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South Connection Enrichment program

Provides supervised activities for K-6 students throughout the school year and during the summer.

Contact us at South Connection:
Lange School
219 W. Dorothy Lane
Dayton, Ohio 45429
937-643-9314

Contact hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Email: smith.christy@oakwoodschools.org
Tax ID# 31-6000910

Welcome to FALL 2021-2022

Fall Hours 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Welcome to all new and returning South Connection Families.  We are so happy to be back to full day operations.  Please keep this packet handy so that you can refer to it throughout the school year. 

Parents are responsible for informing South Connection directly any day their child will not be at South Connection.  The school does not tell us when children are absent or leave early.  Call South Connection (937) 643-9314, no later than 2:00 p.m. or leave a message on our answering machine 24/7.  If you email, smith.christy@oakwoodschools.org be sure your message is clear and if it is not answered, follow it up with a phone call. 

  • Please understand last minute changes often result in confusion.  There is not always enough time to notify everyone who needs to be aware of this information. 
  • If you cannot contact South Connection earlier than 2:00 p.m., please let us know any changes as soon as possible so your child will be accounted for at school dismissal time. 
  • If you are unable to contact us prior to picking up your child at Harman or Smith, please inform the South Connection teacher at the school before leaving.
  • Please check your phones around 3:15 p.m., in case we need to clarify your child’s dismissal plans.

Morning South Connection
Anyone signed up for our morning program has the opportunity to arrive at 7:00 a.m.  Parents will bring children to the back South Connection door (#5) at Lange where the daily health screen will take place.  If you do not see a South Connection staff member, ring the doorbell.  Please socially distance from others as you approach the building.  Parents will not enter the building.  Children must wear a face covering and bring a filled water bottle each day.  Each child’s temperature will be taken with an infrared thermometer and will not be allowed in if it reads 100.0*F or higher.  Oakwood School’s policy for the child and any siblings will be followed. 

Payments and attendance issues can be attended to at drop off.  Harman and Smith students will load the bus at 8:05 a.m., so they can be at school on time for classes to begin at 8:30 a.m.  Students need to socially distance at South Connection.  They will have assigned seats and be required to wear face coverings while riding the bus.  It is not unusual for us to experience delays the first few days of school since there are many new routes and drivers.  Oakwood and Centerville work together to solve these issues ASAP.  If buses cause children to arrive at school late, students must check in at the office.  They will never be counted tardy when using school transportation.  We will walk kindergarteners to their classrooms at 8:45 a.m.

PM South Connection
South Connection staff will coordinate pick-up at the back double doors of Lange (#6).  Drivers should never cross through the orange cones since children may be outside on the playground.  Cars may park behind the cones or in the marked parking spaces.  Please socially distance from others as you approach the building. Parents will not enter the building, but should use the doorbell to get our attention.  A South Connection staff member will bring your child to you at the door.  The person picking up your child must be on file with our staff, or pick up will not be allowed.  The 6:00 p.m. closing time will be strictly enforced.  The $1 per minute overtime penalty fee will be assessed for late pick-ups. We appreciate prompt pick-ups, since our staff has commitments in the evening.

Reminders:

  • If Oakwood Schools is on offsite learning or is closed, South Connection is closed, except for school breaks or PD days.  Sign-up for available spots required.    
  • Charges for AM South Connection are $40 a week per child for full time or $24 a week per child for part time.
  • Charges for PM South Connection are $80 a week per child for full time or $48 a week per child for part time. 
  • Payment is required by Friday of each week.  Receipts will be sent home in children’s school folders. 
  • Breakfast and snacks are included in regular fees.  Parents may need to supply food for children with allergies.  Children bring their own lunches on extended days. 
  • We accept checks or cash.  Checks should be made out to South Connection and cash must be in a sealed envelope with the child’s name and amount written on it.
  • We will not be able to offer vacation time during the school year.  When school is not in session (ie. full PD days or snow days) and a child does not attend South Connection, no payment is due for that day.  We cannot accept doctor excuses.

All of the following could result in dismissal from the fall program:

  • Parents leave before child is checked in.
  • Parents fail to pick up sick children in a timely manner.
  • Parents pick up children past 6:00 p.m.
  • Parents or children fail to follow daily procedures and disrupt the program.
  • Any other action that goes against COVID-19 safety practices.
  • Repeated failure to report to us when children will not be riding the bus.
  • Inappropriate behavior by people authorized to pick up your child.
  • After reasonable efforts to integrate a child into the program by the staff, the child’s behavior is deemed chronically disruptive to the functioning of the program.                    
  • The child’s health, emotional or physical functioning is deemed disruptive to the functioning of the program or dangerous to the child or other children.

