The Tucson Community School

2021 Spring Semester

Welcome to Tucson Community School and Parent Cooperative. As part of our COVID-19 response, we have made some necessary modifications to our program for the 2021 school year. 

It is our hope that as our community becomes safer, we will resume regular programming in the Fall of 2021. However, we are asking our families to maintain a level of flexibility, as we know – anything can happen. 

In this letter, we have laid out our program descriptions and modifications made to our school day. Our community handbook is still our main source of information and guidelines. What has been laid out here is applicable ONLY to the 2021 Spring Semester (January – May). 

 

Please read through carefully. 

 

Thank you for your decision to enroll your child in the 2021 school year at TCS. We are planning to open our school and hearts to all our favorite littles ones on January 19, 2021. Our decision to open TCS for the spring semester was not an easy one and was not considered lightly. The priority of our school (staff and boards) is to keep your children safe- both physically and emotionally. Our staff will be following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Guidance for Child Care Programs.” 

The following are the initial plans, and details will be shared during orientation. 

 

  • Implement social distancing strategies. Most of our school day will be spent outside, and classrooms have been redesigned for social distancing in small groups if children need to be indoors.

  • Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts. This begins with increasing our hand washing opportunities. Staff will also be disinfecting our campus each day once all the children are dismissed. We will be adhering to the CDC’s comprehensive cleaning schedule for child care centers. *Available for families upon request. 

  • Modify drop off and pick-up procedures. To limit exposures, TCS will only allow curbside pick and drop off. Pick up and drop off times will also be extended to allow families ample time. Pick up window will be 8:30 - 9:00 am. Drop off window will be 12:00 - 12:15 pm, and 2:00 - 2:25. 

  • In addition, families will be asked to provide consent for use of their electronic signature via our ProCare system. This allows our staff to sign children in and out of our campus, providing a hands-free alternative to our biometric (fingerprint id) system we typically use. 

  • Implement screening procedures upon arrival. Staff and children will be required to have their temperature taken upon arrival. Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or other signs of illness will not be admitted to the facility. In addition, parents/guardians must confirm that the child or household members do not have any sign of illness which includes fever, shortness of breath or cough, flushed cheeks, rapid breathing, or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.

  • Every child and adult at TCS will be required to wear a mask.

  • Staff has committed to taking a COVID-19 test as needed, as well as receiving their COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • TCS will be recruiting those with childcare experience to ensure we have a roster of substitute caregivers who can fill in if staff members are sick or stay home to care for sick family members. 

 

In addition to the following guidelines to provide a healthy environment for our students, we also had to restructure our program in the following ways: 

 

  • We will only be offering our core program for multi-age preschool. This means children ages 2-5 can attend TCS from 9:00 am – 12:00 or 2:00 pm. As our program grows, and our community becomes safer, we will provide options for extended hours. 

  • Exclusive Toddler care may not be an option this semester. TCS has a tight budget that requires a certain enrollment cap to provide multiple classrooms. If we do not meet our enrollment goals, a toddler program for children who are 2 September 1, 2020 cannot be sustained. 

  • To maintain small groups and continuity, TCS is primarily offering part-time enrollment in phases in line with Pima County community spread levels. On January 18th, we will begin with Phase 1. This means children can enroll in a cohort (max at 10-12 kids depending on age) for 2-4  days a week excluding Wednesday - which will now be a deep clean/sanitizing day. 

  • The family participation in our school is what makes us a “community.” Traditionally, TCS has asked families to play a significant role in our daily functions on campus. This year, in response to COVID-19 and the needs of our families, we have restructured our parent cooperative commitment (SEE BELOW). 

 

As part of the registration process, the enclosed forms along with your $175 Enrollment Fee must be completed and returned to the TCS office.  

Registration Form Emergency Information

A copy of current official documented immunization record

Statement of Confidentiality

Health Record Signed by Pediatrician (NEW STUDENTS ONLY) 

 

**For new families: A onetime $125 registration fee is also required to activate your membership status in our Parent Cooperative.

 

 **A complete list of tuition and fees charts will be provided in this enrollment packet. Registration will be completed via a google form. 

 

The information you provide on the registration form helps us schedule your time at our school. Please read the form carefully. 

 

Parent Cooperative Obligations 

 

Family participation creates the safe community environment that has made our program a success. We will provide a variety of tasks that can be completed, we also take suggestions on any new projects or areas of need that your family would like to support. Each family will be required to complete twenty (20) hours of volunteer work and must include each of the following: 

  • One (1) Work Party During the School Year (4 hrs.): Join other families for one, four-hour Saturday to improve the building and grounds of our school.

  • Participation in One (1) Committee: Committees are varied to allow families to choose the tasks that best fit their interest. These committees are essential for the smooth functionality of our school.

  • Participation in the Fundraising efforts: Assist our nonprofit school with the creation and planning of our yearly fundraisers. Families can help by donating items, supporting accounting, setting up/cleaning up after events, marketing, and more.

  • Year End Classroom Clean Up (2 hrs.): Assist your child’s teacher at the end of the school year with classroom and/or material maintenance or clean up. 

 

Tucson Community School Programs 

 

Tucson Community School's mission is to provide a creative learning experience emphasizing outdoor play and family participation in a safe environment which respects each child's uniqueness and individual learning style. Within this learning environment, staff are careful to integrate principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in conjunction with the Arizona Early Learning Standards in our unique play-based approach to learning. 

 

Toddler/Young Preschool: 8:15 am – 12:00 pm *2 years old by September 1st

In their first preschool experience, our young preschool program engages toddlers to explore all areas of development, with an emphasis on the social-emotional domain. Young children will thrive in our play-based environment while exploring mathematics, science, literacy, play and project work. 

 

Multi-Age Preschool: 8:15 am – 12:00 pm *3, 4, & 5 years old by September 1st 

Our multi-age preschool prepares project work that builds on each child’s knowledge with a focus on kindergarten readiness. Children will participate in activities which stimulate intellectual curiosity to promote each child’s positive self-concept while enhancing their life-long love of learning through the self-satisfaction that arises with discovery and mastery of new experiences. 

 

**Before / After Care: 7:00am – 8:50am/ 12:00pm – 6:00pm 

Our early morning and afternoon programs have a limited amount of space and are prioritized for families that have both parents working outside of the home or a single working parent. These programs provide “child care” for children who are in need of extended hours outside of our core programs. 

 

**Extended care will not be offered in the 2021 semester unless we have a significant need from our families to provide additional hours. 

2021 Tuition Rates & Fees

Half Day - Multi-Age Preschool (Includes Toddlers) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2 Days: $425 Monthly

3 Days: $450 Monthly

4 Days: $475 Monthly

Full Day - Multi-Age Preschool (Includes Toddlers) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

2 Days: $500 Monthly

3 Days: $550 Monthly

4 Days: $600 Monthly

Additional Rates

Extended Care: $5.00 per hour, billed each month

Membership Fee: $125 per child, one time fee ($75 additional child) *New families only

Enrollment Fee: $175 per child, must be paid by January 1st to secure enrollment

Snack Fee: $20 a month (Option to pat $100 during enrollment)

Materials Fee: $75, one time fee

Our staff and families will have the opportunity to meet and discuss the shifts we made to allow

a safe re-entry to our beloved program. Orientations will be scheduled the week prior.

Please email the director at scastillo@tucsoncommunityschool.org if you have any questions

regarding this registration process.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Castillo-León

Educational Director

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella (eh-yah)

(520) 548-6517

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