Please Note:    Latchkey will not be available:

- May 26 - 29     Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
- The afternoon of Wednesday, June 7, which is a 1/2 day



Welcome to Latchkey

Hello and welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School's Latchkey Program.  We are excited you have taken the time to visit our site to inquire about what we have to offer your children.  As program director, I am very happy to answer any questions you may have about our wonderful program. I can be reached at (586) 727-9365 x112 or dbertossi.st.a@comcast.net.

The Latchkey Program requires that participants must be pre-registered, and all paperwork MUST be completed, before your child(ren) can begin attending.

Mrs. Dolly Bertossi
St. Augustine Catholic School Latchkey Director




Latchkey Registration Form

2016-2017 Latchkey Registration Form


Program Guide

This Handbook

This handbook is a working document.  Because this program believes in continuous improvement, suggestions and feedback are always welcome.  As changes are made, all Latchkey families will be notified of the changes.  

    

Program/School Philosophy

The St. Augustine School Community believes that all children are unique gifts and creations of God with individual needs and abilities. We believe in the development of the whole child (mind, body, spirit), based on Catholic values as expressed in the Gospels.

The faculty, in partnership with the family, parish, and community, strives to provide a foundation which encourages and enables our children to develop to their highest potential: self-discipline, respect for self and others, academic skills and knowledge, a love of learning for learning's sake, and the ability to think creatively and problem solve in order that they might become productive members of God's universe, responsible citizens of a free society, and active, participating members of the Catholic Church.


Admission Policy

St. Augustine Latchkey Program is open to any child in grades Pre K-8 currently enrolled in St. Augustine School, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or religion.

Those seeking to enroll a child in the program must complete an application for admission. Children may enroll at any time during the school year as long as there are openings. To enroll, contact the St. Augustine School Office at (586) 727-9365.  If you choose to discontinue use of the program, please notify the office or Latchkey director.

Latchkey Sessions

Currently, there are two Latchkey sessions: Monday - Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The program will follow the St. Augustine School schedule.  Therefore, there will be no Latchkey when the school is not in session, including but not limited to holidays and snow days.  When school is scheduled for a half day, only the morning session will be held; the afternoon will be canceled.

Registration

To register for the Latchkey Program, packets may be picked up either at the office or in the school library / Latchkey room.  All forms must be completed before the child may begin, along with the $35.00 family registration fee. Included in the packet are:

  • Registration Form
  • Scheduling calendar for current and/or upcoming month
  • State of Michigan Child Information Card (emergency information)
  • Good Health Statement Form
  • Written Information Packet Documentation Form
  • Parent Notification of the Licensing Notebook Form

The State of Michigan requires ALL information be completed, using "none" or "unknown" where not applicable or available.


Fees: K - 8 Grades

Registration Fee: $35 per family (nonrefundable) per school year

Rates:  $5.00 per hour:

  • 6:00 a.m. — 8:00 a.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Fees:  Preschool

Registration Fee:  $35 per family (nonrefundable) per school year

$5.00 per hour:

  •  6:00 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.
  •  2:30 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

 

Please make checks payable to St. Augustine Latchkey Program.   Families will have the option of paying for Latchkey care using FACTS.


Late Fees

We understand that delays can happen, and one can run behind schedule. If this becomes a regular behavior, there will be a late fee of $5.00 per child for every 15 minutes the parent /guardian is late. This fee is expected to be paid prior to the child(ren)’s return to the program, directly to the Latchkey director or the school office.


Refunds

Due to costs to the school, the registration fee is non-refundable.  Daily charges may be paid in advance or at the end of the month by cash, check or FACTS.  You will receive a statement usually by the 7the of the following month with your account balance due or credit.  If you pay in advance, and your child(ren) misses any scheduled days, your account will be credited for the unused days.


