What if I'm new?

Great! We can't wait to meet you! Come to the Hope City Kids Help Desk, and it will only take a few minutes to get you in our system and walk you and your child to their classroom where they will be checked in by their small group leaders. For security purposes, you will receive a 3-digit code that will match the 3-digit code on your child's name tag.

What if my child has special needs?

If your child has special needs, please contact the church office to speak to a member of the Hope City Kids staff prior to attending on a Sunday morning, so we can work together to set you and your child up for success.

What curriculum do you use?

Orange is a strategy that combines two influences to fuel faith in the next generation. It's what happens when you combine the light of the church and the heart of the family to lead a generation toward God!

How does drop-off and pick up work?

Classrooms open 15 minutes prior to the start of the service. After your child has been checked in at the computer, parents can accompany their child to their classroom where they will be signed in by a leader in the room. To ensure a safe environment, we ask parents/guardians to pick up their children immediately following the service unless paged beforehand.

If there is anyone who is not allowed to pick up your child or you have custodial information of which we should be aware, please be sure to notify a check-in attendant who will direct you to a Hope City Kids staff member.

How do you determine classroom placement?

Infants through 5th graders at Hope City Kids have been placed in a classroom, based on their birthdate as it applies to Oregon's state standard for school placement. All children in each classroom must be the age or grade of that specific class before September 1st of the year they are entering school.

At Hope City Kids, all children move up to their new classrooms together, one time each year. This means when your child has their birthday they will remain in the same classroom in which they currently attend. We structure our classrooms this way because we highly value the relationships your child is forming with leaders and friends in their classroom. Similar to your child's weekly school or preschool routine, your child will remain in the same classroom for the entire school year and then graduate to the next classroom on our Move Up Sunday in the summer.

Can I bring my child if he/she isn't feeling well?

Our desire is to offer safe, healthy, and quality ministry to children. Children with the following symptoms cannot be left in our care. Children must be symptom-free from cold or flu for a minimum of 24 hours.

  • Yellow/green runny nose.
  • Elevated fever during the past 48 hours (100.4 or above and without the use of fever-reducing medication) and experiencing symptoms of diarrhea and/or vomiting.
  • Eye drainage or infection
  • Contagious rash and specifically any open wound caused from itching a rash.
  • Persistent coughing or sneezing.
  • Exhibiting signs or a contagious health condition such as lice, croup, chickenpox, or COVID.

Hope City Kids In-Person Plan

Please read over the safety measures in place for the in-person Hope City kids ministry. We look forward to continuing to partner with families in helping children to know, love, and follow Jesus with their whole hearts. Welcome back!

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The following are some of the protocols we have in place to keep our kids, volunteers, and staff safe while at church. We may make modifications to these protocols as needed for the health and safety of everyone.

CHECK-IN

  1. Infants through 5th grade will be in their classrooms.
  2. Check your child(ren) in at a kiosk, and receive name tags for them and your 3-digit claim sticker. Or someone at the check-in desk can assist you.
  3. If there’s a line, each family unit will remain distanced.
  4. After you receive your child’s nametag, proceed to their classroom with them to check them into their small group.
  5. No adult or child should enter the building if any of the following apply: symptoms of any illness, including but not limited to those of COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, headache, or soar throat. Individuals with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should not enter until after adhering to the recommended quarantine and isolation guidelines.

CLASSROOM SAFETY

RATIO & SPACE CAPACITY

In order to provide social distancing per child and to follow state guidelines, we have ratio and space limitations in each classroom. We will close classrooms when capacity has been reached.

ILLNESS PROTOCOLS

We will use the following guidelines in response to positive tests or possible exposures. Children, volunteers, and staff with a known positive COVID-19 test may return to Hope City Church when all three criteria have been met:

  1. 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms
  2. Fever free for 48 hours
  3. Symptoms have improved

Per CDC guidelines, children, volunteers, and staff will be asked to quarantine for 14 days after a known exposure of COVID-19. This includes living with a family member who has been diagnosed or having direct exposure with an individual (less than 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) who has been diagnosed. If symptoms do arise during this quarantine time, they will be asked to meet the three criteria above before returning to Hope City Church.

The plans and protocols mentioned above are subject to change and updated as guidelines and new information becomes available. Thank you for remaining flexible as we navigate uncharted waters and provide the best care for your children. Our priority is your family’s safety, and we will keep you updated and informed.

We know this season is challenging, and we acknowledge this doesn't fit everyone's needs. Please reach out with any questions regarding your family's specific needs. Whether you choose to return to in-person church or continue to participate online, you are making the best decision for your child and family, and we wholeheartedly support you.