • September Schedule Form
  • Stepping Stones Needs Sheet
  • Student Enrollment Form

Any outstanding Stepping Stones balances must be paid in full.

 

Fees
$4.00 per hour

Children will be charged for each half hour segment that they are at Stepping Stones.

Non-school & Inclement Weather Days
Full Day $32.00
Half Day $16.00

Care Options

Before and After School Care

The Stepping Stones SAC program offers morning care beginning at 6:30 am and ending when students are dismissed for school at 7:30 am. The afternoon session begins at 2:45 pm-billing begins at 3:00 pm. Care is available until 6:00pm when the program closes.

Non-school Days / Vacation Days

The Stepping Stones program will be open on most non-school days. Refer to the list on page 1 for days when SAC will not be open. Non-school days are staffed according to the number of children registered. Children who arrive and are not registered are not guaranteed a spot. Reminders for upcoming non-school days will be posted on the SAC calendar. SAC is available to children on these days that attend preschool-grade 5. Students must supply their own lunches on these days, as the RCLS cafeteria will be closed.

Christmas/Spring Break

If enrollment is low over breaks, (less than 10 children a day), Stepping Stones will be closed on that day. If this occurs, parents will be informed via email at least one week in advance.

Early Dismissal Days

SAC will be available to children beginning at 12:45 pm when school is dismissed. Billing begins at 1:00 pm.

Drop-in Care

Drop-in care is available to children only if they are registered and there is room available for additional children (our staff to child ratio needs to be maintained at all times).

Inclement Weather Days

The Stepping Stones SAC program will be open on most inclement weather days for students in preschool through grade 5. Care is available from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Children must bring a lunch, as the cafeteria will be closed. If school closes after children have already arrived, lunches will be provided for a fee of $3.00 per child. Appropriate outdoor clothing on these days is required.

Emergency Closings

In the event that school is closed because of inclement weather or a utility emergency the following procedures will be implemented:

  • When RCLS is closed for the entire day SAC will be available from 8 am – 5 pm.
  • When RCLS opens late SAC will open at 8 am (and close at 6pm-the usual time).
  • When RCLS dismisses early SAC will not be available.
  • If the Governor closes all MN schools SAC will also be closed.
  • If Rochester Central Lutheran is closed due to utilities problems SAC will also be closed.

Policies and Guidelines

Submitting Schedules

A monthly calendar schedule must be submitted no later than 6:00 pm on the Thursday evening prior to the month care is needed. Changes can be made by re-submitting a scheduling form or calling Stepping Stones. If your child is involved in extra-curricular activities please indicate that on the calendar to avoid being charged for those times. Schedule calendars are available at the parent table.

Withdrawal Notification

If you are withdrawing your child from SAC for any period of time you must notify the director in writing at least one week in advance. If notification is not receive, you will continue to be charged. Leniency may be given for personal or financial emergencies.

Clothing/Dress

Children are asked to dress appropriately for outside activities. During cold weather months they need coats, boots, snow pants, hats and mittens. Flip flops are not recommended. Shorts must be worn under dresses. Children must also adhere to the RCLS school dress code as printed in the RCLS Parent Handbook. Kindergarten children are encouraged to keep an extra set of clothing in their backpacks for any accidents that may occur.

Personal Property

During the school year all personal property including coats, bags, lunch bags, boots, etc. must be taken home at the end of each day. Items left behind will be placed in Lost and Found. Please label all items including coats, boots and backpacks. No cell phones, ipads, or ipods are allowed at SAC. The RCLS SAC program will not assume the responsibility for loss or damage to any items brought from home.

Medications

Prescription Medication: If it is necessary for children to take any type of medication during the hours they are attending SAC, a parent /guardian must complete a Prescription Medication Form. This form along with the medication in its original container listing the prescription and dosage must be given to the director or a staff person.

Non-Prescription Medication: If a non-prescription medication is to be administered, a Non-prescription Form must be completed and given to the staff. Non-prescription medication would include cough drops or aspirin.

