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STATUS UPDATE: AFTER SCHOOL & ENRICHMENT CENTER PROGRAMS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR  

March 17, 2021

A recreation program that involves the care for children requires several months of preparation. The Park District cannot run our Before and After School Program as it has run in the past before the coronavirus pandemic hit for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. On top of preparing a program that was closed for a year, we must also prepare the program’s portable for the COVID-19 procedures per CDPH guidelines, and since our After School programs are located on the School District’s LAE and CHE campuses, we must adhere to the School District’s COVID-19 policies and procedures as well.

School ends for summer in less than two months (June 9th). Due to this time constraint the Park District cannot meet the requirements in this short of a timeframe. The School District requires our program to have trained staff and trained back-up/additional staff (whose positions would end at the start of summer) during the program at all times in case someone gets sick. All new staff members working for the Park District, especially recreation staff who work directly with children, will need to be processed and trained (CPR and First Aid certified and background check/Live Scan) and need to understand and abide by the COVID guidelines presented by the Park District and also by the School District. This is very important.  

Park District staff are still working in every capacity to try to meet these requirements in the limited amount of time with the current staff we have now, but in order to keep the already established Enrichment Center Program open for those families who still need full time care and distance learning help we must remain open to try to accommodate both, even though this option may not be perfect for everyone.  

The Enrichment Center Program is open for K-5th grade and now offers care for after school periods and non-campus school days. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide transportation, as we do not know if the school bus system can take children to these locations. The Kindergarten Enrichment Center is located in Rimforest next door to the Park District Office and the 1st - 5th grade center is located at the Lake Gregory Education and Community Center in Crestline.

Registration for the Enrichment Center program will open Friday, March 19th. There is limited amount of space since this program follows the CDPH COVID-19 guidelines. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and now offers drop-in after school care and drop-in all day care (you pick the days you need). The Enrichment Center still offers the distance learning and day camp weekly schedule with the option for extended care. Click on the “Register Online” tab on the Park District website, www.rim-rec.org.

If you have any questions, please email info@rim-rec.org. The Park District Office is still currently closed until further notice.