As you know, many health and safety requirements are now much more challenging, so we have had to revise our plans to meet new guidelines.
The Club will re-open its after-school program to children and teens in grades 1st-12th on a limited basis starting September 14. Program hours for all age groups will be 2:40-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours for teens will not be available at this time.
All Club members must be registered to attend. No drop-in attendance will be available under new COVID-19 operating protocols. Space will be limited, and school restrictions apply.
Due to space limitations and virus protocols, the Club will limit attendance to those youth whose schools have had the highest historic attendance rates. Schools included in this initial re-opening are: J.W. Smith, Central, Schoolcraft, Gene Dillon, Bemidji Middle School, Bemidji High School, TrekNorth and Voyageurs Expeditionary.
Youth going into 1st-12th grades can apply. Priority acceptance will be given to those who commit to attend five days a week, children of essential workers, and current and previous Club members. Any remaining openings will be made available to those who commit to attend four days weekly, followed by three days and so on. Application does not guarantee acceptance as space will be limited.
Fees will be $125 per member, grades 1st-7th, and $25 per member, grades 8th-12th, for the school year, a rate made possible only through donor support as the true costs are substantially higher. Financial aid will be available on a limited basis.
The Club will follow its COVID-19 operating protocols, which have been adopted based on guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, the Minnesota Department of Health and Sanford Health. Group sizes will be kept at a 1:14 maximum staff-to-member ratio, each in separate spaces to minimize contact between groups. Depending on demand, the Club anticipates re-opening with a maximum of 75 children in the building at any one time, about half of its usual after-school attendance. Enhanced cleaning protocols will also be followed.
- Limited spots still available
- Club staff will notify you within a week of application status
- Use link below to complete online application
To apply and for more information, click and review the following documents.
- Application Form
- Additional Registration Documents Checklist
- 2020/2021 School Year Parent/Guardian Handbook
- Club Member Guide to a Fun and Safe Program
- MDH’s Decision Tree for COVID-19 symptoms
- Child Care Assistance Program FAQ
Summary of COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
The following measures have been adopted to prevent and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Full details will be included in the 2020-2021 School Year Handbook and covered at the required orientation:
Program model: Each child will be assigned to a group and will keep that assigned group throughout the first quarter. Groups will have a designated program area, staff members, limited movement within the Club, and abide by social distancing guidelines.
Updated drop-off and pick-up procedures: Curbside drop-off and pick-up procedures will be followed to limit the number of individuals entering the Club.
Daily temperature checks: Temperatures will be taken of all staff and members before entry into the Club.
Daily health screenings: Staff and members will be screened prior to entrance. If they or anyone in their household has CDC-identified symptoms, they will not be allowed entry and will follow protocol for re-admission.
No mask, no entry: Everyone is required to wear face masks in the building. Youth will be allowed to take masks off during specific times such as at table spots, during physical activity, and while eating/drinking.
Handwashing: All individuals will be encouraged to practice frequent, proper handwashing as outlined by the CDC.
Isolation area: If an individual exhibits signs of illness or experiences any symptoms they will be sent to a designated isolation room and monitored while waiting for immediate parent/guardian pick-up.
Sanitizing and disinfecting: All program spaces will be routinely cleaned, and all frequently touched surfaces disinfected. A full sanitization will take place before each program day.