Attendance Information

Absent Child: An absent child is a cause for concern. Please notify the SAC program if your child will not be attending Stepping Stones on a scheduled day.

Signing In and Out: Parents and children are asked not to enter the program prior to 6:30 am. No child is to be left at Stepping Stones without an adult staff person present to supervise. Upon both arrival and departure parents must sign their children in and/or out on the attendance sheet located on the Parent Information Table. Children will be signed in and out by staff when going to or coming from class. Children must not arrive at SAC unaccompanied.

Transportation: Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from the program. If a child is being transported other than by a parent or guardian (i.e. bus, sitter) staff should be notified and an Arrival Departure form completed including names, numbers or bus numbers.

Release of Children: Upon registering the name of those authorized to pick up your child must be given. Unless notified in advance by a parent, children will not be released to anyone whose name does not appear on the list. Any person who is picking up a child and is not recognized by the staff will be asked to present identification to verify their name is listed on the Authorized Pick-up List. If a person not on the list attempts to pick up a child the parent will be called. If the parent cannot be reached the alternate on the Emergency Card will be contacted. The child will then be held at SAC until the proper person arrives to get him/her. If a parent or other person is legally unauthorized to have contact with a child, legal documentation must be submitted to the director.

Sick Children: Children attending the SAC program are expected to participate in all activities including gym and outdoor time. Children who are feeling ill should not be brought to the program. Bringing a sick child may result in further inconvenience to the parent who has to return to pick him/her up and also exposes other children to the illness. Children need to be symptom and fever free for 24 hours before returning to SAC. Any child who has a fever greater than 100 degrees F., unexplained rash, eye or ear discharge, or has become ill will be sent home immediately.

Meals, Snacks and Allergies

Snacks: A snack and beverage will be given to all children attending the after school session. Water is available in the SAC room and children may also use the drinking fountains in the hallways.

Non-School Days: A snack and juice will be offered in the mornings. Because the cafeteria will be closed children will need to bring a lunch from home. Microwaves are on site so lunches can be heated by staff. A drink will be made available for lunch. A snack and beverage will also be offered in the afternoon.

Allergies: Staff must be given pertinent information by parents whose children have any allergies or modified/therapeutic diet needs. If a rigid diet is required foods must be supplied from home.

Responsibilities and Expectations

Student Responsibilities

Students are expected to respect other children, staff and the property of the RCLS Stepping Stones program. Students must respect the staff by listening to them and notifying them of their needs and if they need to leave the room or activity area. Students must show respect for their peers by not willfully harming them and using only language that is acceptable and not profane.

Parent Responsibilities

Parents are asked to observe the rules and policies of SAC. They are asked to stay current with the calendar and to sign their children in and/or out of the program daily. Parents are asked to notify SAC if their child will not be attending on a scheduled day and also to inform staff if their child has been exposed to or has contracted any contagious disease. If they feel their child’s needs are not being met parents are asked to share concerns with the staff or the Director; listen to any concerns that staff may have and work with them toward a solution. Parents are also asked to update their child’s file when changes occur and to pay tuition and submit schedules on time.

Program and Staff Responsibilities

It is the goal of the RCLS Stepping Stones SAC Program to provide a stimulating, caring, Christian environment that meets the developmental needs of the children enrolled. The staff will use positive guidance to: a) help children to play cooperatively with others; b) teach children to behave in an agreeable manner; c) help children to learn self-control. They will maintain open communication with parents. In cases of emergency or if a child is experiencing any difficulties with the program parents will be contacted. Parents will be notified of any changes in SAC policies, procedures or schedules. Parents will be informed of events by means of a calendar, newsletter or daily schedule. The staff must report suspected cases of child abuse as required by MN Law.

Procedures for Behavior Difficulties

Staff will talk to the child about the problem behavior, explaining why it is inappropriate. Time-outs may be given and the child may be removed from some activities. Upon continuance of the behavior a staff person will speak directly to the parent. Upon further continuation the director will hold a meeting with the child and parents to determine if the child needs to be removed from the program.

