After School Program
July 24, 2020 Update: UCPS After School Program
Preparations for the school year are underway and this beginning of the school year is unlike any other. As Union County Public Schools prepare to reopen buildings, health and safety is a top priority.
Under Plan B, students will attend school one day per week and operate in a remote learning environment on the other days during the week. With this structure in place, and given the social distancing guidelines for buildings, expected enrollment for the UCPS After School Program has been impacted for this school year.
At this time, we want you to know that a decision has been made to suspend After School Program operations at the start of the school year. We know this is a major inconvenience for our families and we apologize in advance for this additional disruption to your family’s schedule.
Once UCPS moves from Plan B, district leaders will reassess resources to make a decision about reopening the program.
We thank you for your support, patience and cooperation as we work through these unprecedented times. As more information is made available, we will share it with you in a timely manner.
After School Program Overview
The After School Program is designed to meet the needs of working families with school-age children enrolled in UCPS elementary schools. Sites are well staffed and conveniently located at schools where there is sufficient interest. The location of these programs at elementary schools provides many advantages. Besides having access to playgrounds and equipment, gymnasiums, and audio-visual material, children remain in a familiar environment. All sites are licensed with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development.
The After School Program does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and disability or ethnic background. Children of all backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to enroll. Enrollment is open to any individual with a disability who, without reasonable programming modifications, is enrolled in a UCPS elementary school. The child must be self-sufficient and able to function in a group setting. We assume children are potty trained when enrolled; we reserve the right to withdraw a child if there is repeated evidence that a child is not potty trained. Parents should notify the coordinator of any known medical conditions prior to enrollment.
The After School Program complements rather than duplicates the school day by giving children the opportunity to explore and build on individual interests and skills. Students can relax and unwind, join a special interest club, play sports and games, and socialize with peers and adults. For further information please see the weekly enrichment schedule which is posted at each site.
A minimum of 30 children is needed to begin an After School Program with a steady, yearly increase in enrollment to offset costs. All programs must be self-sustaining. Subsidized assistance is available through the Department of Social Services for families who qualify. The After School Program is organized and operated by Union County Public Schools. The program has an "open-door" visitation policy at all sites for parents/guardians on file with the After School Program.
- Each site builds upon community resources and encourages community involvement through our lesson plan activities, field trips, special service projects and outreach events.
- Each site welcomes comments, suggestions, and concerns from parents of children in the program. Please feel free to offer suggestions to the program coordinator at any time.Your interest and input help us to establish policies and procedures that enhance daily activities.
- It is imperative that each parent keeps the program notified of any address or phone number changes. Failure to supply current contact information may result in a child being dismissed from the program.
Is your child registered for After School for 2020-2021? Enrollment at our 5-Star programs is limited to the available licensed spaces at each site and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the Online Enrollment/Wait List link on the left-hand side of our webpage to register--someone will call you with more information. A child is enrolled when the completed application, $25 registration fee, and proof of insurance coverage is submitted. Join in the fun--enroll in After School for the upcoming school year!
Hours of Operation
Regular After School Care: End of School Day Until 6:00 p.m.
Summer Camp, Spring and Fall Breaks, Teacher Workdays: 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Union County Public Schools values the feedback of our students, parents and staff. In an effort to continue high quality, rigorous learning experiences and social-emotional support for students, the school district has partnered with Panorama Education to administer a survey to 3rd – 12th graders. The survey window is Sept. 28 – Oct. 8 and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The link will be sent via Canvas and students will need their Student ID for access. Panorama safeguards student privacy and all responses will be kept confidential.
Click HERE to review survey questions.