School Age Care
2020 Summer SAC
2020 Summer School Age Care (SAC) is open to children entering kindergarten through age 12 Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Waterville Building.
2020 Summer Packet includes schedules, rates, policies, registration form, etc.
Due to the changing schedules, many families are facing during this time, SAC will be utilizing weekly schedule forms to provide families the most flexibility possible. (Schedule forms will be sent to families once enrollment forms have been received).
We understand how important child care is during this time and are following all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) to continue our mission to nurture and educate children in a safe and positive environment so they are prepared for school and for life. We provide a caring environment that fosters a solid foundation for lifelong success focusing on the 4 key areas of WEM's Bucs Pride: Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Positive.
As we all try to navigate through these uncharted times, we are hearing from you about your needs for connection, knowledge, and flexible child care.
What will this look like for SAC?
WEM Community Education is planning to meet those needs and is under the presumption that WEM Summer SAC will begin Tuesday, May 19th unless changes need to be made according to a Governor's order and will follow guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. We are purposely designing our programs to have new health and safety procedures.
- Smaller group sizes held in larger spaces
- Designated pick-up and drop-off locations
- Health screenings for staff and students
- Individual supplies, and limiting opportunities for shared materials
- Increased cleaning of classroom spaces and materials prior to and after use
- Social distancing strategies will be practiced
PRIORITIZATION OF CHILDREN OF FAMILIES WORKING IN CRITICAL SECTORS
Child Care Care for children of critical sector workers has been crucial for the state’s frontline workers to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. As such the Administration continues to encourage child care programs to prioritize critical sector families in their enrollment. However, child care may be provided to children outside of critical sectors as long as public health guidance is followed and spaces are available.TIER 1
- Healthcare and public health
- Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
- Food and agriculture
- Judicial Branch (essential services)
- National Guard
- Educators and school staff caring for children of any critical worker
- Child care providers caring for children of any critical worker
- Water and Wastewater
- Transportation and logistics
- Public works and infrastructure support services
- Communications and information technology
- Other community-based government operations and essential functions
- Critical manufacturing
- Hazardous materials
- Financial services
- Defense industrial base
- Charitable and social services organizations
- Residential/shelter facilities and services
- State workers essential to the continuation of Minnesota Unemployment Insurance
- Tribal Governments Executive Branch (priority services), including state workers essential to the continuation of Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Executive Constitutional Offices (essential personnel)
- Legislative Branch (essential services) Federal employees Faith leaders and workers
- Construction and critical trades
- Hotels, residential facilities and shelters Legal services
- Critical Labor Union Functions
- Laundry and Hygiene Products and Services
- Animal care and veterinarians
- Real Estate Transactions
- Commercial Facilities/Essential Supply Stores
- Minimum Basic Operations
What Parents Have to Say
SAC is a reliable, safe resource for both our kids and parents. Without SAC, parents may not be able to meet the expectations of their employers. We appreciate the support our district gives to the SAC program and its staff.
The friendships that are made have been great. My daughter has gotten to know kids of all ages. I believe it’s because Miss Jennifer is doing a variety of activities where they get to know one another. My daughter enjoys going to SAC and feels connected to the teachers since it’s obvious they care about their kiddos! Also, appreciate them following the Bucs Pride rules and behavior.
We love SAC! It is a great option for parents that work. Kids are able to do fun activities, go on field trips, and learn social and emotional skills to increase problem-solving skills as well as how to get along with others.
To learn more about SAC at WEM, follow the WEM School Age Care page on Facebook, or contact Jennifer Holicky, WEM SAC Coordinator at email@example.com.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Regular School Days
Morning Session 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Afternoon Session 3:05 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Select Non-School Days 6:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Late Starts and Early Dismissals
WEM School Age Care will open at its regularly scheduled time for scheduled late starts according to the district calendar.
WEM School Age Care will open at dismissal time for scheduled early dismissals according to the district calendar.
Unscheduled / Weather-Related Closures
Two-hour late start: SAC will open two hours late at 8:30 a.m.
Early dismissal: SAC will be closed
School closed: SAC will also be closed
In the event that children are already at SAC, and a school closing is called, SAC will close one hour after the call is made. Parents will need to make arrangements to have their children picked up within the hour.
Mrs. Jennifer Holicky has worked within the WEM district since 2013 and with SAC since 2016. In October of 2018, she took over as the interim coordinator while finishing her third term as a Reading Corps tutor. She accepted the full-time School Age Care Coordinator position in June of 2019.
Mrs. Holicky says, “Our mission is to nurture and educate children in a safe and positive environment so they are prepared for school and for life. Children will develop positive social skills and values and learn about their world through age-appropriate play, projects, and activities. We provide a caring environment that fosters a solid foundation for lifelong success focusing on the four key areas of WEM’s Bucs Pride: Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Positive.”
WEM School Age Care is a childcare program for students entering or currently enrolled in kindergarten through grade six. Children have the chance to make the most of their time out of school with opportunities to explore new interests, learn new skills, and develop new friendships while providing families with a flexible on-site childcare option. Children get to participate in a variety of activity areas such as arts, crafts, games, sports, 4H, field trips, STEM, and much more. SAC operates 12 months a year in the Waterville building. During the school year, SAC is open before and after school, scheduled late starts, scheduled early dismissals, and select non-school days.
Mrs. Holicky says, “As a mom of four, I completely understand the importance of quality childcare.” Her children are Blake, a 2017 WEM graduate; Brody, 7th grade; Auston, 6th grade; and Lilly, age 3 ½. “One of my favorite things about being a parent and working with children is their never-ending sense of curiosity and how they give me a different perspective to look at the world in a whole different way.”
All staff and students will be screened upon arrival. Children and staff will be sent home and/or denied entry with any symptoms of illness.
- Pink eye
- Head lice
- Unidentified and/or contagious rash
- Fever of 100 or above (minimum of 72 hours before returning)
Any of the following two:
- New onset or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath
If a person has a new symptom (for example, new loss of smell only) with no other diagnosis to explain it, they should stay home and talk to their health care provider about testing for COVID-19, even if it is the only symptom they are experiencing. They may return to childcare care 24 hours after symptom stops with no medication as long as a second symptom does not occur.
- Fever of 100.4 or above
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Send home or deny entry to children, care providers, or staff with any symptoms of illness. For symptoms consistent with COVID-19, reference exclusion criteria below to determine when individuals may return.
For people who received a laboratory test for COVID-19
Positive test result: Stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 3 days without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. Siblings and household members also stay home for 14 days.
Negative test result but symptoms with no other diagnosis: Stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 3 days without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. Siblings and household members also stay home for 14 days.
For people with a COVID-19 diagnosis without a lab test OR people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 without a medical evaluation (e.g., monitoring symptoms at home).
Stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 3 days without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. Siblings and household members also stay home for 14 days.
For people with other diagnoses (e.g., norovirus, strep throat) that explain the symptoms, or when a health care provider says symptoms are connected to a pre-existing condition.
Stay home until symptoms have improved. Follow specific return guidance from the health care provider. If symptoms related to a pre-existing condition change or worsen, talk to a health care provider to determine next steps. Siblings and household members do not need to stay home.
WEM reserves the right to update the illness policy at any time in accordance with new information from the CDC and/or the Minnesota Department of Health.