Program begins Wednesday, August 18
Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Huntley Park District offers the Beyond the Bell Before and After School program (formerly Extended Time Program) at School District 158 school locations. Beyond the Bell (BtB) is a quality supervised recreation program offered at the elementary schools to children who are enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade and currently attending D158 schools in person. Activities include homework time, gym games, outdoor play, sports, arts and crafts, and more. An afternoon snack and drink are provided daily. This program is not licensed or regulated by DCFS, and is recognized as a license-exempt program. Beyond the Bell is available for the days specifically listed and changing days of the week regularly is not an option. Spaces may be limited.
Fall 2021 registration will begin on Monday, June 28. Registrations will be accepted until Friday, August 11 at which point a temporary freeze on registrations will occur so Park District staff can communicate details of attendees to the school to coordinate transfer of care before and after school. Once school begins, and pending any remaining available spots, registration will open back up. Once school begins and registration reopens, each week, any registrations that are done by Noon on Wednesday, will be reviewed and you will be able to join the program on Monday of the following week.
The Beyond the Bell Program will take place at five school locations in School District 158 including Leggee, Chesak, Martin, Mackeben, and Conley elementary schools. Please register for the AM and/or PM times at the school your child attends in person.
The program does not meet on regular school holidays. Please see our school days out information for child care options on days when children are not in school. In addition, if school is cancelled for snow, Beyond the Bell is also cancelled and the day will be included as a make-up at the end of the school year. Should there be a late start called for any school, morning BtB will be cancelled.
Beyond the Bell is available for the days specifically listed and changing days of the week is not allowed.
Due to lack of demand over the past few years, a Middle School program is no longer being offered.
Health and Safety Rules and Guidelines
The below Health and Safety Guidelines were from Spring 2021 and updates will be provided prior to the start of the 2021 school year.
Our top priority is the safety of our participants and our staff. Huntley Park District has made changes to our program to address the current pandemic and deliver a safe before and after school program. Below is the current guidance and, as a reminder, guidance can change at any time based on medical data that is being observed by the State of Illinois on an ongoing basis:
- Children will be placed in groups (cohorts) and children will remain with these cohorts during the program and not mix with other children in the program.
- Parents should review the Health Screening Questions and by arriving at our program you are affirming that these conditions do not exist to the best of your knowledge.
- If a child does have symptoms of COVID-19 they should not enter the premises until they have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without medication), other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared.
- School District 158 health and safety guidelines must also be enforced and affirmation of our guidelines does not absolve parents from fulfilling any requirements of School District 158 for health screening or determinations made by the school district as it relates to health and safety and a child's eligibility to attend the schools.
- Employees also follow the health screening guidelines and if they meet any of the criteria they will be held out of work as outlined in the health requirements.
- If a participant or employee does contract COVID-19:
- They should remain isolated at home for a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset and can be released after feverless and feeling well (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 72 hours OR has 2 negative COVID-19 tests in a row, with testing done at least 24 hours apart.
- If a positive case is identified in our program, the situation will be reviewed by Park District Staff and the McHenry County Health Department and could result in certain individuals and/or staff in that group (cohort) being quarantined for up to 14 days and not able to participate if they are determined to be “close contacts.” A close contact, as defined by the CDC, is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
- Should children exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 during the program, they will be isolated from other children and monitored by staff until parents pick them up. Parents should understand that under these guidelines it is more likely than ever that a participant may be sent home and should have a plan to pick them up if such symptoms are observed. If observed, please refer to item 3a.
- Check-in and check-out are done through ePact system and you can expect it to be “touchless.” More details about drop off and pick-up procedures will be posted prior to Beyond the Bell program starting.
- If your child will be absent from the program, you must contact the Site Supervisor phone number (listed below) prior to the start of the program. We need to know the location your child attends, the first and last name of the parent, the first and last name of the child, and the reason for your absence.
- All participants and staff must wear a cloth face covering when they enter and exit the building, and follow the D158 Requirements for mask use.
- We know it will be difficult for children to follow many of these new rules. Our staff are here to help them learn and be successful. However, under our current circumstances, repeated failure to comply with health and safety rules may require disciplinary action up to and including removal from the program as outlined in our Code of Conduct. Any situation that will routinely involve interaction with a participant within 6 ft. creates (whether intentional or unintentional) a direct threat to the safety of the child and staff. Those situations will be evaluated and if they cannot be consistently maintained participation in our program will be evaluated.
- Specific equipment will be assigned to each group and staff will disinfect items such as balls, writing implements, etc. after each use.
