Play & Learn Christian Child Care Center is a non-profit Christian child care center provided by Gethsemane Lutheran Church
committed to providing quality child care and early childhood education to infant, toddler, and preschool aged children.

Center Closing Information

The Center will close for inclement weather when a weather emergency is declared and persons in the Columbus and surrounding areas are advised not to be on the roads. It may also become necessary to close the Center for a general emergency (including, but not limited to, threats to the safety of children due to environmental situations or threats of violence; natural disasters such as fire, tornado, flood, etc.; or loss of power, heat, or water). Additionally, the Child Care Committee reserves the right to close the Center if warranted by epidemics/pandemics, illness, or in cases when anticipated low attendance would result in operational costs that are truly prohibitive.

In the event of a weather, general, or Center emergency which necessitates the closing of the Center, the following will occur, providing we have a means of doing so:

  1. Local television stations will be advised of the Center’s closing. Parents/Guardians should plan to listen for this information. Notification will be listed under “Play and Learn Christian Child Care”
  2. The Center’s outgoing voicemail message on the main telephone line 614-846-7576 will be changed to state that the Center is closed. (If you call and the telephone continues to ring without going to voicemail, then it is very likely that the Center does not have power.)
  3. An email stating the Center is closed will be sent to all parents/guardians who have provided a valid email address.
    If there is no power and/or we are unable to notify parents/guardians any other way, then:
  4. A text message stating the Center is closed will be sent to all parents/guardians who have provided a valid cell phone number capable of receiving text messages.

Should it become necessary for the Center to close during the regular hours of operation due to inclement weather or a general emergency, parents/guardians will be notified and expected to pick up their children within one hour. Regular tuition charges will be assessed for the duration of the closing. When school programs are delayed or cancelled, the Center will continue to operate during its normally scheduled hours unless a weather or general emergency is declared.

If weather is inclement and/or roads are hazardous but the Center is still open, parents/guardians are asked to allow enough driving time or contact another person on their authorized pick-up list to arrive at the Center no later than 6:00 p.m.