GENERAL POLICIES

REGISTRATION

 

ALL PAST DUE BALANCES MUST BE PAID OR YOU WILL BE PLACED ON THE WAIT LIST FOR YOUR SELECTED CLASSES.

 

CANCELLATIONS & SCHEDULE REVISIONS


We want your child to enjoy their selected classes. We realize, however, not every choice is a successful fit. We will try to accommodate your needs within the first two weeks of the session if there is space available. If space is not available we will provide a full refund of your deposit or full payment. Up to the halfway mark of any class, we will refund 25% of payments made. We cannot provide any refund after the halfway mark of the program as vendor contracts are set and vendors must be paid. Please be considerate and timely with these requests. All requests for changes must be in writing and emailed to extended.day@pta.ps10.org.

In the event the PS10 PTA Extended Day Program must cease to provide in-person outings and activities due to changes in regulations, guidelines or any unforeseen circumstances; the Extended Day program will provide a full refund for any unused days for the Outdoor Camp portion of the program.  

POLICIES FOR VIRTUAL/ONLINE CLASSES: 

Virtual classrooms are real classrooms with real teachers and students, therefore appropriate student behavior is expected.  

 

Students in Curriculum Support and Enrichment classes are expected to:

 

  • Follow the rules and limits set forth by the staff

  • Use the computer in a way that shows consideration and respect

  • Follow guidelines in our Code of Conduct

 

The following actions will result in disciplinary action:

  • Using obscene, profane, threatening, or disrespectful language

  • Refusing to follow rules of the virtual class

  • Disrupting the class while the teacher is instructing or other students are sharing

  • Unmuting yourself when your teacher has placed you on mute

  • Recording any class sessions and transmitting it

  • Recording your teacher and/or classmates

  • Participating in Cyber Bullying and/or harassment

 

The PS10 PTA Extended Day program reserves the right to monitor online classrooms.  Students found to be disruptive or in violation of the code of conduct will be asked to log off, and cannot return until the Director has a conversation with the student's parent/guardian. 

 

The Extended Day staff is responsible for providing a positive experience for ALL children in our care. We ask that you review these policies with your child and explain that the consequence of misbehavior in their online class could be dismissal from the program.

 

POLICIES FOR OUTDOOR CAMP:

WEATHER

Outdoor camp is running as an all-weather program so please dress your child appropriately. This includes wearing proper rain or snow boots, rain and/or winter jackets, warm hats and gloves, etc. If you need help supplying your child with weather appropriate clothing, please contact us as the PTA has a donation box specifically for this purpose.  If we lend your child an article of cold / wet weather clothing, we ask that you replace the item if you have the means to do so.  

 

Please keep in mind that we do not have use of the school building aside from the bathrooms. Please use your best discretion when sending your child to Outdoor Camp during inclement weather.  On days where the weather is borderline, Extended Day will stay close to the school building to allow for early pick up of students.
 

On the occasion the weather for any given day is forecasted to be extreme or dangerous, Outdoor Camp will be cancelled. We will notify families by 8:00am so they can plan accordingly. Please note that we will make the call based on the morning forecast. We cannot readjust if the weather changes as we are not guaranteed to have staff available. 

 

Examples of extreme or dangerous weather include: 

  • Sustained wind chill temperatures below 30 degrees

  • Winds above 28mph

  • Temperatures above 99 degrees or relative humidity above 95

  • Ice or snow that makes it dangerous to be in the school yard  

  • Hurricanes, blizzard, or tornado watches 

  • Lightning storms

 

Should we find it necessary to cancel programming due to extreme weather, parents will receive a credit for future use.  We are running on a shoe string this year; we cannot offer refunds for closures due to other emergencies beyond our control.

