COVID-19 Related Updates


We can reopen!  We are so thankful that we can begin to return to some normal business activities!  Please continue to use email as the primary contact for Up a Creek as staff will either be working with children and/or cleaning during open hours.  Emailing will ensure that the appropriate person will receive your request for party rescheduling and expedite the process.  Thank you so much!!   Email Requests and or Questions to: UpaCreekToday@gmail.com


Huntsville City School (potential) Calendar Changes

It’s possible that the 2020-2021 school year start date may get pushed back until August 17, 2020.  If the 2020-2021 calendar for school changes, we will post our changes here as well.  Those changes may include adding additional day camp options for those weeks, but without a vote from the Huntsville City School system to officially make the change, we are waiting to hear from them before we announce our plans as well.  (If your student is enrolled in 2020-2021 After School Care, you have paid for “week 1” and “week 2” of care, and no changes need to be made to your registration.) 

Re-Open Date (last updated 5/12/2020)

Up a Creek is on track to re-open on Saturday, May 23, 2020 for reserved and rescheduled birthday parties.  We will not have Open Play for a while as we ease back into the new normal of life after the shutdown.  Our priority is the safety, well-being, and happiness of our guests and we will strive to go above and beyond to create a clean, healthy, and safe atmosphere.  If your event was postponed due to the closure, and you are ready to reschedule, please email UpaCreekToday@gmail.com.  This will still be the fastest way to communicate with us until further notice.  We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s requests for a timely reschedule!  Thank you all so much!

Summer Day Camp

We are on track to begin our summer day camp with the first official week of Huntsville City Schools’ summer break!  Camp 1 is Tuesday, May 26 - Friday, May 29, 2020 with a smaller camp group than we would normally have so that we can follow the new recommended guidelines.  Each camp week can be reserved individually so parents can reserve just the weeks that they need. Early Bird Pricing has been extended until April 30th.  Space is very limited in each camp session.  Enrollment will continue until each week is full.  Camp information can be found here

After School Care

Enrollment is ongoing for the 2020-2021 School Year until all places are full. 

    GSES Pre-K Students: A small number of places have been held for new Pre-K students (& their siblings) who have been awaiting word that they were admitted into the GSES pre-K program. 

    GSES Pick-Up is now full with a waiting list for K-5 students, but unclaimed spots from HCES pick up will be transferred, if unfilled.  Please complete the online enrollment and payment processes to be added to the GSES Pick-Up waiting list.  Any GSES student not able to be admitted into the Up a Creek Program due to space will be notified and refunded by July 31st. 

    HCES Pick-Up has approximately 5 openings left for our 2020-2021 After School Care Program.  Please visit the After School Care page to find more information and to complete your online registration for HCES pre-K through 5th grade student.


Up a Creek is Closed until May 15th

     Pursuant to the Alabama Shelter-in-Place Order revision, Up a Creek will remain closed through May 15, 2020.


Up a Creek is Closed until April 30th

     Pursuant to the Alabama Shelter-in-Place Order issued April 3, 2020, Up a Creek will remain closed through April 30, 2020. Further details relating scheduled events are listed below by date under the header, “March, April, May Updates.

 

Up a Creek is Closed until April 17th

     It was announced 3/27/2020 that Alabama Public Schools will not meet in school buildings again this school year. This means our hope for returning to a normal After School Care schedule will not happen again until August.  As we navigate these uncertain times, we will continue to try and do what’s right by our customers, support our staff, and to keep the business afloat. 

     In addition to school closure, a non-essential closure declaration for Alabama has been issued to include businesses with “Indoor Children’s Play Areas,” “Facilities Providing Child Day Care,” and “Activities on Commercial Play Equipment.”  The required closure will continue through April 17th.

     This is essentially an unprecedented worst-case scenario for a small business like ours.  All of our programs have come to a halt and there’s no clear insight into when these restrictions will be lifted and life can begin to return to normal.  However, we have no intention of closing Up a Creek permanently, and know this will all pass eventually. 

   Thank you for your ongoing support now and the support you’ve shown our family business during the past 8 years.  As we pull a plan together on how to proceed, we will continue to make announcements here on our website.  This situation continues to evolve daily and while there is talk of small business help on the horizon, it certainly isn’t here yet.  Thank you for hanging in there with us!


We hope everyone stays well!  We miss you all!

Melissa


*If you need to get in touch with us, please email UpaCreekToday@gmail.com

*With the center closed, there will be no one to answer the phones or to check the voicemail, but we regularly monitor and respond to emails.  Thank you!


Babysitting Referrals: Our amazing, FBI-background checked, fingerprinted, CPR certified staff is available for in home childcare!  If you need a sitter, please email UpaCreekToday@gmail.com to be connected with one of our staff members.  For their safety, we are pre-screening requests, but care arrangements and payments will be coordinated directly with the staff member.

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March, April, May Updates: (last updated 5/12/2020)

March 16-20, 2020  No After School Care/All billing suspended.

March 21 Parties have all been postponed/rescheduled.  365-Day Party Vouchers in place/No rush to reschedule.

March 23-27, 2020  No After School Care/All billing suspended.

March 27, 2020  Hsv City Schools announced school will not reconvene in school buildings this school year. 2019-2020 Accounts will be closed out and refunds processed 4/1 & 4/2.

March 28 Parties have all been postponed/rescheduled.  365-Day Party Vouchers in place/No rush to reschedule.

March 30 - Friday, April 3, 2020 :: Spring Break Camp Cancelled

April 4 Parties are postponed/rescheduled. 365-Day Party Vouchers in place/No rush to reschedule.

April 10, 2020  Kids Only Night has been cancelled.

April 11 Parties are postponed/rescheduled. 365-Day Party Vouchers in place/No rush to reschedule.

April 18 Parties are postponed/rescheduled. 365-Day Party Vouchers in place/No rush to reschedule.

April 24, 2020  Kids Only Night has been cancelled.

April 25 Parties *As of April 3rd, with the announcement of Alabama’s Shelter-in-Place Order, parties through April 30th will be automatically postponed and can be rescheduled at the convenience of the party parents. A 365-Day Voucher is in place for these parties and there is absolutely no rush or pressure to choose a new date and time right away. We hope to reopen in May!  When things are more certain and you’re ready, please contact us to choose another date/time. Until we reopen, UpaCreekToday@gmail.com is the primary contact.

May 2, 2020 -- Tentatively Scheduled to be Open for Scheduled Parties Only; No Open Play -- CANCELLED due to extension of order for some non-essential businesses.

May 16, 2020 -- Tentatively Scheduled Re-Open Date for Scheduled Parties ---- POSTPONED due to the extension of the order for some non-essential businesses that include entertainment and indoor play.

May 23, 2020 -- New Tentatively Scheduled Re-Open Date for Scheduled Parties.  *Parties through May 22nd will be automatically postponed and can be rescheduled at the convenience of the party parents. A 365-Day Voucher is in place for these parties and there is absolutely no rush or pressure to choose a new date and time right away. We hope to reopen May 23.  When things are more certain and you’re ready, please contact us to choose another date/time. Until we reopen, UpaCreekToday@gmail.com is the primary contact.