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McCullough, Linda


Director of School Age Child Care
Lampeter Elementary School
717 464-3311 ext. 5017

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School Age Child Care (SACC)

SACC Main

MISSION STATEMENT
To fulfill the need for child care in a geographic area, while providing quality day care for the children as a service to their parents and the community.

PHILOSOPHY
The philosophy of the Lampeter-Strasburg School-Age Child Care program is based upon the individual and developmental needs of the children it will serve, namely children in kindergarten through grade five. The program reflects the school district's belief in a strong sense of community that is dedicated to nurturing children, providing for individual differences among them, and understanding that the rate of change among children varies greatly during the early school years.

Lampeter-Strasburg's School-Age Child Care program provides a "Home-Away-From-Home" environment that allows children opportunities for self-selected activities, large and small muscle activities, and experiences that will foster positive independence and cooperation. The staff includes child-oriented adults who adhere to the same philosophy. Each staff member will provide a safe, secure, and happy environment for the children.

We believe that these young members of the Lampeter-Strasburg family are deserving of the very best opportunities to develop and grow in an enriching and non-threatening setting. The L-S School-Age Child Care program is build upon what is best for our fragile and precious children.


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Admissions, the provisions of services, and referrals of clients are made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, age, or sex. Program services shall be made accessible to eligible persons with disabilities through the most practical and economically feasible methods available.

Absences

If your child misses an occasional day, no adjustment will be made in your weekly fee. However, if your child has a lengthy illness or goes on vacation, you will be responsible for paying only one-half of your contracted price, but no less than the daily minimum fee of $7.00. Please let the staff know as soon as possible if your sick child will not be in Child Care.

If your child is not coming to after-school SACC on the day he or she is expected, please write a note for their teacher and a note for SACC. Additional time in SACC must be arranged with Director in advance. In the event your child is coming to SACC on a day not contracted, please have a note for teacher and SACC.

Advisory Council

An Advisory Council serves SACC at the direction of the Board of School Directors. The Council is composed of the primary principals of Hans Herr, Lampeter and Strasburg Elementary Schools, the School-Age Child Care Director, elementary nurse, teachers, and parents.

The Elementary Coordinator serves as the liaison between the program and the School Board.

Arrival and Departure

The adult responsible for drop off and pick up of your child must come to the Child Care room and sign in and out on attendance sheet. Please initial and write in time. Children may not sign themselves in or out. Please check your child's folder daily.

Accompany your children to the site on arrival and please stay with them upon departure. Do not leave your children unattended at any time!

For safety and insurance purposes, DO NOT allow your car to remain running during arrival and departure.

Lampeter parents should park along the driveway or enter the parking area off Rosier Way and enter the building through the SACC entrance at the side of the building. Parking along the driveway at the Lampeter drop off in not permitted from 8:25-9:00AM.

Hans Herr parents arriving before 7:00AM and after 5:00PM should drop off or pick up at the Hans Herr Cafeteria. After 7:00AM, the 4th and 5th graders should be dropped off at the Hans Herr gymnasium, with the 3rd graders remaining in the cafeteria. No cars may enter the Hans Herr loop while the buses are loading and unloading from 8:25-9:00AM and 3:15-3:45PM.

Behavior Policy

The safety and welfare of all children in the Child Care program is our first responsibility. L-S SACC encourages and expects appropriate behavior from the children in our care. Children should respect our staff and follow rules. When the behavior exhibited is not acceptable we explain to the children what is expected of them and give them another opportunity to comply. If the unacceptable behavior persists, the children are redirected or given time apart from their group to think about their actions. This time is generally one minute for each birth year. Parents are notified of persistent behavior problems or a behavior that causes a safety or health concern. We need to be sure that both home and the SACC program are in agreement about the manner in which a behavior problem is being handled. If the problem continues, a parent conference will be scheduled. We discourage aggressive behavior and ask that all weapon-type toys remain at home. The Lampeter-Strasburg SACC program retains the right to dismiss a child for inappropriate behaviors.

Breakfasts, Snacks, and Lunches

A nutritious after-school snack will be served daily. For your convenience, snack menus are posted at each site.

Breakfast is available to students and may be purchased in the school cafeteria from 8:40-9:00AM on days that school is in session.

