Middle School Parents Seek After School Care Options

South San Francisco, CA             March 28, 2014

On March 25th parents of students starting Middle School in the fall came together to discuss options for after school care.  At the heart is the new Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) which allows local districts to have more control over their budget and the needs they have. More information can be found on this new funding requirements can be found HERE. A South City parent has sent us this letter with the request we help to get the word out to parents of students to attend Monday March 31st meeting South City High Library. The meeting will start at 6:30-8pm.

Dear SSF parents,
As many of our kids are about to enter Middle School many parents are stressing over how we are going to pick up our kids from school and get them home safely when there is no after-care program offered in any of the middle schools in SSF. Many of our families work full-time and do not have the flexibility to leave our jobs and pick up our kids at 3pm. Many families do not have family or friends nearby to help us out. Many of us currently use the after-care programs offered by Park and Rec & the City program at our elementary schools, because we need it. Well, guess what? There is no such after-care program in Middle School. Even if you think your child can walk home after school or take the bus home, do you feel safe for them to do that? Do you really want them home alone? Wouldn’t you rather have a safe and secure learning environment where they can go to right after school and preferably on campus? Well, if your answer is “yes”, then please come and support us this Monday, March 31st to make this happen.
This year the State has introduced a new way of funding public schools and one of the requirements is that each district develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We as parents have a say in how this funding should be used, and we would like to see some of that money go towards establishing an after-care program in all of the SSF middle schools.
There is a large group of 5th grade parents from all the SSF elementary schools pushing to get this changed, and we need your help! Let your voice be heard on this issue and let the School Board and Superintendent Hogan know our desires to make this happen. Even if your child is in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th you will eventually be in our shoes, so come and show some support!
Please come to the parents meeting for LCAP:
Monday, March 31st, South San Francisco High School library
LCAP with parents, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Thank you!

3 comments for “Middle School Parents Seek After School Care Options

  1. Nixora Ferman
    March 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I’m a fourth grade parent with the same concerns the fifth grade parents are grappling with. I would definitely advocate and support an after school program for middle schools in SSF. I’ll be at this Monday’s meeting.

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