ASA School+

ASA School+

An Outdoor Activity & Learning Experience

Weekday programming Mondays – Fridays to accommodate any virtual learning environment. Flexible options that work for your family!

1st - 5th Graders

Full day, 8:00am - 3:30pm

Kindergarten

Half day, 8:00am - 12:00pm

ASA School+ is an all-outdoor, weekday activity and education experience that aligns with public and private school’s virtual learning programs this Fall. Alongside community partners like ACPS and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, we’re offering ASA School+ with a hybrid of day and half day schedules to supplement learning and offer child care opportunities for busy parents.

While City of Alexandria residents have first priority, we look forward to welcoming children from neighboring communities and providing a safe and fun out-of-school experience. Note that there are flexible options to match your needs, including half day and full day ASA School+ options, along with a Monday only experience (with an eye towards ACPS’ asynchronous learning day).

ACPS
Parks & Rec
Details:

Alexandria Soccer is thrilled to offer safe, outdoor programming this fall in coordination with public and private school’s virtual education models and online learning structures. Options include Monday programming only and/or Tuesday – Fridays. Camp counselors are prepared to facilitate synchronous online learning for students every day of the week.

Monday programming will offer a mixture of camp style games and activities along with arts and crafts and an educational theme component. ACPS students should plan to complete their asynchronous learning requirements before attending School+ on Mondays. On Mondays we will offer rolling drop-off from 8-9am to account for varying workloads and responsibilities. 

On Tuesdays – Fridays counselors will help guide and facilitate virtual learning for each participant’s schedule throughout the week. They will ensure kids are “present” for each Zoom class throughout the day and supplement down time and movement time with camp activities. Counselors will help facilitate both public and private school online learning.

Kids who participate in the virtual learning environment are responsible for supplying personal learning device (laptop, Chromebook, etc) and headphones, any applicable worksheets and writing utensils. ASA will provide WIFI and electrical power.

Options:

Monday Only

Nine Mondays of programming coinciding with many public schools asynchronous learning day. Activities will include games, crafts, sports and an education component each week. (ACPS students should complete their asynchronous responsibilities before attending School+ on Mondays).

Tuesday - Friday

Nine weeks of an outdoor virtual learning environment. Counselors will help students move through their virtual learning day and supplement breaks & movement times with in-person activities!

Monday - Friday

Customizable options of online learning and supplemental activities that work with your child's online school schedule.

Locations:

Open House:

Please join us for an Open House on Friday September 11 at GW! We’ll have workstations setup where we can test connectivity and school devices and parents can see how the outdoor learning spaces will be set up!

GW Middle School Open House

3 - 4pm | Friday 9/11

Weekly Schedule:

  • Week of September 14
  • Week of September 21
  • Week of September 28
  • Week of October 5
  • Week of October 12
  • Week of October 19
  • Week of October 26
  • Week of November 2
  • Week of November 9

Full Day Registration | 8:00am - 3:30pm

Mondays

September 14 - November 9
$ 595 nine weeks
  • Select full day during registration
  • 1st - 5th Graders
  • Select location during registration
  • Financial Aid available | Contact ASA Office

Tuesday - Friday

September 15 - November 13
$ 2,495 nine weeks
  • Select full day during registration
  • 1st - 5th Grade
  • Financial Aid available | Contact ASA Office

Monday - Friday

September 14 - November 13
$ 2,995 nine weeks
  • Select full day during registration
  • 1st - 5th Grade
  • Financial Aid available | Contact ASA Office

Half Day Registration | 8:00am - 12:00pm

Half Day Mondays

September 14 - November 9
$ 315 nine weeks
  • Select half day during registration
  • Kindergarten - 5th Graders
  • Select location during registration
  • Financial Aid available | Contact ASA Office

Half Day Tuesday - Friday

September 15 - November 13
$ 1,260 nine weeks
  • Select half day during registration
  • Kindergarten - 5th Graders
  • Financial Aid available | Contact ASA Office

Half Day Monday - Friday

September 14 - November 13
$ 1,575 nine weeks
  • Select half day during registration
  • Kindergarten - 5th Graders
  • Financial Aid available | Contact ASA Office

