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Commander’s Policy Statement
Tobyhanna Army Depot

 

Policy Number 10-1 (ASMEL-TY-CO)

September 2004

SUBJECT: Installation Child Supervision Policy

1. Applicability: This policy applies to all military service members and family members residing in housing.

2. References.

a. AR 608-18, Family Advocacy Program, 20 Oct 03.

b. AR 608-10, Child Development Services, 15 Jul 97.

c. Memorandum, HQ CFSC-CYS, July 2000, subject: Out of School Child Supervision Requirements for Elementary and Middle School Children and Youth During Parental Duty Hours.

3. Policy. The TYAD guidelines for the supervision of minor children are based on the child’s grade in school. The attached Appendix B explains the level of supervision required for children and specifies the following:

a. Children not yet enrolled in formal education, require direct supervision at all times.

b. Children in kindergarten through sixth grades will not be in self-care or home alone on a regular basis during weekday, school-out, vacation and/or summer out of school time.

c. Children in grades seven through eight can be in self-care or home alone for up to six hours, with ready access to adult supervision.

d. Children in grades nine through 12 can be in self-care or home alone between the hours of 0600 and 2400, but need adult supervision between the hours of 2400 to 0600.

4. Responsibilities.

a. Military service members are responsible at all times for the supervision, health, safety and welfare of their family members and guests on the installation.

b. Child and Youth Services (CYS) will maintain a referral list of registered babysitters who are 13 and older and who have completed the babysitting course. Unauthorized childcare can result in a loss of housing privileges for the offending families (see Appendix C).

c. Security will respond and investigate incidents and report to the Depot Sergeant Major. Violation of this policy will result in the following consequences:

(1) A first offense will result in a verbal warning from the Depot Sergeant Major and a follow-up letter detailing the incident and outlining what actions will be taken if the family violates the policy again.

(2) A second offense will result in a written notice to the family and the installation commander from the Depot Sergeant Major detailing the violation and recommending a written counseling statement.

(3) A third offense will result in a written letter to the installation commander from the Depot Sergeant Major, as well as a referral to the Family Advocacy Program Manager to assess parenting skills and, if determined necessary, appropriate interventions.

(4) The fourth Offense will result in a written request from the Depot Sergeant Major to the installation commander to terminate housing privileges for the offending family.

d. Copies of all written correspondence from the Unit Commander to active duty members and installation command regarding violation of this policy will be supplied to the Housing Officer.

f. The installation commander and Security have discretion in enforcement of this policy based on assessments of family situations and child maturity when incidents occur.

5. Information relevant to the Child Supervision Policy has been included (Appendix A – Curfew Policy; Appendix B – Child Supervision Guidelines; Appendix C – Unauthorized Child Care; Appendix D – Bus Stop Supervision).

6. Point Of Contact is Mrs. Heather Fiedler, Family Advocacy Program Manager (570) 615-7509.

 

TRACY L. ELLIS
COL, OD
Commanding


APPENDIX A

CURFEW POLICY

Juveniles on the installation are subject to curfew. A juvenile is defined as a family member or guest who has not attained his/her 18 th birthday and is not enlisted in military service. A juvenile will not be permitted to be outside family quarters during Saturday through Sunday, 2200 – 0600, unless the juvenile is accompanied by a parent or other responsible person over the age of 18.


APPENDIX B

Age or grade of child Child Characteristics May be left alone at home May be left alone overnight May be left outside unatteded (playing) May be left alone in a vehicle May baby-sit siblings May baby-sit others (besides siblings)
Newborn to age 4 Requires close supervision at all times. NO NO NO NO NO NO
Kindergarten through Sixth grades Children begin to explore their environments under supervsion. NO NO At playground (close to home) or with immediate access (sight or hearing distance) to adult supervision. NO NO NO
Seventh through Eight grades Children are approaching the adolescent years when there is an increased need for responsibility. For UP to 6 hours, with ready access to adult supervision. NO YES YES YES - *babsitting course is highly recommended YES - *babysitting course is highly recommended.
Ninth through Tenth grades Children continue to need to know how to access parents and guidance for emergency situations. YES NO YES YES YES - *babsitting course is highly recommended YES - *babysitting course is highly recommended.
Eleventh through Twelfth grades Parents are responsible for their children and their actions as long as family member status is maintained. YES YES - indirect supervision recommended. YES YES YES - *babsitting course is highly recommended YES - *babysitting course is highly recommended.

* Babysitting requirements are based on the American Red Cross Guidelines.  Information about the babysitting course can be obtained at Child and Youth Services, building 221, (570) 615-6559.

 


APPENDIX C

UNAUTHORIZED CHILD CARE

Unauthorized care is prohibited in government owned or leased housing or in family housing located on the installation. Unauthorized child care is defined as “care in excess of 10 child care hours per week…on a regular basis.” If you are providing unauthorized childcare, you risk losing housing privileges at Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Child and Youth Services (CYS) offers training and certification to qualified applicants through the Family Child Care (FCC) Program. The purpose of FCC is to ensure that care giving environments are conducive to the growth, development and well being of every child.

Anyone providing care in his or her home on a regular basis in excess of 10 hours per week MUST be certified as a FCC provider. If a child care provider cares for your children in your home, you are responsible to ensure that the caregiver is qualified. The caregiver, if coming to your home, does not have to register with the FCC Program. Caregivers MUST register with FCC when care is provided outside the child’s home.

Child care is available at Youth Services for children 11 years and older from 1400 to 1700 at no cost. Please contact Central Intake at (570) 615-6559 to register your child at CYS and receive child care services or to become a FCC provider.


APPENDIX D

BUS STOP SUPERVISION

If a child living in base housing becomes a behavior problem at the bus stop (i.e., smoking, fighting, cursing, vandalizing, etc.), the active duty member or spouse will be required to accompany the child(ren) to and from the bus stop and stay until the child(ren) has either been picked up or dropped off. This will be assessed by Security and referred to the active duty member’s commander for enforcement


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