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Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe and enjoyable experience while nurturing the spiritual, academic, and social growth of our students.

Admission

The program is open to PreK-8th grade students of St. Jude Catholic School, including those with disabilities who may be supported by reasonable accommodations. Each enrolling family must fill out a registration form prior to the first time they attend the program. Registration will be accompanied by a one time non-refundable fee of $10 per family.

Hours

The program will begin at 3:05 PM (2:45 for PreK) and continue to 5:30 PM. The program may commence at the given release time for early dismissal days. STUDENTS MUST PACK THEIR OWN LUNCH on early dismissal days, as St. Jude does not provide hot lunch.

Cost

Fees for the program will follow the chart below. Families are asked to pre-pay at least $30 ahead of time. Charges listed are per child, per day, with a limit on 2 children per family (in other words, 3 or more children accrue no additional cost after the 2nd child).

Regular day

3:00 - 3:59 PM

4:00 – 4:59 PM

5:00 – 5:30 PM

Daily fee

$3

$6

$9

General Schedule

3:05-3:15 Attendance check
3:15-4:00 Recreation time (Homework room is an alternate destination)
4:00-5:00 Playtime, Crafts, and occasional movie
5:00-5:30 Wrap-up activities and clean-up

Snack

A snack will be provided daily, and will be prepared in accordance with School Wellness Guidelines.

Physical Activities

During warmer months students will have the opportunity to play outside under the supervision of the afterschool staff. The program will follow the school’s policy for when to stay indoors, mainly due to inclement weather. Students may be required to wear appropriate winter clothing—i.e. hats, gloves, boots scarves and winter coat. Normal playground/recess rules apply to physical recreation.

Toys and Games

Toys and Games are provided by the aftercare program and should be treated with respect. No electronics will be permitted as noted in the school handbook, unless specifically arranged and supervised with an educational or recreational purpose, as defined by after school program staff.

Homework Room

The homework room is available Monday through Thursday from 3:05 until 4 PM. Homework room is a part of the aftercare program and will be charged at the same rate. Attendance at the homework room does not guarantee that homework assistance and/or tutoring are able to be provided. The expectation is that students will conduct themselves in a studious and independent manner.

Field Trip and Visitor Policy

As a rule, the aftercare program will not take or sponsor field trips. Nor will it allow visitors who are not students of the school or individuals who are not allowed to pick up a particular student. The program may invite guests, volunteers, or members of the St. Jude Staff who would assist in developing special programming or activities for the program.

Behavior Policy

The aftercare program accepts all new students on the same probationary period as the school (see “Admissions Policy”). All school rules apply while in aftercare. Inappropriate and problematic behaviors will be documented. Aftercare staff will work in accordance with the principal in handling serious disciplinary concerns. Students may be removed from the program for any offense deemed contradictory to its mission or compromising the safety of its participants as well as any infraction of Policy P4520.

Emergency Procedures

The aftercare program will follow the St. Jude Catholic School Crisis Plan and procedures. The aftercare program has its own emergency evacuation kit for such events. Communication during emergencies will be conducted by the phone numbers provided on the emergency information from student files. The afterschool care staff will provide an emergency phone number for contacting aftercare staff after the school office has closed.