EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT @ CROSSROADS

Parents, we understand that this new school year is going to be different and we want to help meet the needs of the families in our community. Beginning Monday, September 21st, 2020, Crossroads is introducing an Educational Support Program on our campus. This will be a full-day program for Kindergarten – 8th grade students to complete their remote learning as well as participate in social, play, skill building and spiritual growth activities, all under adult supervision.

Additionally, to meet the needs of students in 9th – 12th grade, we will offer core subject class support 2 afternoons a week.

Important things to know:

  • Students must be enrolled in their own school district in grades Kindergarten – 8th.
  • It is recommended that parents pre-register their child(ren) a week at a time to ensure them a place in the program.
  • This program has a daily capacity of 80 students.
  • Hours of operation are 7am – 4pm.
  • The cost is a daily rate of $20 to be paid each day the student attends. Additional students in same family will have a reduced rate ($15/child #2, $10/child #3+).
  • Students need to bring their own devices (inc. earbuds) and work to be completed on remote learning days.
  • Students will need to bring a packed lunch and snacks, one will be provided upon request of staff (See Kim, Dawn, Larry or Matt).
  • Masks or face coverings must be worn upon entering and leaving the building.

We are excited about operating in this new capacity to serve students and families in our area. For more information, go to eacrossroads.com/educationalsupport, and to follow along with important news and notes, join our Facebook group (Crossroads Christian Church Educational Support). Please review our policies and procedures before completing the Student Contact Information form and Registration/Payment form.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Face Coverings

Parents and Students will be required to wear a face covering upon entering/leaving the building. After checking-in, students will be given the option to remove face coverings once in his/her assigned area and cohort. Students and staff may be asked to wear face coverings when deemed necessary throughout the day, based on specific activities.

Social Distancing

Throughout the program, staff and children groupings are as static as possible by having the same group of children stay with the same Staff whenever and wherever possible.

Drop-Off

During our registration procedures, all parents must complete the Student Contact Information form located at eacrossroads.com/educationalsupport. This form may be completed online prior to arrival to expedite the check-in process. Parents will be asked to verify that their child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 and initial as such each day their child attends. Each student should arrive with his/her own packed lunch/snacks. If a student has forgotten a lunch, food items will be available.

Distance Learning

While under supervision, Students will be given time to complete distance learning tasks, as assigned. Assistance will be given upon request and as deemed necessary. Students will need to bring all required learning materials including but not limited to: all “Technology” necessary to complete assigned activities and remote learning tasks (all technology must be fully charged upon arrival), any worksheets or text the student needs, a book for pleasure reading, etc. If a student chooses not to complete their work, a parent will be informed. If a student completes their remote learning tasks, he/she is welcome to entertain themselves with quiet individual activities brought from home. Activities brought from home may include music with earphones, personal gaming device, books, art supplies, or similar. * Please note that personal activities such as Dolls, Action Figures or anything “cloth”, or similar toys will not be permitted. Permitted items are at the discretion of the Educational Support Program Staff.

Structured Activities/Games

Activities related to social, skill building, play, and spiritual growth will also be provided. If a student chooses to not participate in planned activities, he/she is welcome to entertain themselves with quiet individual activities brought from home.

Bathroom Policy

Students will use bathrooms within the respective assigned student area. Students are expected to be self-sufficient using the bathroom. If assistance is needed (i.e. buttoning, zipping, adjusting), 2 staff members must be present when assistance is provided.  All students are expected to be fully potty trained when they begin the school year. We consider children potty trained when they are able

  • to consistently urinate and have a bowel movement on the toilet
  • to change themselves if they have an accident

We do not potty train in The Educational Support Program.

Lunch/Snack

Each student must bring a packed lunch, including beverages. If desired, an afternoon snack may be packed as well. An option for all families regardless of school district, is to receive breakfast and lunch from Iroquois Central School District.  Iroquois has offered to provide breakfast and lunch for any student attending the ESP at Crossroads Christian Church.  If your child has any significant food allergies that require adult monitoring/intervention, please alert our Staff upon Drop-Off.

Student Behavior

The ESP aims to be a positive, safe, and caring environment. If a student’s behavior harms or is likely to result in harm to the student, others, or property, it will not be tolerated. A parent will be called and may be asked to come pick up a student if his/her behavior is determined to be inappropriate or unsafe.

Pick-Up

Only persons identified as being authorized to pick up a student on the Student Contact

Information form will be allowed to pick up a student. Valid ID (Driver’s license, State issued ID, or Passport) must be shown to a staff before the student will be released. If there are any changes to persons authorized to pick up a child, please email Dawn Simano, Educational  Support Program Director at simanos1@verizon.net.

Safety

We are committed to the safety of the students in our program. Only authorized staff are permitted to enter the ESP areas while in session. Students will only be released to persons identified on the Student Contact Information form.

Accidents

An Accident Report will be completed upon a life-threatening situation (loss of consciousness, significant blood loss, difficulty breathing, etc.). 911 will be called immediately and parent/guardian will be contacted.

Minor Incidents

In the event of a bump, scrape, bruise, bite, etc., parents will be made aware, via text communication, of the incident at the time that it happens, along with our course of action. Band-aids and ice packs are available in the event of a student having a minor incident.