Dismissal from Program

If a child is experiencing difficulty in the program the director will speak with the parent/guardian. A conference with the director and principal may be scheduled upon request. The needs of the child will be discussed and action plans created. Children who experience continual difficulty in adapting to the program may be asked to withdraw. Children who display aggressive, disruptive or threatening behavior toward others may also be asked to withdraw. For the good of all the children we reserve the right to disallow service at anytime.

Responsibility to Report Suspected Child Abuse

RCLS Preschool acts in accordance with MN State Law which states that physicians, teachers, health care professionals, law enforcement officers and people who work professionally with children are required to report suspected child abuse or neglect cases immediately. By law, RCLS Preschool staff members are required to report suspected physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect to the local Children's Protection Agency, Police Department, or County Sheriff. Staff must immediately report suspected cases committed by a parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the child's care. A report must also be made to Children's Protection Service if a professional has knowledge of, or reason to believe that a pregnant woman has used a controlled substance for non-medical purposes. The confidentiality of involved children and parents will be respected. RCLS-ECDC personnel are trained in detecting child abuse and neglect with emphasis on recognition of physical and behavioral indicators, documentation of observations and reporting procedures.


Who Should Report Child Abuse and Neglect?

  • Any person may voluntarily report abuse or neglect.
  • If you work with children in a licensed facility, you are legally required or mandated to report and cannot shift the responsibility of reporting to your supervisor or to anyone else at your licensed facility.
  • If you know or have reason to believe a child is being or has been neglected or physically or sexually abused within the preceding three years you must immediately (within 24 hours) make a report to an outside agency.

Where to Report

  • If you know or suspect that a child is in immediate danger call 911.
  • All reports concerning suspected abuse or neglect of children occurring in a licensed facility should be made to the Dept. of Human Services, Licensing Division's Maltreatment Intake line at 651-297-4123.
  • Reports regarding incidents of suspected abuse or neglect of children occurring within a family or in the community should be made to the local county social services agency at 507-285-7009 or local law enforcement at 507-285-8580.
  • If your report does not involve possible abuse or neglect, but does involve possible violations of MN Statutes or Rules that govern the facility, you should call the Dept. of Human Services, Licensing Division at 651-296-3971.

What to Report

  • Definitions of maltreatment are contained in the Reporting of maltreatment of Minors Act (MN Statutes, section 626.556) and should be attached to this policy.
  • A report to any of the above agencies should contain enough information to identify the child involved, any persons responsible for the abuse or neglect (if known), and the nature and extent of the maltreatment and/or possible licensing violations. For reports concerning suspected abuse or neglect occurring within a licensed facility the report should include any actions taken by the facility in response to the incident.
  • An oral report of suspected abuse or neglect made to one of the above agencies by a mandated reporter must be followed by a written report to the same agency within 72 hours exclusive of weekends and holidays.


Retaliation Prohibited: An employer of any mandated reporter shall not retaliate against the mandated reporter for reports made in good faith or against a child with respect to whom the report is made. The Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act contains specific provisions regarding civil actions that can be initiated by mandated reporters who believe that retaliation has occurred.


Failure to Report: A mandated reporter who knows or has reasons to believe a child is or has been neglected or physically or sexually abused and fails to report is guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition, a mandated reporter who fails to report maltreatment that is found to be serious or recurring maltreatment may be disqualified from employment in positions allowing direct contact with persons receiving services from programs licensed by the Dept. of Human Services and by the MN Dept. of Health and unlicensed Personal Care Provider Organizations.

 

 

SUMMER PROGRAMMING

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Camp RCLS

Camp RCLS is a fun Christian camp environment led by trained and nurturing staff for children entering preschool through grade 5. Theme-based activities mean an inspiring summer is in store!

Dates: June 11-August 17, 2018

Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30AM-6:00PM.

