After-School Matters (ASM) Grades 1-3, Spring 2017
After-School Matters (ASM) Grades 1-3 is an optional extension to the school day. Courses are selected and designed to provide meaningful opportunities for student growth. Students explore areas of interest, gain valuable experience, and enrich regular school day learning. ASM is made possible as part of our 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.

ASM 1-3 Winter Session Dates: April 17th - June 1st Monday-Thursday when school is in session. There will be an After School Matters Showcase Event featuring acts from committed student participants Wednesday, May 31st at 6pm at FAIR Downtown.

Applications must be completed online during our registration window: March 28th - April 6th at 11:55 PM. In situations where class registrations exceed class capacity, classes will be filled by random lottery. Students who are not selected in the lottery will be enrolled in an available class the same day when possible. Late registrations are accepted, however this will delay bus transportation availability and class confirmations up to 2 weeks. All class confirmation and transportation info will be sent home with your student. Schedules are subject to change, and classes may be canceled due to low enrollment.

Students and staff participating in ASM are required to follow the same expectations of the regular school day. Students are expected to be safe, responsible, respectful, and engaged. Any student unable to follow these expectations and those outlined in the 2016-2017 Student Handbook may be removed from the program. A healthy snack will be provided by the FAIR kitchen. Please do not send popcorn, chips, candy, etc.

HEALTH SERVICES ARE NOT AVAILABLE DURING AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMING. The health office at FAIR School Downtown closes with the end of the school day at 3:10pm. After School Matters does not have access to the health services office. Medication is not accessible from the school nurse’s office.

Illness: Children attending After School Matters should be healthy enough to participate in all activities. Staff is not trained to make medical diagnoses but only to observe and inform parents/guardians of any signs of illness. If staff observes signs of illness (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, discharge from eyes or ears, severe nasal discharge, severe cold symptoms, lice, undiagnosed rash), the parents/guardians will be contacted and may need to pick up the child. If staff is unable to reach parents/guardians, the person listed on the emergency contact form will be contacted. Parent/guardians must notify staff if a child has a communicable disease (chicken pox, measles, mumps, diphtheria, pink eye, ringworm, strep throat, scarlet fever). Children with such diseases may not attend programming until 24 hours after medication begins or released by a physician.

Accidents: After School Matters will administer a band aid and water when applicable to minor injuries and notify the parents/guardians. For injuries which require a medical professional to diagnose, staff will contact 911 and the parents/guardians. Once the paramedics arrive, they will determine the appropriate course of action. If emergency treatment is needed, they may transport the child to the nearest emergency medical facility. Parents/guardians will be responsible for all medical charges. By enrolling in After School Matters the parents/guardians are giving After School Matters permission to make whatever emergency measures are necessary for the care and protection of their child while under our supervision.

In the event that ASM is canceled due to inclement weather or the threat of inclement weather, staff will work with students to inform families. The decision to cancel programing will occur as early as possible, so families have time to make arrangements for their students to get home safely when the regular school day ends. If there is an emergency after 3:15 pm, call the ASM transportation coordinator at 612-668-1060, or the Minneapolis Public Schools Transportation Hotline at 612-668-2300.

ASM Transportation Information: Transportation is provided by Minneapolis Public Schools

Busing is provided for students enrolled in the ASM program. Buses leave the Downtown campus at 5:05 pm. Students are expected to behave in a safe, respectful and responsible way on the bus and follow the rules of regulations required by MPS transportation. Failure to meet these expectations could result in suspending or revoking bus privileges. For changes in transportation or issues that may arise, please contact the ASM transportation coordinator at 612-668-1060 or Megan.Teynor@mpls.k12.mn.us. Parent/Guardian contact information will be shared with transportation company for students enrolled in ASM.

ASM Busing for Minneapolis Students
Students in grades 1-3 living in Minneapolis will be bused to a corner stop near the home address on file with Minneapolis Public Schools. Parents/guardians need to be home in order to receive their child. Students in 9-12 have the option of riding the ASM busses to accommodate late activities using a stop already in place.

ASM Busing for Suburban Districts
Students living in a suburban district will be bused to a satellite stop or a corner stop. Transportation will assign a satellite or corner stop. Parents/Guardians must pick their children up from the listed drop site. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow for fluctuations in drive times and prepare for traffic and weather related issues. If you are more than 5 minutes late for pick up at a satellite stop more that twice during a session, your child may no longer be allowed to ride the ASM buses. If parents are late, busses will complete their routes then return to the original corner/satellite stop. If parents are still not present, students will continue to the Minneapolis Public Schools Transit center. Students in 9-12 have the option of riding the ASM to accommodate late activities.

Parent/Guardian Pickup
Students can also be picked up at the Downtown campus. Parent/Guardian pickup is from 5:05-5:15 pm, after the ASM buses have cleared the school loading zone in the back alley. Adults picking up students must have a photo ID and be listed on the student’s emergency contact record. Parents picking up students must enter the school through the main entrance. This procedure is put in place to ensure the safety of all students. You must list the days you plan to pick up your child on the online registration form. If you are more than 15 minutes late for pick up at FAIR more that twice during a session, your child may not be permitted to attend ASM.

I understand that the HEALTH OFFICE IS CLOSED during After School Matters and that health services are not available. I agree to the above stated health services policy.
Checking Agree is required for enrollment in After School Matters. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact Megan Teynor the program coordinator at Megan.Teynor@mpls.k12.mn.us or at 612 668 1065.
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