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Before- and After-School Programs

Before-school and after-school programs are offered at the following levels: Young Children’s Community, Primary, Elementary, and Middle School. Only students enrolled in The Post Oak School can participate in these programs. Before-school and after-school programs are offered on most days when school is in session and on a number of “expanded-year contract days” when regular classes are not in session.

 

Bissonnet Campus Procedures

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times

Children may arrive as early as 7:00 a.m. Do not drop off children before that time; the school doors are not opened until 7:00. At 8:15 students go to their regular classrooms.

After-school service ends promptly at 6:00 p.m. Children may be picked up any time between 3:30 and 6:00. For your child's sense of security, and out of respect for the personal lives of Post Oak staff, it is essential that children be picked up on time. If this is not possible for your family, you will be asked to make other arrangements.

Sign-In, Sign-Out

Arrival

  • Young Children’s Community and Primary parents walk their child(ren) into their early care environments on the Avenue B side of the school between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. After 8:00 a.m., parents must proceed to the Peace Circle drive and follow normal morning drop off procedures.
  • Elementary parents drop off their child(ren) at the front office. Please come into the building with your child. Your child is not to enter or exit the building on his or her own.

Dismissal

  • Full-Day Young Children's Community parents drive up to the gate; staff walk the child to the car.
  • Primary Home Environment parents park and pass through the gate to the classroom door. Staff will bring the child to the door.
  • Young Children's Community and Primary teachers record each child's departure time.
  • Elementary parents are asked to sign out their child(ren) at the front desk (see below).

For Elementary, the sign-in/-out sheets will be at the front desk. This procedure is the parent’s responsibility; do not ask your student to sign for you. School employees are required to verify the identity of the person picking up a student from the after-school programs. Students must stay inside the building until they are released to their parent or parent’s designee.

 

Young Children’s Community & Primary Care Programs

For Young Children's Community and Primary levels, participation in before-school and after-school programs are on a contractual basis only. We cannot accept young children on a drop-in or hourly basis. These programs fill up quickly, so it is usually necessary to sign up at the time of re-registration in February for the following school year. Priority in re-enrollment is always given to children who are continuing in the program from the previous year.

 

Young Children's Community

Full-Day Young Children's Community (FDYCC) serves the needs of the youngest children (age 14 months to 3 years). This program provides a single, consistent environment from drop-off to pick-up, and is staffed by a trained Montessori directress and three assistants.

 

Primary Home Environment

The Primary Home Environment serves children at the Primary level (ages 3 to 6 years). This environment is separate from the regular classrooms and is staffed by a trained Montessori directress and assistants. From noon until 3:15, all of the children in attendance are between the ages of 3 and 4½ years old. The program is designed to create a homelike setting and supports the needs of these young children: noon meal and nap.

At 3:15, some of the young children leave the Home Environment to go home with older siblings. At the same time, older Primary children (ages 4½ to 6 years) join the group and may engage in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. In Primary Home Environment, the approach to the child, the kinds of activities, and the general expectations are consistent with what the children experience in their regular Montessori classrooms.

 

Elementary Before- & After-School Care Program

Elementary students may enroll by the year. Drop-ins are only accepted under unusual circumstances and you must contact the admission director if you need to arrange this.

The Elementary before-school and after-school care program is housed in a specially prepared room and provides a relaxed, family-like environment for students. Indoor and outdoor activities include arts and crafts, cooking and snack preparation, board games, puzzles, building sets, reading and homework, playground sports, and games.

In addition, many children participate in after-school classes (ASEP) that are offered on a once- or twice-per-week basis Monday-Thursday from 3:30-4:30. ASEP class fees are discounted 25% for children enrolled in the After-School Care Program.

On expanded-year contract days, when Elementary children attend aftercare for the full day, they may make outings to local parks or other sites of interest.

Drop-Ins

Drop-ins are only accepted under unusual circumstances and you must contact the admission director if you need to arrange this. The school does not offer drop-in childcare on extended-year-contract days, or during orientation at the start of school.

 

6:00 Dismissal at the
Bissonnet Campus

After-care teachers are responsible for supervising the dismissal of children who are at school until the end of the day. They follow these guidelines:

  1. The Post Oak School does not charge a per-minute late fee. However, children who cannot be picked up by 6:00 are not welcome in the After-School Care Program. Each time a child is late getting picked up the parent will be asked to sign out the child so we have a record of the date and time the child was picked up. If a late pick-up happens more than three times, the receptionist informs the head of school.
  2. At 5:50, after-care teachers come to the front desk with all of the children in their care.
  3. At 6:00, we call the parents of those children who are not yet picked up.
  4. At 6:05, we start calling the back-up numbers on the emergency information sheets, if we haven’t reached the parents.
  5. If the child is not picked up by 6:10, the head of school is informed.
  6. The teacher or assistant and the receptionist should stay until the child is picked up.

 

Middle School Before- & After-School Care Program

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times

Students may arrive as early as 7:30 at the Museum District Campus. Students may not arrive at school earlier than that, as the school buildings are not open, nor is there supervision of students on campus before 7:30 a.m. The campus is open until 5:00 p.m.

Arrival

Parents drop off their children at the driveway door of the Middle School building.

Dismissal

Parents must make contact with after-care staff to sign out their son or daughter.

 

 

5:00 Dismissal at the Museum District Campus

After-care teachers are responsible for supervising the dismissal of children who are at school until the end of the day. They follow these guidelines:

  1. The Post Oak School does not charge a per-minute late fee. However, children who cannot be picked up by 5:00 are not welcome in the After-School Care Program. Each time a child is late getting picked up the parent will be asked to sign out the child so we have a record of the date and time the child was picked up. If a late pick-up happens more than three times, the receptionist informs the head of school.
  2. At 4:50, after-care teachers come to the front desk with all of the children in their care.
  3. At 5:00, we call the parents of those children who are not yet picked up.
  4. At 5:05, we start calling the back-up numbers on the emergency information sheets, if we haven’t reached the parents.
  5. If the child is not picked up by 5:10, the head of school is informed.
  6. The teacher or assistant and the receptionist should stay until the child is picked up.