Private Company Is New A.M., P.M. School Care in Barnegat

By ERIC ENGLUND | Jun 05, 2019

Barnegat Township — Beginning in September, the Barnegat Township School District will partner with Right at School for before and after care. The move was approved recently by the board of education, and replaces a current program offered in-house.

Right at School will be providing before care beginning at 6 a.m. and after care until 6 p.m. in all four elementary schools in Barnegat. The students will be able to complete homework, and then enjoy various activities.

“After a healthy snack and fun fitness activities, participating students will complete their homework with dynamic educators and then engage in exciting curriculum-based enrichment activities,” said District Superintendent Brain Latwis in a recent letter to parents. “Through multi-sensory, multi-intelligence activities, students engage with math and science, reading and writing, nature and outdoor learning, creative and performing arts, composition and design, history and commerce, fitness and conditioning and community service learning.”

He said that in order to provide families “safe, meaningful and consistent care,” Right at School will also provide coverage during school year breaks and holidays, including summer recess.

“Your local tax dollars are not funding this service,” he said in a letter to parents. “Families participating will pay a fee to take advantage of these services.”

Latwis said the main reason behind outsourcing the service was due to staffing difficulties.

“Sometimes, if people called out, we didn't have adequate replacements,” he said. “With Right at School, we're ensuring the children will always be able to learn in a safe, comfortable environment.”

Based in Illinois, Right at School was founded in 2010 and is currently serving 300 school districts across the country.

“We’re looking forward to a great working relationship with Barnegat,” said Andrew Cohen, Right at School regional manager. “We have a very strong program with not just an academic emphasis but also the physical well-being. Children need to exercise both their minds and bodies.”

Eric Englund

 

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