2020/21 School Year Update
Dear Parents & Guardians:
Thank you for hanging in there while we try to work out all the details for the before-school and after-school programs. We understand the gravity of the decision before you and hope the information below will allow you to make the best choice for your family. 
As you consider your decision regarding before-school and after-school care, please understand that the programs will look quite different and that while students will be given the ability to choose activities, they will not be allowed to freely move around the program space from table to table as in past years. Students will be placed in specified cohorts with 1-2 staff members and activities will be provided for their group. Activities and materials will be limited to ensure effective daily disinfection/cleaning procedures. “Limited” means that instead of 3-4 options of dramatic play, building materials, creative projects, and/or board games, there may only be 1-2 options per day for each of these categories. 

We will continue to follow the OCFS & CDC guidelines established when we began emergency childcare back in March. These guidelines include:

  • Participant drop-off and pick-up will occur at the program door; families will be asked to maintain a 6 foot distance from each other.
  • All staff and children will have their temperatures taken and recorded prior to entering the program. Any temperature of 100 or greater will result in no admittance to the before-school program or in the case of the after-school program, quarantine in a designated area until pick-up. Return to the program will require an individual to be fever free without medication for at least 72 hours.
  • Staff will wear masks at all times. Children will be required to wear masks in the interior spaces of the building and will be provided with regular mask breaks. Social distancing will be maintained at all times.
  • Breakfast and lunch options will be provided by the school district. An afternoon snack will be provided by CYC.
  • Toys and tables will be cleaned and disinfected daily.
  • Children and staff will increase hand washing regimens and hand sanitizer will be available when hand washing is not possible.
  • Participants will interact in groups of 10-15 with 1-2 staff members for supervision. Groups will participate in stations within their program area and will rotate to gym or outside. Every effort will be made to have only one group moving through a hallway at a time.

In addition to questions regarding program guidelines, we’ve received a high volume of questions regarding enrollment and billing. Below you will find the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions:
When do you need to know if my child(ren) will require BSP and/or ASP this year? 
Please notify us by August 24th if you wish to withdraw your child(ren). If you are enrolled in automatic payments and withdraw on August 24th, there is a slight chance that your payment will still be processed. 
If I choose to withdraw my child(ren) this year, will they be considered a returning family for the 2021/22 school year? 
Until such time that we are able to return to full capacity, re-enrollment will take place in three phases: 1) children currently enrolled in 2020/21; 2) children who were enrolled for 2020/21 but withdrew; 3) lottery.
When are payments due?
Payment-in-full for September services is due by August 25th. Future payments will be due by the 15th of each month, beginning in September.
Do we have to pay for the entire month of September?
Yes, payment-in-full is expected for the entire month of September. 
Will there be a fee increase this year?
Fees will increase to reflect increased cleaning/program supplies to maintain recommended guidelines, increased staffing needs to allow for socially distant programming and mandatory NYS paid sick time for part-time employees. As soon as these rates are finalized we will provide them to families.
What will happen to my credit from the spring?
Any applicable credits from the 2019/20 school year will be applied in 2 equal installments on September 15th & October 15th
What happens if school closes again? Will I get a refund or a credit?
As difficult as this is for us to say, there is no promise of any refund or credit for short-term school closures. Should another long-term closure take place, we will evaluate the circumstances and update families as necessary.
Most of the information above is new since you enrolled your child earlier in the year so we encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns. In the meantime, you can expect weekly updates until school begins.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!

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