Critter Campus FAQ’s

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Have another question?

Email education@wildlifeimages.org and we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

 

How will this help my child?

Our educators support your child through their school’s curriculum. We’ve matched our hours to mirror those of schools in Josephine County. Critter Campus provides a safe, structured, supervised and supportive environment with high speed WiFi so your child can access their school’s curriculum through a school provided device. Our educators will provide tutoring and encourage your child to stay on task during “focused learning time” as well as facilitate STEAM enrichment opportunities in such as music, play, reading, art, exercise.

Are there scholarships or payment options?

Wildlife Images understands not all families are able to cover the cost of childcare and tutoring during this difficult time. To assist, the non-profit is offering both a Scholarship Program and a Payment Plan. Please fill out this form to apply.

Is this a school?

No. Critter Campus is part of Wildlife Images’ education and youth development program called Wildlife Academy. We are recorded with the Oregon Department of Education’s Early Learning Division. That means we essentially provide child care in a structured academic environment that mirrors school hours.

Will my child accomplish all their school work during Critter Campus? 

Every child learns at a different pace and every teacher has their own expectations. We will help your child work through as much of their classwork as possible. There may be assignments or projects that are not conducive to Critter Campus such as science labs, presentations, etc.

What will a typical day for my child look like?

The districts have not announced a defined daily schedule for distance learning and each teacher may do things slightly differently. That, compounded by 40 students, means flexibility is key! You can count on your student having focused learning time and time for play, exercise and socialization. Students will be able to remain with their stable cohort while moving in and out of focused learning time as their virtual schedule demands. We will also remain flexible to accommodate new guidance from our local school districts. To learn more about what a day at Critter Campus looks like click here.

What if my child’s school schedule falls outside of 8:00 – 1:00?

No Problem! If your child’s classes happen outside Critter Campus hours we’ll accommodate them for free!

What does my child need to bring to Critter Campus?

Children should bring everything they need to learn. This must include a charged device, charger, and headphones. The student should know how to sign in to the device and platform(s) or bring instructions from their teacher on how to sign in. Materials may also include a backpack, notebook, pencil, assigned worksheets, etc.

Will my child have to bring a lunch?

Yes. Lunch is not provided by Wildlife Images. Each child will need to bring their own cold lunch and enough snacks for the time they spend on campus. Children must also come with a full water bottle. A water station will be available throughout the day.

How does drop-off and pick-up work?

Drop off is between 7:30 and 7:45 AM at Wildlife Images main parking lot (11845 Lower River Road, Grants Pass) Pick up is from 1:00 – 1:15 PM at the same location. Parents/Guardians are required to sign children in and out of programming. Late pick ups will incur a $5.00 fee every 30 minutes starting at 1:15.

What if I need after care?

Childcare during the hours of 12:00 – 6:00 pm must be arranged in advance and paid for onsite in advance using cash, check or charge. The fee for childcare is $5.00 an hour, with no partial hours and is only available to Critter Campus students. Please fill out this form to schedule after care.

How will Wildlife Images protect my child from COVID-19?

Wildlife Images values the safety of all its guests, staff, and volunteers. Because of this, the organization recognizes and adheres to guidance provided by the Oregon Health Authority and the State of Oregon under Retail, Recreation, Camp and Childcare sections. Your child will be required to wear a face covering  during Critter Campus and aftercare and will also have their temperature taken when arriving each day. Your child will remain in a “stable cohort” of no more than 10 children during each week they enroll. Wildlife Images practices social distancing during all programs and follows a rigorous sanitation plan for high touch areas and all tools, equipment, supplies and spaces used by Critter Campus participants. Please read our full Wildlife Academy – Critter Campus Communicable Disease Management Plan to learn what we are doing to keep your family safe and what expectations will be required of you and your child.

How do I know if my child is eligible?

State regulations require us to limit participation to children enrolled in First Grade during the 2020-2021 school year through 13 years old.  If you child is enrolled at the age of 13 and turns 14 during programming they are no longer eligible. Due to the nature of the programming, facility, and staffing, Wildlife Images regrets it we may not be able accept students who are medically fragile, on an IEP, or who do not wear a face covering due to a medical exemption. Ineligibility for programming is at the discretion of Wildlife Images staff. If Wildlife Images determines a child is ineligible for programming a full or partial refund for services not yet rendered will be issued. To speak with our Critter Campus administrator about your child’s eligibility email education@wildlifeimages.org.

What if I have to cancel or need a refund?

Because of the nature of this program, Wildlife Images will only offer a full refund if cancellation notices are sent to kristas@wildlifeimages.org at least a week in advance. This allows us time to contact families who are on the program’s wait list. Families whose student misses days within a week will not be offered a partial refund. If a family has a COVID related cancellation a full refund will be offered with verification from a medical provider.