Tier 1 Essential Worker Care: 2020-21

  • We are excited to announce that KIDS Club/WISE Guys staff has assumed responsibility for School Year 2020-21 Tier 1 Essential Worker Care. KIDS Club/WISE Guys has been delivering high-quality school age care in Edina since 1980. We are confident that our years of experience, our passion for working and connecting with youth, and our specific experience running care programs this summer during the COVID-19 pandemic will serve you and your family well. 

    Essential Care is offered to families who qualify as Tier 1 Critical Workers during school hours only: M-F, 7:50am - 2:25pm (Normandale Elementary hours: 8:40am - 3:15pm).

    After school care is available until 5:30pm for a fee through KIDS Club/WISE Guys. Register for after school care here.

    How to Enroll in Essential Care

    1. Application for Tier 1 Essential Worker Care

    According to Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), this school-age care for children of critical workers is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or guardian is at home, due to employment as a critical worker. The free child care is to be made available when the only parent or both parents in the household are employed as Tier 1 critical workers.

    Essential child care will be provided for students enrolled in Edina Public Schools, whose parents/guardians are Tier 1 critical workers, based on Executive Order 20-82 and MDE School Age Care Guidance.

    Please complete the online google application here: https://forms.gle/rwfDyJpUCondWeMZ8    

    This application will ask you to upload two documents for each parent/guardian in the household who is a tier 1 critical worker:  

    1. A signed and dated copy of the Essential Employee Designation Letter, or an Employer letter that includes: Name, Position, Employer Signature and dated on or after August 1, 2020. (Letters dated before August will not be accepted.) AND
    2. Copy/photo of the Employee ID

    Once submitted, our staff will review your application and verify your qualification for Essential Care. 

    2. Registration for Tier 1 Essential Worker Care

    Once your application has been approved, our staff will reach out to you with additional details and a start date. Our staff will also help you get registered in our program using Eleyo, the database we use to manage our school age care programs. Official registration in Eleyo will help us provide the best quality care and safest possible environment for your student.

    1. If you have used KIDS Club/WISE Guys and already have an account set up, you do not need to do anything further. Your child will automatically be enrolled in Essential Care.
    2. If you have never used KIDS Club/WISE Guys, a member of our team will be contacting you to set up an account.

    Essential Care Program Details


    On Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri, parents should drop off and pick up students just as they would for an in-person school day, in the school’s drop-off/pick-up line. On Wednesdays, parents will be required to sign their children in with KIDS Club/WISE Guys staff when arriving and departing. Parents/Guardians must wait by the sign-out table for their child in the afternoon.

    Please have your student enter through the following doors at each school if dropping off at school start time:

    • Concord: Door 4
    • Cornelia: Door 1 (main entrance)
    • Countryside: Door 1
    • Creek Valley: Door 1 (main entrance)
    • Highlands: Door 2 (main entrance)
    • Normandale: Door 10 (main entrance)

    Flexible Drop-Off/Pick-Up Times

    If you are dropping off or picking up your student at times other than school start time or school end time, your student will check in or check out with the receptionist in the main school office at the front door.  

    Health and Safety Protocols

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school district has modified some of its protocols and behavior expectations. All of the protocols listed are requirements set by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Protocols will be adjusted to meet any changes in guidelines.

    For school year 2020-21 participation, individual students must:

    • comply with established social distancing practices,
    • be able to follow verbal directions without physical prompts,
    • be independent with activities of daily living including hand washing, bathroom use and covering a sneeze and cough.

    Students who are unable to comply will be asked to leave the program.

    Illness Monitoring

    Individuals will self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell prior to each day and stay home when ill. Individuals with any symptoms will be isolated and sent home. Individuals may return to EPS if MDH illness exclusion guidelines are met.

    Face Coverings

    KIDS Club/WISE Guys staff and participants are required to wear a cloth face covering when indoors, and outdoors if unable to maintain social distancing. 

    Social Distancing

    Per MDH guidelines, all groups must be less than 15 students. Your child will be assigned to a “team” of students. Each team will spend the day together and not mix with other groups. During the day, whether reading, using the computer, or working on a special project, the instructor will be reinforcing the expectation of social distancing. To help with this while outside, each team will be assigned to a specific outside space, or zone.

    Cleaning and Hygiene

    Custodians will be cleaning classrooms, bathrooms and high-touch items such as bottle fillers and door handles per set daily guidelines. KIDS Club/WISE Guys staff will be cleaning toys, tables, computers, iPads and other equipment. Groups will be washing hands regularly and hand sanitizer will be available in every space.

    Distance Learning

    Our staff—who are childcare staff trained by KIDS Club/WISE Guys, and are not licensed teachers—will do their best to mirror the school day in a distance learning format. We’re working with the school administrators to best serve these students. Students will be provided a designated quiet space where they can complete their distance learning activities and avoid distractions. Emphasis will be on distance learning. However, students will receive breaks throughout the day. Every student’s schedule will be determined by their classroom teacher. 

    Things to bring each day:

    • Chromebook
    • Headphones
    • Log-in information (Seesaw, Schoology, etc.)
    • Face covering
    • Bag lunch (no peanuts or tree nuts of any kind)
    • Appropriate outdoor attire 
    • Extra snacks 

    Age Groupings

    Tier 1 Essential Care students will be cared for in a multi-age classroom, with grades K-5 in one classroom. 

    Meal Information

    All students can request a free lunch or breakfast from the district. Please look for more information from your building principal on this process. 

    Non School Days

    Essential Worker Care is not provided on non-school days. Care is available for a fee through KIDS Club/WISE Guys. Register here: https://edina.ce.eleyo.com/

    Calendar Info

    Click here for Edina Public Schools Academic Calendar. Please note that on the weeks where AA and BB days have shifted, Essential Care days will also shift. Staff will be in communication with families to remind them when weeks include schedule shifts. 

    Reporting Absences

    If your student will be absent from Essential Care, please email your site:


    Transportation for your student on Essential Care days may be provided on an as-needed basis. Our highest priority is to keep AA and BB Cohorts separate for health safety, and mixing of students on busses will compromise this safety protocol. We ask that families partner with us and transport their own children to/from school on Essential Care days. However, if this presents a serious obstacle for your family, please email essentialcare@edinaschools.org with “Transportation” in the subject line. 

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  • Contact Us: Essential Care Team

    Essential Care Team
    Edina Public Schools

    Contact Us: Main Office

    Edina Community Education
    5701 Normandale Road
    Edina, MN 55424
    952-848-3977 (fax)