Dates of Operation
The Back Pack program follows the school year calendar for Fairfax County Public Schools. We will be closed on holidays as observed by FCPS as well as follow all emergency procedures put forth by FCPS. Please visit the FCPS website at www.fcps.edu to download the school year calendar and for emergency announcement information. We also encourage you to register to receive emergency alerts via email or text at their website. For more details, please see The Back Pack 2019-20 Calendar under "Days and Times" tab.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS, DELAYS, EARLY DISMISSALS & TEACHER WORK DAYS
The Back Pack follows the decisions of FCPS system with regard to delayed openings, cancellations, and early dismissals due to inclement weather. The Back Pack is open for all enrolled students for delayed openings due to inclement weather. On unexpected and scheduled early dismissal days only students enrolled to attend in the afternoons will be picked up early from school. On FCPS Teacher Work Days (scheduled prior to the start of school) The Back Pack is open from 6:30 am to 6:15 pm to care for only students who attend in the afternoons. Parents must register for each Teacher Work Day prior to the event.
FULL DAY CLOSINGS
When FCPS makes a decision to close school all day due to inclement weather the Back Pack will be closed for the day as well.
DELAYED SCHOOL OPENINGS
On days when FCPS opens late, TBP will open at 6:30 am. The students will be transported to school at the delayed opening time. (TBP will make every effort to open at 6:30 am.) After Care students are welcome when delayed school openings occur (if space permits)
EARLY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
TBP will pick up students enrolled in After Care from school at the early dismissal time. TBP will be open until 6:15 pm. In the event of severe weather conditions, energy problems or other emergencies, TBP may contact parents to pick up students early.
TEACHER WORK DAYS
On FCPS Teacher Work Days (within FCPS’s official first and last of school). The Back Pack offers all-day child care (6:30 am to 6:15 pm) at no additional cost, (applies to After Care students only). Parents must register for each Teacher Work Day prior to the event. CLOSING: If FCPS announces that teachers do not report to work on a Teacher Work Day due to inclement weather, TBP will be closed too.
NOTE: No fee adjustments or refunds will be given for TBP closings due to snow, weather, energy problems, emergencies, unanticipated calendar changes, early pick-ups or cancelled field trips.
Program Rates for 2018/19 School Year
Before Care (BC) Rates: $235.00 per month
After Care (AC) Rates: $365.00 per month
Before and After Care (BAC) Rate: $550.00 per month
Program Rates for 2019/20 School Year
Before Care (BC) Rates: $235.00 per month
After Care (AC) Rates: $375.00 per month
Before and After Care (BAC) Rate: $560.00 per month
Multiple Child Discounts
For children of the same household, rates are reduced by 10% for your second child, 20% for your third and fourth child.
Tuition fees are billed in 10 equal monthly installments from August 2019 through May 2020. Fees are the same every month regardless of the number of program days in each month. Each month's tuition is billed in advance. Accounts must be paid in full prior to services for the next month. Tuition payments are due on the 20th of the preceding month. A late fee of $25 will be assessed if payment is received after the 5th of the month. There will be a $30 charge for all returned checks. Non-payment and delinquent accounts will result in the cancellation of all services.
The Back Pack fee schedule is subject to change at the discretion of Silo Center Administration, or due to circumstances beyond our immediate control.
Days & Times
The Back Pack operates Monday through Friday.
Morning (Before) Care is held between 6:30 AM and the start of your child's school.
Afternoon (After) Care is available from pick up from your child's school until 6:15 PM.
August 26, 2019 First Day of FCPS & The Back Pack
Aug 30 – Sept 2 Labor Day – FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED
October 14 TW/SP/SD* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm
November 4-5 TW/SP/SD* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm
November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break - FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED
Dec. 23-Jan. 3, 2020 FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED
January 6 FCPS & The Back Pack Resume
January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday - FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED
January 27-28 TW/SP/SD* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm
February 17 Presidents' Day - FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED
March 3 TW/SP/SD* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm
April 6-10 Spring Break - FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED
April 13 TW/SP/SD* - The Back Pack OPEN 6:30 am - 6:15 pm
May 25 Memorial Day - FCPS & The Back Pack CLOSED
June 12 Last Day of FCPS & The Back Pack – FCPS Closes 3 Hours Early - The Back Pack
OPEN until 6:15 pm
*TW= Teacher Workday
*SP= Strategic Planning Day
*SD= Staff Development Day
Please Note: Please Note: Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) last day is Friday, June 12, 2020. The last day of service for The Back Pack (TBP) will be on Friday, June 12, 2020. Should inclement weather dictate that school days are extended past this date into the following week, TBP will NOT provide service beyond Friday, June 12, 2020. This policy is greatly due to the fact that *Camp Whatakid will still begin as scheduled on Monday, June 15, 2020. NO refunds will be given for any days that are scheduled by FCPS outside of the original schedule which is posted at the beginning of the school year. Should FCPS determine to end school early and dismiss students before Friday, June 12, 2020 due to unused inclement weather days, the last day of service at TBP will coincide with FCPS’ newly determined official last day of school. In the past, FCPS has changed unused inclement weather days into additional Teacher Work Days at the end of the school year. The only Teacher Work Days that are serviced by TBP are those scheduled on the original FCPS calendar within FCPS’s official first and last of school posted at the beginning of each school year. Ex. If students are dismissed early and June 11 & 12, 2020 are changed into Teacher Work Days, TBP will NOT provide service on those days.
*Camp Whatakid, the summer at the Silo Center, is a summer camp program available for rising Kindergartners through rising 7th graders. A separate registration is required for this camp. For more information, please visit: www.campwhatakid.com
Typical Daily Schedule
Although no day will be truly typical at The Back Pack, it is beneficial to establish daily routine. Every day is packed with activities, fun, and excitement. The students move from one activity to the next, while receiving a balance between fun and learning in the many activities and events at The Back Pack. At the end of an active eventful day, most students are anxious for a good night's rest.