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Fall 2021 Application and Information

Please make sure to read this important information about the fall program so you will be aware of changes from past years.   We will be using time stamped online links. Please be proactive by familiarizing yourself with the location of the links before they go active.

Current South Connection Students & Those Registered for 2020-2021 Who Didn't Come Due to the Pandemic

All current South Connection students and those who were registered for 2020-2021, who didn’t come because of the pandemic, will have the opportunity to use Link A to apply for our program. 

If there is room in the program for your child, we will email you with information on how to complete the registration process.  A $10 before school and/or $40 after school nonrefundable registration fee is required for each child. 

Link A will become active Friday, May 7, at 9:00 p.m. and will close at 9:00 p.m. Monday, May 17. 

After that, Link B can be used by anyone who has not applied, but could result in being placed on a waitlist.  The link form requires only first and last name of the student and a phone number before submitting. Each entry will be time stamped and programs will be filled in regards to the list that is generated by the data collected. 

If a family wishes to enroll more than one student, a separate form must be submitted for each child.  These families will also be able to register siblings at this time, including 2021 kindergarteners.  However, the time stamp for the first submission will be used for the entire family. 

Once this step is completed, a box will pop up with a link for another form to fill out with more details regarding which programs (before school and after school) you are requesting.   Currently enrolled students will fill the first available spots in the program.  Those who were registered for 2020-2021 but did not attend will be considered next.  We will take a minimum of 20 kindergartens and if any other spots remain open, we will fill them with students from Link B.

Incoming 2021-2022 Kindergarteners & New Students

On Monday, May 17 at 9:00 p.m., Link B will become active to incoming 2021-2022 kindergarteners and new students to apply.  Do not use Link A, since it will not result in a better position and you will still need to use Link B to receive a time stamped entry.  The link form requires only first and last name of the student and a phone number before submitting. Each entry will be time stamped and programs will be filled in regards to the list that is generated by the data collected.  If a family wishes to enroll more than one student, a separate form must be submitted for each child.  However, the time stamp for the first submission will be used for the entire family.  Once this step is completed, a box will pop up with a link for another form to fill out with more details regarding which programs (before school and after school) you are requesting.   

We will take a minimum of 20 kindergartens and if any other spots remain open, we will email you with information on how to complete the registration process.  After programs are full, remaining registrations names will be placed on a waitlist.  New names may be added to this list by using the link until March 2022.  At that time, the list will be reset and the process will begin again.

All respondents should look for an email regarding their application’s status by the end of May.  You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to complete registration or inform you that you are on the waitlist.  All registration fees are nonrefundable except for kindergarten students who decide not to attend school after screening results.

This year’s Fall South Connection operating hours will be 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  South Connection’s Fall Program will start Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.  South Connection will be providing breakfast and snack.   We are pleased to announce our fees have not been raised and we are offering a 3-day or 5-day option for the fall program.  The charge for 5 days of care is $40 for before school and $80 for after school per week per child.  The charge for 3 days of care is $24 for before school and $48 for after school per week per child.  Part time students must specify which 3 days they are applying for and will need to adhere to that schedule unless room becomes available on other days.  If Oakwood Schools needs to change to offsite instruction or is closed, South Connection is also closed.  However, if you choose to attend during school break days or PD days, you can sign up and pay $35 per day per child.  There will be no free personal vacation weeks during the school year except those scheduled on the Oakwood School calendar.  Your weekly fee is due by Friday each week even if your child was absent for any reason including quarantine.  We will not accept doctor excuses.  Your set tuition reserves your scheduled days in the program.  Staffing and transportation expenses do not change because of student absences.

Drop-Off

Parents will bring children to the back door of Lange (#5), where the daily health screen will take place.  Parents must wear a face covering, since they will be interacting with the check-in person, and will not enter the building.  Make sure your child has the following items each day: face covering and filled water bottle.  Children will wear face coverings in accordance with current mandates.  We will promote social distancing and children may spend some time in assigned seats (i.e. attendance, eating and table activities). 

Each child’s temperature will be taken with an infrared thermometer and will not be allowed in if it reads 100 degrees or higher.  If the individual has had contact with someone confirmed or probable to have COVID-19, he or she must complete isolation or quarantine procedures in coordination with the local health department and school nurse prior to returning to the program.   The child may return 24 hours after being fever free, without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Transportation

We are hoping to utilize school buses.  In the event that we cannot, we will be using Oakwood vans.  Six students will be seated in each van. 

Pick-Up

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.  While waiting for your child, be sure to observe 6-foot distancing by standing on one of the blue marks beside the porch.  Parent’s must wear a face covering and 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 6:00 p.m. closing time will be strictly enforced.  The $1 per minute late penalty fee will be assessed for late pick-ups. 

Over time, as new information becomes available, some restrictions may be added or relaxed.  If indeterminate situations arise, decisions will be at the discretion of the South Connection Program Manager and the Oakwood Board of Education.  If you have any questions, please contact Christy Smith at 937-643-9314.

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.  We are hoping to eventually be able to return to some of our old ways of doing things. 

Thanks so much,
Christy and South Connection Staff