Before and After School Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How was Right At School selected?
A: Immediately after becoming Superintendent for Renton Schools, Dr. Damien Pattenaude held a series of meetings with parents, students, staff, and community members to better understand the district’s accomplishments and needs. One message heard time and again was the need for quality before- and after-school programs. He directed the district to respond by placing a Request for Proposals (RFP) out to local, state, and national childcare organizations and individuals, for offers to provide programs at elementary schools. After receiving proposals, a team of district staff conducted several onsite visits to those with a proven reputation and ability to provide programs. Right At School was selected based on that criteria. They have similar programs at several other school districts in the state.
Q: How do I register my child for Right At School?
A: Register today at the Right at School Program Finder.
Q: How do we learn more about the Right At School program?
A: Learn more at the Right At School website.
Q: How much will the program cost?
A: Families will be able to choose if they want to participate in the before-school program, after-school program or both; as well as other options. There are also discounts based on family size and income. See the Right At School fee schedule.
Q: What does a typical Right At School schedule look like for students?
A: Read a Day in the Life at Right at School to learn more about a typical schedule:
Q: Will there be school bus transportation provided to the Right At School program?
A: No. The before- and after-school program is provided as a supplemental service to families who choose to use it. The district will not provide school bus transportation; families who use the service will be responsible for transportation.
Q: Does Right At School honor state assistance payments for qualifying families?
A: Yes, Right At School honors state assistance payments for qualifying families. (More information will be available as we get closer to the start of the program.)
Q: Does Right At School offer programs on supplemental days, professional days, early release, etc.?
A: Yes, Right At School offers programs on days when staff report to school, but students do not.
Q: Does Right At School offer programs during winter break?
A: Yes, Right At School will offer winter break programs starting in 2018.
Q: Will Right At School be open if schools are closed due to snow or inclement weather?
A: No. Because the district deems it unsafe for students, families to walk, drive to school due to bad weather, Right At School will also not be open on those days.
Q: Will Right At School offer summer programs?
A: Yes, Right At School will offer summer programs starting in 2018.
Q: If my school has a before-school program, will the new Right At School program replace it?
A: Very few schools currently have such a program. The new before- and after-school program, Right At School, will be the district’s program at all elementary schools beginning in the fall. The program will replace any existing programs to provide consistency at all schools.
Q: Will Right At School offer programs for my child with special needs?
A: Yes, Right At School accepts children in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and all other relevant federal, state and local laws.
Q: What is Right At School’s FEIN (tax ID number), and how do families get receipts for their payment?
A: Right At School’s FEIN (tax ID#) is 27-3553118. Families can access receipts by logging into your account and clicking “Print Tax Receipts.” If you need further assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, your child’s name and the name of the school your child attends.
Q: Is there a waitlist for Right At School?
A: Right At School does not have a maximum attendance at each site. They staff according to student enrollment at each individual elementary school site.
Q: Can I speak to someone directly?
A: Families can speak directly to Right At School personnel anytime by calling 855-AT-SCHOOL (855-287-2466) from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (Central Standard Time). During program hours, parents will be able to call their child’s Right At School Site Manager on a dedicated phone that each Site Manager carries.