Elementary Early Morning Program

  • 2021-2022 School Year
      
     
    Program Details

    Starting September 13, 2021, Newton Public Schools will again be offering the Early Morning Program for students in Grades K through 5 in each of the elementary schools.  The program is designed to provide a needed service by giving parents the opportunity to bring their children to school prior to the beginning of the regularly scheduled school day.  Within the program, each elementary school will offer supervised before school care from 7:20 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. when the school day begins.

    Registration

    Please register your student online through MySchoolBucks.com by using the following link http://www.myschoolbucks.com/. Once you have registered, your student’s registration status will not be active until it has been approved by the Business Office.  If your registration is approved you will receive a confirmation email. We will try to accommodate all students who sign up but due to staffing and space constraints we may need to limit the number of students in this program. If this is the case, we will put your student on a waitlist and send an email notifying you of this status.

    Payment

    Payment will not be required until your student’s registration in MySchoolBucks.com has been approved by the Business Office. Payments should be made online using http://www.myschoolbucks.com/. Several payment schedule options are available. The program cost is $12.00 per day.  The yearly costs detailed in the chart below are based on 178 total days.  If you have a credit from a prior year due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, please contact the Business Office before submitting payment. 

                

     

    One Day per Week

    Two Days Per Week

    Three Days Per Week

    Four Days Per Week

     Five Days Per Week

     Yearly Cost

     $     427.20

     $     854.40

     $       1,281.60

     $      1,708.80

     $      2,136.00

     

      
     
    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Who is entitled to sign up for the program?

    Any child registered at any Newton Public elementary school is allowed to attend this program.

    What are the hours?

    You may drop your child off at 7:20 a.m. at his or her respective elementary school.  At 8:10 a.m., students will be brought to their regularly scheduled class.

    Is financial assistance available?

    Yes; all waiver requests must include an Early Morning Program Financial Assistance Application.  The form is available online through this link https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/1072  The Assistant Superintendent/Chief Financial and Administrative Officer will review all applications and determine eligibility.

    Can my child attend the morning program at a different elementary school than the school they attend for class?

    No.  There will be no transportation available to take the children from one school to the other.

    How many days do I have to sign up for?

    You may sign up for a single day of the week, or as many days as you’d like.  However, the days are not transferable and your child will only be allowed to attend the program on the days for which you pre-registered. 

    Why must I sign up in the summer?

    Staffing for this program is contingent upon the number of children we will have attending.  Accurate numbers are necessary in advance to insure a proper staff to student ratio from the onset of this program. 

    If I do not sign up for the program in advance, may I drop my student off on sporadic days when assistance is needed?

    No.  There will be no one available to collect a daily fee, and we cannot guarantee the program will be properly staffed for additional children who are unregistered.  If circumstances arise where weekly early morning care becomes necessary, please contact the Department of Business, Finance and Planning.  If space remains at your child’s school, it is possible that your student can be added after the program has begun for a prorated fee.  This is strictly subject to availability and the discretion of the program administrator.

    What if there is a delayed start?

    The program will not operate on days with a delayed start due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  The delayed start is designed to give the city time to prepare the schools.  There will be no refunds for delayed starts.

    Will I receive a refund if there is a snow day?

    No, there will be no refunds.  However, if snow days cause the last day of school to be after June 22, 2022, the program will run on those days with no additional charge. 

    Who will be watching my child?

    The program will be staffed by trained Newton Public Schools personnel. 

    What will my child be doing for the duration of this program?

    Depending on the age of your child and the school they attend, students will spend their time reading, playing games, doing homework, or working with staff members on a variety of other projects.

    Breakfast will not be provided, but your child is welcome to bring a small snack to eat.

    Who can I speak with if I have further questions?

    Please contact the Department of Business, Finance & Planning at 617-559-9025.