Hybrid and Distance Learning Child Care Frequently Asked Questions
ISD 728 will be offering childcare to Early Childhood and Elementary students before and after school and on days that your student is not in attendance. Before and after school care is open and available now to register. Hybrid and Distance Learning care will be 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.
Families interested to hold a spot in the Hybrid or Distance Learning Childcare program (should the District move to one of those models) will need to register and pay a registration fee. This process will ensure that space, staffing and schedules will be ready if the District needs to transition to one of the two models. The deposit fee will be applied to the first week that the district would shift to the Hybrid or Distance Learning model. If the Hybrid or Distance Learning Child Care program is not implemented or you withdraw before the care is offered your deposit will be refunded.
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.
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 a Tier 1 family, please email the EdVenture Club office at email@example.com for a Promo Code which will allow you to register for free School Day child care.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, Non-School Day childcare is available for families registered for EdVenture Club. Registration information can be found here: www.isd728.org/EdVClub-Registration
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?
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.
If my child is enrolled in the District’s Distance Learning Option can I still use Child Care in my student's home building?
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.
Yes, our program is designed for families to schedule for the care that meets their needs.
Can I still register for Non-school days if I’m not registered for any other EdVenture Club programs?
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
Yes, Inclement Weather care is available for families to register for through the following link: www.isd728.org/EdVClub-InclementWeather
Will my child be able to attend Hybrid or Distance Learning Child care at their home school building?
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.
- MDH Screening Procedures: Site staff will greet you and your family at the entry door. Parents are not allowed to enter the building beyond the screening point. Your child(ren) will have their temperature taken and the following questions will be asked at the time of arrival:
- Does the child or anyone in the family have the following:
- New onset or worsening cough OR shortness of breath OR at least two of the following symptoms: fever (100.4o F or higher); chills; muscle pain; headache; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell
- If your child has a fever or you answer yes to any of the above, the child will not be allowed to attend and the child and siblings will not be allowed to attend for a minimum of 10 days (with the last 3 days being fever free).
- 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
I am a family that is registered for Before and After School child care with EdVenture Club. I received communication from EdVenture Club about registering for Hybrid/Distance Learning Child Care. What does this mean?
We sent communication to all families that are currently 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. This was created for families that are interested in care if the schools move to another model.
Families interested in holding a spot in the Hybrid/Distance Learning Childcare program will need to pre-register and pay a registration fee. This process will ensure that space, staffing and schedules will be ready if the District needs to transition to either the Hybrid or Distance Learning models. The registration fee will be applied to the first week of Hybrid/Distance Learning Childcare. If the Hybrid/Distance Learning Childcare program is not implemented or you withdraw prior to needing the Hybrid/Distance Learning Childcare, your registration fee will be refunded.
If the district makes the decision to move to a Hybrid or Distance Learning Model, we will cancel previously scheduled Before and After School Childcare for you. At this time, please select the registration fee that corresponds with your anticipated childcare needs during a Hybrid or Distance Learning Model. You can access the Hybrid/Distance Learning registration HERE in your EdVenture Club account.
Instructions for scheduling/calendar submission for the second week and beyond of Hybrid/Distance Learning will be sent to enrolled families.
Yes, you can choose to only register your child for Before and After School Child Care regardless of the district’s decision to move to another model. Please see registration information HERE
The fee structure has been built to accommodate a variety of needs for families that need Before and/or After School Care, Before School and School Day (Distance Learning), School Day (Distance Learning) and After School, and All Day Care (Distance Learning days). The fee structure was built to provide flexible options for all families.
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?
We currently only have EdVenture Club registration and scheduling open for Before and After School care which will begin when school starts. The Hybrid/Distance Learning Pre-registration course is for families that choose to enroll their child into the EdVenture Club program that would be available to accommodate that model SHOULD the district choose to go in that direction. Both programs are different from our Summer EdVenture Club program, hence the difference in registration process and fee model.
Families can continue to register for the Hybrid/Distance Learning model for EdVenture Club care after the Pre-Registration deadline. Families will be automatically added to a Hybrid/Distance Learning model Wait List. Priority for acceptance into the program will be given to Tier One families first in the order received. Non Tier One families will remain on the waitlist and as space and staffing become available, will be contacted and provided registration instructions for the Hybrid/Distance Learning Program in the order that they are on the Wait List.