Policies & Protocols

KID Museum aims to provide your children with quality programming, low student-to-educator ratios, and a safe environment.

KID Museum does not guarantee that activities canceled due to circumstances beyond our control (i.e. weather, power outages) will be made up; no refunds will be issued. We do not offer make­up sessions due to a child’s inability to attend.

Snow Days: KID Museum follows Montgomery County’s snow and inclement weather policies. We will be closed for weather when the County is closed.

  • A 5% processing fee will be charged for all cancellations.
  • No refunds will be provided for any missed classes.
  • Fees cannot be pro-rated for any missed sessions in multi-week programs.

Grade Policy

KID Museum has age restrictions in place for all of our programs. We choose to use a child’s grade level, rather than their age, for several reasons. We ask that all parents adhere to these restrictions when signing up for KID Museum activities. Programs are designed with safety, curriculum, and social emotional skills appropriate for children of a certain grade level. Children who do not meet the grade requirements will be restricted from participating in the program, and will not receive a refund for their registration.

  • Safety: Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to our staff. Children of different ages have vastly different levels of motor skill mastery and ability to retain instructions, and therefore require different levels of facilitation and supervision for the same tasks. By separating children by age group, KID staff can make the appropriate choices around tools and materials and staff to student ratios to keep every child safe.
  • Standards: Most schools attended by KID makers follow national or state standards in their curricula. Because of this, KID educators can generally assume a set of common experiences for children in a certain grade, even if they attend different schools, and design programs based on these experiences.
  • Social Emotional Skills: Children’s social emotional skills develop and vary with grade level. With this in mind, we do not make exceptions to our age/grade policies. Even if a child is advanced beyond their grade level intellectually or physically, they may still be developing emotional skills that older children have mastered. For this reason, teaching a younger child a skill may look very different than teaching an older child the same skill.

Nondiscrimination Statement

KID Museum prohibits illegal discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, immigration status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, family/parental status, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, poverty and socioeconomic status, language, or other legally or constitutionally protected attributes or affiliations. Discrimination undermines our community’s long-standing efforts to create, foster, and promote equity, inclusion, and acceptance for all. Some examples of discrimination include acts of hate, violence, insensitivity, harassment, bullying, disrespect, or retaliation. This Policy affirms the Board’s belief that each and every student matters, and in particular, that educational outcomes should never be predictable by any individual’s actual or perceived personal characteristics. The Policy also recognizes that equity requires proactive steps to identify and redress implicit biases, practices that have an unjustified disparate impact, and structural and institutional barriers that impede equality of educational or employment opportunities.

Current Program-Specific Policies

After-School Classes

All classes are subject to minimum and maximum enrollment. If a class must be cancelled by KID Museum due to low enrollment, we will notify participants 10 days prior to the start of class and will refund the full payment (and will not charge a processing fee).
Class enrollment will close one week prior to the start of class. After that time, please call KID Museum for availability.

Cancellation:

  • Full refund (minus processing fee) up to 2 weeks prior to start of class.
  • 50% refund (minus processing fee) up to 1 week prior to start of class.
  • No refund if canceled less than 1 week prior to start of class.
  • Full refund will be provided if KID Museum cancels an after-school session for any reason, including low enrollment or public health concerns

Code of Conduct

It is the goal of KID Museum to provide a safe and supportive environment for all participants. Children who attend our programming are expected to follow the Code of Conduct below and to interact appropriately in a group setting. The Code of Conduct will be reviewed with all participants to ensure their understanding and agreement.

KID Museum does not tolerate the following:

  1. Any form of physical or verbal abuse, or threats to person and/or property.
  2. Continued disrespect towards others and/or disruption of the program.
  3. Vandalism, stealing, tampering with equipment.
  4. The use of any and all illegal substances.
  5. Bringing weapons of any kind, the making of weapons, or using objects as weapons.
  6. Any disregard for COVID-19 safety protocols.

When a participant does not follow the Code of Conduct, we may take the following steps:

  1. Staff will redirect the child to more appropriate behavior.
  2. If the behavior persists, a discussion will take place to remind the child of the behavior guidelines and program rules. A parent will be notified that this discussion took place.
  3. If a problem persists and the child continues to disobey behavior guidelines and program rules, KID Museum reserves the right to remove the child from the program indefinitely.
  4. No refunds or credits will be issued for participants who are removed from programs.
  5. Children who are removed from the program must be picked up by an authorized adult within 60 minutes of notification.
  6. KID Museum reserves the right to modify, repeat, accelerate steps or not use the outlined processes as the situation demands.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols

Role of KID Museum

  • Provide space that allows physical distancing for students and staff members. 
  • Administer temperature check for anyone entering the building.
  • Conduct frequent, scheduled disinfection of high-touch surfaces throughout the day, as well as regular deep cleanings. 
  • Maintain a supply of face masks for students who forget to bring one , and provide PPE for all staff and apprentices. 
  • Provide hand-sanitizer throughout the space and at every work table.
  • Provide a bin for each student to store personal belongings.  
  • Immediately inform the community if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19; follow CDC, State of Maryland, and County guidelines for immediate and thorough contact-tracing and for cleaning and disinfecting. 
  • Provide sufficient air flow and ventilation inside the Museum.
  • Continually review guidance from CDC and Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services guidelines as they are received to ensure our protocols remain in compliance.

Role of KID Museum Staff & Apprentices

  • Participate in a temperature check upon arrival at KID.
  • STAY HOME if you are feeling ill, have a temperature above 100.4, and/or exhibit any of the symptoms/close contact on the checklist. 
  • STAY HOME if anyone in your household presents with COVID-like symptoms. 
  • Wear a face mask indoors, unless eating or drinking. Face masks are optional outdoors. 
  • Maintain three feet of distance from other people, even when you are outside. 
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. 
  • Notify Program Director immediately if you or someone in your home tests positive for COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
  • Do not administer any first aid. Contact guardian in the event of an emergency.

Role of the Family

  • KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME if they are sick. If they have a temperature above 100.4 and/or exhibit any of the symptoms/close contact on the checklist, they cannot attend the program. 
  • If a student exhibits symptoms of COVID, KID Museum may request the student self-quarantine or be tested for COVID and show proof of a negative test before returning for programming. 
  • KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME if anyone in your household presents with COVID-like symptoms. 
  • Notify KID Museum at 301-897-5437 or info@kid-museum.org immediately if your child or someone in your house tests positive for COVID-19, or if your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.  
  • Remain outside of KID Museum at all times, including during drop off and pick up. A KID staff member will check student in and out at outside station.
  • Provide 2-3 masks for student per day – gaiters and bandanas are not allowed.
  • Have an authorized adult prepared for an emergency pick up at all times.

Role of the Student

  • Participate in a temperature check upon arrival at KID. 
  • Wear a face mask indoors, unless eating or drinking. Face masks are optional outdoors.
  • Leave all personal belongings at home.
  • Tell your parents when you are not feeling well, even if it feels like something very minor. 
  • Immediately contact the KID support staff member onsite if you are not feeling well during the program; be specific about your symptoms. 
  • Always maintain three feet of distance between you and others, even outside. 
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. 
  • Do not share personal items and/or food with anyone.