Discipline Policy

Members are expected to be involved in an activity of their choice while at the Club and to follow Club rules. Children whose behavior is found to be unacceptable will be redirected through discussion and time-outs. Continued behavioral issues may result in suspension and/or expulsion. Parents and guardians are expected to work with staff regarding any child who is having difficulty meeting the behavioral requirements of the Club.

Drop In/Open-Door Policy

With the exception of Curiosity Club for Grades K-2, The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton offers Drop In programming for children ages 6 to 18 with an open-door policy. All areas of the Club are supervised by caring, trained adults at all times with the maxium staff to child ratio set at 25 to 1 for all programs. The open-door policy allows all members to enter and leave the Club at any time during their time in the program. Should elementary school aged members decide to leave, parents may be contacted. Repeatedly entering and leaving the building is not allowed. The Club is not responsible for the care or supervision of chidlren beyond the program closing time or after they leave the pemises. The Drop In program is not licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care or any other state agency.

Parents and Visitors

In order to provide a safe environment for all members, all parents and visitors must check in at the front desk. Please remain at the front desk while the Club staff assists you in locating your child. The staff are happy to make appointments to discuss any issues you may have about your child or the program. Should you wish to observe your child in an activity please make your request to the front desk staff.

Pick-Ups & Late Pick-Ups

Members under the age of ten must be picked up no later than 6:30 p.m., unless they are participating in a specific activity. All other members must be picked up by closing time. Each family is given one 15-minute grace period for late pick-ups. On the second occurrence, there will be a charge of $1.00 per minute for each child. Children will not be admitted to the Club until the late fee is paid.

Health Policy

If your child is not well enough to attend school due to an illness or contagious symptoms, (including head lice) they must not attend the Club. It is expected that if a child becomes sick at the Club, the parent(s) or guardian(s) will make arrangements to have the child picked up.

Phone Use

The Club's main phone is available for emergency phone calls only. If you need to contact your child, the Club staff will make an effort to convey a message to them, Members can only be paged and brought to the phone for emergencies.

Cell Phones

Members are allowed to carry their cell phones with them and to use them as long as they are not being disruptive to other members of the program in which they are participating. Parents are cautioned that in the fast-paced Club environment, it is sometimes difficult for members to keep track of cell phones and they are often lost. Parents should also be aware that cell phones do not get a signal in large portions of our facility.


The Club will not be held responsible for lost or stolen items. It is recommended that anything of value be left at home.

Frequently Requested Policies