Hybrid and Distance Learning Child Care Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of care is available?

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    ISD 728 will be offering childcare to Elementary students before and after school and on days that your student is not in attendance.  Hybrid and Distance Learning care is available to all but ISD 728 will prioritize care, per the Governor’s order, to families who qualify under the Tier 1 emergency care workers.   

    ISD728 families needing care are encouraged to register as soon as possible as space and staffing may limit the number of students able to be served in the Childcare program.

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  • How do I know if I qualify for Tier 1 Care?

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    Tier 1 Qualifications:

    • Healthcare and public health
    • Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
    • Food and agriculture
    • Judicial Branch (essential services)
    • National Guard (activated under a Governor Executive Order)
    • Educators and school staff providing in-person instruction or caring for children of critical workers
    • Child care and school-age care providers

    For a detailed list of Tier 1 Employees CLICK HERE

    Link to new information:  School-Age Care Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for the 2020-21 School Year

    Please note: New guidance specifically states, “School-age care for children of critical workers is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or guardian is at home, due to employment as a critical worker. School districts and charter schools are encouraged to provide free school-age care for children of any essential worker, even if they are working remotely, but this is not required and would depend on capacity.”

    Upon further inquiry, the Minnesota Department of Education clarified the statement “in which no parent or guardian is at home, due to employment as a critical worker,” by stating, “The school-age care for children of critical workers is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or guardian is at home, due to employment as a critical worker. The free child care is to be made available when the only parent or both parents in the household are employed as critical workers.

    How do I register for Tier 1 Care?
    If you are an approved Tier 1 family, the office will apply a discount code that will waive the School Day fee.

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  • What does my child need each day for childcare?

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    All students are required to wear a face covering with the exception of when the students are outside, eating snack or lunch, or when they are exerting themselves and wearing a face covering makes it difficult to breathe. Students should bring a water bottle that is clearly labeled and lunch on the days that they are attending EdVenture Club during the School Day (school lunch is available for EdVenture Club students as well).  

    What to bring:

    • A school bag, duffle, backpack or something similar. These are helpful for extra clothes, shoes,paperwork or projects.
    • Additional morning and/or afternoon snack and/or beverage, if desired.
    • Your child will be responsible for the safety and care or any items brought from home and for following the rules of how or when they may be used. All items MUST be labeled.
    • A cold lunch and a beverage. Coolers will not be available due to MDH guidelines due to COVID-19.  Please send a small cooler or insulated lunch box. Students will also have access to school lunch during the day.
    • Your child should wear or bring appropriate clothing for the scheduled activities and the weather; sneakers and comfortable clothes are recommended for phy-ed activities, a plain shirt or old clothes for art-related projects.
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  • Does my child need a lunch in childcare?

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    Yes, students can bring a lunch on the days that they are attending EdVenture Club during the School Day if you choose. Please note that coolers are not available for student lunches. Students will also have access to school lunch during the day as well.

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  • Will my child receive Distance Learning support in childcare?

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    We will provide the opportunity for students to do their required Distance Learning work throughout the day. Staff will be able to provide support to students, however, will not be able to teach the content.

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  • Can I get childcare on District scheduled non-school days?

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    Yes, Non-School Day childcare is available for families registered for EdVenture Club.  Registration information can be found here:  www.isd728.org/EdVClub-Registration

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  • If I registered for Before and/or After School care and the Hybrid or Distance Learning Model is implemented, will I get refunded for days I had previously registered for?

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    Yes, we will process refunds for days that families do not need care based on the district’s decision to move to a Hybrid or Distance Learning model.

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  • If my child is enrolled in the District’s Distance Learning Option can I still use Child Care in my student's home building?

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    No, child care will not be available to families who have opted into the District's Distance Learning Option for the 2020-2021 school year.

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  • Can I just register for before and after school care when the District goes into Hybrid mode?

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    Yes, our program is designed for families to schedule for the care that meets their needs.

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  • Can I still register for Non-school days if I’m not registered for any other EdVenture Club programs?

