The Arizona Department of Health expects violations at day care programs at four Scottsdale elementary schools will be cleared by April.
That means other Scottsdale schools awaiting approval to open Kids Club programs could get their licenses in May and begin operating before summer break.
“We want to finish the year with (all the students) at their home school,” said Karen Hearn, director of community schools and service learning for the Scottsdale Unified School District. “That would be a wonderful thing.”
The issue dates to May, when the health department inspected district-run Kids Club programs at Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center and Copper Ridge, Cheyenne and Kiva elementary schools.
Noted violations included missing criminal affidavits of employees, children who weren’t supervised all the time and incomplete attendance records.
As a result, students who had registered for planned programs at Cochise, Anasazi, Aztec, Desert Canyon and Pueblo elementary schools have been bused to other schools’ programs since August because the district agreed to delay opening those facilities until old issues were fixed.
Most problems at the existing facilities had been resolved when they were inspected again several months later, but there were still some issues such as children’s medical cards not being completely filled out.
The old programs have been operating on “provisional” licenses since November.
The district agreed to two inspections of those programs before they are taken off of “provisional” status, said Lisa Wynn, deputy assistant director with the health department’s licensing division.
All the programs were inspected for the first time in late February and Cheyenne has had its second inspection, she said.
Both Cheyenne and Copper Ridge had no problems, but Kiva and the Arcadia center are still working to correct minor violations, Wynn said.
As long as those problems are fixed, Wynn said the department expects to be able to schedule inspections of the new programs in April.
Meanwhile, there are plans to start preschool Kids Club programs at Anasazi, Aztec, Cochise, Copper Ridge, Laguna, Pueblo and Zuni elementary schools next year, Hearn said. There are already 163 students registered for that program districtwide.
Hearn isn’t anticipating any delays similar to this year’s.
“We’ll have all the licenses for the Kids Club for these schools. All this will be is an add on,” she said. “There should be no problem at all.”