PICK UP & DISMISSAL 

We have two main dismissal times: 1:45- 2pm (after the noon session) or 4:45pm to 5:00pm (after the2pm session) in the schoolyard or Detective Joseph Mayrose Park located diagonally across the street from PS10.** When you are picking up your child, you must sign out with the Program Manager at the Extended Day table. Please do not take your child from Prospect Park or any other outdoor location. Due to our spread out location and mitigating circumstances, we cannot allow you to pick up your child at any time other than dismissal, except for in extreme emergency cases. This is mandatory for the safety and security of our students. Only people on the “authorized for pick up list” may pick up your child. You may update your pickup list online in your registration account at any time. If someone who is not authorized by a parent or legal guardian attempts to pick up a student, the student will not be released to that person until written authorization is received. If you are late to pick up your child you will be invoiced a late pick up fee. Please do not give cash directly to a teacher or assistant teacher; the charge will appear on your next invoice. Only children in the fifth grade are permitted to walk home on their own and only upon written notice to the PS10 Extended Day Program. Students may leave the program at 2pm after the completion of the first session, or at 5:00/the end of the Extended Day program. Dismissal time will be chosen at the time of registration. Students may not leave at any other time and must sign out with the Extended Day Program Manager before leaving Extended Day. **Locations may change based on availability. Final location pick ups will be emailed to families prior to the session starting.

LATE PICK UPS

After 2:25 and 5:25 (I set it this late to account for us being late in getting back from the park for whatever reason) respectively, you will be charged a late fee of $25. For every minute after 2:30 and 5:30, you will be charged $1.00. If you are going to be late, please call the Extended Day Director at 347-946-5767 (late fees still apply). After 6:00, if no other arrangements have been made, we reserve the right to take your child to the safety of a police precinct. If you are late more than 3 times in one month, we reserve the right to ask your family to leave the program. 

 

LOST & FOUND

We recommend that you put your child’s name on all of their items with a label or permanent marker so that lost items can be returned to them if found. All unclaimed items are put in the bins at the sign out table marked “Lost and Found.” As you leave the program, please check your child’s backpack to make sure that he or she has all clothing, lunch boxes, homework and personal items. Please do not bring toys or electronics; we are not responsible for lost or broken toys/electronics.

 

EMERGENCY INFO

The registration form contains space for emergency contact information as well as space for authorized pick-up people. It is very important to give us your emergency contact phone number. Your child will NOT be released to anyone whose name does not appear on their form unless you provide written consent authorizing change of pick up. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS. Please be advised that the PTA Extended Day program does not have access to the PS10 DOE Blue Cards in the school main office. All Extended Day contact information must be in the Extended Day registration system.

 

INJURY & ILLNESS & COVID

Please do not send your child to the Extended Day program if they have a contagious illness and/or fever within 24 hours. The Extended Day staff may administer only basic first aid such as ice and band-aids, we will not administer medication of any kind. In case of serious injury or illness, a parent or emergency contact person will be called to pick up the child. Accident reports will be completed for any accidents/injuries that occur during extended day hours, which we will keep on file. Teachers and co-teachers are instructed to report all

accidents/injuries to the Director and to complete an accident report. Either the Director or Assistant Director will inform the parents about the injury. In the case that a parent or emergency contact cannot be reached, the Extended Day program will escort the student to the closest hospital if deemed necessary. For Covid safety protocols please click here.

 

Strict CDC-recommended Covid safety measures will be in place.  Please see our letter to families regarding our Covid Guidelines here. Highlights include:

- Masks will be worn by staff and students at all times and should be in place upon arrival. Anyone without a mask or refusing to wear one will not be allowed to participate. Designated mask breaks will occur as needed and while students are safely distanced at least 6 feet apart from one another. 

- Upon arrival, students and staff will receive hand sanitizer and a temperature check. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will not be allowed to participate.

 

- Students will be kept in small groups of no more than 15 students that follow their DOE-assigned class cohort or combined all-remote learners to the best of our ability. All students and staff will be spaced 6 feet apart during all activities.   

- Any shared equipment will be disinfected between uses and we will limit the number of items that are shared between campers. 