Electronic Communication is used to convey important information and must be attended to regularly. 

1.     Monthly newsletters summarizing current events are emailed.
2.     OneCall is used for urgent messages.
3.     Personal email notifications as needed.

Medications

Oakwood forms must be completed by both parent and physician and returned before OTC or prescription drugs are given to students. These forms may be obtained online on the Oakwood Schools website or from S.C directly.  All meds must be kept in the S.C. office.

Withdrawal from the Program

  • Let us know as soon as possible the last day your child will attend. Whether or not a student may return will be determined by availability. 
  • Anyone withdrawing from S.C. after completing a new fall registration will lose their reserved spot if they withdraw from the program before the end of the school year.

Other Useful Information
Days of Operation

Open Monday through Friday except:

  • Sept. 6, 2021
  • Nov. 24, 25 and 26, 2021
  • Dec. 24, 27 and 31, 2021
  • Jan. 17, 2022  (We will not be open on MLK day.)
  • May 30, 2022

Emergency Closings:

  • Oakwood Schools closed ----------------- South Connection closed
  • Oakwood Schools on a 1-hour delay --------- South Connection opens at 8 a.m.
  • Oakwood Schools on a 2-hour delay --------- South Connection opens at 9 a.m.

We will be open for the following:

  • Staff in-service days: Sign-up required.
  • Early dismissals: Tell South Connection your plans for these days.
  • Most school scheduled holidays: You must sign-up and follow the posted procedure.

Electronic Device Use at South Connection is Limited

  • We are not responsible for lost or broken devices.
  • Tablets can be used when doing schoolwork at designated times.
  • We strongly recommend that students do not wear smart watches at South Connection since all changes of plans need to be made through South Connection staff.  If your child does wear a smart watch, it can only be used to tell time.  If it is used for any other reason, the child will lose the privilege to bring it to South Connection. 
  • Monitoring games, camera use and incoming and outgoing communication takes too much time away from staff who need to be supervising groups of children. 
  • All other devices are not allowed. 

Over time, as new information becomes available, some restrictions may be added or relaxed.  Thank you for understanding that this is a challenging venture for everyone involved.  Let’s all work together to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Many of our policies and procedures have changed due to COVID-19.  If you have questions about the changes or have any additional questions, please contact Christy Smith at smith.christy@oakwoodschools.org 

Thanks so much,
Christy Smith and South Connection Staff

Staff

Christy Smith, Program Manager
Katie Jolliff-Smith, Team Leader
Mary Lanthorn

Ali Bowers
Jessie Cervantes-Babin
Nolan Frisk
Erin Gibbs
Andrew Herbenick
Lily Knorr
Clara Minardi
 

Contact Information

Christy Smith
937-643-9314
smith.christy@oakwoodschools.org

Emergency Closings

  • Oakwood Schools closed ----------------- South Connection closed
  • Oakwood Schools on a 1-hour delay --------- South Connection opens at 8 a.m.
  • Oakwood Schools on a 2-hour delay --------- South Connection opens at 9 a.m.

South Connection Philosophy

South Connection believes:

  • That each child is unique
  • That elementary school-age children should have a healthy and safe after-school experience
  • That a structured, enriched environment enhances a child’s emotional and developmental growth
  • That parent-school-community cooperation is essential for healthy child development
  • That children need opportunities to explore and learn in a variety of settings
  • That a child’s sense of security is enhanced by adult attention and supervision
  • That a child’s self-esteem develops through positive experiences with adults and other children
  • That each child needs age appropriate opportunities to develop problem solving and decision-making skills
  • That children learn in varied ways from many life experiences and that exposure to a wide age range of people, multi-generational, is actually beneficial

Goals and Objectives

1.     To provide a safe, nurturing environment for elementary-age children

2.     To give children a chance to relax and renew their energies by means of exercises and activities designed toward this end

3.     To provide a wide variety of activities in which children can be involved

4.     To provide opportunities for children to make choices about activities, practice being responsible, and use problem solving skills

5.     To provide appropriate physical activities to channel children’s energies and strengthen their bodies

6.     To introduce children to experiences in arts, crafts, music, drama, and nature and help them develop their own creativity

7.     To enhance the child’s feeling of self-esteem

8.     To facilitate the development of each child’s social skills and encourage treating everyone with kindness and respect

9.     To provide opportunities for children to develop relationships with adults and other children