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. 

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    Essential Care Program Details


    Each child is currently registered in Eleyo. Eleyo is the database we use to manage our school age care programs. Having all children in Eleyo helps us provide the best quality care and a safe environment for students.

    1. We have added the schedule you provided, in the previous Google form, into the system on your behalf.  Please log into your account to review that the information is correct.
    2. If you have any changes to your child’s schedule, please reach out to our office for assistance at 952-848-3947 or email ecc.kidsclub@edinaschools.org.

    Care Hours

    Essential Worker Care is open during school hours: 7:30am - 2:30pm (Normandale hours: 8:40am - 3:15pm). 

    • After school care is available until 5:30pm through KIDS Club/WISE Guys for a fee. Register online here.
    • At Normandale only, before-school care is available from 7:30am - 8:40 am for a fee. Register online here.

    Reporting Absences

    Please notify staff if your child will not be attending on their scheduled day. It is important for us to ensure your child’s safety, and knowing whether or not they will be attending Essential Care is necessary. If your child will be absent from Essential Care, please email your site:


    Parents should drop off and pick up their child/ren just as they would for an in-person school day. Parents/Guardians must wait by the sign-out table for their child in the afternoon. If your child is signed up for afterschool KIDS Club care, parents will be required to sign their child/ren out with staff before departing.

    Please have your student enter and exit through the following doors at each school:

    • Concord: Door 1
    • Cornelia: Edina Community Center Door 1 (on Normandale Road)
    • Countryside: Door 1
    • Creek Valley: Door 1 (main entrance)
    • Highlands: Door 2 (main entrance)
    • Normandale: Door 10 (main entrance)

    We encourage all families to drop their child off at the normal school start time so they can begin their school work on time.  If you are dropping off or picking up your child at times other than school start time or school end time, please call the cell phone at your location so a staff can let your child into the building.  Doors will continue to remain locked during the day to ensure safety.


    Transportation for your child on Essential Care days may be provided on an as-needed basis. 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. 

    • Attention all Bus Riders: Infinite Campus will be updated at 7:15pm on 11/20 with your new bus schedule for Essential Care.  Please check Infinite Campus for your new bus times starting the week of Nov 30th. Remember to be at your stop 5 minutes prior to your scheduled bus pick-up. If you have questions about the bus, please contact EPS Transportation Services at 952-848-4979

    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. 

    Social Distancing: Per MDH guidelines, all groups must be less than 15 students. Your child will be assigned to a “team” of students. Children will be grouped by grade and will stay with their group at all times.  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.

    Health Office: If your family experiences any symptoms that restrict your child from attending school on their in-person day, they should also refrain from attending Essential Worker Care. We ask that you please notify Kids Club site staff or your school’s Health office to report any illness that would restrict your child from attending either program. This process helps us to ensure a safe environment for all students.

    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. 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. 

    Staff will provide time and space to complete schoolwork and offer basic technical assistance when students are logging in. Parents/guardians should review with their child what they expect the student to accomplish while in Essential Worker Care. Children are expected to work independently as much as possible. Staff will provide assistance to problem-solve roadblocks (for example, help a child read the directions to clarify the task or review a word problem with the child to determine a strategy, etc.).  Any communication regarding student work should happen between the parent/guardian and the teacher. It is the responsibility of the family to check for completion and accuracy of their child’s homework and/or distance learning assignments, and collaborate with their student's teacher. 

    Things to bring each day:

    • Chromebook/iPad
    • 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 grade level classroom, which will remain consistent with no mixing with other groups.

    Meal Information

    All students can request a free lunch or breakfast from the district. Please complete this form to request a breakfast or lunch for your child.

    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.  We are still in the process of determining whether we are safely able to provide care over the Winter Break. If you are not currently registered and know that you will need care, please register now so we can accurately assess the need.


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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)