- All staff will be tested before the session begins and every 3 weeks thereafter. Please see this link for our Covid Handbook for Employees

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL PROTOCOL (EPIPEN/INHALER)

Parents/guardians are responsible for notifying the P.S. 10 PTA Extended Day about a child with severe allergies and/or Asthma. Extended Day is not NUT-FREE. Please do not send your child with any nut products for snack. Students that have been prescribed an epipen or an inhaler by their medical provider may carry the epipen or inhaler, if the student is determined by the medical provider to be self-directed and able to self-

administer medication. The epipen or inhaler must be in the original container, and be clearly labeled with the child’s full name, prescriber’s name, directions for administration and expiration date. Parents are advised that Extended Day does not have access to medical staff in the P.S. 10 building; we do have staff with limited medical training.

SNACKS AND WATER BOTTLES

 

You must provide a snack and water bottle for your child. Please place one in their backpack each day they

attend Extended Day. If you pack a lunch for your child, please do not put the snack in with the

lunch. Your child just might eat it at lunch! Please be mindful that the Extended Day program is a NUT-FREE environment. Please label all of your child's items and encourage them not to share snacks.

CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOR

We may experience a behavioral problem that goes beyond our Code of Conduct. If a behavioral problem occurs, the Director or Assistant Director will work with the child and will reach out to the family when necessary. Line Staff will notify the Director or Assistant Director of the behavior problem, ie. a child is continuously disrupting an activity, refuses to wear their mask or abide by our Covid guidelines, and/or harms another person or property, and efforts such as time-out and restricted playtime have been ineffective. The Director will then contact the child’s family and report the problem. If problems persist, the Director will consult with the PTA Extended Day Committee and the child may be removed from the Outdoor Camp program. If this occurs, the family will be reimbursed for the balance of the programs for which they have paid. The Extended Day staff is responsible for providing a positive experience for ALL children in our care. We ask that you review our Code of Conduct with your child and explain that the consequence of misbehavior could be dismissal from the Outdoor Camp.

 

STUDENTS WITH IEPS

The PS10 PTA Extended Day Program is a fully inclusive program; no PS10 child is excluded from enrollment. Our Outdoor Camp is run with a 15:2 ratio of staff to students; we do not have one-to-one paras or staff available. If you have any concern regarding your child’s ability to manage in this setting, we encourage you to speak with the Program Director prior to registration.

 

LIABILITY

 

PS10 PTA Extended Day carries our own insurance policy that covers the school, its staff and students for the hours that the Extended Day program is in operation. By registering your child(ren) in our program, you are releasing the PS10 PTA, its officers, volunteers, employees, contractors, agents and staff from any liability arising from their participation in the Extended Day program. Parents are required to sign a liability waiver at enrollment.

 

STAFF EXPECTATIONS & GOALS

The following goals and responsibilities have been made priorities for all employees of the PS10 PTA Extended Day Program: Our first responsibility is to ensure the health and safety of the children in our charge. We will always be alert to any safety hazards, including inattentiveness and poor supervision of the children. We will be responsible for the positive development of each child, helping the children in our program with their social, emotional, physical and intellectual development as well as encouraging good habits and positive attitudes. We will ensure that families feel confident and informed about their child’s care. Our school is proud of its inclusive and diverse environment. We will encourage acceptance of different lifestyles and ethnic backgrounds and cultures among our students, staff and families. We encourage Extended Day teachers to discuss any problems or concerns with families directly, particularly as they relate to family/teacher communication and the child’s well being. We have a serious responsibility towards the program, the school, our colleagues and the families we serve. We understand the need to work together in order to ensure the program’s success.

 
 

CONTACT >

QUSHEMA JOHNSON, DIRECTOR

LIAM SULLIVAN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

VELMA MCKENZIE, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

NICK MOONS, COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (PARENT VOLUNTEER)

MEGAN NYHAN, COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (PARENT VOLUNTEER)

T: 347-946-5767

E: extended.day@pta.ps10.org