Lunch in the cafeteria is available for kindergarten children on days that school is in session. A social atmosphere is provided during lunch with staff and children eating together. A menu will be sent home with your child each month. Your child will have the following options for lunch:

.....buy the school lunch
.....bring a packed lunch and buy milk
.....bring a packed lunch and a drink

Money for lunches or milk must be put in an envelope marked with the amount and child's name and handed to staff the first day of each week. Checks must be made payable to Lampeter-Strasburg Cafeteria Fund.

Please refrain from sending lunches that need heated. No soda permitted!!

Children using the center on days on which school is not in session will need to pack a lunch and drink, unless notified otherwise.

Change of Information/Withdrawl

It is extremely important that the Director or site staff be notified promptly of any change of address, telephone number, place of employment or other pertinent changes occurring during the school year. For enrollment and tuition purposes, the Director must be notified two weeks in advance of your child's withdrawal. If notification is not given, parents will be billed for an additional two weeks.

Early Dismissal Days

Extended Care services will be available on early dismissal days when school is not in session for the children contracted for services. Additional hours for Early Dismissal Days are not included in your weekly tuition. If your child will attend SACC after the 1:15 p.m. dismissal, parents are asked to sign or opt out of that day on the in-house form found at each sit by the designated deadline. SACC attendance is expected unless a note is received to the contrary. The early dismissal fee (1:15-3:15) charge is $7. (There is no reduction in your contracted rate.)

Elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. on early dismissal days.

Should your child need care on extended days and we do not receive confirmation by the deadline, a $10 late fee will be charged.

Emergency Operations Plan

L-S SACC Emergency Operations Plan provides for response to all types of emergencies. Depending on the circumstances of the emergency, we will use one of the following protective actions:

  • Immediate evacuation- children are evacuated to a safe area on the grounds of the facility in the event of a fire, etc.
  • In-place sheltering-sudden occurrences, weather or hazardous materials related, may dictate that taking cover inside the building is the best immediate response.
  • Evacuation-total evacuation of the facility may become necessary if there is a danger in the area. In this case, children will be taken to the following facilities:
  • @Hans Herr SACC children will be taken to Lampeter United Methodist Church (the corner of Book and Village Rd., Lampeter, PA. 17537).
  • @Lampeter SACC children will be taken to Lampeter United Methodist Church (the corner of Book and Village Road, Lampeter PA 17537).
  • Modified Operation-may include cancellation/postponement or rescheduling of normal activities. These actions are normally taken in case of a winter storm or building problems that make it unsafe for students (such as utility disruptions) but could be necessary in a variety of situations.


Listen to: WGAL TV 8, WDAC, WHP(The River), WIOV FM, WJTL, WLAN, WLPA/WARM, Z107/105.7 and check the district website and social media channels for announcements relating to any of the emergencies listed above.

Please do not call during the emergency. This will keep the main line telephone free to make emergency calls and relay information. We will call you to let you know that we've taken one of these protective actions. We will also call you when we've resolved the situation and it's safe for you to pick up your child.
The facility director may provide an alternate phone number to call in an emergency event.

The emergency contact form signed upon registration and update every six months will be used to call you in the event of an emergency and to identify persons you have designated to pick up your child.

Lampeter-Strasburg School Age Child Care urges you NOT to attempt to make different arrangements during an emergency. This will only create confusion and divert staff from their assigned emergency duties. In order to assure the safety of your children and our staff, we ask for your understanding and cooperation.

Emergency Procedures

Your child's safety is of primary concern to the L-S SACC program. Fire Drills are practiced on a regular basis. In the event of an actual fire emergency, children follow the assigned procedure and meet at a designated area outside the buildings.

A yearly severe weather drill is practiced with the Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency. During a drill or actual severe weather alert, children go to assigned safe areas inside the building. You will find these safe areas posted at each of the sites.

Lampeter Pioneer Place: Red pod rest room
Lampeter Outpost: Cafeteria rest room
Hans Herr Double H: Hallway behind Library
Hans Herr Frontier: Boys Locker Room

Practice includes explaining to the children what is happening and why the drill is taking place, all the while reassuring them that they are safe and loved.

Health Appraisals

The Department of Public Welfare (DHS) requires a current health appraisal for each child in care. Kindergarten children and school age children need physical exams upon entering the SACC program. These exams need to be on file within 60 days after admission to the program.

Lack of a current health appraisal in your child's file places L-S SACC in non-compliance with DHS regulations. Therefore when a current health appraisal is not on file a child is excluded from care until a current appraisal is completed.

