Before and After School Care
The Before and After School Care Program provides a safe and caring environment for students of Holy Cross Catholic School. It is a secure, enjoyable and affordable alternative to students going home to an empty house or needing transportation to other child care programs. All students in 3-year-old preschool through eighth grade are eligible for attendance in this extended care program (4 year olds for Summer Care).
Before School Care: 6:30-7:30 a.m.
After School Care: Pick-up between 2:45–5:30 p.m.
Summer Care: 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (June – August)
There is a yearly registration fee of $25 per student or $35 per family.
(Registration Forms linked below)
Fees are $5 per hour per child. For those who need to drop their child off anytime prior to the first bell at 7:30 a.m., fees will be prorated at 15-minute intervals ($1.25 per 15 minutes).
Payments and Accounts
Payment is due on the Friday before each week care is needed. All families are asked to keep a positive or zero balance in their account. Prompt payment on all negative balance accounts is expected. We reserve the right to deny program attendance for families with excessively negative accounts. Please make checks payable to Holy Cross Parish. As of June 6th, checks should be made payable to GRACE.
Late Pick-Up Fee
Before and After School Care closes promptly at 5:30 p.m. In the event a child is picked up after closing time, you will be assessed a late pick-up fee of $1 per minute per child. We reserve the right to deny program attendance for families with habitually late pickups.
Policy for Unregistered Students
Students who are not registered for Before and After School Care but are not picked up from school by 2:50 p.m. will be sent to Before and After School Care. You will still be charged the regular hourly rate per child. After the third instance of late pick up / attendance at Before and After School Care, you will be charged the $25/child registration fee.
Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures
Students attending Before and After School Care will be dropped off and picked up at Door #3. You will need to ring the doorbell to gain access to the school building. Students will have all of their belongings with them so no parents will need to enter the building.
Check In and Check Out Procedures
Safety is of the utmost importance in Before and After School Care. To ensure the safety of all our students, a program coordinator will sign the child into the program before school or out of the program after school. This signed log will be kept for proper record keeping and tracking purposes.
Communication and Schedules
It is very important that you communicate to Before and After School Care staff any changes to your child’s attendance in the program. A monthly calendar will be sent at the end of every month to be filled out by a parent letting us know what days care is needed along with an expected pick-up time. These can be turned in to the school office.
Students who participate in after-school extracurricular activities may attend Before and After School Care prior to or upon the conclusion of their activity, however parents must report to Before and After School Care to inform one of the program providers of the approximate time the child(ren) will be attending the care session. Students will be released to their activity and should return promptly to Before and After School Care following their activity as indicated by the times given to staff by parents. It is important we know where each student is and when to expect his/her return.
Weather-Related School Closings
In the case of weather-related school closings, the program will follow these guidelines:
* School cancellations = Before and After School Care canceled
* 2-hour delay = Morning Before and After School Care canceled; afternoon Before and After School Care operates as usual
* Early release for bad weather = Afternoon Before and After School Care canceled
In the event that after-school events are canceled due to bad weather, the Before and After School Care program will close at 4 p.m. An email will be sent out to parents to alert you of this early closing.
Early Release Days
Before and After School Care will be offered on early release days. School dismisses at 11:30 a.m. on these days. Children are asked to bring a cold lunch on these days.
Students attending Before and After School Care should bring their own snacks from home. Snack time will be provided for each child who wishes to participate. Each child will need to have his/her own water bottle and snack since no snacks, juices, or other refreshments will be provided. If your child has any food allergies, please be sure to discuss their needs with us.
Illness, Allergies and Medications
Our program is not equipped to care for sick children. Should your child become ill while at the program, you or the person you listed as an emergency contact will be called immediately and will need to report to school to promptly retrieve your child.
We will not have access to any medications stored in the office during Before and After School Care. If your child would need medication, please make sure to drop it off with a member of the staff prior to your child’s attendance in the program (including Epi-Pens). We will also need to have a Medication Authorization Form on file to administer any medication to your child. We reserve the right to make any necessary changes.