Example Schedule

TimeExample School Schedule
ASA Out-of-School & school schedule integration
8:00 - 9:00amNo class / homeroomStudents arrive at ASA Out-of-School
9:15 - 10:00amENCORE (ACPS) activity (music, art, PE)ASA counselors supplement or facilitate ENCORE activities (i.e. group game instead of virtual PE)
10:00 - 11:00amCORE - (math, science, social studies, ELA)CORE Zoom facilitation with movement breaks and breakout groups as applicable
11:00am - 12:00pmCORE - (math, science, social studies, ELA)CORE Zoom facilitation with movement breaks and breakout groups as applicable
12:00 - 12:30pmLunchLunch + Quick activity (parachute, frisbee golf, coloring — kids choice!)
12:30 - 2:00pmCORE - (math, science, social studies, ELA)CORE Zoom facilitation with movement breaks and breakout groups as applicable
2:00 - 2:30pmMovement time + recessGroup activities & games with counselors
2:30 - 3:30pmNo schoolGames, crafts, activities

Please note: Should ACPS adjust their second quarter learning schedule, ASA will make adjustments and allow for flexibility in programming in early November.

Safety

Masks | All staff and counselors will wear masks at all times. Participants are not required to wear masks EXCEPT when using indoor restrooms. Programming will aim to maintain social distance between participants.

Screening | All participants and counselors are required to conduct a self screen for COVID-19 before coming to School+ each day. ASA will provide screening questions to participants.

Counselor to Participant Ratio | The program will be staffed with an ideal ratio of 1 counselor to every 12 participants, at a minimum. *There are times, during activities things like snack or water breaks where the ratio may not be in place due to bathroom breaks.

First Aid & CPR | ASA School+ programming is staffed with counselors who are CPR and First Aid Certified.

EpiPen | All locations will have counselors on staff that are educated in administering an EpiPen.

Preparing Your Child

Kids should bring the following each day:

  • water (at least 1 gallon)
  • sunscreen (should be reapplied throughout the day)
  • change of clothes
  • mask (required when using indoor restrooms and if distancing is not possible)
  • snacks + lunch
  • computer / learning device (labeled with name)
  • worksheets or notepad as needed along with writing utensils
  • headphones

The weather may be unpredictable. Your child should wear comfortable clothing for being outdoors and we recommend bringing a jacket or extra layer for warmth.

Policies & Procedures

All participants must report to the check-in tent, introduce themselves and be checked in by an ASA staff member. This must be done everyday.

● Medical Information: If your child has any medical equipment or medications with them, you must inform the ASA School+ staff at check-in. The staff will make a note of this on their roster sheet.

● Daytime Phone Number: At drop off, a daytime number must be listed in case of an emergency.

● Pick-up Information: If someone, not on the family household account, is going to be picking up your child (babysitter, nanny, carpool, friend, etc), you must let the School+ staff know so they can make a note of it.

All participants must confirm with the designated School+ staff member at the check-in/check-out location that their adult has arrived and they are ready to leave. The designated staffer will confirm they’re ready to leave and mark off the child’s name.

● Adults who are listed on the family household account are eligible to pick-up their own child

● Anyone not on the family household account must be approved during drop off or via a phone call prior to pick-up

ASA School+ requests that all medications that can be taken prior to or after programming be administered at home.

If medication must be administered during the day please fill out THIS FORM and provide it to the camp director, along with the medication, on the first day of camp. 

ASA School+ programming is prepared to navigate weather challenges throughout the fall. With ample coverage at each site programming in light rain or intermittent showers will be possible. All sites will have dry boxes available to house electronics in case of a weather emergency. Thunderstorms and heavy rain may cause cancellations but program staff will be flexible in offering half days as available.

Staff will aim to communicate with parents the evening before, using a color coding system to best prepare parents for any status changes that will be confirmed each morning. Red = cancelled, Yellow = tracking weather that is a concern, Green = on.

We appreciate your flexibility as we navigate the daily challenges!

For questions about ASA School+ please email Tommy Park at [email protected].