Child Care services will be terminated if regulations are not followed. State law also requires immunizations to be up to date according to state minimal requirements.

Licensing

Lampeter-Strasburg School Age Child Care is licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) in the state of Pennsylvania to provide childcare for children in kindergarten though 5th grade.

Licensing requires compliance with DHS regulations as set forth in DHS Chapter 2370 of the Pennsylvania Code.

An annual day-long inspection by a representative of DHS ensures the Lampeter-Strasburg SACC is compliant in all areas as required by law. DHS may at any time perform an unannounced site visit.

Current certificates of compliance and summary of inspections for the Lampeter-Strasburg SACC program are available to parents through postings at each of the SACC sites.

Medications

All medication should be administered by the school nurse. If dosage must be given before or after school, arrangements will be made with the school nurse. A physician's current written instructions are required in order to administer any medication, prescription or non-prescription. Instructions for administration contained on a prescription label are acceptable.

No medication of any type, for example, cough drops, cough syrup, vitamins, aspirin, ear drops, suntan lotions or bee sting medications will be given to your child without your written consent to the school nurse. Medications must be sent to school in the original container.

In the event of an accident or health problem during Child Care, information provided by the parent at the Child Care site will be utilized in handling the situation.

Miscellaneous Daily Needs

Outside play- Fresh air and sunshine are important for a child's health and well being. It is important that your child be dressed appropriately for outside play. A jacket suitable for the weather and hat or mittens when needed should be provided. Please label all outerwear. Children need to wear shoes that will permit them to run and play without
injury. Clogs and flip-flop type shoes are not appropriate play gear. If your child wears this type of shoe, please bring another pair of shoes for play.

Extra Clothing- Kindergarten children will need a minimum of one extra set of seasonal clothes, with underwear, and socks to be placed in a 2-gallon Ziploc bag. Please label all clothing

Rest time- L-S SACC will supply your child with a mat and towel to use during rest time. Parents may provide a blanket or "lovey" for your child. Both must fit into a 2-gallon Ziploc bag for storage purposes. DHS regulations state that bedding must be washed at the end of each week. L-S SACC staff sanitizes rest mats once a week and launders the towels.

Please do not allow your child to bring toys, money, or expensive items to child care.

Payments and Fees

2 hours or less $7.00 (minimum daily fee)

Varied schedules will be accommodated only if the minimum $7.00/day fee is paid to assure a care spot for your child. Varied schedules are due by Thursday for the following week. Please provide classroom teacher with a copy also.


On teacher in-service days, school vacation days, snow days and early dismissal days, the hourly rate is $3.50 to a maximum of $35.00 per day.

Minimum weekly fee is $14.00 (minimum 2- 2hr. days or 4 hours/week).

Weekly payment is due the first day of each week. Parents may opt to pay for more than one week or a lump sum. In order to ensure proper credit to your account, please write your child's name on your check and the week / weeks for which you are paying. Make checks payable to Lampeter-Strasburg School District SACC. An electronic payment option is available for credit cards with a link found on the L-S website. Parents can simply locate the SACC link and then choose payments-electronic. Ignore the pop-up window and continue with payment. An additional percentage fee will be added.

Please use your contract information to calculate your cost. It is the responsibility of the parent to figure payment amount. Keep contract handy for reference. Staff does not have access to this information. Monthly statements are provided for confirmation and verification.

Lampeter-Strasburg SACC reserves the right to discontinue care for your child when tuition is in arrears for more than two weeks. Services will be discontinued until balance is paid. Families experiencing temporary financial difficulties should contact the director. Termination of services will occur if payments continue to be delinquent.

Registration

The initial registration fee is $30.00 per child. This non-refundable fee is due and payable at the time of initial registration. The annual pre-registration fee is discounted if returned and paid by April 30th of the following year.

Release of Children

Children will be released from the center only to the person(s) designated on the Emergency Contact / Parental Consent Form. Staff must be notified when someone other than a designated person will be arriving for your child. For your child's safety, a description of this person must be supplied to a staff member.

Photo ID is required of everyone picking up a child.
NO identification, no release!

A parent of a child shall be permitted free access to a child unless a court of competent jurisdiction has limited parental right of access to the child and a copy of the order is on file at the facility.