Evacuation/Emergency

In the event of an emergency or evacuation of the building, signs/routes for evacuation are posted. Students and staff will evacuate the building to a safe location. Attendance will be taken at that time. If the building is safe to re-enter, students and staff will re-enter the building back to their assigned locations. Attendance will be taken again. In the event the building is not safe to re-enter, the Educational Support Program will evacuate to a safe location. All parents/guardians of students in attendance of the program will be notified of the evacuation and their student’s location. At that time, parents will be asked to come pick up their student.

Medical

We are not able to administer medication of any kind. However, if your child will be bringing any medication with them into the building, please notify the Educational Support Group Director or Assistant Director upon arrival.

WHAT IS THE EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM?

The ESP is for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Students must be enrolled in their home school districts and may attend this program on their virtual or remote learning days. Days may range from 1-5 days a week, as determined by their individual school district.

Crossroads will also offer support for core subject classes for students in 9th – 12th grade two (2) afternoons a week (schedule coming soon).

IS PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED?

Pre-registration is not required but strongly recommended to ensure your child(ren) have a spot in the program (it is recommended that parents register their children on a per week basis). The maximum capacity for this program is 80 total students per day. Drop-in is available but will be on a first come first serve basis and dependent on how many pre-registered students we have on any given day.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO EXPEDITE THE DROP-OFF PROCESS?

To expedite check-in, all required forms will be made available online and are recommended to be completed prior to arriving at Crossroads. Forms can be located at https://eacrossroads.com/educationalsupport/. Hard copy forms will be made available at the church.

WHAT IS THE ADDRESS OF CROSSROADS?

The ESP will be operating on our Crossroads campus located at 1050 Girdle Road, East Aurora, NY 14052 (716.652.7356).

WHERE DO WE DROP-OFF OR PARK AND ENTER THE BUILDING?

All cars will enter using the south entrance off Girdle and drive around to the back entrance (double doors) of the building. Students will be picked up at this same entrance. If you have younger children and wish to park and escort them inside, please follow the same entrance directions, but you may park in the back lot and walk your child(ren) in.

WHAT IS THE COST?

The daily rate is $20 per day, per student, regardless of the number of hours a child attends. Families with multiple students will be offered a reduced rate of $15 (child #2), $10 (child #3+).

Forms of payment include: Cash, Check, or Debit/Credit Card. Please note: Families are encouraged to pre-register and pay a week at a time online to ensure your child(ren) have a spot in the program. Visit www.eacrossroads.com/educationalsupport to access the forms.

WHAT HOURS WILL THE PROGRAM OPERATE?

7:30am – 4pm, Monday through Friday. Drop-off will begin at 7am. Students must be picked up from the program no later than 4pm each day. A late fee of $10 per half hour will be charged if a parent arrives after 4pm. Please plan accordingly!

Students may be dropped off and picked up at any time during the day until our maximum student capacity is reached. We anticipate that most students will be dropped off between 7am-9:30am and picked-up between 2pm-4pm.

WHAT WILL EACH STUDENT NEED TO BRING WITH THEM?

Each student will need to bring the following supplies each day they attend the program:

  1. All required learning materials.
  2. All “technology” necessary to complete assigned activities and remote learning tasks. All technology must be FULLY CHARGED upon arrival.
  3. A packed lunch, including beverages, and an afternoon snack, if desired. (If your child has any significant food allergies that require adult monitoring/intervention, please alert our staff at drop-off.)
  4. Any preferred personal activities*. (Music with earphones, personal gaming device, books, Legos, art supplies, or similar) * Please note that personal activities such as Dolls, Action Figures or anything “cloth”, or similar toys will not be permitted. Permitted items are at the discretion of the Educational Support Program staff.

WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN?

While under supervision, Students will be given time to complete remote learning tasks, as assigned. Assistance will be given upon request and as deemed necessary. Activities related to social and spiritual growth will also be provided upon completion of their required school work or during a break. If a student chooses to NOT participate in guided activities, he/she is welcome to entertain themselves with quiet individual activities brought from home.

WHAT GUIDELINES WILL THE EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM FOLLOW?

The program will follow NYS COVID-19 Childcare guidelines, in addition to Crossroads’ best practices for policies, procedures, safety, and security.

WILL STUDENTS BE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS?

Parents and Students will be required to wear a face covering upon entering/leaving the building. After checking-in, students will be given the option to remove face coverings once in his/her assigned area and cohort. Students may be asked to wear face coverings when deemed necessary throughout the day, based on specific activities.

HOW CAN I STAY UPDATED ON THE PROGRAM AND ANY CHANGES?

Crossroads’ website: eacrossroads.com/educationalsupport

On Facebook: Crossroads Christian Church Educational Support.

WHO DO I CONTACT WITH ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

Contact Dawn Simano, Educational Support Program Director @ simanos1@verizon.net.

Please complete the student contact information (link below) for each child that will be attending the Educational Support Program. You will only need to complete this form once, but it is required for your child to attend the program. This will expedite the check-in process when students arrive. Hard copies will be made available at the church.

We recommend that parents register their children on a per week basis (regardless of how many days they attend that week). Use this form to register your child for the week and make a payment for the week. Be sure to indicate the time frame, days of the week for which you are paying and the name of your child. Please note that registration fees are non-refundable.