ANWSD is pleased to offer after school and summer opportunities for our students. Below you will find information on our 21C Expanded Learning Program (Fusion) as well as our Licensed Childcare programs.
The ANWSD After School program philosophy states that school age children need a safe, stimulating environment after school where they can develop in a positive manner. The staff fosters this development by offering age appropriate activities that include social, physical, creative and emotional opportunities for growth. School age children are an integral part of the curriculum planning and implementation and are empowered to make their own choices regarding how they spend the after school hours.
ANWSD AFTER SCHOOL GOALS
To help our students develop to their fullest potential physically, intellectually and socially.
To deliver the program in a safe, fun, supportive, caring and positive environment.
To support and strengthen the family unit
Fusion is an enrichment based program that runs in five different “sessions” throughout the school year. Flyers go out a week or two before a new session starts. Students sign up for programs they are interested in. Enrollment is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. A 21st Century grant covers the majority of the cost of this program. A small fee is recommended, $10-$30 per session, but not required. The program typically runs from 3-4:30pm and a free snack is provided. This is not intended to be a childcare program. Students should only sign up for activities that interest them. This program will be piloting at ACS and FCS this year. The program may not operate everyday at these new locations. Fusion does not operate during vacations, on inservice days or early release days.
Our licensed child care programs run Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm and 1/2 day in-service days from 11:30am-6pm at each elementary school while school is in session. Information regarding cost is available in the family handbook below. We will also be offering vacation camps during February and April breaks, Vacation camps will happen at Vergennes Elementary School and operate from 7am-5:30pm. Our childcare program do not run on full-day inservice days or during the November and December breaks.
The ANWSD will be opening childcare on June 22, 2020. We are eager to return to work in this capacity and begin providing you with this much-needed option for your family and are working hard to get things ready for staff and students. Please be aware that we will follow strict health and safety requirements as we return and there will be changes which we have noted below. Information and new guidance is constantly changing so please be aware that all the information in this letter is subject to change based on the recommendations from the Agency of Education, the Department of Health, and the Addison Northwest School District Administration.
Locations: Vergennes Union Elementary
Dates: June 22-August 7
Hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $185/wk $37 per day. No sibling discounts
Reduced Days and Hours: We will operate from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm. This will give us the ability to have just 1 shift of adults. Kids and adults will stay together in “pods”.
Availability: Space is limited. Priority will be given to students enrolled in the ANWSD grade K-7 and families needing full time care.
Preschool (4-5 year olds) We are able to offer a limited number of preschool aged spots this summer. Priority will be given to sibilings to school-aged children and children of childcare staff. Others spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Payments: All families are required to pay for this service or apply for child care subsidy. Cost for this program is $185 per week/$37 per day per child, If paying is a hardship, please contact Tara Brooks, [email protected] or 802-458-5751.
Health and Safety- The Department of Health has laid out a 13 page manual that we must follow in order to operate. Please take the time to review this manual. Please be aware that parents will not be allowed in the building. Pickup and drop off will take place outside. All children will be screened upon arrival including having their temperature taken. Any student showing any of the symptoms listed in the guidance will not be admitted. Screenings will take time. Parents will need to wait outside with their child while children are screened before entering, please plan accordingly. If your child has a fever of 100.4 (or higher) or if they feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19; for example, a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. Please do not bring them to the program. They must be fever free for 72 hours without any fever reducing medication before they will be allowed back into the program.
Expectations of Children and Parents: There will be heightened health, safety and behavior expectations of children and parents (wearing masks, maintaining social distance, health screening, etc). We don't expect that children will be able to maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times, but we will expect children to maintain some distance and that they keep their hands and feet to themselves. We will provide masks if you need one. You are welcome to provide your own mask. We do expect children to wear one. It will be the responsibility of the family to clean and care for the mask provided, it is recommended that they are cleaned daily. Exceptions to wearing a mask will be determined by the director and must meet the requirements determined by the Department of Health. Termination of enrollment may occur if parent and/or child expectations are not being followed.
Closure Contingency- The Department of Health has guidelines on closure if someone in our program is identified as having contracted or having contact with someone with COVID-19. If this were to happen, all students in that group may be required to be picked up immediately and then to stay at home for a 2 week period. This procedure will be done with the guidance and recommendation of the Vermont Department of Health.
We reserve the right to make changes at any time: We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel programming at any time. As health guidelines change, risk increases or decreases, we may need to make changes including,closures, group size adjustments and change of locations.
Lunch and Snack: We will provide a late morning snack/breakfast and lunch. We ask that parents provide a water bottle labeled with students first and last name as well as a snack for afternoon. Families can bring their own lunch if they would like.
Swimming: We don't yet know the status of the pool. We do anticipate having water activities available (sprinklers, water games etc) Please send your child with a towel and swimsuit daily.
To register click the link below.
Registering does not guarantee a spot. Space is limited. You must complete a new form for each child. You will be contacted by the ANWSD Childcare team when your space is confirmed.
Fusion offerings for the summer have not yet been determined. Information regarding Fusion/Summer school will be coming soon.
Cougar Care (FCS) 802-458-5750
Thunder Care (VUES & Summer) 802-458-5751