After School Program
The After School Program provides an enjoyable atmosphere with a variety of activities. These include outdoor play, crafts, homework time, and indoor games. Children are served a healthy snack with milk or juice each day.
HOURS: Dismissal through 5:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Students gather in Room 117 (next to the PreK4 Room) for attendance and snack. The program utilizes a variety of spaces in the building, as well as the school yard.
SCHEDULING: Scheduling is on a monthly basis and all fees must be paid with your monthly schedule. Schedules and fees are due the third Friday of each month. This is an important deadline, as staff must be scheduled according to the number of children that will attend on a particular day. Unscheduled drop offs will be allowed only if space is available. You must call the After School Program voice mail before 12:00 noon to see if space is available. The director will contact you to confirm availability. The program will be held on several of our Early Release days. Please check the monthly schedule for details.
Neither the school office, nor your child’s teacher will notify the After School Program staff of changes in your child’s schedule (absence, dismissal due to illness, extra help, enrichment clubs, etc.). It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to call the After School Program office at (978)774-0307, X311 to leave the information.
RULES: The policies of the SMA Parent/Student Handbook apply to the After School Program. The parent/guardian further agrees that a problem with discipline or excessive late pick up may result in a student’s dismissal from the After School Program. All students attending the After School Program must be students of St. Mary’s School.
PICK-UP: All children will be picked up in the back of the school at door number 4. Please use the doorbell to the right of the door. The children will be released only to a parent, or to an individual who has been authorized by the parent to pick up the child. The person designated may be asked to show proper identification (license, picture ID, etc.) if the individual is unfamiliar to the staff. Children will be properly signed out in the After School Log.
*In case of severe ice and/or snow conditions, parent/guardians are encouraged to pick up their child as soon as possible.
After School Program Rates & Fees:
The registration fee is $35.00 for one child and $50.00 for two or more children. The registration fee is non-refundable and is not applicable towards the daily fees. The program is NOT held on days when school is not in session. Please see the program calendar for days in session.
The fee for an Early Release Day is now a flat rate of $20.00 per family from 11:30 a.m. to 2:55 p.m., after 2:55 p.m. the usual fees will apply. Please note during Early Release Days the school will NOT provide a lunch for your child, so please send a lunch along with them.
Late Fee: A Late Fee will be incurred for late pick-up. Parents/guardians will be assessed a late fee of $5 after 5 minutes of tardiness and $1 per minute, per child, thereafter. If you find that you will be late, please call Extended Day at 978-774-0307, extension 311, as some children worry when their transportation is late.
PAYMENT POLICY: All payments must be made in full at the time that you submit your child’s monthly attendance calendar. Any remaining balances or missed payments will result in your child NOT being able to attend the After School Program. A returned check fee of $20.00 will be charged for insufficient funds. Payment to cover the check must be made within five days of notification, in cash or money order. If this happens more than once, personal checks will not be accepted.
The program ends daily at 5:45 p.m. Commencing at 5:45 p.m. parents/guardians will be assessed a late fee of a $1.00 per minute, per child, thereafter. Use of the program for longer than specified will result in additional fees (see payment schedule).
CANCELLATION POLICY: The After School Program does not run on days when school has been cancelled. If school is cancelled due to inclement weather etc. your account will be credited. Credits will NOT be given for days when your child does not attend the program—due to illness, play date, appointments, or any other schedule changes.
If you have any questions, please contact the After School Program at:
(978)774-0307, X311 and leave a message.