The Caldwell Zoo Homework Club is a new program built to assist our community in managing work and school issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Homework Club is a safe and fun environment for school-age children (5-12 years old) to complete their online school assignments with the help of our trained counselors. Parents can relax knowing their children are keeping up with their school work and the students get a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy the zoo campus.
Homework Club combines fun and safe daycare with tutoring and healthy, social interaction in one great place. Class size will be limited 10 students per session.
Tuesday and Thursdays through the fall semester
Each Session is offered in monthly installments from September - December
Registration is for 1 month of sessions on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Families can register for multiple sessions.
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Early pick-up is available on request
$280/$350 per month
Rate depends on the actual number of class days in the month
Registration is for 1 month of programming for either Tuesdays or Thursdays throughout the chosen month*
Details for each session are shown on the Registration Page
* In the event you find yourself in a bind and in need of childcare for a day, call us at 903.593.0121. If possible, we can fit your child into an open slot for the day.
Frequently Asked Questions
We thank you for considering at Caldwell Zoo’s “Homework Club”! We have worked hard to create a fun and safe environment for your children.
The safety and wellness of our participants is our top priority this year and every year. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have put new procedures in place for the safety of your students, your family, Zoo staff, and the animals. If you have any concerns about our procedures for this fall, please contact us. You may ask for a refund up to two days before the start of your program. As usual, for the safety of all participants, do not send a sick child to class.
Specialized COVID-19 Changes
- Staff will wear masks indoors and when appropriate in close contact
- All class spaces and materials will be thoroughly cleaned at increased frequency
- Groups will be kept separate throughout the program to minimize exposure risk
- Pick up and drop off will be done in cars in order to minimize the interaction between family groups and to prevent non-program guests from interacting with participants
- We will conduct health screenings during drop off and students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or high temperatures will not be allowed to attend class
- We will call parents to pick up their children from class within the hour if they begin exhibiting any symptoms of illness as listed on our Emergency Contact Information & Policy/Liability Release Form
- In the event that a participant or zoo staff member tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify the guardians of other participants while following privacy policies.
Health Screening Procedures
The participant screening process will happen daily as follows: (1) guardians will be asked a series of COVID-19 specific health screening questions regarding their child, (2) participants will have their temperature taken, (3) participants will be observed for COVID-19 symptoms. Zoo staff will continue to monitor participants throughout the program for new symptoms. If participants display any symptoms, guardians answer yes to any of the questions, or their temperature is higher than 100.4 they will not be allowed entry to class until cleared by a doctor. Refunds due to the daily screening are not available.
How many students will be in each class?
We will have up to 10 students and two teachers per class.
What if something comes up and I need to cancel my registration?
Caldwell Zoo does not provide refunds for cancelled registrations. You are welcome to find another child to take your student’s spot for the entire season as long as the registration is transferred before the start of the first day of the program. To transfer registration to another child, you must notify zoo staff at least one month prior to the start of the session. Registration for the new student must be received two weeks before the first class, or else Caldwell Zoo holds the right to refuse participation.
For drop off please STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE if possible. You may get out of your vehicle in the space around your car for goodbyes or to get children out of car seats. We strongly request that you wear a facemask. We will meet you and your child/children at the bus parking lot each afternoon of class. The bus parking lot is on Gentry Parkway, right beside the Sonic. You will form a drop off line leading to the curb where zoo staff will greet you. Homework Club begins at 8:00 a.m. The education specialists will open the gates to bus parking at 7:50 a.m. The entry on Gentry Parkway has a tendency to get congested with participant cars. We suggest arriving as close to 7:50 a.m. as possible to avoid being backed up on the street.On the first day, we will collect your paperwork including your Authorized Adult form, Emergency Contact Information & Policy/Liability Release Form. To expedite the check in process, we prefer that you print out and fill in these forms at home and have them ready to hand to zoo staff upon arrival.
After paperwork is filled out and the health screen is complete, guardians will stay in the car and participants will be sent to their designated group.
Homework Club ends at 3:00 p.m. The bus lot gates will open at 3:00 p.m. Please form the same line of cars leading to the curb as you did during drop off.
All adults are required to show their ID daily to verify that they are listed on the Authorized Adult form to pick up that child. We will bring your child(ren) to your car.
What does my student need to bring?
The following items are necessary for class every day:
- Electronic device to complete online school work (laptop/tablet)
- Reusable Water Bottle
- Closed-toed Shoes
- Weather-appropriate Clothes
- Sack lunch unless you ordered the hot lunch option
The following items are useful some or all of the time:
- Rain Jackets/umbrellas
- Winter Coat
- Bug Spray
What items are likely to become distractions?
The following items may sometimes be appropriate, but your student will be asked to put them away during certain activities:
- Cell Phones
- Digital Camera
The following items are unnecessary, and should be left at home:
- Stuffed Animals
- Perfume or make-up
- Bad Attitude
What if I am running late for drop off?
Please let us know if you are running late! Call the Visitor Services office at 903-593-0121, and we will coordinate with you. You will likely be asked to bring your student to the main entrance of the zoo.
What if I need to pick up my student early?
If at all possible, communicate this need with your student’s teacher at drop off. If something comes up that requires you to collect your child unexpectedly, call our Visitor Services office at 903-593-0121, and we will coordinate with you. You will likely be asked to come to the main entrance of the zoo to collect your child.
What if my student will be absent?
If your student will be absent, please let us know! We understand that things happen to make a camper miss a day, but we would rather get camp rolling than wait around for someone who is not coming.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my registration?
ZooSchool is non-refundable. If you are aware in advance that you will no longer be able to attend your program, you may find another child to take your student’s place. To transfer registration to another child, Education Staff must be notified at least a month prior to the start of the Homeschool program. The new student’s registration must be received two weeks prior to the start of the program, or else Caldwell Zoo hold the right to refuse participation.
What if it’s supposed to be rainy?
The class will go on, rain or shine! Please send your child in weather-appropriate clothing, as we will still be outside on rainy days. If there is lightning or any other weather that poses a health risk, we will modify our activities and stay inside.
Who can I contact in case of emergency?
If something comes up during the class, contact our Visitor Services Department at 903-593-0121, and they will coordinate with your student’s teacher.
Can I stay with my child during class?
Because this is a drop-off program, we cannot have parents staying with students. We do not have space to accommodate parents remaining with the group. Having family around can be distracting for students, and we want all participants to get the most out of every class.
Can I remain at the zoo while my child is in class?
Parents and siblings are welcome to enjoy the zoo while are in class, but each parent and sibling must exit the bus lot and enter through the main entrance in order to walk around the zoo. If you are a member, you will have to present your Member ID to enter. If you are not a member, you will be required to pay admission if you wish to stay in the zoo. If you know that you are planning to walk the zoo during your child’s class, you are welcome to walk them to the bus parking lot through the zoo to drop them off, so that you can avoid having to move your car.
What if my child has food allergies?
Please notify us during registration about these allergies. We have alternate snacks that we will provide that are free of the major allergens. However, if your child has a combination of allergies, or is allergic to something uncommon, you are welcome to send separate snacks for your student.
Can I bring group snacks?
If your student has a birthday or other special event during the program, we would love to celebrate with them! Please let us know in advance if you will be bringing a group snack, as some students may have allergies. Any group snacks must be store bought and sealed. If Education Staff does not know about snacks in advance, they have the right to turn away any group snack.