Daily Activities

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Outdoor Play
  • Group Games
  • Gym
  • Field Trips (Tu & Th)
  • Science & Food Fun
  • Daily Devotions
  • Reading Time

Summer Academy

RCLS Summer Academy classes are open to any family in the Rochester area and are designed to enhance your child's summer and give him/her opportunities to explore areas of interest. 

Summer Academy Class Offerings

Summer 2018

Check out Summer Academy offerings here! Dates, times, ages, and enrollment fees vary by activity. Details may be found on monthly tabs.

June: Model Rockets, Science, Chess

July: Art, Cooking, Basketball, Geology, Mystery/Problem Solving

August: Art, Cooking

June

June 18-June 21 ROCKET BLAST OFF - Grades 2 to 6

Time: 9:00 - 12:00                        $145

Location – RCLS MakerSpace Room

Blast Off into the world of Mad Science model rocketry. This action packed week focuses solely on rockets and rocket flight. Learn about model rocket design, building, aerodynamics, propulsion, launching, safety, recovery, and repair. Take part in daily launches. Take home your own rockets and an abundance of model rocket knowledge.

 

June 18-June 21 SCIENCE KALEIDOSCOPE - Grades 1 to 5

Time: 9:00 – 12:00                    $145

Location – RCLS MakerSpace Room

Have fun and learn with Mad Science as you explore the fields of chemistry, Egyptology and engineering. Help build a giant geodesic dome, build a model pyramid, and write with hieroglyphs. Make your own chromatography T-shirt and mix different ingredients to create sidewalk chalk, bath fizzers, and edible treats. 

  

June 25 – June 29  CHESS WIZARDS: Strategies for Life

Time: 9:00  – 3:00                     $245                                                                      

Location: RCLS Makerspace Room 

Join us this summer for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games and cool prizes. You’ll improve your chess skills, meet new friends, and work out our most powerful muscle – your brain! The camp will include fun team chess games (like bughouse), recess time (of course), snacks, tournaments, and puzzles. Each camper receives a t-shirt, trophy, and puzzle folder. Unleash you brain power and spend part of your vacation with Chess Wizards!

 

July

July 11     Art On The Go with Nicki Novotne   Ages 5-10  

Canvas Book Bag Painting

Time: 9:00-10:30AM                $25     

 Location: RCLS MakerSpace Room

 Art on the Go Rochester is a traveling art studio. We provide all the art supplies plus step-by-step instructions to help you create your very own work of art. Go to artonthegorochester.com to see an example of the paintings.

 

 

July 11   Art On The Go with Nicki Novotne    Ages 11-14
Painting:  Let’s Make Music

Time: 11:00 – 12:30                    $25

Location: RCLS MakerSpace Room

Art on the Go Rochester is a traveling art studio. We provide all the art supplies plus step-by-step instructions to help you create your very own work of art. Go to artonthegorochester.com to see an example of the paintings.

 

 

July 16-19   Cooking with Mr. K.  Rising K-8th graders

Time: 9:00 – 12:00    $100

Location: RCLS Cafeteria

 Does your child like to cook? Then join Mr. Kuball for cooking class.  Participants will learn the basics of cooking. The daily menus will include a variety of main dishes and tasty treats. Children will come home daily with samples of what was made. 

Cost includes all supplies, facilities, instruction and aprons.

 

July 23-27    Basketball Summer Camp for Beginners- Grades 4-5 Girls

Instructor: Alisa Rossow

Time: 8:30-10:00 am       $50                                                                                        

Location – RCLS Gym     

This beginner level camp is designed for those interested in learning the game of basketball.  You will learn the rules of the game, how to dribble, how to shoot, how to pass and fundamentals.  Come join the fun game of basketball!

 

July 23-27     Basketball Summer Camp for Beginners- Grades 4-5 Boys

Instructor: Alisa Rossow

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am    $50                                                                                       

Location – RCLS Gym

This beginner level camp is designed for those interested in learning the game of basketball.  You will learn the rules of the game, how to dribble, how to shoot, how to pass and many other skills.  Come join the fun game of basketball!