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    Yes, Non-School Day childcare is available to families who are not registered in EdVenture Club for the school year or in the Hybrid/Distance Learning Model. Registration information can be found here: www.isd728.org/EdVClub-Registration

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  • Will EdVenture Club still offer the Inclement Weather Care program this year?

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    Yes, Inclement Weather care is available for families to register for through the following link:  www.isd728.org/EdVClub-InclementWeather

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  • Will my child be able to attend Hybrid or Distance Learning Child care at their home school building?

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    EdVenture Club site locations will be determined based on enrollment, space availability and staffing. ISD 728 has evaluated multiple scenarios to meet family needs. This may include serving students through child care at another building in the District.

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  • What are the COVID-19 guidelines and expectations for EdVenture Club?

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    • Families are expected to pre-screen their child(ren) before drop-off for EdVenture Club.  Site staff will greet you and your family at the entry door.  Parents are not allowed to enter the building beyond the screening point.

    • If your child becomes sick while in our care, we will take the following precautions:
      • We will isolate your child
      • We will inform you or another parent to pick your child up

    • Face coverings:  Face coverings are required for all students attending the program at all times with the exception of when the children are outside, are exerting themselves and wearing a face covering interferes with their ability to breathe, and when they are eating or drinking (snack/lunch). Please provide your child with a face covering and ensure that it is properly cleaned between use.

    • We will be utilizing additional spaces in the building to keep group sizes down to no more than 15 (1 adult to 14 children) at a time and we will be supplying each child with their own supplies for use throughout the school year.

    • We will be cleaning and sanitizing classrooms, desks, chairs, surfaces, supplies, and all areas before and after each use.

    • Handwashing protocols will be encouraged and required for all staff and students (before and after entering new locations/rooms, before and after eating, and before and after bathroom use). MDH recommends washing hands for a minimum of 20 seconds and students will be monitored by staff to insure this is happening.  

    • Social distancing protocols will be followed by increasing our spacing in each room, by maintaining small group sizes, and limiting mixing between groups.

    • Lunches/Water Bottles/Items from Home/Birthday Treats: Please plan to send a lunch with your child every day on full days. Please send a water bottle with your child as well.  Drinking fountains will not be available but filling stations will. If your child has a birthday, please let site staff know so that we can plan a COVID-19 friendly celebration in lieu of bringing birthday treats to the site to share.

    • Playground Use: We will be using the playground equipment by following these protocols:
      • We will require that students wash hands before they go onto the playground and when they return to the building.
      • Staff will bring Clorox wipes, disposable towels, hand sanitizer, and spray bottles ahead of students. Staff will wipe down high traffic areas (railings, slides, swing chains, etc.) before and after use. Spray cleaner will not be used when children are present.
      • Group sizes will be maintained: No more than 25 at a time
      • Staff will monitor students while using playground equipment and offer hand sanitizer during use.
      • Timing: Playground use will be restricted to no more than 20 minutes at a time to allow groups to rotate throughout the day.

    • Additional information about district protocols can be found here: LINK
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  • I am a family that is registered for Before and After School child care with EdVenture Club. How do I register for Hybrid/Distance Learning child care?

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    In August, we sent communication to all families that were registered for Before and After School Care for the 2020-2021 School Year with instructions in regard to pre-registration information for the Hybrid/Distance Learning Child Care option. 

     Since the district has made the decision to move to a Hybrid/Distance Learning Model, we will cancel all Before and After School Childcare you have already scheduled after November 16th. To register for Hybrid/Distance Learning childcare, log in to your EdVenture Club account HERE. Click “Register a New Contract” and sign up for childcare under the Hybrid/Distance Learning childcare season. You’ll be able to sign up for before school, school day and after school care according to your needs.  

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  • Can I only register for Before/After School Child Care and pick my days?

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    Yes, you can choose to only register your child for Before and After School Child Care If you choose. Please see registration information HERE

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  • Why do I need to register for Hybrid/Distance Learning? Can’t I bring my child any day regardless of the school’s decision? Isn’t it the same as Summer EdVenture Club?

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    Hybrid/Distance Learning Child care is different from Summer EdVenture Club.  Please be sure that you have registered your child(ren) for the appropriate care that meets your family's needs.

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