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Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about the APS Out of School Time Programs.

If the program is full and or there is no program onsite, what do I do?

Please contact your school to see if they have any other programs or clubs.

What are the hours of operation for Out of School Time Programs?

Program hours vary from school to school with some sites offering both before and/or after school services. Please check with your school for hours of operation.

Is transportation provided for an offsite program?

Most sites offer either a pick up option or a walk option where a program leader will walk the students from the school to the program site. Please check with your school and the program provider, as this may vary.

Is there an age requirement to put my child(ren) in Out of School Time programming?

Any student that is enrolled in Kindergarten or a higher grade.

Is there a nurse or another adult certified in CPR and first aid on-site?

In most cases, Out of School Time providers do not have a nurse available. However, it is required by state law to have an adult that is certified in CPR and first aid on-site.

Are food and drinks provided?

Yes, please check with the provider to see what types of food is available.

What is Genius hour? And what is the difference between Genius Hour and Out of School Time?

Some schools have incorporated extra time in their school day for electives, called Genius Hour. Genius Hour comes at the end of each school day and allows students to choose STEAM activities that suit their interests and goals. Genius Hour is still considered part of the school day and staffed by school personnel. Therefore, it is not considered Out of School Time. 

Do Out of School Time programs offer both academic and social activities?

Each Out of School Time program should be offering effective afterschool programs that provide learning settings that bring a wide range of benefits to youth, families, and communities. Out of School Time programs can support social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe and supportive environment for children and youth.  Please contact your Out of School Time program provider to learn more about their daily activities.

What do I do if there is a snow day/emergency closing?

You can get information on the school delays and cancellations website. Also, be sure to update your contact information online through ParentVUE to make sure you receive notifications on delays and closure.

Are programs open when schools are closed (in-service and holidays)?

It varies from school to school. Please check with your provider for their schedule.

Updated 04/23