The mission of the Western Academy Charter School is to provide a quality program that supports children’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development in a safe, secure environment before and after school hours.
Daily schedules for the after school program includes arts and crafts, board games, computer time, homework time, movies, special events and outside play (weather permitting). If a child wishes to do so, they may study independently or read quietly. A snack time of 15-20 minutes is allocated indoors each day.
Start Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Days Available: Monday-Friday, school days only
Hours of Operation
Before School Care
Western Academy Charter School offers before school care from 6:45 – 7:45. To ensure our students’ safety, all children arriving on campus prior to 7:30 a.m. must enroll in the program. The cost per hour is $3.00 per child. Free breakfast is available from the Palm Beach County School District Food Service.
After School Care
Western Academy Charter School offers an after-school care program from 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm, at a cost of $2.50 per hour for the first child, and $2.00 per hour for each additional child. In addition, a $5.00 activity fee is included each month and a .75 cent snack fee per day (starting 10/1/20). The PBC School District is no longer providing free snacks.
We offer two options and they MUST be designated by the 1st of every month:
- Part Time till 4:00 pm
- Full Time till 6:00 pm
Upon acceptance into the after-school program, a completed registration form and $25.00 registration fee is due and secures a student’s place in the program.
The $25.00 registration fee is non-refundable after the first day of school.
Daily snacks are provided by Western Academy Charter School. Every day one snack and one drink will be provided. Please let us know if your child has any food allergies or any other special requirements. If your child does not like the snack provided you may send in an alternative.
Please notify the school as soon as you know you will no longer need the program. Please be aware, once your child is withdrawn from the program there is no guarantee that space will be available should your child need to return. There will be NO REFUND FOR UNUSED or MISSED DAYS.
Fees are based on the number of school days in each month. Payments in the form of cash (exact amounts only), personal checks, money orders or cashier’s checks will be accepted. Checks, money orders or cashier checks must be dropped in the aftercare payment box. The front office or your student’s teachers can NOT accept these payments. Make all checks payable to “Western Academy Charter School” or WACS. Please place your child/children’s name(s) on all checks, the month it relates to and whether FT, PT and/or AM.
All fees are considered late if not received by the 5th of each month. Tuition must be paid in full for the entire month; it cannot be paid for by the hour. Any fees not received by the 10th of the month will receive a 10% late penalty. Any accounts with an outstanding balance on the 15th of the month will receive a $25.00 reinstatement fee (per child) on the account and your child/children will not be allowed to participate in the program until all outstanding fees have been paid. If these due dates fall on a weekend or holiday, they will be due on the next school day. If payment is not made within the 5th school day of the month your child will be removed from the program.
If a check is returned due to insufficient funds, payment must be made by money order or cash for the remainder of the year. There is a $25.00 fee charged for all returned checks.
Parents are obligated to pre-pay total charges monthly, and payment is expected by the third week of the previous month. Once your child/children have started the month, payment must be made for the ENTIRE month, even if students are withdrawn before the month is complete.
These collection procedures will be strictly enforced. Failure to comply will mean the removal of your child/children from the program.
Western Academy Charter School is an authorized provider of services thru Early Learning Coalition Palm Beach County or ELCPBC (formerly Family Central). They can be reached at 561-514-3300. However, failure to pay the parent fees and file all the appropriate paperwork with ELCPBC for reimbursement to WACS will mean the removal of your child/children from our program unless other payment arrangements have been made.
As a result of our need to ensure the safety of our students, the following policies must be followed:
- Students enrolled in the After School Program are expected to attend/report on all school days.
- If your child is not going to be attending on a regularly scheduled day, you must notify the school after-care office, not the main office, by 1:00 pm that day or provide notice in writing, prior to the absence. The After Care phone number to call in your child’s absence is 561-792-2186.
- Failure to notify may result in the student’s name being removed from the aftercare program. Notification of removal will occur by written correspondence.
Students will NOT be dismissed from aftercare between 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM due to the interference it causes during our normal dismissal. Students will start being dismissed at 3:01 PM.
Discipline to the fullest extent possible, follows the Western Academy Charter School Wide Discipline Plan. However, before and after school child care is not a required educational program. Therefore students with repetitive behavior issues that compromise their safety or others may be involuntary withdrawn from the program at the Principal’s discretion. If a student is removed from the program due to discipline reasons, any prepaid funds will be refunded as a prorated amount based on the number of days in attendance during that month.
Students unable to stay with their groups due to injury or illness are held at the clinic or sign-out location. This program follows school day guidelines in dealing with emergencies. If necessary, minor first aid is administered by qualified staff and parents/guardians are notified at sign-out. For serious illness or injury, the after-school office contacts parents/guardians immediately and immediate pick-up is necessary. In order to avoid injury, students are expected to follow the school day dress code and to wear close-toed shoes at all times for safety.
After-school personnel cannot administer any type of medication unless a medical authorization form signed by a parent/guardian and the physician form is on file in the after-school office. Students are not allowed to possess any medication at any time, with the exception of prescribed asthma inhalers.
Drop Off (Before School Care)
To ensure the safety of all children, every children participating in the before school program must be signed in daily by an authorized adult. Students should NOT be dropped off in the front of the school as the front office will be closed until 7:30 a.m.
Release of Students
To ensure the safety of all children, every children participating in the after school program must be signed out by an authorized adult. Only those persons listed on the registration form or student authorized pick-up list will be permitted to sign out your child.
If there is a custody issue, a custody order from a Florida Court must be provided to Administration, who will provide a copy to the After-Care Director.
YOU MUST COME INTO THE SCHOOL, NO CHILD WILL BE RELEASED UNLESS YOU COME IN, SHOW PROPER ID AND SIGN OUT. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!
