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Youth Programs Policies and FAQs

At the Fleet Science Center, we love to have hands-on experiences for all our students in an environment that is positive, fun and safe. 

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Refund and Cancellation Policies:

  • Cancellations or changes made at least 10 business days before the start of the program will receive a full refund

  • Cancellations or changes made within 10 business days of the program will be refunded but charged a $25 cancellation fee per camp.

  • Program cancellations and changes will not be honored over the weekends or without talking to the Education Coordinator. The Education Coordinator can be reached at education@rhfleet.org.  

Frequently Asked Questions - Camps Programs

How does Camp pick up and drop off work?

The drop-off and pick-up area is located at the Business Entrance on the south side of the building, adjacent to the parking lot. To locate the South entrance from Park Boulevard, turn onto Space Theater Way and make an immediate right into the parking lot adjacent to the Fleet Science Center.

Drop Off

Fleet Staff will be outside for curbside pick drop off from 8:45a.m.-9:00a.m. For safety purposes, please remain in your car and pull up to the curb by the business entrance to the Fleet Science Center adjacent to our parking lot. Your student will be checked-in and brought into the classroom by a Fleet volunteer or staff member. 

Pick Up

Fleet Staff will be outside for curbside pickup from 3:45-4:00p.m. Please remain in your car and pull up to the curb by the business entrance to the Fleet Science Center adjacent to our parking lot. For the safety of students, Fleet staff will verify parents/guardians/authorized photo ID at pick up every day. If you have a last-minute addition to the pick-up list that you wish to add, please call (619) 238-1233 ext. 847.

Alternate Drop Off and Pick Up Times

We understand that families have different schedules. If you are dropping your camper off later than 9:15am or have to pick-up a camper earlier than 3:45pm, please contact the Education Coordinator at (619) 238-1233 ext. 847.

Late Pick Up

Pick-up later than 15 minutes after the camp's end time will incur a $25 fee. For every 30 minutes after that time, an additional $25 fee will added. If you are late more than twice, your child may not be allowed back to class and there will be no refund. If you are going to be late picking up or dropping off a child, please notify the Science Center in advance to we can make arrangements as needed. Please call (619) 238-1233 ext. 847. 

What happens if I am added to the waitlist for a program?

If a seat becomes available you will be contacted by our Education team. Once you are contacted by our team you will have 24 hours to respond to continue the registration process. If we do not hear back within the 24 hour window we will contact the next patron on the waitlist. Having your name on the waitlist does not guarantee a spot in the program. Our team is available Monday-Friday during regular business hours excluding weekends and holidays.


Lunch Time Procedures

Lunches will take place inside the classrooms. Lunches, snacks and reusable water bottles must be provided by families for the student. Fleet Staff will not be able to provide lunch and/or snacks. Our recess time will be supplemented with walks throughout the park.

Taking Camp Outside the Classroom

Going Outdoors: While in camps, our team will be taking students on walks throughout park and encouraging outdoor activities throughout the week. The Education team will do our best to communicate what days we are anticipating outdoor adventures so that families may plan accordingly with their students if they need sunscreen, hats or appropriate footwear.

Museum Access: Campers will explore the Science Center galleries during their time in camp. For Summer 2021, campers will be able to visit the museum before it is open to the general public. Parents, guardians or others who are picking up and dropping off students attending our classes will not be able to access the Fleet’s paid admission areas without purchasing admission. Campers will also need a ticket if they are visiting the Science Center after camp.

What is the Fleet doing to reduce the spread of germs?

We will be abiding by our consistent procedures recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of colds and flus daily.

  • Ensuring hand washing supplies are well stocked and accessible for camp participants, staff and volunteers

  • Increasing hand sanitizer dispenser stations placed throughout the Fleet Science Center.

  • Making more sanitizing wipes available in the classroom to clean objects and equipment before/after touching.

  • Increasing the frequency of our Protexus Electrostatic Disinfecting Sprayer to sanitize frequently touched surfaces (exhibitions, doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, etc.)

Please click this link to learn more about the Fleet’s efforts regarding the health and safety.

Behavior Expectations

Our classes have been developed to encourage imaginative, creative and energetic exploration. However, appropriate conduct is expected in our classes. Please review the following established classroom rules with your child before camp:

  • Be cooperative. Many of the activities that students participate in will require that they are considerate of their fellow students. Camp classes are a great way to make friends!

  • Be clean. Students will be asked to help us keep our area clean (after we have fun making a mess of course).

  • Be curious and creative. The most important guideline.

  • Students will be expected to follow social distancing procedures.

  • All campers are expected to follow the above rules. If any student does not follow the rules, the instructor will respond first by giving a verbal warning, then on a second offense escorting the child out of class to call home.

  • We reserve the right to dismiss children whose behavior disrupts the class environment, especially those who engage in physical aggression or other dangerous behavior or for other violations of policies from the program without refund.

Frequently Asked Questions - Science Clubs

Can I attend a different time even if my student is not in the listed grade range?

We do understand that schedules are different for families and if the other time and date work better for you please feel free to register for that session. The listed grade range for Science Club is to allow students to participate with other students that are closer in their age range during our live meeting times. This also allows for our team to better facilitate conversations that are relevant and appropriate to those particular grade levels. 

When and where should I check in for class?

Check in with a designated Fleet staff person at the Business Entrance located on the south side of our building adjacent to the parking lot. A sign will be noted with additional instructions for the day of the program. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Young Scientists

Does an adult need to accompany the student attending the session?

 One caregiver must be in attendance with your child during the session. This hands-on program is designed for both children and adult to work together.

Am I allowed to bring a sibling to class?

Siblings who are not enrolled are not permitted.

May we explore the museum galleries before class?

The museum galleries will not be open until 10:00 AM. We encourage you to explore the galleries immediately after your Young Scientists session, free of charge. 

Do I need to bring a snack?

Unless your child needs nourishment due to medical reasons, we don’t anticipate that he or she will need a snack for the 1 hour period.

When and where should I check in for class?

Check in with a designated Fleet staff person at the Business Entrance located on the south side of our building adjacent to the parking lot. A sign will be noted with additional instructions for the day of the workshop

Thursday, May 14, 2020