School-age Care

As the school year gets underway, Willamalane remains committed to providing the safest possible environment where kids can have fun and focus on their studies. School-age care has been finalized for the weeks of September 21–25, and September 28-October 2. Information about future dates will be posted here as it becomes available.

September 15 update: Due to air quality concerns, our start date is now September 21. We will be issuing refunds to those who have signed up for September 16-18.

Registration information

Registration for all school-age care begins September 4 at 8 a.m. for the week of September 21–25. Families must register for care by the registration date associated with each week it is available. 

There is a one-time registration fee of $45. This fee covers basic school supplies and increased COVID-related costs. Once this fee is paid, it will apply to any school-age care programs for this school year. 


September School-age Care

Springfield Squirrels
This option is ideal for students grades 4-5 who will start the year with distance learning and/or who are enrolled in SPS Online. We will also support out-of-district students and K-3 students enrolled in SPS Online. 

Camp runs 7 a.m.– 6 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Located at Willamalane Adult Activity Center (2 groups, 40 total spots)
Fee: $170 ID/$204 OD per week. $45 one-time registration fee.

September 16–18 canceled due to air quality concerns.
Register for September 21–25.
Register for September 28-October 2.

Willamalane Wallabies 
This option is ideal for students grades K-3 who need full-time care during the week. 

Camp runs 7 a.m.– 6 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Located at Bob Keefer Center (1 group, 20 total spots)
Fee: $170 ID/$204 OD per week. $45 one-time registration fee.

September 16–18 canceled due to air quality concerns.
Register for September 21–25.
Register for September 28-October 2.

Springfield Salamanders
This option is ideal for students in grades K-3 enrolled in hybrid learning with Springfield Public Schools. Care is available in alignment with the hybrid learning hours at Springfield Public Schools. Transportation will not be provided.

Camp runs with hybrid school schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Early release, 12:45-6 p.m.

Located at Bob Keefer Center (1 group, 20 total spots)
Fee: $115 ID/$138 OD per week. $45 one-time registration fee.

September 16–18 is canceled due to delayed school start dates. However, full-time care is available for this week. 
Register for September 21–25.
Register for September 28-October 2.


School-age Care FAQs

 Do you have scholarships available?

Yes, we do! 


Are you offering part-time or after school care?
Currently we are offering supplemental care in alignment with current Springfield Public School district plans. 

Why aren’t you hosting after-school care at the school sites?
Due to state health guidelines, Springfield Public School buildings cannot currently accommodate the spacing for Willamalane programs. 

Why are you holding student care programs at Willamalane Adult Activity Center?
Willamalane Adult Activity Center is currently offering limited programs for adults, so much of its space is available for other purposes. Given the need for student care in Springfield, we needed to get creative as to where we had accessible space. The center’s open space and indoor/outdoor functionality make it a great alternative venue for this essential service. 

Will you provide transportation for students?
No. Families will need to arrange their own transportation at this time. Due to the current restrictions and logistics at this time, we are not able to coordinate transportation. 

When will you have plans for the rest of this school year?
We are working as quickly as we can to best align our plans in coordination with Springfield Public Schools. We will update this page on our website and share information as soon as we have future plans.

Why are registration fees higher than last year?
The one-time registration fee of $45 covers basic school supplies and increased COVID-related costs. Once this fee is paid, it will apply to any school-age care programs for this school year.

Health and Safety FAQs

 What safety modifications have you made?

Safety is and always will be our primary concern as we offer after school care and we are committed to providing the safest possible care for children, families, and Willamalane staff. To do so, Willamalane is implementing extensive measures around physical distancing and sanitation, all within the state health guidelines and recommendations. We will be encouraging physical distancing in groups as much as possible. All students and staff will be required to wear a face covering while inside or outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible. We will also implement an even more restrictive sanitation process and illness monitoring protocols. We ask that siblings register for care at the same location so we can better maintain stable groups of staff and children. Learn more about safety here.

 Will Willamalane track any illness symptoms or outbreaks?
Yes. We will be checking for symptoms of new coughs or fevers for anyone entering the area where there are students. If we suspect an illness or infection, we will isolate the student and contact a parent or guardian, so they can go home. 

If students or staff, or anyone in their household, has recently had an illness with a fever or a new cough, they should remain at home until: 

  • At least ten days after illness onset, 
  • 72 hours after the fever is gone without using fever-reducing medicine, 
  • Symptoms are improving.

Students or staff who have had direct exposure to COVID-19 will not be able to return until 14 days after the exposure, assuming they do not exhibit symptoms. We will also be keeping daily logs for each stable group to help identify anyone at-risk, should there be any illness associated with a student or staff member.

 Will students and teachers have to wear face coverings?
Yes. In accordance with state guidelines, we’re requiring that children ages five years and older wear a face covering at all times while indoors, and outdoors when physical distancing cannot take place. We ask that parents provide a face covering for their children, but we will have them available for children who do not have one. We understand that this will be difficult for some children, but our staff are prepared to help kids through it and still create a great childcare experience.  All staff interacting with patrons must all wear face coverings while indoors or while unable to maintain a six-foot difference while outdoors.

What changes to pick-up and drop-off are you making?
This depends on the childcare location. Once your family is registered, we will share check-in information, drop off and pick-up sites, and any other information families will need to know. Parents will remain outside of the facility for drop off and pick up. 

What sanitation procedures are you taking?
We are closely following and staying up-to-date on statewide and industry guidelines to keep our campers, families, and staff safe. To keep us all healthy, we have developed guidelines for daily health checks, physical distancing, handwashing, sanitizing items, classroom cleaning, adjusted activities, meals and snacks, and drop off and pick up.

 
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