A Message Regarding After School Programming

LogoAUGUST 22, 2019

Salem Public Schools is proud of the high-quality after-school and extended day programs we offer our students and families. We are committed to continuing those efforts at the Bates School this year and ensuring students who want or need programs after school have access to quality programming. 

We have been working with For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) in recent weeks on a final plan for after school programming. We made it clear to FKO that there were going to be some changes in the way we structured our after school programs. The after school program has two different components: 21st Century Learning Centers Grant and the FKO Wraparound Care. The change made for this school year was to the 21st Century Program where the Bates School and staff would be the providers for academic project based learning, enhanced fine arts, recreation and enrichment. 

The FKO notified the district by email last night after 6 p.m. that they no longer wished to continue our partnership in the wraparound program given these changes and, unfortunately, communicated their decision to families today. We now must begin our efforts to find a provider for the wraparound component of the program  and notify families of these decisions. 

To be clear: Any student who was receiving both the 21st Century Afterschool and wraparound care programs will receive those same services. 

We regret that FKO communicated their decision before we could communicate fully to the families impacted. We apologize for any concern this brings families and are committed to offering as much information as soon as these plans are finalized. In the meantime, please know that families impacted will be contacted directly by school personnel regarding next steps. 

Again, no child previously serviced by FKO will be left without care when school opens or throughout  the school year.

I appreciate your cooperation, support and partnership as we work together to provide our students and families with the highest quality after school opportunities to allow them to achieve their fullest potential.

Superintendent Kathleen Smith
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