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PKA FAQ's

Frequently asked questions...


How do I register my child for PKA?

REGISTRATION

Program Application & Registration forms must be completed and submitted by the session's  registration deadline which appears on each form and is shown on our PKA Calendar.  

PKA has two options for attendance, PART TIME (up to two days a week) and FULL TIME (three to five days a week) for the two month PKA session.

Part time for one session is $100.

You must select your two days when you register and students cannot be switched to other days.

Full time is $200 for one session.  

The price is the same whether a student attends three, four or five days a week.

We offer several methods of payments to help working families budget for this, including paying in full with your registration, two monthly payments and five weekly payments.


All PKA’s fees are flat rate. There are no adjustments or refunds made for absences, school cancelation, suspension or termination. All fees for previous sessions must be paid in full before you can register for another session.


What if I miss the registration deadline?

REGISTERING LATE

It is possible to register for PKA after the sign up deadline. Your child will not  be able to start immediately as we will need time to update our records and ensure all school secretaries have been notified of the change.

Please complete a registration form for each child you wish to send, making sure you mark your preference for both the days they will attend and the activities they prefer. Some classes have size limits and may be unavailable.

You may send it to school and they will send it to me through inter-office mail, or you can expedite the process by bringing completed forms directly to PKA  at Molly Ockett.



How do I make payments to PKA and when will PKA process them?

Parents may send cash or checks in an envelope addressed to PKA with students through teachers but this can take several days. Envelopes with payments may be left in the PKA mailbox in the MOS teacher’s lounge. Giving payment directly to a PKA staff member at pick up is preferred. Receipts for payments are available from PKA staff at the time payment is received. We do not accept credit card payments.

Payments will be updated on account balances weekly. Processing time for all payments can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. Weekly statements will be emailed to parents on Mondays. Your payments will appear on this statement, well before a payment by check has been processed buy your bank.



What if I need financial assistance to send my child to PKA?

SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of scholarships are available each session. To apply parents must complete a Scholarship Application Form  to Dr. Schrader for approval before registering for the session


PKA BARTER OPTION

In addition to paid tuition, we have a barter program whereby parents can volunteer for the after school program or support your school’s day staff or PTA in lieu of payment.

All volunteers working directly with children must first apply to be a volunteer at MSAD 72 application form.

Anyone interested in participating in the barter program must discuss their proposed barter with a PKA coordinator prior to filling out the Barter Application Form at least two weeks before the session starts. Your approval is contingent upon its suitability and fit into the current PKA session schedule.

  • All barter agreements must be approved by Dr.Schrader before they are valid.

  • All participants must include a viable volunteering plan to achieve their necessary volunteering hours. This includes discussions with relevant staff (MSAD72 or PTA).

  • All participants are required to document their time using PKA Barter Vouchers.

  • Vouchers must be signed by PKA, PTA, or appropriate school staff.

  • You must return sufficient signed vouchers before the end of the session to PKA to fulfill the requirements of your agreement.

If your barter requirements are not fulfilled by the end of the session you will be responsible for the entire cost of the session. Students with past due balances will not be allowed to register for another session of PKA.



How do I know when PKA is cancelled?


When school is closed, cancelled or dismissed early due to inclement weather, there will be no PKA.


What happens on Early Release days?


PKA will have extended program hours (12:30 to 5:30)on early release days, but your child must be registered to attend Wednesdays to attend.


Should I send snack with my child?


PKA will daily provide a nutritious snack. Please do not send snacks from home because of allergies and the effect on other children.


Will there be time for my child to do homework?


PKA staff help children with homework. Students are responsible for providing their homework assignments.  No child will be forced to complete assignments. We will inform you of any problems that make this difficult.


What should my child bring to PKA?


Please have your child wear or bring appropriate clothes for outdoor activity. Sneakers are required for play in the gym. Please make sure your child’s name is on all clothing.


TOYS AND MONEY

Toys and money should not be brought to PKA. Such items can be lost, damaged or become disruptive. The PKA is not responsible for stolen, lost, or broken items.


What if my child has lost a personal item?


All personal items left at PKA will be placed in the lost and found box in the elementary lobby. Valuable items will be sent to the school's office.

When picking up your child, please be sure to check the coat closet area thoroughly for personal items!


