Frequently Asked Questions
When does registration open for Summer 2017?
What are the dates and times of this summer's KOC program?
June 21-August 18, 2017. Morning classes run 8:30 a.m.–noon, and afternoon classes run 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m. For those who stay with us all day, our lunch takes place noon–1 p.m.
How long are the sessions?
One-week and two-week half-day sessions (mornings and afternoons) can be combined into a full-day program for one or two weeks.
What is the average class size?
The limit for most classes is 18. Some computer courses like Keyboarding and HTML may accommodate as many as 20 students.
What are the teachers' qualifications?
All classes are taught by college-approved instructors. Most of our instructors are certified teachers in either public or private schools. Others are experts in the field they teach. All teachers have undergone background checks by appropriate authorities.
Where are the classes held?
Most of the classes are held in the Hickory Ridge Building (10650 Hickory Ridge Road) of Howard Community College. Some specialized classes, such as computer courses or Junior Medic, are held in the labs in the Science and Technology (ST) Building, Nursing Building (N), or the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Building (HVPA). If your student is taking a class at Hickory Ridge and at the ST Building, he/she will be escorted to and from classes by our aides. (View map)
What time do classes start?
Morning classes run from 8:30 a.m.–noon. Afternoon classes are 1–4:30 p.m. Students should arrive on campus no earlier than ten minutes before the class starts. Unsupervised students arriving early will be registered for and sent to Before Care. A fee will be charged.
What are the registration deadlines?
Registration opens February 7 and continues until the class fills or begins. Register early because most courses fill rapidly.
How can I find out if a summer class is full before I register my student?
What happens if the class I have chosen is filled?
You can request to be put on a Waitlist. (You will be called by one of our Administrators if an opening occurs.)
How will I know if my child is enrolled in the class?
If you register online, you'll receive online confirmation that you should print out for your files. If you register by other methods, you'll receive a confirmation email if we receive your registration at least a week before the class begins. If you register in-person at the Registration Office, you will receive a receipt for your payment that will confirm your student's registration. If you don't hear from us, you can confirm registration by contacting the Continuing Education Division Office at 443-518-4825 or 443-518-4823. Tuition payment is due at time of registration to ensure your student a seat in the class. Students will not be allowed in class until tuition is paid in full and we receive the consent form.
Is there a fee for dropping classes or switching sections from one course to another?
Transfers are acceptable as long as neither course has started and the new section is not filled. Complete the Course Change Request Form.
Call 443-518-1700, 443-518-4825, or 443-518-4102 to arrange for a transfer. Please call 443-518-1700 or write the Division of Continuing Education with your refund request. If we receive notification by noon Monday, one week prior to the Monday start date of the class you are dropping, you will receive 100 percent of tuition and fees. After that time, tuition only, not registration and materials fees, is refundable. All courses with materials or lab fees are designated with an asterisk (*). Make sure to allow time for your letter to reach us before class begins.
Do I need to buy textbooks or supplies for my children's classes?
In most cases, the supply/materials/lab fee/textbook is included in the cost of the class. One class, "Business Beginnings," has a $5 start-up fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting. This money is usually refunded by the completion of the class project.
Is lunch provided?
You provide the lunch, we provide the supervision. From 12pm-1pm, students will eat lunch with their peers and watch general audience movies. Register for supervised lunch here. All students staying on campus for both morning and afternoon courses must register for this supervised lunch hour. For 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. classes, students not picked up by 12:15 p.m. will be placed in a supervised lunchroom in the Hickory Ridge Building and registered for lunch.
The fee covers supervision, facilities and movies. Non-perishable bag lunches are required. No refrigeration or microwave is available.
All students must stay in their assigned, age-appropriate lunchrooms during this time.
Are there exceptions to the ages listed in each class?
An exception may be made when your child is transitioning from 5th to 6th grade, or 8th to 9th grade. Often students on the cusp of an age or grade can take the course for the older age or grade. (Students must meet the minimum age requirement by September 1.) Parents with specific questions about this may call the Kids on Campus staff at 443-518-4976 or 443-518-4102.
Where is the Kids on Campus Administration Office?
Our offices are located at the Division of Continuing Education in Suite 100 of the Hickory Ridge Building. Our normal business hours are 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. daily during the school year, and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. during the summer.