 

July 30 – August 3       Basketball Summer Camp - Grades 6-8 Girls

Instructor: Alisa Rossow

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am      $60                                                                                      

Location: RCLS Gym

This camp will focus on ball handling skills, layups, defensive position, rebounding and screening.  Come have some fun and get ready for next basketball season! 

 

July 30 – August 3       Basketball Summer Camp - Grades 6-8 Boys

Instructors: Matthew Melsness and Ethan Poncelet

 Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm                                                                                                     $60

Location: RCLS Gym

This camp will focus on basic basketball skills like shooting, dribbling, passing and defense.  Camp will benefit both new and experienced players.  Come enhance your skills, work on drills and have some fun in the summer!

 

July 30            Kids Cooking Essentials: Ages K-8

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 pm                                                                                                        $45

Location:  RCLS Cafeteria

Join Kristen Frie, a registered dietician, for a Kids Cooking Essential class. Students will have the opportunity to put together a meal that is fun and healthy.  Kristen will help students develop a passion for preparing and enjoying food they have created.  Class includes all supplies, food, a knife that students will take home, and facility fee.
 

 

July 30 – August 2   GEOLOGY ROCKS Grades 1-5

Time: 9:00 – 12:00                   $145

Location: RCLS MakerSpace Room

Become a Mad Science Geologist as we explore Earth and its hidden treasures.  Discover the wonders of rocks, fossils, dinosaurs, minerals and geological phenomena like earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes.  Start your own rock and mineral collection, grow a crystal, and prepare a fossil to take home.

 

July 30 – August 2              SECRET AGENT - Grades 2 to 5

Time: 1:00 – 3:00                                                                                                               $145

Location: RCLS MakerSpace Room

Can you outwit the Mad Science Spy?  James Bond’s gadgets weren’t all science fiction.  Discover the science behind some real spy technology as you listen to distant voices and sounds.  Learn about different secret codes, their use in clandestine communications and a little of the history behind them.  Experiment passing your messages using a spy technique called a “dead drop”.

August

August 1          Art On The Go with Nicki Novotne        Ages 5-10 

Painting: Puppy Love

Time:  9:00-10:30 AM              $25                                                                                 

Location: RCLS MakerSpace Room

Art on the Go Rochester is a traveling art studio. We provide all the art supplies plus step-by-step instructions to help you create your very own work of art. Go to artonthegorochester.com to see an example of the paintings.

 

August 1    Art On The Go with Nicki Novotne        Ages 11-14  

Painting: Graffiti City

Time: 11:00 -12:30 PM               $25                                                                                                 
Location: RCLS MakerSpace Room

Art on the Go Rochester is a traveling art studio. We provide all the art supplies plus step-by-step instructions to help you create your very own work of art  Go to artonthegorochester.com to see an example of the paintings.

 

August 6   Kids Cooking Essentials:  Ages K-8 

Time: 9AM-12PM       $45                                                                                                     
Location: RCLS Cafeteria

Join Kristen Frie, a registered dietician, for a Kids Cooking Essential class. Students will have the opportunity to put together a meal that is fun and healthy.  Kristen will help students develop a passion for preparing and enjoying food they have created.  Class includes all supplies, food, a knife that students will take home, and facility fee.  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enroll your child for Camp RCLS or Summer Academy here.  

Please submit registration fee (see handbook below) to RCLS office by June 1.

Camp RCLS ENROLL HERE

Camp RCLS Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sun, Jul 29
Mon, Jul 30
Tue, Jul 31
Red Barn Learning Farm
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Wed, Aug 1
Thu, Aug 2
Serengeti Water Park
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Fri, Aug 3
Sat, Aug 4
Sun, Aug 5
Mon, Aug 6
Tue, Aug 7
Wed, Aug 8
Thu, Aug 9
Edinborough Indoor Park
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Fri, Aug 10
Sat, Aug 11
Sun, Aug 12
Mon, Aug 13
Tue, Aug 14
Bounce World
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Wed, Aug 15
Thu, Aug 16
Fri, Aug 17
Sat, Aug 18
Sun, Aug 26
Mon, Aug 27
Tue, Aug 28
Wed, Aug 29
Thu, Aug 30
Fri, Aug 31
Sat, Sep 1