Anyone signing out a child must be able to provide proper identification (picture ID) before any child is released. Be prepared to show ID upon request. This is for your child’s safety. Please do not feel offended if asked to show photo identification. The school requires that whoever signs out a child must show ID and must use their full signature and put down the accurate time.
The collection of late fees will be rigidly enforced. The official time is the time shown on the clock at Western Academy Charter School.
For Half-time program
4:00 – 4:05 Grace Period
4:06 – 4:15 $5 late charge (per child)
4:16 – 4:30 $10 late charge (per child)
4:31 – 4:45 $15 late charge (per child)
4:46 – 5:00 $20 late charge (per child)
5:01 – 5:15 $25 late charge (per child)
5:16 – 5:30 $30 late charge (per child)
5:31 – 5:45 $35 late charge (per child)
5:46 – 6:00 $40 late charge (per child)
After 6:00 pm, there will be a $5 fee per minute charge (per child). After 6:01 the police will be notified to arrange transportation of the student.
- Get vaccinated;
- Keep sick family members home;
- Contact your health care provider if you or your child are experiencing flu-like symptoms; and
- Follow your doctor’s guidance on treatment.
For Full-time program
There will be a $5 fee per minute charge (per child). After 6:01 the police will be notified to arrange transportation of the student.
The school will send a payment notice home with the student and payment is required within 5 business days. Failure to comply will mean the removal of your child/children from the program until payment is received.
Exceptions will be made for parents calling in advance to let us know of an unforeseen one-time emergency.
Every attempt will be made to contact someone on the emergency card to pick-up the student.
The official time is the time shown on the clock in the Western Academy School office. These collection procedures will be strictly enforced. Failure to comply will mean the removal of your child/children from the program until payment is received.
Open Door Policy
Western Academy’s aftercare policy is based upon the belief that a child’s development is best promoted through a partnership between home and school. Parents and legal guardians are encouraged to visit our aftercare program without a prior appointment and observe their child. While we do have an open door policy, the safety and security of our students is paramount. As a safety feature, all parents or guardians will have their photo ID scanned and entered into our Raptor system in accordance with the Florida State Jessica Lunsford Act for pre-approval and clearance. Photo identification will be required. At visitation, all parents or guardians are required to check in at the aftercare desk and must sign into the visitor computer. Only parents or guardians who are pre-cleared will be allowed to enter the aftercare program. To avoid disruptions to the program, only approved parents or guardians may enter. Additional visitors or children are not permitted.
Our program, school and our staff are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Children should be careful with the items brought to school and leave these items in their backpacks. Expensive items should NEVER be brought to school.
For filing your annual income taxes, our FEIN is 56-2316078. Western Academy Charter School, with a written request will provide a printout of the payments received. This printout is informational only. The IRS will not accept this printout as acceptable backup during an audit or review of your return. They will require bank copies of canceled checks.
Upon written request, we will also provide payment verification for employer child care reimbursements.
Prime Time Palm Beach County
Western Academy Charter School participates in Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.
Prime Time is a non-profit, intermediary organization dedicated to out-of-school time (OST) programs. Prime Time oversees a system for reaching quality standards through assessment, program improvements and quality coaching. They also provide professional development, career advising and network opportunities to our staff and through partnerships, supports a range of enrichment activities available to OST programs.
Prime Time partners with local organizations to offer expanded learning opportunities to our students at no additional cost. They offer programming in academics, health and wellness, integrated arts and positive youth development.
Student COVID Policy
Any student in aftercare will need to adhere to the Student COVID Policy adopted by the school.
Therefore, all aftercare students must:
- Not come to school if ill including, but not limited to: symptoms of fever (100.4 or higher), cough, sore throat, diarrhea, headache, body ache, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite and sense of smell, and other flu-like symptoms.
- Self-screen at home prior to reporting to school. It is recommended that parents and guardians take their child’s temperature prior to reporting to school. The student shall not report to school if they have a temperature of 100.4 or higher. Students additionally shall not report to school while using fever-reducing medications.
- Comply with all school directives related to health and safety, including, but not limited to: usage and passage through common areas and shared spaces.
- Abide by social distancing guidelines, keeping a minimum of six (6) feet apart wherever and whenever it is possible to do so.
- Follow revised school procedures that may include, but are not limited to: after school care or before school care, limited movement throughout the campus, enhanced sanitation, wearing of facial coverings, changes to school cafeteria procedures, increased hand-washing, any school activity outside the regular school day, and other changes that may be needed for CDC recommendations and health and safety.
- Avoid congregating when moving throughout the campus. Follow hallway signs designating direction and spacing.
- Not share any school supplies, such as pencils, pens, textbooks, etc. Students must have their own individual school supplies.
- Wear facing coverings (including face mask or face shield) at all times. The School will provide up to 5 washable face masks coverings per student. Facial masks or shields should cover your nose and your mouth and comply with the CDC recommendations. Face masks (whether disposable or reusable) must: be made with at least 3 layers of breathable material; fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and be secured with ties or ear loops allowing the students to remain hands-free. At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandannas, and mesh material, valves or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings. Please note facial coverings are in addition to, and not a substitute for, the required social distancing. Exemptions from facial coverings must be verified by a treating licensed medical physician as required by ADA, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and agreed to by a compliant 504 Team.
- Facial coverings will not need to be worn after seated when eating or drinking or for outside PE or recess. Students must continue to maintain social distancing wherever possible.
- Assist with keeping their desks or workstations clean and clutter-free.
Consequences for Student Non-Compliance.
Any student choosing not to adhere to the School's policy regarding the wearing of facial coverings (masks or shields) or any other aspects of this policy will have consequences as outlined in the student code of conduct and may be assigned to Distance Learning. No student will be discriminated against on the basis of disability.