Where do I drop off, and pick up, my child before and after class?
For the safety of your student, there will be no drive-through drop-off or pick-up this summer at the Hickory Ridge Building. If your student is taking a morning or afternoon class at the Hickory Ridge Building, you are encouraged to park in the Kids on Campus designated parking areas in the back section of Parking Lot H or Parking Lot I (View Campus Map). Parents/guardians may also park in the West Parking Garage.
Parents/guardians should plan to walk their students to the building. Aides will also be available to direct students to get to their classes. Handicapped parking will still be available in the front of the Hickory Ridge Building. Students taking classes in other campus locations should report to the Hickory Ridge building at least 5 minutes before the start of class. An instructional aide will escort them to their classroom. Parents may also take the student to their class in the designated building. All students should be picked up at the Hickory Ridge Building at the end of their class in the morning and afternoon.
Students should also be dropped off at the Hickory Ridge building no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the start of the class. Classroom assignments will be posted at the Hickory Ridge Building. Unsupervised students arriving early will be registered for and sent to Before Care. A fee will be charged. Students changing building locations during the day will be escorted by KOC staff.
What if I'm late to pick up my student at the end of class?
For morning classes: Students should be picked up promptly at noon. Those not picked up by 12:15 p.m. will be placed in the supervised lunchroom in the Hickory Ridge Building, and a late fee of $5 for each 15 minutes of lateness will be charged. For afternoon classes: Students not picked up by 4:45 p.m. will be escorted to HVPA, Room 140, where they will attend supervised wind-down time (aftercare). If the student is not already signed up for the wind-down aftercare program, you will be charged a late fee of $5 per each 15 minutes of lateness. Those not picked up by 12:15 p.m. will be placed in a supervised lunchroom in the Hickory Ridge Building. They will be enrolled in lunch. A fee will be charged.
Where do I pick up my child if the weather is bad?
In the case of stormy weather at dismissal time, parents are asked to park and come into the building for their children. A staff member will direct parents to the classroom where the children will be gathered. Please note that it may not be their normal classroom.
Where is Before Care and After Care located?
If your child participates in the beforecare or aftercare option, he/she will be located in HVPA Room 140. Parents/guardians who are experiencing an emergency or expect to pick up their student(s) after 6:30 p.m. are asked to call 443-797-9388 to inform our staff. A late fine of $5 per 15 minutes will be charged for children picked up after 6:30 p.m. If your child is absent on a certain day and is signed up for wind-down time, you must notify our office at 443-518-4102 or 443-518-4976 so that his/her absence can be communicated to the aftercare program aides. This is because we must know where your child is at all times.
What if my child needs medication or special accommodations?
HCC is committed to providing an accessible education and supportive learning environment for all students. To help us meet this goal, parents of students with documented disabilities who require special accommodations must submit a letter to the Kids on Campus coordinator indicating the student’s needs and the type of accommodation that may be required. You must contact the KOC coordinator each time the student enrolls in a class even if you have received accommodations in the past. The KOC coordinator must receive the letter at least 30 days prior to the start of class in order to provide time to assess and arrange for reasonable accommodations. Inadequate notice may result in your child not being able to attend camp. All information will be kept confidential. HCC does not provide personal medical assistants, care attendants, or aides of any other type. Parents are not permitted to attend camp with their child.
HCC will not administer any medications to students. If medication must be taken while the student is on campus, the parent/guardian is responsible for coming to campus to administer the medication. If your child requires medication during camp hours, and he or she has permission to self-medicate, you will need to complete the Self-Medication Parental Authorization Form. Written permission from a physician is required for those who are able to self-medicate. Call 443-518-4110 if you have any questions. In an emergency, trained staff will administer epi pens or inhalers provided by students. Kids on Campus cannot guarantee a nut-free environment.
Are there morning and afternoon breaks?
Yes, there are 15-minute snack breaks in each session, occurring between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for the morning session and between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Students may bring their own snack or may purchase a drink and snack from the vending machines. Students should bring $1 bills or small change, quarters, dimes, or nickels, for the vending machines because staff cannot provide change.
What is the federal tax ID number for Kids on Campus?
The tax ID number is 520900106.