Summer Academy ENROLL HERE

Camp RCLS Handbook

Camp RCLS Overview

Camp RCLS is located on the campus of Rochester Central Lutheran School. It is an exciting Christian camp designed for children needing care during the summer months.   Camp RCLS is available to any students in Rochester and the surrounding communities that are entering Preschool (3yrs) -5th grade. Students entering grades 6-11 are eligible to apply for our Staff-In-Training program.

Developmentally Appropriate Activities allow children to make many of their own activity choices some of which include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Learning Activities
  • Free Play
  • Religious Concepts/Devotions
  • Gym Games
  • Outdoor Activities                    

Field Trips will be listed on monthly calendars and are group-specific. Every group will have many field trip opportunities each month. A detailed field trip handout will be available in May.  There will be a charge for each field trip.

Camp RCLS shirts will be distributed to each camper during the first week of camp. Camp shirts must be worn on all field trips as an added safety precaution.  We will be using the same color as last summer.  Returning families will have the option of purchasing new shirts or using their shirts from last summer. 

Days and Hours of Operation

Monday, June 11th - Friday, August 17h

Monday - Friday   6:30am- 6:00pm

The Stepping Stones SAC program is available June 4th-8th.  Stepping Stones will be CLOSE Wednesday, July 4th  and Monday, August 20th-Friday, August 24th 

Fees, Registration and Tuition Policy

Fees

$16.00/ half day          $32.00/full day

$35 registration fee for new students (Includes 2 camp shirts)
$30 registration for returning students (shirts will be available to buy for $3 each)

Registration

Registration for summer care will begin in January. Information regarding Summer Camp can be obtained by either visiting or calling the Stepping Stones program at Rochester Central Lutheran School 289-3267 Ext# 5220 or visiting the RCLS website www.rcls.net.  A registration fee will be charged per student.
 

To complete the registration process, the following must be submitted:

  • Non-refundable summer registration fee
  • Student registration forms
  • June Schedule

Tuition Policy

Parents will be required at the time of enrollment to estimate the number of days per week that their children will be attending Camp. Parents will then have the option of submitting schedules either on a weekly or monthly basis.  Monthly Schedule Parents will complete a monthly calendar listing the days their child will attend. These calendars must be submitted no later than the Thursday prior to the start of the month.  Weekly Schedule Parents must submit a weekly calendar no later than the Thursday prior to the start of the next week. Days may be added upon space availability. All families must turn in a schedule each month.

Payments: A statement will be e-mailed every two weeks or may be printed off upon request.

Delinquent Accounts: Care will be suspended if accounts become delinquent beyond 30 days. Care will resume when the account is brought to a zero balance. In case of a personal or financial emergency, please contact the Director to make arrangements. If a check should come back due to non-sufficient funds, the amount of the check (in cash) must be given to the director within one week of notification along with a service fee of $30.00.

Late Pick-up Fees: Children must be picked up from Camp prior to the 6:00pm closing time.  Parents will be charged $5.00 per minute after 6:00pm.  Consistent lateness may result in termination from the Camp.

General Guidelines

Sunscreen:  Sunscreen is provided. If you wish to have your child bring their own, please provide a labeled bottle.

Clothing/Dress:  Children need to dress appropriately for indoor and outdoor activities. Girls are asked to wear shorts under their dresses/skirts. Comfortable shoes are a must on field trip days. Each child must bring a backpack/bag labeled with their name every day. Younger children are encouraged to keep an extra set of clothing in their backpacks. All children are encouraged to keep a pair of tennis shoes in their backpacks.  Notes, lunch boxes, projects, and swim wear will be sent home in backpacks.

Items from Home: DS’s may be brought to Camp RCLS, but will only be available to the children at designated times.  No Tablets, Ipads, Ipods, Ipod touches, or cell phones will be allowed.  All items must be labeled.

