Rules & Safety
Charlottesville After-School Recreation and Enrichment (CARE) rules will be established and taught to children at the beginning of each week and are regularly reviewed to ensure the safety of participants. There are three basic rules which should be followed by all participants. Please review the following list of rules with your child:
- Remain in sight and sound of staff.
- Respect others and the property of others.
- Keep hands and feet to themselves.
Examples of behavior concerns may include a child who:
- Disrupts the smooth flow of the program
- Requires constant one-on-one attention and correcting
- Inflicts physical or emotional harm on other participants
- Physically and/or verbally abuses other participants or staff
- Damages, steals or destroys property
- Is unwilling to conform to the rules and guidelines of the program
We have zero tolerance policy for bullying at CARE. If your child is reported to be bullying another child, we will investigate the incident. If it is found that your child is bullying at CARE, they will be dismissed from the program.
We believe in the power of positive reinforcement to encourage appropriate behavior. Children are successful when limits are explained and staff members model appropriate behaviors.
The following disciplinary steps serve as a guideline. Depending on the severity of the behavior, staff may need to start with step two.
- Step One - Warning: A child whose behavior is in violation of program rules will be spoken to by staff and given a warning. Behavior modification techniques will be used to teach the child appropriate behavior. If the child’s behavior does not change with reminders, staff will follow up with time out or loss or privilege. In addition, you will be notified at pick-up time and asked to assist the staff by discussing and reinforcing the rules with your child. A Behavior Log will be established for the child. Examples of behaviors that warrant a warning include:
- Name-calling and teasing
- No profanity or inappropriate language
- Arguing or talking while a counselor/adult is speaking
- Not following instructions, using loud voices inside, or disrupting the group
- Play fighting or using physical contact during games
- Step Two - Time Out or Loss of Privilege: If behavior concerns continue after a warning has been issued and you have been informed and had the opportunity to discuss it with your child, an Incident Report that documents the behavior will be completed. You will be asked to sign the report and speak with your child. A summary of the incident report will be noted on the child’s Behavior Log. Behaviors that are an automatic timeout and loss of privilege include:
- Leaving sight and sound of staff
- Pushing, shoving, or wrestling
- Behavior that causes injury
- Step Three - Discussion with Facility Manager: If the behavior does not improve or continues to escalate, the child will have a discussion with the Facility Manager. At pick-up you will have a discussion with the Facility Manager and your child to create an action plan. The discussion and action plan will be documented on the camper’s Behavior Log. Behaviors that result in a visit to the facility manager are:
- Repeated time out behaviors
- Disrespect or deliberate disobedience towards staff
- Actions or threats that cause someone to be hurt
- Continued use of profanity or offensive language
- Stealing or destruction of other’s property
- Leaving the program without consent
- Step Four - Dismissal from the Program: If your child’s behavior is not corrected within specific time outlined in the action plan, the Program Management Office will notify you of further disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from the program.