Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the Frequently Asked Questions about our Afterschool Program. If you have a question not covered here, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Who can pick my child up?

Anyone specified on your child’s registration form can pick up your child. This includes both parents/guardians and all people listed under the emergency contact session. Please contact the Afterschool Director or Site Staff if you wish to add anyone to the list.

What if my child is absent?

Absent from school all day: If your child is absent from school, you do not have to call YMCA Camp Coniston to let us know. We have access to the absentee list at each school, so we will know who is out on a daily basis.

If your child is unable to attend school due to an illness we request they take adequate time away from the Afterschool Program as well. To ensure every child stays healthy, please take time to get better and then return to our program. Parents are required to notify YMCA Camp Coniston whenever a child has been exposed to a contagious disease. In the case of communicable infections, the child must be treated with antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to the program.

Leaves school early: If your child has to go home in the middle of the day for any reason, your child will not be on the school absentee list. Please leave a note with the office secretary to be placed in our mailbox or call the Site Staff or Afterschool Director and leave a message including the date and your child’s name.

Absent from the Afterschool Program only: If your child has alternate plans on days they typically attend the Afterschool program, please notify the Afterschool Director or Site Staff in one of the following ways:

  • Send a note to the "YMCA Afterschool program" to school
  • Call the Afterschool site directly
  • Call/e-mail the Afterschool Director

Our staff takes attendance as soon as children arrive and begin a search process for anyone who is not in attendance. The site staff will be ‘looking’ for your child until they have confirmation your child is safe.

What happens if my child becomes sick during Afterschool?

If a child becomes ill during the program, the parent or designated contact will be called to come and pick up the child. Emergency Contacts are completed with your registration forms. If there are any changes or additions to this list please call or e-mail the Afterschool Director.

In the event of a medical emergency, the Afterschool Site Supervisor will call 911 and the child’s parent/guardian.

Can my child take medicine during Afterschool hours?

It is YMCA Camp Coniston policy not to administer non-prescription medication to children in the Afterschool program. If your child needs prescription medication, during Afterschool hours, please inform the Afterschool Director to fill out the proper medication dispense form. Once all of the proper paperwork is completed site staff can administer prescription medication to your child. Note: All prescription medication must be given to the site supervisor in the original container with the pharmacy’s instructions still intact on the bottle.

Is the Afterschool Program open on snow days?

The Afterschool program follows all school vacations and cancellations, if school is not in session, cancelled or dismissed early due to severe weather the program will not run. Snow days will be made up as your school schedule dictates. If there is a snow day, the credit will appear on the next month’s bill.

How do I make changes to my account?

If you would like to make any changes to your account or schedule please send a note to the Afterschool Director:

YMCA Camp Coniston - Afterschool
P.O. Box 185
Grantham, NH, 03753


All schedule changes must be completed in writing. Staying current with addresses, phone numbers, and alternate contacts ensures the staff will be able to fully meet your child’s needs. Please notify staff immediately with any changes.

Can my child go to Afterschool on an early release day?

Yes, on early release days, the Afterschool Program begins at the time your child is dismissed from school. If you choose to have your child participate, an additional $4.00 will be required to cover the additional activities and hours.

How do I remove my child from the program?

Parents must notify YMCA Camp Coniston two weeks in advance if their child will be leaving the program. Notification of withdrawal must be made in writing and sent to the YMCA Camp Coniston office:

YMCA Camp Coniston - Afterschool
P.O. Box 185
Grantham, NH, 03753


You are responsible for payment through this two-week period.

Note: Your child may be asked to leave the program for the following reasons:

  1. Serious behavioral problems: Parents will be notified of the problem, and the child will be allowed to return on a “conditional” basis. If the conditions are not met, the child will be suspended for one day. Continued behavioral problems may result in termination of enrollment.
  2. Failure to maintain regular payments: if you are having difficulty paying your bill please contact the Afterschool Director at the camp office.

The first month of program participation will be considered a “trial enrollment.” YMCA Camp Coniston reserves the right to determine if our program is able to meet the needs of each individual.

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