OUR PLATFORM OF ON-SITE PROGRAMS

OK PROGRAMS
FALL 1

SESSION THEME | The fall semester will celebrate the theme “Teamwork”. OK truly knows what it takes to be a team. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the spirit of our collective love and passion for OK and our community. Warriors will spend this next Fall semester exploring the many different ways teamwork impacts their worlds.

From Next Phase to Now

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS ARE ENDING

We are sad to say that starting this Fall semester we will no longer be offering Monday virtual Zoom activities. We are grateful for the love and support we have had for our Zoom platform and will miss it dearly. Zoom was a gift that came at a difficult time and with low enrollment, we would like to shift our focus to in-person activities. It has been a pleasure sharing our Monday mornings and afternoons with you, we will cherish our many memories.
While one door closes another one is soon to open as we work to shift our attention to extending another daytime option to have three days from 9:00 AM-2:30 PM! To help us provide the best possible option we ask that you please take a few minutes (no more than 3) to fill out this quick survey. Here is the link to the Parent and Caregiver Satisfaction Survey for OK Programs (2023)

 

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

We believe in a dynamic, person-centered and community-based approach to programming that engages the voice of all Warriors, thrives on interdependent connections, encourages exploration, centers on holistic wellness and fostering healthy relationships. This program, like all of our programs, is built on the same principles.

We are excited to announce that Fall 1 of OK Programs will begin on September 12th. We will only be offering the onsite option during this session and going forward. Please reach out to us with any comments and concerns.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE & TRANSITIONS

Please note Session Changes as they are listed below in red, thank you!

ON-SITE PROGRAMS (7 Weeks)

This program is offered in 3-hour blocks, with 2 blocks available on each program day. With the addition of the new Extended Day block available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We are currently offering In-Person OK Programs 4 days per week.

3 hours per session

2 sessions per day

4 days per week

AM BLOCK | TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS

– AM SESSION | 9:00 am-12:00

EXTENDED DAY BLOCK | WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

– EXTENDED DAY SESSION | 9 am – 2:30 pm

PM BLOCK | TUES. WED. THURS. & FRI.

– PM SESSION | 3 pm – 6 pm

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY “EXTENDED-DAY” BREAKDOWN

Beginning January 2023, Opportunity Knocks is offering extended day options for Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM. If a Warrior registers for the extended day option and the pm session (3:00 PM – 6:00 PM), they will be permitted to stay on-site from 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Lunch will be provided in the extended day option.
Please contact Kim@opportunityknocksnow.org for inquiries regarding the extended day option.

Onsite Transition Period | 12:00pm-3:00 pm

  • All Warriors will be required to leave the program sites between sessions
  • Staff will clean and disinfect program space according to our Cleaning & Disinfecting Plan
  • Staff will also then make preparations for the next group coming to their designated location

IMPORTANT DATES

REGISTRATION OPENS 
Friday, August 25th at 3:00 PM

REGISTRATION CLOSES (FALL 1)
Friday, September 1st at 5:00 PM

FINAL REGISTRATION PLAN TO BE COMMUNICATED NO LATER THAN
Friday, TBD

FIRST DAY OF ON-SITE PROGRAMS (FALL 1)
Tuesday, September 12th

HOLIDAY DAYS OFF
Labor Day (9/4/2023)
— No Programs These Dates —
EVENTS
OK Classic (9/23/2023)

Questions

Please Contact

Michael Carmody
Executive Director
mike@opportunityknocksnow.org
Or Click Below to Send a Question…

OK Health & Safety Guidelines (UPDATED as of Jan - 22)

Better Together

PROGRAM GROUPS

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • The registration process will accept requests for all sessions but please bear in mind that not all requests are guaranteed given the health and safety restrictions of this model
  • Warriors will have three separate 45-minute activities within their group at the same location
  • Warriors can sign up for more than one group but will have to leave between 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM for cleaning & sanitation

Activity Group Model

  • Warriors can sign up for more than one group per day, but will need to leave OK between 12:00 PM-3:00 PM for cleaning and sanitation.
  • Based on results of registration, OK’s Program Team will work to group participants in an activity group model that will aim to keep the same groups together on the same days and sessions.
  • Sessions will be grouped according to the activity group model to ensure the highest measure of safety, as well as an equal access to programs
  • The drawback to this approach is that it may be the case that we can not honor all registration requests. We ask for your patience and understanding in this endeavor.

On-Site Platform

Activities

Onsite Programs

Each of the two activity sessions will draw from a menu of activity options that focus on 8 areas of choice. The content of these onsite activities will evolve from session to session and follow a theme, which will be guided by a collaboration between OK Staff and OK Warriors.

Wellness

VOCATION

Life Skills

Leadership-Peer Led Planning

RECREATION

COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION

Self Exploration

Social Skills

OK Outlook

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

It has been already been a year since the Pandemic shocked the world as we know it. In that time we have worked tirelessly to bring back a bit of normal life here at OK through proper safety protocols and getting vaccinated.

Total # of Onsite Program Sessions since July 2020

Total # of Program Service Hours Delivered

Total # of COVID Transmissions at OK Activity

%

Percent of Staff who are Fully Vaccinated

Health & Safety

PROTECT YOURSELF-PROTECT OTHERS PACT

This Pact was created to outline our expectations of all participants and staff in maintaining the safest environment for programs.  The following expectations are required of ALL humans participating in OK activities.

Stay home if you are sick

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Follow the pre-program health screen protocols

Wear a face covering that covers nose and mouth

Maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet at all times

Follow the isolation procedures and reporting requirements when illness onset is on-site

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Communicate all suspected or confirmed COVID illness if recent contact with programs

 

 

Health & Safety Cont.

OTHER SAFETY MEASURES

Opportunity Knocks will be committed to the following in compliance with the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health and local public health agencies:

STAFF PROTOCOLS

We will continue to develop our staff protocols for health, safety, and response. Our protocols have been in place since mid-March and continue to evolve based on public health guidance. All of our team members are required to perform a daily health screen. Training and review of our protocols will continue to be a high priority.

CLEANING & DISINFECTING PLAN

All program spaces will be routinely cleaned and disinfected before, during, and after sessions

CONTACT TRACING

If there is a suspected illness onsite or offsite, OK will execute a contact tracing protocol that will reach all staff, participants, and community members that may have been exposed. We will follow the CDC guidelines on this protocol

SITE SAFETY & HYGIENE SUPPLY

OK will ensure that all program sites are sufficiently supplied with ample space per person, PPE for cases of potential exposure, handwashing & hand sanitizer We will provide break areas for Warriors needing sensory breaks throughout the day

LIMITED SITE-PROGRAM ACCESS

We will be limiting access to our programs as it relates to guests, volunteers, partners, etc. Programs hosted at the RFCC will be subject to RFCC building entry restrictions. We will be using alternative entry and exit points at the RFCC and families will be asked to adhere to our curbside pickup and drop off protocol.

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