Camp RCLS will not assume responsibility for damage or loss to any items brought from home. All personal property not claimed at the end of summer will be discarded. Label all items that are brought to the program.

Attendance, Arrival and Release Policies

Attendance Policy

Please notify staff if you intend to pick up a child at a time different than the one scheduled. 

Drop-in care may be available to children only if they: 1) are registered 2) there is available room.  Please call Camp to guarantee availability.  Drop-in care will not be permitted on field trip days.

Field Trip Attendance:  Children who are scheduled to attend on field trip days are expected to participate in the field trips. You will be charge per field trip attended.  If your child is scheduled to come to Camp RCLS on a field trip day but does not attend, you will be charged for the field trip unless the Camp staff is notified ahead of time. 

Absenteeism:  Attendance is taken daily, and a missing child is a cause for concern.  If your child will not be attending on a day which they are scheduled, please notify the staff in writing or by telephone.

Withdrawal Notification: If you are withdrawing your children from Camp for any period of time, a two week notice must be submitted to the director. 

Arrival and Release Policy

Arrivals: Parents and children may not enter the program prior to 6:30am.  No child is to be left at Camp without an adult staff person present to supervise. Do not send any children into RCLS unless accompanied by an adult.

Signing Children In and Out: Attendance sheets will be located on the Parent Information Table. All children must be signed in and out by an adult.

Release of Children: Upon registering, the name of persons authorized to pick up your children must be given.  Children will not be released to anyone whose name does not appear on that list unless the staff has been notified of the pick-up in writing.  Persons not recognized by staff will be asked to present identification. If an unauthorized person attempts to pick up a child, the parent will be called.  If the parent cannot be reached, the alternate adult on the Emergency Card will be contacted and the child will then be held at Camp until the proper person arrives.

Meals and Snacks

Snacks: A snack and juice will be offered to the children in the morning. In the afternoon, children will be offered a snack and beverage. Water will be available throughout the day.

Lunches: Children will need to bring lunches from home.  Lunches will be stored in refrigerators and items heated up by staff in microwaves. Drinks will be made available during lunch. 

Field trips: On days with scheduled field trips or picnics, children must bring a cold lunch and a beverage (which on field trip days can be pop). Please send lunches in a disposable plastic bag (Gallon baggies work best) labeled with your child’s name. Please refrain from sending non-disposable containers.

Allergies: The staff must be given pertinent information by parents whose children have allergies or modified / therapeutic diet needs. If a rigid diet is required, foods must be supplied from home.

Illness Policies, Medications and Allergies

Children who are feeling ill should not be brought to Camp.  To prevent exposure of illnesses to other children, your child must be symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning to Camp.  Any child who has a fever greater than 100 degrees F., has eye discharge, or has become sick, will be sent home immediately. 

Medications: If it is necessary for children to take any type of medication during Camp hours a parent /guardian must fill out a Medication Form.  This form, along with the medication in its original container listing the prescription name and dosages, must be given to the director or a staff person.  If non-prescription medication is to be administered, a Non-prescription Form must be filled out and given to the staff.  Non-prescription medication would be medication such as cough drops or aspirin, and may not be kept by the children.  The staff at Camp is not allowed to dispense any medication without written approval (forms) from a parent/guardian.

Allergies: Please make the camp staff aware of any allergies that your child has, as well as any medications or accommodations that would be needed.

Field Trips

Camper Responsibilities: Campers are expected to respect their fellow campers, the Camp staff, and the property and materials at Camp RCLS. Campers must respect the staff by listening to them, notifying them of their needs, and notifying them if they need to leave the room or activity area.  Campers must show respect for their peers by not willfully harming them and using only language that is acceptable, and not profane.