What happens if my child is asked to leave PKA?


BEHAVIOR

PKA is a part of MSAD #72, and all the rules and regulations set forth for the school day will still apply to students and staff at the after school program. We encourage positive behavior through careful supervision and cooperation. All rules are explained to children; children are expected to adhere to them. Children have a chance to talk with a staff member about their behavior. When ready, children rejoin activities in a graceful manner. We respond positively to appropriate behavior and encourage children to verbalize feelings. Participants need to show respect for the health and safety of others and themselves, for public property, the school facility, and for the authority of those who are responsible for enforcing rules and regulations.


SUSPENSION AND TERMINATION

If a behavior problem persists, parents/guardians are asked to work with PKA to help the child.

If a student exhibits behavior which is dangerous, disruptive or violent, parents or guardians may be called upon to come to the school to remove the child.

If the situation warrants, the program coordinator confers with the principal. A child may be suspended from the program for a minimum of one day or for up to the remainder of the session or  even the school year.

Payment is not refunded for suspension or termination.

Reasons for termination from the program include:

* Chronically late pick-up without adequate attempt to correct the problem.

* Abusive language and/or actions by a student or parent/guardian. This includes emotional, verbal, or nonverbal abuse used to belittle or embarrass another person; it includes, but is not limited to shouting, threatening, harassing, swearing, constant teasing, or obscene gesturing. Any instance of a situation perceived to be unsafe, threatening, violent or dangerous will be considered a violation of these rules.


What if my child has allergies?


Please let the PKA staff know directly if your child has an allergy.

For your child’s safety, parents should make any emergency medications (i.e. inhaler or epipen) available to PKA at Molly Ockett.


What if my child  is not feeling well?


The PKA is not able to look after ill children. A child who is not well should not attend PKA. We follow MSAD 72 guidelines for sending students home. Please tell us if you have concerns about a child’s health.

1. A student with obvious signs of illness (extreme signs and symptoms of a head or chest cold; vomiting; fever, etc.) will be dismissed.

2. A student with no apparent signs of illness (complains of a headache or stomach ache, etc., of short duration) will not be dismissed immediately. The student will be monitored and reassessed if necessary. Parents may be contacted for consultation.

3. If a student complains of an orthopedic injury (painful muscles, joints, or bones), the coordinator will make an assessment and determine whether dismissal is appropriate.

4. Accidents reports are required for any serious injury, and parents will be notified.


What if I arrive after 5:30 to pick up my child?


PKA ends at 5:30 p.m.

PKA charges a late pick up fee of $20 if you arrive after the 5:30 program end time.

This $20 fee applies to the first 1 to 15 minutes you are late and an additional $20.00 fee is charged for every 15 minute interval thereafter.

This strict policy is in place for the safety of staff and children, and is to cover any of the district's overtime expenses  late pick up incurs.

All late charges are to be paid in full before your child returns to PKA.

If you are late for pick up three times in one school year, then you will be asked to leave the PKA program. There is no resulting refund for program fees.


Once we have entered all your child’s information and updated the school’s list we will then call or email you to let you know what day your child can start. Please supply accurate emails and phone numbers as they are essential for our communication.


What if I need child care for an afternoon my Child is not registered to attend PKA?

EMERGENCY AFTER SCHOOL CARE for registered PKA students.

In the event of an emergency, if your child has been registered in PKA this school year and if you receive approval from the PKA staff 24 hour in advance, as well as notify your school of this change before 10:00 a.m. the day of attendance,

your child may attend PKA for an individual afternoon for a fee of $7.50 for the afternoon.


How do I contact PKA?


Parents may contact the PKA Staff directly during program hours by calling the PKA Cel phone: 207-256-0068. Please do not leave messages at this number.


You also call the Molly Ockett school's office phone at 207-935-2401 to leave a message for PKA during any school day.


You may email us at:


Faith Timberlake-Alves Email: faith.timberlake-alves@msad72.org      

Penny Richards  Email: penny.richards@msad72.org

Send billing questions to

Michelle Thibodeau Email: chelle.thibodeau@msad72.org


Documents may be


faxed to:

207-935-4470


or mailed to:

Molly Ockett School

Attention PKA

25 Molly Ockett Drive

Fryeburg, ME 04037