August 17, 2020
 
Dear Potential After-School Families,
 
We are looking forward to what this year holds for all of us and are excited to reimagine a system that will allow us to offer the Children’s After School Experience (CASE) program as safely as possible. We have had many questions about what the CASE program may look like and when it will potentially open. We have high hopes that we will be able to open CASE on a truncated basis as of Tuesday, September 8. We will not be able to offer CASE on a drop-in basis due to ratio requirements. For the time being, we will only be taking registrations for those who will enroll in five full days per week (should a hybrid model continue past September 8, the CASE structure will be reevaluated to accommodate the days students are on campus).
 
We have included a survey link below to assess the demand for the CASE program for 2020-21. If you are interested in utilizing this service, we ask that you complete this survey no later than midnight Wednesday, August 19. Please note, this survey is NOT an official registration but simply an assessment to gauge the enrollment numbers for the year. The following information should be considered when completing this survey:
 
  • For now, CASE will have one enrollment option: five full days per week for the full academic year (should a hybrid model continue past September 8, the CASE structure will be reevaluated to accommodate the days students are on campus).

  • While the original 2020-21 pricing was set at $925 per academic quarter for five days per week, there is potential for this pricing to change once we have determined final enrollment numbers.
 
  • Students will be podded into grade groups, meaning they will be with students outside their daily classrooms but within their grades (this would be the same situation if they were riding a bus).

  • The variety of snack options will be very limited due to a reallocation of staffing and in an effort to limit touch points.

  • Each grade will have a maximum number to meet ratio requirements.

  • Registration (at a later date) will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and intentions on this survey so we can have a better idea of our community’s need. We are so excited for the return of our students and want to help make this transition as easy and supportive as possible. Please understand that we will be guided by local authorities and our school leadership, and some or parts of these plans may change as needed.
 
If you have any specific questions regarding the CASE program, please email me at kinga@columbusacademy.org.
 
Please note: we do encourage families to have children return home at the end of the school day, if possible. We would like to offer this service to those in the greatest need and who must have extended care.
Thank you,
 
Director of Special Programs