Parents Responsibilities: Parents are asked to observe the rules and policies of Camp RCLS. They are asked to stay current with the calendar, sign their children in and out of the Camp program daily. Parents are asked to notify Camp if their child will not be attending on a scheduled day, and also to inform staff if their child has been exposed to, or has contracted any contagious disease. If they feel their child’s needs are not being met, parents are asked to share concerns with Camp staff or the Director, listen to any concerns that staff may have, and work with them toward a solution. Parents are also asked to keep their child’s file information updated when changes occur, and to pay tuition and submit schedules on time.

Camp RCLS Responsibilities: It is the goal of Camp RCLS to provide a stimulating, caring, Christian environment that meets the developmental needs of all the children enrolled. The Camp staff will use positive guidance to: a) help children to play cooperatively with others; b) teach children to behave in an agreeable manner; c) help children to learn self-control. They will maintain open communications with parents. In cases of emergency, or if a child is experiencing any difficulties with the program, parents will be contacted. Parents will be notified of any changes in Camp policies, procedures, or schedules. The staff will keep parents informed of events by means of a calendar, newsletter, and daily schedule. The staff must report suspected cases of child abuse as required by MN Law.

Procedures for Behavior Issues

  1. Camp staff will talk to the child about the problem behavior, explaining the reasons why the behavior is inappropriate.
  2. Camp staff will notify the parent either verbally or with a behavior slip.
  3. Director will meet with the child.
  4. Director will conference with the parent and the child will be sent home for the day.
  5. Director and parent(s) will meet to determine if the child needs to be removed from the program.

Reporting Policy for Programs Providing Services to Children

Who should report child abuse and neglect?

  • Any person may voluntarily report abuse or neglect.
  • If you work with children in a licensed facility is legally required or mandated to report and cannot shift the responsibility of reporting to your supervisor or to anyone else at the licensed facility.  If you know or have reason to believe a child is being or has been neglected or physically or sexually abused within the preceding three years you must immediately (within 24 hours) make a report to an outside agency.

Where to report

  • If you know or suspect that a child is in immediate danger, call 911.
  • All reports concerning suspected abuse or neglect of children occurring in a licensed facility should be made to the Dept. of Human Services, Licensing Division’s Maltreatment Intake line at (651) 297-4123.
  • Reports regarding incidents of suspected abuse or neglect of children occurring within a family or in the community should be made to the local county social services agency at (507) 285-7009, or local law enforcement at (507) 285-8580.
  • If you report does not involve possible abuse or neglect, but does involve possible violations of MN Statutes or Rules that govern the facility, you should call the Department of Human Services, Licensing Division at (651) 296-3971.

What to report

  • Definitions of maltreatment are contained in the Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act (MN Statutes, section 626.556) and should be attached to this policy.
  • A report to any of the above agencies should contain enough information to identify the child involved, any persons responsible for the abuse or neglect (if known), and the nature and extent of the maltreatment and/or possible licensing violations. For reports concerning suspected abuse and/or neglect occurring within a licensed facility, the reports concerning suspected abuse or neglect occurring within a licensed facility, the report should include any actions taken by the facility in response to the incident.
  • An oral report of suspected abuse or neglect made to one of the above agencies by a mandated reporter must be followed by a written report to the same agency within 72 hours, exclusive of weekends and holidays.

 

Retaliation Prohibited - An employer of any mandated reporter shall not retaliate against the mandated reporter for reports made in good faith or against a child with respect to whom the report is made. The Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act contains specific provisions regarding civil actions that can be initiated by mandated reporters who believe that retaliation has occurred.

 

Failure to report - A mandated reporter who knows or has reason to believe a child is or has been neglected or physically or sexually abuse and fails to report is guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition, a mandated reporter who fails to report maltreatment that is found to be serious or recurring maltreatment may be disqualified from employment in positions allowing direct contact with persons receiving services from programs licensed by the Department of Human Services, and by the MN Department of Health, and unlicensed Personal Care Provider Organizations.

These reporting policies and procedures must be provided to parents of all children at the time of enrollment in the child care program and must be made available upon request. The Division of Licensing recommends that parents with children currently enrolled in your child care program are informed of the development of the reporting policies and procedures, and provided with an opportunity to request the information.