New for 17-18
Tahlequah Public Schools (TPS) will experience changes in the after school program, late start Mondays, and in the child nutrition program next school year.
The B&G Club or after school program at Tahlequah Public Schools has charged all students to attend the after school program as a cost saving measure this school year. For the 2017-18 school year, only PK and K students will be charged to attend. Charging PK and K students has been the typical practice at Tahlequah Public Schools. The district desires to provide an after school program for PK and K students and must charge a fee because those grade levels are not funded by B&G Club. The best news is that there will be no charge for students in grades first grade and beyond!
An added feature to the after school program will be the addition of a supper program. The supper program will replace the current snacks provided to students each day. A supper program provides a full reimbursable meal for students attending B&G Club after school program.
TPS will have Late Start Mondays during the 2017-18 school year to provide time for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to meet weekly. The Late Start Monday provides teaching staff consistent and focused time to improve student learning. Our goal is to provide a structure that accommodates working parents so that families are not affected by the delayed start.
With the exception of Tahlequah High School, school will begin at 8:00 -8:10 AM every day except on the Late Start Mondays. School will begin at 8:30 AM on Late Start Mondays at every school site.
School sites will provide supervision for students that need to be dropped off due to parents’ work schedules. On Late Start Mondays, transportation will run 30 minutes later; and breakfast will be extended by 30 minutes.
Dates for Late Start Mondays will be:
August 14, 21, 28 September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 27
December 4, 11, 18 January 8, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 5, 12, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7.
Another change on the horizon is that the child nutrition program will be administered by a food management company next school year. Sodexo will provide all schools four meal offerings as well as a la carte items. Sequoyah PK will offer two meal choices for PK students. This is an exciting opportunity for our students and staff with choices tailored to student tastes. In the end, we are hopeful that more stakeholders will take part in a healthy meal.
A new school year always brings changes. These modifications represent our commitment to excellence and improvements in the quality of services provided to Tahlequah students.