iCare gives options for before-, after-school care

While students are thrilled when a call comes in saying school has been delayed due to inclement weather, working parents often are left in a bind as they try to find last-minute child care while they are at work.

That’s why Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. offers a child care program that is open to all BCSC parents, even if their children do not normally need to go to a daycare program.

Through BCSC’s iCARE, parents can choose to enroll their students for full-time before- and after-school care or for drop-in situations, such as when there is a two-hour delay.

There is no limit to how many students can come to iCARE, so all students are welcome, said Anna Villa, iCare program director.

Morning care is provided at all BCSC elementary schools except for Columbus Signature Academy — Fodrea campus. Students who attend Fodrea are taken to CSA-Lincoln and are bused back to Fodrea for the start of the school day.

Morning iCARE starts at 6:30 a.m. and is available until classes begin. On a normal day, that’s about 8 a.m. On a two-hour delay, it’s about 10 a.m.

Students also can eat a light breakfast at iCARE on a two-hour delay, Villa said, because the schools do not provide breakfast on those days.

Afternoon care is available at all of the elementary schools and the two BCSC middle schools starting when students are dismissed for the day — approximately 2:30 p.m. — until 6 p.m. Snacks are provided in the evenings.

If classes are canceled because of the weather, iCARE will not be available, Villa said.

Enrollment in an iCARE program is available online through the BCSC website.

Parents can enroll their children at any time.

How to enroll

To enroll your child in the iCARE program, go to bcsc.k12.in.us and select iCARE under the Parents tab. Prices and enrollment information are available on the website.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.