SACC Holidays

Child Care services will not be provided on the following days throughout the school year:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Holidays
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Presidents' Day
  • Spring Vacation
  • Memorial Day


Payment is not required for these days. ($14 Minimum weekly fee required.)

Schedule Changes

Purple varied schedule forms are available in the office to request a schedule change or extended leave. Notice is required two weeks in advance to change your child's schedule and in order to be eligible for the vacation discount, one-half the contracted price, but not less that the $7.00 daily minimum.

You may change your contract once in the school calendar year without charge. An administrative fee of $20.00 per change will be charged thereafter.

Varied schedules will be accommodated only if the minimum $7.00/day fee is paid to assure a care spot for your child. Varied schedules are due by Thursday for the following week. Please provide classroom teacher with a copy also.


On teacher in-service days, school vacation days, snow days and early dismissal days, the hourly rate is $3.50 to a maximum of $35.00 per day.
Minimum weekly fee is $14.00 (minimum 2- 2hr. days or 4 hours/week).

Sick Children

Please be sure to call the appropriate site if your child is sick and will be absent.

Children cannot attend SACC if they have any of the following: fever, diarrhea, vomiting, contagious disease or contagious condition (lice, scabies, chicken pox, pink eye, impetigo, etc.). If your child is sick with any of the above symptoms or contagions, you or the emergency person listed on your child's application will be called to pick your child up immediately. Please call the site when your child will not be attending SACC and clarify his illness, particularly if contagious, so that the site may initiate appropriate measures.

A child should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to Child Care.

Site Hours

The center opens at 6:15 a.m. and closes promptly at 6:00 p.m. A ten dollar ($10.00) per child late fee will be charged if your child is picked up after 6:00 p.m. An additional $10.00 will be assessed for each 10 minute period that your child remains in supervised care.

Teacher Inservice/School Vacation Days

Extended Care services will be available on teacher inservice and school vacation days when school is not in session for the children contracted for services. Those parents may request services/opt out of that day by signing the in-house form found at each site. An hourly rate of $3.50/hour will be charged up to a maximum of $35 per day. Payment is required only if services are requested ($14 minimum weekly fee required). Please complete the forms by the designated deadlines.

Childcare is provided at the Hans Herr Elementary School cafeteria site only. A packed lunch and drink are required.

If needed for snow make-up days, this date will be a regular school day.

Tuition Subsidy

The Child Care Information Service (CCIS) in Lancaster provides subsidized child care for eligible families. Lampeter-Strasburg SACC has a contract agreement with this agency. Parents are responsible for fees not covered by CCIS. For more information about this program, please contact the director.

Weather Related/Snow Policy

The Lampeter-Strasburg School Age Child Care will be open on snow days, during delayed school openings, and early dismissals due to bad weather, except under extreme weather conditions.

In the event of inclement weather, the Lampeter-Strasburg School Age Child Care Program will adhere to the following policy:

  • In the event of a 1-hour delay, SACC doors will open at 7:15 AM.
  • With a 2-hour delay, the program will run on a modified schedule with SACC opening at 8:00 AM.
  • If a dismissal of students occurs prior to the actual end of the day, SACC will remain open until the last child is picked up, but no later than 6:00 PM.


If Lampeter-Strasburg School District is closed, Child Care (SACC) will operate if conditions warrant.

  • If school is cancelled because of bad weather, SACC Snow Day Child Care will open at 8:30 AM. Children attending report to the Hans Herr Elementary School Cafeteria Site ONLY!
  • On school snow days, only those children attending SACC will be charged and all others credited for that day.
  • We encourage you to be alert to changing weather conditions and make appropriate allowances for time. You will be contacted if weather conditions deteriorate.


If Child Care is CLOSED due to an extreme weather condition (blizzard, ice storm, state of emergency), it will be announced as early as possible under the name Lampeter-Strasburg School District School-Age Child Care (SACC) on most radio stations, WGAL-TV, and the district website and social media channels.

Year End Totals

The prior year tuition expenditure for your family will be available for tax purposes by the second week of January.

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Lampeter-Strasburg School District
1600 Book Rd., Lampeter PA 17537

Phone: 717-464-3311

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Administration Building: 717-464-4699
Lampeter Elementary School: 717-358-1880
Hans Herr Elementary School: 717-509-0300
Martin Meylin Middle School: 717-509-0289
Lampeter-Strasburg High School: 717-509-0485

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