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Rec Plus Childcare registration is open for this school year

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board sent this bulletin at 08/25/2020 04:30 PM CDT

Rec Plus Childcare Rec Plus Childcare registration is open for this school yearRec Plus outdoor Matthews Park socially distanced

Nine sites will host Rec Plus Childcare after school (2-6 pm) and on school release days from Sept. 8 to June 11.

Modifications will be in place to meet public health guidelines, including requiring children and staff to wear masks.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will provide school-age childcare for children in grades K-6 at neighborhood recreation centers. Rec Plus currently operates after school and on school release days.

Program components have been modified to meet public health guidelines, including mask requirements for staff and children in accordance with Executive Order 20-81. Activities have been modified for social distancing and may include games, sports, arts and crafts, homework help and nutritious snacks.

Click this REGISTER link or the buttons below to apply. More information on the program is available below and at minneapolisparks.org/recplus.

Rec Plus SitesAll sites are open after school (2-6 pm) and on school release days.

Armatage 612-370-4912
RecPlusArmatage@minneapolisparks.org

Matthews 612-370-4950
RecPlusMatthews@minneapolisparks.org

Audubon 612-370-4910
RecPlusAudubon@minneapolisparks.org

McRae 612-370-4909
RecPlusMcRae@minneapolisparks.org

Harrison (NEW SITE) 612-370-4951
RecPlusHarrison@minneapolisparks.org

Waite 612-370-4959
RecPlusWaite@minneapolisparks.org

Hiawatha School 612-370-4952
RecPlusHiawathaSchoolPark@minneapolisparks.org

Webber 612-370-4916
RecPlusWebber@minneapolisparks.org

Lynnhurst 612-370-4914
RecPlusLynnhurst@minneapolisparks.org  

FeesRec Plus has a nonrefundable annual registration fee of $35 per child, in addition to daily fees. Daily fees are listed per child.

After-School Rec Plus2-6 pm: Mpls Resident: $16.50 per day Non-Mpls Resident: $21.25 per day

School Release DaysRelease Days are an option for children enrolled in the school year program.
Rec Plus Release Day Rates through December 31, 2020Mpls Resident: $40 per day Non-Mpls Resident: $53 per day

Fee Assistance OptionsThe MPRB Fee Assistance Program assists Minneapolis residents when financial limitations occur. Eligibility for the program is determined by meeting the current Income Guidelines, completing an application and providing additional documentation outlined by the MPRB Fee Assistance Program. Fee assistance is for the instructional portion of the fees only, and not for supplies, extra fees or admission costs for field trips.Qualifying families may also apply through the Hennepin County Child Care Assistance program.Limited number of full scholarships are available for the Harrison Site. For more information email recplusharrison@minneapolisparks.org.

COVID FAQRec Plus is excited to open this fall with modified hours. Below we hope to answer frequently asked questions and provide information on procedures and policies (currently, all subject to change) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cleaning and Hygiene: Rec Plus staff will be cleaning toys, tables, chairs, high touch areas and other equipment several times a day. Groups will be washing hands often and hand sanitizer will be available in every space.

Household Health: If your child’s household consists of any members showing symptoms of COVID-19 or waiting for COVID-19 test results or to be tested contact your Childcare Specialist to discuss a return date for your child. Rec Plus and the MPRB is in close communication with the Minnesota Department of Health and work to follow best practices recommended.

Masks: Masks required for all children and staff while indoors in accordance with Executive Order 20-81, Rec Plus will require the use of face coverings in all indoor spaces. This Executive Order applies to all Minnesotans, making exemptions for children who are five years old and under, and those with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering.
Please send a clean face covering with your child each day and talk with them about how to use it. Children will not be allowed into Rec Plus without it. Masks may be temporarily removed when outdoors or when engaged in physical activities where the level of exertion makes it difficult to wear a face covering, as long as social distancing can be maintained and when eating or drinking (children sit 6 feet apart while eating). All staff working in Rec Plus are required to wear masks during their indoor work hours, with the exception of staff who has been approved by HR with a medical condition.

Pod System & Modified Activities: Rec Plus will be using a system of pods to decrease exposure and cross contamination of COVID-19. Children will be split into pods of 14 or less and paired with a staff member. Pods will remain as consistent as possible throughout their time in Rec Plus. Pods will be assigned a room each day and activities will rotate to their room; pods will not change rooms during the same day. All pods will daily receive snack, have outdoor time and participate in modified activities to account for social distancing.

Drop Off, Pick Up & Limited Building Entry: At this time, buildings will remain closed to the public and only accessible to MPRB staff and the Rec Plus children enrolled in our program on that given date. Rec Plus staff will be at your site’s designated drop off and pick up area from 2-3:30 pm for drop off and beginning at 4:30 pm for pick up. At drop off, your Childcare Specialist will confirm you have completed the daily required health screening and that your child’s bag is fully packed for the afternoon. Your child will be given hand sanitizer and be directed by staff on how to proceed. An ID will be required by all adults at pick up; your child will only be released to authorized parents, guardians or other authorized adults listed on your child’s enrollment form. Your child will receive hand sanitizer before leaving Rec Plus.

Health Check: Parents must conduct a health check for their child each day before dropping off at Rec Plus. This includes taking their temperature and screening your child for any COVID-19 symptoms. Children must stay home if they are ill. Participants must be healthy and symptom free for the past 10 days and have a temperature of less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Symptoms include fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

COVID-19 Closures: If a child or staff test positive for COVID-19, the program or pod will shut down for 14 days. As directed by the Minnesota Department of Health, children and staff exposed are not allowed to attend another Rec Plus site during those 14 days. You will receive a full refund for that time.

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