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Parent & Family Resources

First Week of School FAQs

September 10, 2021

Classroom visits were SO MUCH FUN! We loved having your family come to school together. It was a joy to see the bond between your child (and you) and their teacher continue to form. 
We are all set to go for our first week next week! Please read thoroughly below for answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions. 

How Does Drop Off and Pick Up Work?
Arrive at school with your child(ren) at the beginning of your Classroom Drop Off window (Colonial schedule HERE, Calvary schedule HERE). There will be a table inside the building (outside of the classroom area) where you will line up, socially distanced, for your child’s Health Screening and check-in. Remember that masks are REQUIRED for all Caregivers.Our Assistant Directors, Jenny (Colonial) and Cara (Calvary) will be leading the check-in process. After your child’s health screening he/she will join their teacher and classmates behind the check-in table until your 5-minute check in window ends, at which time they will head to their classroom. If you miss your check in window you will need to wait until all classes have checked in and we are able to do your child’s Health Screening and bring them to their classroom. At your child’s pick up time, your child’s class will be ready at the check in table for your arrival at the front of the line. 

What if we need someone besides us (our child’s parents) to pick up our child?
All families have let us know two emergency/authorized contacts on your child’s Student Information form- teachers will have these contacts on their student roster. Families will receive two ‘pick up tags’ (ID card with child’s first name, last initial and graphic of their ‘berry’ level) to be given to their emergency contacts to show when picking up your child. If you need/want to add more authorized contacts please let your child’s teacher know and they will be added and we will make a pick up tag for that person. During the school year, if you have a last minute situation and need to authorize a different person to pick your child up, please email the person’s name and phone number to your Assistant Director before your child’s pick up time and let that authorized person know that they will need to show ID to pick up your child.

Who do I contact if my child is going to be absent (for any reason)?
Please text or email your location Assistant Director for ANY absence:
COLONIAL AD, Jenny Miller
Colonial School Cell Phone: 952.232.9443
Jenny Email:

CALVARY AD, Cara Terwilliger
Calvary School Cell Phone: 952.221.9073
Cara Email:

Jenny/Cara will let your child’s teacher know about the absence.

When should I keep my child home from school?
If your child has any symptoms associated with COVID-19. These include — cough, shortness of breath, fever of 100.40 or above, or any two of the following: new runny/stuffy nose, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, unusual tiredness, loss of sense of smell or taste, and gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea. We will connect with you about next steps with return to school.If your child is home because of above and has a sibling attending the Berry Patch, the sibling should remain home until it is determined that ill sibling does NOT have COVID-19.If your child has been exposed to COVID-19.If your child has another illness diagnosed by your Pediatrician (until they are cleared for return to school according to contagious period for that illness.)If you have traveled out of state as a family (all travel that includes Berry Patch student must be reported ahead of time.) We will connect with you about next steps with return to school. NOTE: If your child has diagnosed allergies and is showing allergy symptoms we will need a doctor’s note regarding this diagnosis and approval for your child to be at school. 

Where can I find the most up to date COVID Preparedness Plan?
HERE on our website. We will let you know if plan is updated for any reason.
Do I need to sign something that I have read and understand the most up to date COVID Preparedness Plan?
Yes! All families must sign Parent COVID Plan Form with any revision. Please click HERE to sign form for most up-to-date form (posted 9/10/12).

Where is the 2021-22 Parent Handbook?
HERE on our website. Please read thoroughly– lots of important program information!

So many logistics, will my child have any fun this year??!
Absolutely! Now that we have all the logistics set, the amazing Berry Patch experience can begin!
I look forward with joy to getting to know your child- and your whole family- this year as I spend time at both of our Berry Patch locations throughout the week. Please don’t hesitate to reach out at any point with questions, concerns, or joys!

With Love,
Molly Lounsberry Dykstra
Director/Co-Owner, The Berry Patch School