High demand for Schoolmates as school year begins

In an email to families on Monday, the Piedmont Rec Department said that even with an increase in spaces, enrollment at all three Schoolmates sites was at capacity. Families looking for after-school care will be put on a waitlist until the program can hire more staff.

From the email:

“As spaces open up, we will pull children from our waiting lists. If you are interested in attending Schoolmates, please add your child to the waitlist, via Community Pass. Your child will remain on the waitlist and as spaces open up at each site, we will contact families to fill vacancies. Invitations will be sent via the Community Pass messaging system. You are welcome to waitlist for more than one site.

Due to the uncertainty with COVID, we will not accept drop-in or hourly registrations at this time. Please do not send your child to Schoolmates until you have been contacted by PRD Admin Staff and have accepted/paid for your first month’s Schoolmates tuition. Also note that, as a result of the shift in the staggered reading schedule, morning hours at Schoolmates are not available.

Staff have been working very hard to find quality staff to join our Schoolmates team. This has been a difficult task not only for PRD but many industries in the Bay Area. As we are able to add additional staff, we will look to open more spaces in our program so we can serve more families in need of care.”

Schoolmates Program Information:

Schoolmates Hours: Monday – Friday, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Ages: K-5th Grades (TK children are welcome to join, but must contact PRD for an eligibility override)
Registration Options: 5-Day, 3-Day and 2-Day a week options (families can choose which days)
Monthly Tuition: Current semester date range is from August 10th–December 17th (flat rate monthly program fee to be charged on the 10th of each month)

For more detailed information, please visit our Schoolmates page.

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