Snacks

Parents are asked to provide after-school snacks for their child(ren) that do not need to be refrigerated. Students will be asked to have their snacks when they first arrive, since most have not eaten since lunch. Some suggestions for snacks include juice or water, fruits or vegetables, peanut butter or cheese and crackers, pretzels, granola bars, etc. Although sharing is a preferred behavior, we suggest that children do not share or exchange their snacks, unless they have enough for all children present that day. On occasion, parents have provided treats for all Program students on a prescheduled day.

There is a designated table for breakfast or snacks, which will be cleaned following the guidelines of the State of Michigan for child care programs. All will be asked to wash their hands prior to consuming their food. There is also a covered trash receptacle where the children should dispose of any food or beverage-related waste.


Hand Washing and Restroom Use

Children will be allowed to use the first-floor restrooms as needed, and will be allowed to go alone unless they are in prekindergarten.  An adult will take all of the students to the restroom if a pre-k student needs to use the facility.

Whenever possible, Latchkey children and staff will wash their hands with soap and water instead of using hand sanitizer.  The guidelines for hand washing are posted in the classroom and restrooms.
All must wash hands with soap prior to eating, and after using the restroom for any purpose.


Storage of Personal Belongings

The Latchkey Program will use laundry baskets to store backpacks, coats, etc. when the students are in Latchkey. We ask all students to bring with them ALL of the belongings they intend to take home with them, including but not limited to coats, homework, book bags, lunch bags, etc.

Children are discouraged from returning to their classroom or locker for any reason once they reach Latchkey.


Activities

A schedule of suggested activities will be posted each week in the classroom.  Children will be required to complete homework prior to free play unless the parent / guardian indicates otherwise to the program director.  Although not required, the children will be encouraged to participate in a planned activity that promotes teamwork and sharing as well as cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional, or spiritual development.


Attendance

All Latchkey participation must be prescheduled; this is not a drop-in program.  If you need to use the program at the last minute, please call the school office or Latchkey program to determine availability for that day.  Calendars are sent home prior to the new month with the youngest child in the program.  Please complete these calendars so we may have an accurate count of participants to accommodate last-minute add ons.


Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school, please ask that the Latchkey Program be made aware of the absence when you call the School Office.  If your child will be attending school, but NOT prescheduled Latchkey, please let the director know either verbally, through the school office, with a written note, or a voice mail message.


Illnesses

Parents will be called when their child(ren) has a fever of 99 degrees F, diarrhea, vomiting, a rash, serious injury, or isn't acting "herself" or "himself." 


Dismissals

Children will only be released to designated parent / guardian, or any person listed on the Child Information Record.  Adults picking up child(ren) in grades K-8 at any time, or those in Pre-K after 4:30 p.m., will enter through the main doors of the school.  There is a designated door bell for Latchkey. Persons picking up the child(ren) need to sign the child(ren) out, indicating the time of pick-up. If the director and children are playing outside, a sign will be posted in the main entrance window indicating such.  Please proceed directly to the playground to pick up your child/ren.


Discipline

The Latchkey Program will follow the Code of Conduct/Discipline Policy spelled out in the School's Student/Parent Handbook. We will use positive methods of discipline, which encourages self control and cooperation. At no time is physical or verbal punishment used.  If a problem occurs, first gentle reminders are given. If the behavior continues, we redirect the child to a different area of activity.  If needed, the principal will be made aware of specific issues.  Whenever possible, the Latchkey director will talk with parents / guardians when picking up children to let them know of any special circumstances that occurred that day. 


Open Communication

We look forward to working with you and your children during this special time in the children's day. The staff will be in contact with the children's teachers to ensure a smooth transition from classroom to childcare. Latchkey staff, in turn, will share this information with parents when they pick up their children. You may also schedule an appointment to meet with staff if you feel one is needed.


Fire, Tornado, and Lock Down Drills

The Latchkey Program is required by Michigan law to have fire and tornado drills that are held after school hours. If you arrive when we are in the middle of a drill, please wait patiently for us to finish before picking up your child. If you are in the school, at the time of the drill, you will need to follow the procedures followed in the classroom for that specific drill.


Electronic Devices

Because the School Policy for electronic devices is that they are not allowed, this rule must be carried over to Latchkey.

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