School Age Care (SAC)
Note, the photos above were taken pre-pandemic.
Non-School-Day School Age Care Registration
Register for non-school-day SAC by completing the forms below.
Make sure to hit "submit" at the end of each form to finalize responses.
New forms will be added throughout the year prior to upcoming non-school days. Contact Jennifer Holicky with questions.
School Age Care During Distance Learning (Updated November 16, 2020)
During distance learning, WEM will continue to offer school age care (SAC) to families of school-age students, kindergarten through age 12. Hours of operation during distant learning are 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays/no school days on the WEM calendar).
Tier 1 Essential Workers
WEM will continue to offer free child care for eligible families. As per executive order eligible families must have two Tier I essential workers in the home. Free care is available during school hours (8:25 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) for those families while the district is in distance learning.
Care for school-aged children of workers in critical sectors will continue to be crucial for frontline workers to continue to confront the pandemic. During a hybrid or distance learning model when students are not receiving in-person instruction, districts and charter schools must provide care for school-age children age 12 and under who are children of critical workers on Tier 1 of the state critical worker list (found in the appendix of the 2020/2021 Handbook and Registration document). This care is provided during regular school hours at no cost to children of Tier 1 employees. Child care may be provided to children on Tier 2 and Tier 3 and outside of critical sectors as long as public health guidance is followed and spaces are available at the program's regular rates. Both parents need to have employment as a TIER 1 critical worker and no one is at home or available to provide care because of their employment to qualify for free childcare during school hours. If only one parent is a critical worker, fees will apply for school hour child care. WEM SAC During Distance Learning Information and Registration
WEM SAC During Distance Learning Registration Link (this link is also in the document above)
Ms. Jennifer has compiled Important Links for WEM School Age Care Families During Distance Learning.
For additional information or to register, see the link above or please contact WEM Community Education Office at 507-362-4403.
WEM SAC staff will help facilitate students' learning by providing designated times and a space during school hours to complete their educational requirements.
WEM SAC is not able to replace in-person teaching.
- Parents should practice with their child(ren) how to turn on the device and log in at home before attending SAC.
- Provide all usernames and passwords your child(ren) will need to SAC staff.
- Each day children will need to bring a fully charged device and headphones labeled with their name.
- Children may not finish everything while at SAC. Should this happen work will need to be completed at home.
- WEM staff are not able to make copies, print worksheets etc.
- Communication is key. WEM SAC staff doesn't replace your child’s teacher. Please be sure to communicate regularly with your child’s classroom teacher.
COVID-19 has necessitated many changes to SAC polices and procedures to prevent and reduce the spread of the virus.
WEM School Age Care COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Minnesota Department of Education COVID-19 Updates
State of Minnesota COVID-19 Response: Child Care Information for Families and Providers
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 closely monitoring the Governor's orders 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
All SACC participants (children, parents/guardians and staff) must self-screen by using the self-screening tool PRIOR to entering the building. If you answer yes to any of the questions, stay home and contact the School Age Care Coordinator as soon as possible. Report any positive test results to the SAC Coordinator.
Self-Screening Tool / Checklist
You may also want to refer to Minnesota Department of Health Decision Tree and the Centers for Disease Control Quarantine Guidelines.
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 (known to the kids as Ms. Jennifer) 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, 8th grade; Auston, 7th grade; and Lilly, age 4. “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.”
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.
WEM SAC Parent Survey Results, November 2020
How Old is Old Enough - from Le Sueur County Department of Human Services
A Guideline for parents to decide at what age your child can be left unsupervised or can babysit other children.
To learn more about SAC at WEM, follow the WEM School Age Care page on Facebook, or contact Jennifer Holicky, WEM SAC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.