- Hand washing with soap and water will be done most often and hand sanitizer will be readily available where soap and water are not available.
- Disinfectant wipes will also be readily available to ensure high touch surfaces and equipment are safe for use.
For customers who are requesting accommodation for a disability, please indicate this on your initial registration. You may also call our main office at (847) 669-3180 x. 1 and ask for the supervisor of the program you wish to enroll for at least two weeks prior to the activity begin date.
Fee and Registration Information
At the time of registration, you will be charged for the first month of the program and subsequent charges will be made on the 15th of each month starting September of 2021 and ending in April 2022. There is no longer a separate registration fee as those fees have been rolled into your regular monthly fees; however, $50 of your initial payment is non-refundable.
All registrants will be charged monthly for their participation for the upcoming month. Fees are monthly and based on 174 days of school, divided into 9 convenient payments. All registrations REQUIRE an automatic payment method on file such as Debit Card, Credit Card, or ACH. If you wish to pay in person, a monthly payment method is still needed to complete your initial registration, but if you choose to pre-pay this each month, you may do so by the 10th of the month in person, and we will not charge your payment method on file that month. (Please indicate this to the staff person that is processing each month). You MUST still have a valid automatic payment method on file.
Fees for the Beyond the Bell Program are as follows:
Monthly Fees 2021-2022 School Year
* Fees at Martin vary due to the bell times being different than other buildings. Total morning/afternoon fees are the same.
Beyond the Bell is available for the days specifically listed and changing days of the week regularly is not available.
Important Info and ePact Portal
ePACT is a tool used by organizations and families to securely collect reliable and up-to-date information for all its members that can be accessed easily in cases of emergencies, big or small. This ensures better preparedness for all members of this organization. The Huntley Park District will be using ePact to gather medical information, emergency contact and alternate pick-up people, program sign-in/out and more! You will receive this at the time of registration in your email confirmation. Our staff will follow-up as necessary to ensure that this information is completed. Visit the ePact for Families page for more information, training videos, etc. You will also find all medication, allergy, and asthma action forms on ePact.
Login to your ePact Portal here. You will received this information via email within one day of your registration. If you do not, please check your spam then call our office.
If your child has needs such as medication, asthma, or allergies (food or otherwise) please login to ePact and you will find the following forms which must be filled out for our staff to be informed and to provide appropriate care: Permission to Dispense Medication Form, Food Allergy Action Plan Form, and the Asthma Action Form.
Here is a list of other documents and important information associated with this activity:
2021-2022 Parent Manual
Code of Conduct and Discipline
Drop Off and Pick-up Procedures
This site will serve as the hub for all details about the program.
If you need to contact staff in regards to the program, below is a list of important numbers for your convenience. For questions regarding billing or registration changes please contact the Main Office. For questions regarding program availability or other challenges you were not able to work out at each location, please contact the Program Manager. For all questions or concerns about day to day activities, behaviors, lost items, and daily procedures please speak with the Onsite Supervisor. If you have questions or concerns beyond the Onsite Supervisor, if you have general questions about the program, or questions about availability of the program, please contact the Program Manager. For any questions related to registration or billing please contact the Main Office. For time-sensitive matters please call, do not email, as email is not always checked in real-time.
Huntley Park District Contact Information
|Mackeben BtB Onsite Supervisor
|Conley BtB Onsite Supervisor
|Chesak BtB Onsite Supervisor
|Martin BtB Onsite Supervisor
|Leggee BtB Onsite Supervisor
|BtB Program Manager
||(847) 669-3180 x.1
The onsite numbers and emails listed above will not be active until the first day of the program
The Beyond the Bell program will take place at all five School District 158 Elementary Schools. The program is no longer being offered to Middle School.
- Square Barn Road Campus - Mackeben Elementary School (K-2) and Conley Elementary School (3-5)
- Reed Road Campus - Chesak Elementary School (K-2) and Martin Elementary School (3-5)
- Harmony Road Campus - Leggee Elementary School (K-5)
The Beyond the Bell Program is available on school days when children attend school in person. In the event that school is cancelled, such as a snow day, the Beyond the Bell Program will also be cancelled. When the school makes up the snow day, our program will also be made-up on that day. In the event that school has a late start, morning BtB will be cancelled that day.
The program does not meet on regular school holidays. Please see our school days out information for child care options on days when children are not in school.
Participants should plan to bring a water bottle each day. An afternoon snack will be provided for those who are in the program in the afternoon. No sharing of food is allowed. While children are eating or drinking they will be 6 ft. away from other participants and staff.